Monday, April 18, 2011

I Almost Peed Myself on the Interstate!

It's true! Yesterday was the first time I have driven semi-long-distance since I started prep. It was only an hour drive, but I was trying to keep hydrated, so my gallon jug was my trusty travel companion. No, I didn't buckle him in, though that would have been a smart thing to do. But anyway, before I set off, I went to the bathroom--twice. I was going to meet my posing coach, Tracy, up in Harrisonburg, and I was slightly familiar with the area since my best friend goes to college up there at James Madison University. Well, the directions I had printed off told me to get off on East Market Street but didn't give me an exit number!!! REALLY?? So this caused me to first get off the interstate early, then sent me further south instead of north before turning around and getting on the interstate AGAIN, then passing it and going too far north! I kept fidgeting in my seat so I could hold my bladder for just one more minute--almost there. Finally, I made it to her house/studio...15 minutes late. I felt bad, but she said Sundays are her lazy days so it wasn't a big deal.

So not flattering!
Bladder relieved, we started up with posing and quarter turns. I was so nervous! My biggest fear was that Tracy was going to say that I am not going to be ready, physique-wise, in 8 weeks. She looked AMAZING (she's 2 weeks out from her competition) and compared to her, I was extremely lacking in upper-body. She did say that my legs are great and that I'm looking lean (she even went as far as to say she's jealous of my young butt--confidence booster!)! This was a complete shock to me, because I'm always of the mindset that it's my lower body that needs the most work. But practicing in her mirror-covered studio, I could actually see what she was talking about. Once I get into my poses, DAMN, my legs look good! I've been thinking about it, and maybe I was so skeptical about my lower body because it's so far away from my head... Think about it, you have to look down to look at your legs if you aren't looking in a mirror, and it's not a very flattering view. You're practically looking at your legs upside-down.

Never seen this--now I'm intrigued.
I am so glad I met with Tracy, because it gave me a better understanding of what I need to work on, where I am right now, and what I'm doing right and wrong. I think the biggest change I am going to make is supplements. Right now I'm just doing the protein shake once a day, but she stressed the importance of amino acids since they are the building-blocks of protein. I probably should have been utilizing these from the beginning, but better late than never. This prep is almost a trial and error period for me, with little room for error. So as soon as I realize I am doing something wrong, I fix it right away. I'm excited to get back in the gym with Kevin today--it's always nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of and I'm looking forward to hearing his take on Tracy's suggestions. I'm in such a good mood since yesterday that I almost contemplated getting up early and going to the gym. But I didn't--school work was in the way of that idea.

Well, this post is a little bit shorter than I intended, so I'm sure I will have another one later today. Not a lot of time before class right now, and I need to finish a paper. Hope you all enjoy your mornings!

What type/brand of supplements do you use?? Do you find any better than others?


  1. Awesome compliment!

    We drove for a long time Saturday while trying to stay hydrated...I can't even count how many times we had to stop and pee. :D

    As for supplements...I am partial to Optimum Nutrition for most things, especially whey and casein. But I am really starting to like Jack3d for my pre (and during) workout drink.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I got a few from Tracy, but I want to hear other's opinions before I shell out some major money to either or :) Excited for these supplements though!

  3. Understandable and smart. What works for some doesn't necessarily work for others. And with you in contest prep, I'm sure there are certain macro specifics you are looking for.

  4. I've tried SO many proteins but right now I'm using Gaspari Myofusion & BSN Lean Dessert Protein.. as far as pre-workouts go, my personal favorite is N.O. Xplode. Jack3d & Fast Twitch didn't do it for me, and 1MR was a little toooooo intense.

    & YAY for young butts hahaha :-)

  5. I use Optimum 100% Whey for my protein powder. I like to drink Xtend while I work out and I add a couple scoops of glutamine powder to it. I also take L-Carnitine and CLA for extra fat burning (not sure if they work, but they're not hindering anything!) And fish oil pills.

    I hear ya on the water intake and bathroom breaks. Some mornings I can barely run my 5 miles without a bathroom break!

  6. What supplements don't I use? LOL I hate fish oil taste, but I take it when I need to. I also drink Gaspari Intrapro whey shakes with almond milk/ice/water. I take caffeine pre-workout most days and now I'm adding in a multi-vitamin recommended by my trainer.

  7. You all have been so helpful! Thanks so much--I've been on and off the website for the better part of the day (who needs to pay attention in class when there's no tests, just papers?!) :)