I’ve been working out consistently for more than 15 years, and I have always loved to train. Even after all this time, I can’t wait to get to the gym – every day. I’m a workout freak. I’ve always been interested in supplements and nutrition and over the years have subjected myself to every kind of diet imaginable just to see how my body would react.
Unfortunately, I’ve also put my body into an unhealthy state by overtraining and eating a diet that was way too low in fat and calories. Back in those days, I would rather have had the crap beat out of me than have to eat a piece of cake at a birthday party. Yeah, I was way overboard.
I had some muscle, but I was way too lean and underweight – actually putting my body into a semi-anorexic state for many years. A doctor eventually told me that if I didn’t bring my bodyweight and fat percentage up to a healthy level permanent damage to my bones and reproductive system could occur. It took about a year of easing off cardio and increasing my calories to bring my bodyweight up to a healthy level. Fortunately at that time I had moved back to Ohio and was living with my brother, who happens to be married to a woman that makes these amazing sugar cookies and this white cake with raspberry frosting ..anyway – back to my story..
Create the V shape
I’ve always admired the full, strong, muscular look of bodybuilding women. I’m genetically blessed with wide shoulders and narrow hips, but I’m also fairly tall and "stringy" – a definite hard-gainer. It was about 6 years ago that I started to really push toward the vision of what I wanted to look like. I started to pound some heavy iron trying to add mass to my body and create the V shape that I have always admired. I wanted to acquire the look naturally though, with nutrition - not with steroids. I definitely didn’t want to lose my femininity.
I began eating more frequent meals and increasing my protein intake and it made a huge difference in the amount of muscle I was adding to my frame. Although I would never be huge naturally, with consistent heavy training my vision was beginning to take form.
As I started to achieve my goals, I began getting encouragement from people to enter bodybuilding competitions. My main issue with competing was the fact that natural women bodybuilders often have trouble maintaining muscle mass when they diet down for competition. What’s the point of pouring money into supplements and pounding yourself in the gym to add mass, then dieting and losing it all in a couple of months? I had come a long way and didn’t know if I could achieve the leanness necessary without sacrificing my hard-earned muscle or my health.
However, their comments made me think. So, I attended a few bodybuilding competitions to see what it was all about, and I got pumped. I decided to give it my all and see if I could "hang."
Eight weeks out from my first show I started dieting hard and doing cardio every day. My body changed drastically in those 2 months, and even as I started to acquire a look that I felt was too lean and not healthy looking, I was told I still was not lean enough to compete. I continued to diet and ended up, as I feared I would, back to my unhealthy weight. My body systems again shut down. How much more could my body take?
Luckily, I had quite a bit more muscle on my frame than I did before, but I still encountered many looks of shock from people who knew me, as well as more than a few comments concerning my health. I knew they were right – I didn’t like the way my body looked either.
No extreme dieting
Just sound Beverly International supplements and nutrition principles
The night before my first competition, I looked at myself in the mirror and felt like the "Anorexia Poster Child"! I didn’t even want to step on stage in that condition. I was devastated inside, but being a competitive beast I was determined to follow through. If that was the look they were going for, I guess I had it.It evidently was, because I did three shows taking 2nd, 1st, and Overall and 1st and Overall. Not bad for my first shot at competition. But I couldn’t wait to get my body back. I immediately started packing in the calories and training like a beast. It didn’t take long to resume and then surpass my weight from the previous year. But I also went a little overboard with the bodyfat level and acquired what I lovingly dubbed the "Buddah Belly"!
As the 2000 contest season approached, I once again began contemplating the dieting process. I decided that if I had to look emaciated, I would simply stop competing and LIKE my body. I needed to maintain my health more than I needed another trophy. Yeah, it was nice to win, but I didn’t feel like a true winner inside because I wasn’t pleased with my overall appearance.
Then I went to the Arnold Classic Expo and picked up some newsletters and information from the Beverly International booth. Inside were many testimonials from both men and women, stating how Beverly International’s products had brought them into competition a full 10 pounds heavier... but in as good or better condition than before!
They were able to accomplish what I had been unable to do the year before – hold on to their muscle mass while dieting. This, I hoped, could be the answer I was looking for. I sat down and wrote them a letter explaining what I was trying to accomplish. Steven Wade contacted me, we discussed my goals and I scheduled an appointment. After speaking with Steven, I was encouraged; feeling my goal could be accomplished with the help of Beverly International.
June 10th was the beginning of my healthy transformation. It was the day I made the trip to the Beverly International Nutrition Center – just sixteen weeks out from the Ohio Governors Cup. Steven took my bodyfat and calculated it at 11.9% weighing 144 lbs. We discussed my current nutrition regimen and what my goals were for this next competition. With all that in mind, Steven formulated a diet for me to slowly start dropping some fat and keep and build new muscle.
He continued by saying, "Yes, nutrition is key; but there are a lot of people out there following similar or identical plans or programs prescribed by a so called ‘nutrition guru,’ that aren–t getting the results like Team Beverly." The missing ingredient for most people is the supplements – both the right kind at the right time and the proper quality. He said a lot of people will read diets in the newsletter and follow the diets but leave out half of the equation – the Beverly Supplements! This is just as bad as using the supplements and leaving out the diet.
The meal plan I received was different than what I was used to, but I decided to try it and see what would happen. Happen it did. What a huge difference from the year before! With the added nutritional help of the Ms Power Pak vitamins (which is the only pak I’ve ever actually "felt" when I take it), Ultra 40 Liver, and various aminos including Mass, and Muscularity, I went through the pre-contest dieting process with more energy than I ever thought possible.
I was able to maintain heavy training through the whole process, and even increased my weight on some lifts. Of course I was often hungry, but I didn’t suffer nearly as bad as I had before. I only did 30-40 minutes of cardio 3-4 days a week even in the last weeks of the diet. I was not dying of starvation between meals, and my personality didn’t go completely down the toilet from calorie deprivation.
The night before my competition, I looked at myself in the mirror and this time I was pleased. I had to smile. My body looked much healthier and felt a great sense of confidence and accomplishment. The muscle I had worked so hard every day to gain was still looking back at me!
The comments I received this year were that I looked great, my muscles looked full, I looked healthy. I had achieved my personal goal. I was in the best condition of my life. I had proved it to myself, now it was time to prove it to the bodybuilding world.
I came into the contest a full 8 pounds heavier than last year, at a bodyfat percentage of 6% and 129 lbs. For a natural female (or anyone else for that matter) that is phenomenal! And most importantly, with my body systems fully functioning. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health in order to compete. Hopefully, with the new guidelines for women’s bodybuilding and the nutritional boost of Beverly International vitamins, supplements and nutritional advice, we won’t have to.
I won my class at the 2000 Governor’s Cup Natural Bodybuilding Contest and copped the Overall trophy as well! Now, I’m looking forward to working with Beverly International to help me stay lean, but still gain mass in the off-season – no Buddha belly this year! Hey it was cute, but losing it was no piece of cake!
So there you go, another testimonial that This program works. I’m proof that the proper nutrition and Beverly supplements really make a difference. Don’t diet for a competition without it!!
Marci’s Initial Diet June 10
1 whole egg + 4 egg whites
4 oz. ground turkey
¾ cup oatmeal before cooking
2 teaspoons Flaxseed Oil
Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 3 TBS
heavy whipping cream, 5 frozen strawberries
6 frozen peach slices and 12-oz. water
6 oz. chicken (before cooking)
6 oz. sweet potato or ¾ cup cooked brown rice
1 cup vegetables (broccoli, etc.) or salad with 2 tbsp
Low Cal Dressing
(Same as for meal #2)
6 oz. 93% chicken, turkey, or salmon
Salad or 1 cup vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach or zucchini)
8 Egg Whites, 1 cup omelet vegetables
or 1.5 scoops Muscle Provider mixed with
2 tbsp Flaxseed Oil
FitTabs – 1 with meal #1 Lean Mass Support: Ultra 40 – 4 with each meal Mass Aminos – 3 with each meal
Fat Mobilization / Utilization:
Lean Out – 2 with each meal
Alpha Lipoic Acid – up to 1000 mg for health/longevity – 3000mg for insulin mimicking
L-Glutamine – 2 tsp (10 grams) after training Bev Antioxidant – 2 after training
Here’s Marci Vincent’s Nutrition Program
4 oz. turkey breast
5 egg whites
Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 1 tbsp Flax Oil,
3 strawberries, 12 oz water
6 oz can tuna, 3 egg whites, 1 tomato
5 ounces chicken (weighed prior to cooking)
1 cup green vegetables
1 Tablespoon Flaxseed Oil
Protein Drink: 2 scoops Muscle Provider, 3 strawberries,
12 oz. water
Or 6 oz. can tuna or 5-oz. chicken or turkey breast,
1 tomato or ½ cup green vegetables
5 oz. lean meat (chicken breast, turkey breast, or
6 oz. Cod Fish) 1 cup vegetables (green leafy is best here – spinach, asparagus)
Monday and Thursday: Eat in place of your 5th meal at the end of the day: 1 cup oatmeal (precooked) or 1 cup cooked rice, 6 oz. sweet potato, 4 oz. banana, 1 cup vegetables, 1 tbsp butter