Yea honestly, the conditioning has been coming in very slowly, but surely, and as a result I dont think I've lost much size at all. I agree with you, when I look at the pics, the first thing I notice is my waist getting tighter. I dont think my legs have lost much size to them. I'm sure they've gotten smaller (they had to have with all the fat they lost), but I think I've retained almost all the muscle on them.
After I made my post last night, I examined my pictures and my progression closely. I could see visible changes, but in my opinion I dont think its been rapid enough to be ripped for the show. I think at this rate I can be in good shape, but not SHREDDED.
In my opinion, I think I'll have to have a bit of my carbs depleted each week. Right now on normal days I have 200 grams of carbs, and on high days I have 290. I think if I drop 10-15 grams each week from here on out, I'll get into that shape I want to. If I do that consistently, I may have under 100 grams in a day, but I really dont care. I'll do whatever it takes. Also, when I did my diet for myself two years ago, I went under 100 grams for atleast 2 weeks or so. This might have been a little too progressive, as I think I lost a little bit of size, and made me pretty flat. But it got me in good shape.
Long story short: If I want to get shredded, I think im going to have to lower the carbs more each week.
Yo Pickle, I'm not dropping my carbs, or adjusting anything unless Layne says so. I brought up how I feel to him in terms of being on time for the contest. But he knows what to do. He's worked with so many clients, I'm sure he has a good grasp on where I should be at in terms of timing to peak for the contest.
I have total trust in him, but im not going to blindly follow a trainer in that, I evaluate everything for myself as to what I'm doing.
I don't plan on hiring a trainer every time I contest diet. I just wanted to this time so I could see what a pro athlete with great credentials in clientele, would do. Having a trainer has been a learning experience for me, but it also has been relaxing because, I KNOW that I'm willing to put all my trust in him.
If I were doing my own prep right now, i might have hastily pulled some of my carbs away today, but Layne has me waiting until Tuesday to see what happens with my body until then. Which is probably the smart thing to do. It's much better to pull yours carbs a little later, rather then sooner. I rather take the fat burning process slowly and not lose any muscle, rather then trying to go fast and losing a lot of strength and muscle.
This is probably why Natural athletes diet for so long. Everything needs to be very gradual, in order not to lose any muscle.
I'm about 10.5 weeks out now. I didn't update on Saturday like i usually do because I was traveling (7 hours) to cape cod. I'm currently on vacation there, and really enjoying the break from school and work. Every year I come here in the summer for week inbetween the Spring and Summer term at Drexel University.
Fat loss went well last week, but it was starting to stagnate the last few days. So Layne pulled 10 carbs out of my diet from my high carb days, and also my low carb days.
I've been training non stop for the last few months, and seeing as I'm about half way through my prep I figured this would be a good time to take a few days off from lifting. I'm still staying on my diet and cardio, and also just staying very active. But I didn't like on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Today. It has given my body a really good rest, without sacrificing any fat loss goals. Tomorrow I will do a upper body power split, and Thursday I will do a lower body power split.
Before I left for the cape I weighed in at 211. I hope when I get home on Saturday my weight will be around 209. I took some pictureds the night before I left, but I didnt have enough time to upload them onto the journal. So by this saturday or Sunday, I will update with two sets of pictures. Should be pretty cool to have the pictures lined up next to eachother! I'm definitely seeing some changes happening, and I'm really excited for the show.
I have a few more days left of vacation, so im going to enjoy it to the fullest while keeping my goals in mind at all times. Its been tough being around my extended family when they make enormous family dinners with pasta, meatballs, etc.
However, my Dad and my uncles have been catching striped bass, and blue fish everynight, so I've been getting my fill on that!!
I'm back from vacation at Cape Cod! The week away from the urban scene in Philadelphia, work, classes, tests, and the gym really felt good. All of those things, I am very thankful for, but to get away from it all makes you appreciate them that much more.
I feel rested, recharged, and ready to tackle this last half of the prep!!
Some side notes:
Diet: I kept up with my diet the entire time, however did not have a scale to weigh myself, because the scale I use on a daily basis, is my girlfriend's roomate scale. So I couldn't just take it with me for a week. Hopefully when I weigh in tomorrow, I will have lost the weight I needed. Also, I TOTALLY forgot to bring my food scale!!! However, after weighing my food for the last 10 weeks, I felt very confident in eye balling all my food. About half of my food was prepackaged stuff, so I wouldn't have to use the scale even if I had it. I think I'll be fine in that aspect. Also, my dad caught fish every day, so I was chomping on striped bass, and blue fish every night! He also caught lobster, but I didn't eat any of it, because I honestly dont like it unless its drenched in butter lol.
Conditioning: I feel like I definitely look leaner in the mirror. I took some pictures last Friday night before I left, and I'll update them shortly so you all can see them. I'll take pictures tomorrow as well, so you can see the differences between the weeks.
Training: I didn't go to a gym while I was in cape cod. However, I was able to do cardio, because Im not a slave to an eliptical, tredmill, etc. lol. I did a lot of walking, jogging, climbing, rowing kayaks, etc. Doing HIIT on the kayak was awesome! I did one upper body power day on my own, doing handstand pushups, incline pushups, triangle pushups, chin ups, and pullups. This was a great workout that I was able to do on the deck of the cottage complex I was staying at. I got a great pump, and every exercise was executed really well. I'm actually sore from it! My leg sessions consisted of one legged squats (pistol squats), sissy squats, extremely slow squats (15 second reps!), glute ham raises, and calf raises (done very slowly). The pistol squats, and sissy squats were very taxing on my knees, as they popped loudly each rep. I only did about 2 sets of each. However, I did 4 sets of all the other exercises, so it worked out well. It was refreshing doing something in the comfort of a vacation cottage! I saved money for gym membership, and still got two good workouts!
Overall: I think the trip went very well. The real deciding factor will be if I lost the necessary weight (weigh in tomorrow morning) and if I look visibly leaner in the pics!
Hey guys, here are some pics I took 10 minutes ago.
I feel like I look a little flat, but I suppose that's to be expected in the morning. I only have one meal in me here. When I do my show, I need to make sure I go to bed very early, so I can wake up early to eat a few meals before I hit the stage. The difference between 1 meal in me, and 3 is a big difference. I feel more full, and I feel like I can contract my muscles better, thus posing is easier.