Let me begin with a bit of advice, “If you have the courage and strength, you can achieve anything you want. Everyone may not understand your goal, but remember, it’s for you.”
My First Bodybuilding Show
I first became involved in bodybuilding as a spectator, cheering for my friends and boyfriend as I watched them compete. Now I decided to give it a try. The first thing I did was ask the best competitors at my gym for advice. I was surprised that each had followed the Beverly system. Well, Beverly did their part in responding, but I didn’t do my part in following through. Before I knew it another year had passed and I’d still had not competed in my first show.
I finally decided to give it another try after attending the 2002 Arnold Classic. What motivation! I started once again to make plans to enter my first competition. I picked the WV State & Mid Atlantic Grand Prix, a national qualifier. My goal was to place top 3 in my class. I logged on to the Beverly International web site and completed the client profile questionnaire for a second time. Before I knew it, I had everything I needed to get started – diet plan, supplement info, and Jeremiah, my Beverly advisor, whom let me add was fantastic.
I weighed 151 pounds at 22.88 percent bodyfat. My diet plan is 2 carb up days, 3 moderate carb/moderate calorie days and 2 low carb/low cal days. I have to admit I’m miserable on those 2 low carb/low cal days. But, to succeed I’ll have to do my best and roll with the changes, physical and mental.
I started dieting for this show 19 weeks out. I absolutely exceeded my goal. I weighed 130 pounds at 7 percent bodyfat for my first contest.
I absolutely exceeded my goal. I weighed 130 pounds at 7 percent bodyfat for my first contest.
16 Weeks Out
I’m off to a pretty good start. I dropped to 20.06 percent bodyfat at 146 pounds. I know I still have a lot of work in front of me to achieve my goal. And to make it all worse, it’s now summer. Dieting through the summer will be the true test of my determination. I LOVE summertime cookouts.
Note: We had a number of them with must attend parties left and right. Two weddings, two baby showers, two bridal showers, two baby’s 1st birthday bashes and the list goes on. To make things even more hectic I started a new job (a party there too) and moved. Stressed, yes, a little, but I stick to my guns and bring my food with me EVERYWHERE! I’m on a mission, bound and determined not to let anything stray me from my path. It’s often pretty funny to see me all dressed up carting around my pretty green cooler. Now that’s an attention grabber.
12 Weeks Out
My next 4-week follow-up is pretty impressive. I lost just four pounds, but my bodyfat dropped to 14.84 percent, a HUGE drop with an increase in lean mass of nearly 4 pounds. Talk about feeling good. Definitely a motivator.