One girl's journey into the world of Figure competition

Movement and Change

I have to admit: I have had some doubts during the past few weeks of prep.

I felt sure that I was getting leaner but the scale was not moving progressively downward, which played some tricks with my head.  I could see my abs coming out in the right light, my butt was tightening up, but as far as the scale was concerned…

One day I would be at 152, the next day: 151, the next day 153.  It was like that for about 2 – 3 weeks.  I thought for sure I was doing something wrong.  I was probably eating too much, I was stagnating – what was going on?

In my head my thoughts were: I’m not making enough progress.

So yesterday I emailed the photo below to my trainer and my coach.  This was the photo from last Sunday.  I was checking my email every 5 minutes to see what they would say and when I did receive their responses, they were both incredibly positive.

I told them that I wasn’t losing weight and they both said that it was very possible I was still gaining muscle but that I definitely looked leaner.

Thank you, Figure Gods!

My coach said that I could up my cardio to 45 minutes a session from 30 for the next week before we have our in-person check in.  I am also being extremely careful to keep my macros and calories in check.  I never deviated far, but there were a few days where I was a little over.


Last night I did the full 45 minutes after my “resting day lift” of bis and tris.  I followed macros to a T.  This morning what did I find when I stepped on the scale?  150.6!

I have not seen that number since my weight was on the way up during the bulking phase.  Although I know not to live by the scale, this means that my body is changing.

Last night, my boyfriend told me that my legs were definitely looking tighter and the other night in the gym someone who I hadn’t seen in a while came up to me and said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but you look good!  I remember when you first came in here and you look great!  You’re consistent, making progress.”

I needed that.

Here we go!  Finishing out the 5th week of cutting on Sunday.  I am out of town this weekend, going home to visit my Grandmama for her 96th birthday!  I will post a new photo early next week – looking forward to seeing what’s happening.

What’s going on with your prep?

4 responses

  1. Awesome! You look great! Keep up the good work!

    September 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  2. that’s so exciting! congrats on your progress – you look fantastic!

    September 12, 2012 at 9:10 pm

  3. I’m so glad I stumbled on your blog! I am also training for my first figure competition next Spring. I have quite a bit of body fat to lose so I started early. It does take time, sadly. I’ve lost 9 lbs in 8 weeks since I signed up with my trainer and put on muscle like I never have before. I started eating healthier back in April and have lost a total of 21 lbs. I have 9 more weeks with my trainer and hope to be around 129 when I’m done, which is 10 more lbs. Good luck to you! We’ve got this!!!!

    September 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    • Christina B.

      So glad to hear you’ve got your goal in place and that you’re well on the way!

      You’re going to do great things in the next few weeks – I have quite a bit of work to do still as well, but let’s just dial it in and get there!

      September 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

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