Friday, March 25, 2011
Welcome the Weekend!
Today was leg day. It was a doozy! We (Tabitha and I) made some tweaks to my regular routine, as we need to build me a butt. Haha! After turning me round and round and examining me, Tab says I have great quads (yay!) but a pancake for an ass. ROFL! Yep, she's right. The drastic reduction in my regular activities (particularly the stairmaster) prior to surgery, and then recovery and rehab have left my shelf resembling a soggy muffin. Not what I want to take onto the stage in the Fall. The good news is that my glutes & hamstrings do respond fairly quickly, the challenge is that I've never taken them where I'll be headed now. Serious muscle building and shaping is underway. My fear wants to take over and say it'll never happen, that with my limitations (knee/quad) I can't get where I need to be. But, I have to keep shutting it out. I don't know if I can reach my goal, but I know I'm going to give it my all. I'm leaving nothing on the table.
That said... I'm so sore! Woohoo! Bill and I went out for date-night tonight and as we were walking into the restaurant, my glutes were spasming! Hahaha! Crazy!
Tomorrow, hopefully, Ariel and I will be taking our "before" photos and measurements. Scheduling is a challenge, getting all three of us in the same place for more than 10 minutes is difficult right now, but the plan is to get that info documented. I still haven't decided if I'm going to post those pics. I'm squeamish about bathing suits to begin with, and never wear a true bikini unless I'm in the absolute privacy of my backyard and NO ONE is home. Posting a pic like that is supremely scary. I've reached a point in my journey where I'm pleased with where my body is at, and yes I'm aiming for better, but there's no way I'd put on a bikini - no way, no how. My tummy area is.... ewww! LOL! I guess we'll see how much courage I have after the pics are taken.
We've also had some discussion on the division I'll be competing in. Turns out, this organization treats Fitness Model like a diva-show, among other things... not what I'm looking for. I'm considering Figure.
My amazing hubby is so supportive. He's thrilled that Ariel and I are doing this together, he's thrilled to see her take to something that requires such discipline and dedication, and he's thrilled for me individually to pursue further growth and reach new goals. He's been so encouraging and tolerant... even when I make him sit and look at endless internet pages of bikini and model contestants, and he quietly suffers countless pages of magazine spreads of skimpily clad covergirls (Amanda Latona looks amazing in this month's Flex!). Yes, he is so patient and selfless. :-D Seriously, though, he's been a rock, and I'm so grateful for him and his incredible faith in me.
So... on to food. Today was low-cal :-( I did fuel properly before and after my workout, and stayed hydrated, but missed both snacks. Dinner, my treat meal, definitely brought me up calorie-wise, lol. I splurged and got a relleno with my taco. Though I scraped off the breading, I ate every bite of chili, cheese & tenderloin. With no guilt. :-) Tomorrow I'll be back on track, and if the knee cooperates, get in a cardio session.
Right now, Bill and I are chilling on the patio with decaf coffee (mine is black)and enjoying a beautiful Spring Arizona evening. It's a nice way to end the day. Here's another... quick teaser - guess who's going to be featured in Oxygen magazine this summer?