Thursday, September 8, 2011

Post-Competition Weight Gain & Today's Food

My day started with 45 minutes of cardio - my new usual steady state on the treadmill while I continue giving my knee time to heal. Today I managed to hit my heart-rate goal at a lower incline (7) while my speed stayed the same as normal (3 to 3.2). Normally, I'm around 8.5 incline. And yes, I was reading my food porn and making recipe lists while I walked. I tell ya, I get the strangest looks, lol! I can't wait to get this list finalized so I can start tweaking and testing!

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And I have to decide on a costume - Hmmmm.... I can either tighten up my diet (think competition diet) a bit more and do something fun & sassy or I can go as the Michelin Tire man. LOL!

Speaking of which... let's talk post-competition weight gain, shall we? 

I knew I'd gain weight. I knew it'd be fast. I knew that I lost a ton of water weight over the last 2 weeks of show prep (hello abs!). The diet is brutal, the food choices beyond limited, so adding in something as simple as Greek yogurt is a shock to the system, literally.  I did not, however, expect to gain 12 lbs in 3 days. Once the panic and shock faded, it made sense. The water came back - once the show was over, I was chugging water. I was so thirsty! [Now... side-note... I did not dehydrate for my show. I believe dehydrating as part of show prep is both dangerous and irresponsible... but that's just my opinion. What I did was water-deplete, and yes, it is different. There's a lot of science that went into my final prep for peak week.]  So my body grabbed hold of that water and didn't want to let go. Apart from the water, my calories increased - I enjoyed treats (many of them sugary, high sodium and dairy) which caused bloating and water retention.

Once back home, I tightened up my diet and have been trying to hit my gallon a day of water (water flushes water), and my weight immediately dropped back down 3 lbs. I'm currently hovering at 2 lbs below my "goal weight" and I'm still shedding some of that post show food & water binge. It'll stabilize as I continue to eat clean and exercise.

Post-show, every single thing that goes in your mouth effects your body. First, that leanness you have on stage is soooo temporary! Second, your body isn't used to the type & amounts of food & liquid consumed afterwards, and there are repercussions - subject of course to how far off the reservation you go. Third, you will look differently 1 week, and 2 weeks after your show than you did the day you competed (and all those great photos were taken). Fourth... you may receive comments about it.

My take on all this? I think I handled the post-show fairly normally. I also think I've done a good job bringing myself back in line, then moving toward balance and normalcy. I'm happy with where I'm at right now - sure I miss those abs & sharply defined muscles, lol, but I know that I'm happy, healthy, and in great shape. I know that I can enjoy things now that I couldn't when I was on competition diet - and I know that it's because I'm enjoying those things that I no longer look like I'm on competition diet, haha. I'm not crazy with the food, because that's just not who I am. I am enjoying treats. I'm also in the gym, back to my routine (with modifications for the knee). Sure, I could have stuck to competition diet, not had the treats in Mexico, not had the pina-coladas (lol), but I chose to enjoy myself and be a real person, not just a physique.

Am I on the path back to obesity? Hell no. I'm eating my "normal" lifestyle - a healthy balance of protein, carbs, fats, all from excellent sources, in moderate portions (I'm anywhere from 1400-1600 cal/day), and I'm exercising. But here's the deal... people get used to seeing you eat a certain way, in certain amounts for such a long period of time that they forget how you ate before you began competition diet. And the same people who pulled the "just one won't hurt you" while you were dieting (and hassled you when you said, yes it would), are now the ones saying, "wow, look at you eating ____, packin' on the weight again, huh?"  Seriously? Oh, and then they might say something like, "Well, look at you, you're not all ripped up like you were on stage."

Breathe. Take a breath. Then another. Remember that murder is punishable by lethal injection in some states. Smile, and explain what you feel comfortable explaining. Then let it go. It's not worth getting upset about. You know you're fine. You know that you're in a good place, and right where you should be. You know you're in control.

Am I talking to myself via my own blog? Maybe. Lol.

Which brings me to today's food...  

Here's my food for the day, minus dinner and snack 3 if I need it. I'm right where I want to be with my calories and ratios... pre dinner I'm at 1200 calories, 40% of that protein, 33% carbs, 28% fat. (yeah, I know those #'s don't quite add up, fitday tends to round oddly)

Breakfast: 1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 Tbs NuttZo mixed with water & half a grapefruit. 
Snack 1: Protein Pudding (1 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 3/4 cup water and chilled overnight) with 1/2 cup blueberries.
Lunch: Mini Chicken Loaf, Steamed Snow Peas & Tomatoes w/coconut oil, 1/4 cup Seeds of Change 7 grain mix.
Snack 2Mini Chicken Loaf, apple

Dinner will probably be Taco Salad. I have the meat ready to go (from Sunday's food prep).  I'll do mine without chips, probably without cheese (maybe a little reduced fat feta), but I'll mix up a "dressing" of plain fat free Chobani greek yogurt and Sriracha sauce :-) Yum!  If I desperately need something after that, I'll most likely whip up a batch of my protein ice cream - dreamsicle sounds good! :-) 

After work today I'm running errands, then heading home to keep working on the awesome stuff I have coming your way :-) Can't wait to launch!! Tab and I are both really excited about what's up next! We hope you will be too! :-D

Happy Thursday!!


  1. I'm so glad you posted this blog. I cannot stand when people hassle you about not eating certain things and then flip the script when you do "indulge". Maintaining that level of leanness for an extended period of time is not healthy and people who do not compete or participate, just don't get it :) Good job and keep blogging, I really enjoy your topics

  2. great post,girl!!!
    and way to fight off the post show bloats,and the nay sayers!

  3. You're doing so great assimilating back into the real world! I think it's totally awesome that you're back on track with clean eating - I'm pretty sure I'd still be on a sugar high! :)

    I'm going to order some Beverly Int. UMP soon - if you had to choose between the chocolate and vanilla, which do you think is better?

  4. Thanks!!!
    I gotta vote for the chocolate! LOL! I go through a TON of it! I do like to use the Vanilla though for my baking :-)

  5. haha, I broke down and bought both last night!

  6. Use them both to make all the flavors of my protein powder ice cream! Vanilla makes an AWESOME dreamsicle flavor!! :-) Wooohoo!

  7. Libby, I bought the Beverly after reading Chelle's blog. It is undeniably the best tasting protein out there. Made several recipes and my oatmeal and it definitely tastes better. Have the chocolate, but haven't used it yet. Chelle, so love reading your blog. Congrats on the competition:)

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