Whew, time is slipping by me! With it being prep week and having to study so much for my CPT I almost forgot to do a goal recap. Whoops ha ha Here is how I fared for the month of October…
Goal One~ Get Moved, Unpacked, And Settled Into The New Place. This goal is always easily achieved for me. With moving around as much as we have, unpacking and getting settling in has become as easy as packing up the house ha ha. I will say, this past move for whatever reason seemed much more taxing on my body than any of the others. perhaps because I was in contest prep and in a calorie deficit, I don’t know? Either way, we are settled and we LOVE the new place and the apartment complex as a whole!!!! Even more awesome is the gym is a five minute walk and Josh’s store is less than ten minutes away. This works out great considering the motor in our car basically died this week ha ha
Goal Two~ Join A Gym. Like I stated when I set this goal, we would be joining the gym that was closest to our apartment, The Las Vegas Athletic Club. One word describes this place….WOW! It is HUGE!!! They don’t have as many squat racks as I think they should for their size, but the gym overall is amazing. The daycare is top notch. Zoe has more than enough to keep her busy and happy when she goes in. I thought they only had 3 slides, but they have five, plus a jump house, computers, movies, toys, and all the socialization a kid could want ha ha. They gym as a whole is always busy. They are 24 hours and we have yet to really see a down time. Even with as busy as they are, I rarely have to wait for equipment. The amenities here are just phenomenal! I truly can’t say enough great things about the place!!! I will say though, I am probably the most over dressed female in the building ha ha ha. The ladies here are definitely proud of their bodies. Nothing wrong with that.
Goal Three~ Get Enrolled For My CPT. So happy I finally have been enrolled. In hind sight I almost wished I had waited till after my competition. Mainly because I did the e-teach route, which does give you deadlines for class discussions and quizzes. It has made for a little bit more added stress for peak week, but I suppose it’s nothing I can’t handle. Definitely a lot more information to learn than I had anticipated as well. Their very though and hands on methods of teaching are awesome though! I am just starting unit 4 and I have already learned so, so, so much!
Goal Four~ Enjoy Our Birthdays. I had initially planned on enjoying cake with Josh and Zoe, but instead I became worried about my conditioning going into this competition. I decided to wait till after to enjoy my cake, which I will on Saturday!!! Josh did not go without though. Zoe and I both made him cakes, which they both thoroughly enjoyed!
Goal Five~ Get Ready To Compete! I am SO ready!!! In Salt Lake, I was worried that I wasn’t going to be ready. Having to cancel that competition was more of a blessing than a curse. it gave me the additional time I needed. I actually started packing up my backstage bag yesterday. i have been prepping my skin for over 2 weeks. josh is ready to help me shave all my unreachable peach fuzz ha ha My posing is on point this year. Josh and I have been working hard on getting me comfortable with my posing mirrorless. I feel like the muscle memory is there this time around. I have to say, I feel different this year than last. Confidence has been built up in the off season and I feel great about what i am bringing to the stage! 4 more days!!!
Goal Six~ Get Your Pose On. This was my weakest asset last year. I would have placed, had I had better posing. In front of a mirror, I did okay. Once you took that away, I was all over the place. Being able to see photos and videos from last year, helped me out a lot. i was able to see what I was doing wrong. I also have been studying the art of posing much more this year. You know that moment you are like Oh THAT’s how you do it! Yeah, I had that a few weeks ago ha ha. my back pose has been my biggest struggle. I finally have it figured out and realized I have been WAY off the whole time. Watching the posing, so many make it look so easy. IT IS NOT EASY. There is a specific way and once you figure it out, you get the feeling for it. One of those I wish I knew then what I know now moments ha ha. It’s like I always say, I am on a continuous learning curve.
Goal Seven~ Pump Up That Confidence Level. Being in peak week, does have my confidence going up and down ha ha. I am depleted completely. Since Saturday I have been doing glycogen depletion training(basically depleting my muscles of all glycogen). Slowly throughout the week my carbs have been reduced to basically nothing. Today is the last day of that and the last day of glycogen training. My muscles are small and flat right now. I am super lean and feel tiny. I am cold, hungry, and tired all the time. I will spend the next two days priming my muscles back up and trying to move as little as possible. More so tonight and tomorrow than Friday. Friday I have my meeting and I get tanned up for the competition. Overall, my confidence has increased this year by ten fold. I still have a ways to go, but am getting better everyday. It is a mental battle. I will say that I do spend time everyday giving myself love. i think self love is important in building confidence!
Goal Eight~ Figure Out When Zoe Is Starting School. We spoke with her educating adviser and they said basically there is no rush to get her started this year. The school we are going with said she can actually take kindergarten and first grade the same year if we chose to do it that way. Or she can just start kindergarten next year and be fine. We will start kindergarten next year and if she excels quickly, then go ahead with first grade as well, but if she wants to take a slower pace, that is fine too. I will never rush her or pressure her to do anything she isn’t ready for. We will play by ear next year.
Goal Nine~ Get Out And Explore. This has been fun for us so far! We have gone out to the strip a couple of times, hit up some awesome outlet shopping malls, and even took a tour of the National Atomic Testing Museum. Really neat stuff there and a learning experience for all three of us. Groupon has stellar deals on everything here. Luckily Josh bought some before the catastrophe with our car ha ha. We may be a little tight on the budget, but because he planned ahead we will have some entertainment. Plus, walking the strip is always free entertainment ha ha
Goal Ten~ Relax And Enjoy Life. This goal was a little difficult for me this much. I would for sure say that I failed it. I won’t lie to you, this prep has been difficult for me. I have been cranky and stressed out a lot the past few weeks. I finally have it under control this week. Maybe because I know that it is coming to an end ha ha. I am ready to cross that stage, I am ready to have my post show goodies, I am ready to start reverse dieting, and I am ready to start planning next year. One thing I learned from this prep is that I need to have more patience. I also need to have more control over my own emotions. This will be something I will add to the list of things to work on in my off season!!!
I hope you all have achieved the goals that you set for yourselves. Setting goals and posting them somewhere whether it be online or just on your fridge, gives you a way to stay accountable. Even if you miss the target on a few goals, you just reassess your path and try again. Never give up on anything, especially yourself!
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