Today, I’m 11 weeks out from my second physique competition. Coach changed my diet this week. Went into a deficit for the first time and the bod is responding well. Starting to lose water and feeling leaner. It’s time to get the Preparation H “non-surgical treatment” going for loose skin. It started to show up this week. That’s a good sign.
I’ve been doing short posing practices here and there, but today is the first day of spring break and I found myself at home for the afternoon without a million things to get done. So I napped. And then I headed out to my husband’s photography studio, set up the big mirrors, started the posing practice timer I have on my phone, and ran through the mandatories a few times. My stamina isn’t where it needs to be. I have a lot of work to do. Played the song I think I might use for my routine and just danced around a bit to get a feel for it.
When I was almost done, I decided to take some pictures.
I took this one with a side view so I could see if I’m pulling back my shoulders and holding my chest up enough. I’m not. Shoulders are still too small. Calves are too small. My left quad has a “dent” in it where I pulled it last January. Awesome. I am happy with the body fat percentage – no idea what it is, but I’m 11 weeks out and when I compare current pictures to pictures from last summer, I’m in about the same place – maybe a tiny bit leaner. Same coach, so I’m confident my conditioning will be good.
I didn’t notice this until I was almost finished – looks like a tie-in. Not a great picture, but that’s new. Yay!!!!! Ironically, that’s my gimpy hip. Pissy, temperamental but kind of pretty. My right hip is a diva. Go figure.
I’m pretty excited about this prep. The next month is going to be stressful as I help get my students ready for their AP exam in May. But once that test is done, my focus will be better. This spring break is soooo needed right now.