Fitness Universe Champion Ekaterina Meishvili shares, "Now is the time to relax, rejuvenate and set new goals for ourselves! Always move on, always set new goals so you can stay motivated, especially when you are busy mom, you have to have a goal!"
Fitness Universe Star Torrie Borland Fitness shares, "What makes you happy? What makes you unhappy? Once you can answer these questions you can start carving out the path you want. Whether your young or old, make lists, take notes, watch others, but don't compare yourself, take time for yourself, make mistakes and learn from them ?? #behappy"
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Heather Messenger shares, "You don't get your #goals, you get your #standards." A wise woman that I look up to told us that over the weekend and it really stuck with me.
We can set goal after goal but if our standards are low we won't reach them. This is true for your health, weight, relationships, business, etc... If you set your standards low then that is what you accept and that is the limit you will reach. So set your standards high, raise the bar, and never settle for less than those standards which you have put into place."
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Brittany Cherie Williams shares, "Food and drinks have been consumed.
Fun has been had.
Game face back on.
I am looking forward to a successful 2017 with my boys in Texas and Colorado at Fitness Universe and Musclemania.
Ms. Bikini Universe Pro Jessica Vasquez shares, "Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
- Mary Anne Radmacher"
Australian Model Vanesa Puerta shares, "Both of these photos were taken after 14 & 16 weeks of competition prep. You can see a difference in leanness in 2015 but the MAJOR difference is in the way I did it.
What some of you may not know is that I prepped myself the second time round in 2015. I did my own diet and training because I wanted to prove that YOU DO NOT need to do endless hours of cardio, restrict your food groups, cut out fruit/wheat/dairy and stop your social life!
Competition prep or dieting doesn't have to be hell (which is what I was made to believe previously).
Here's the MAJOR differences between my 2 preps....
- Clean eating/restricted food choices- no gluten, dairy, sweeteners etc./Low carb diet/ 1 cheat meal per week which usually left me feeling like crap/bloated
- I ate every 2-3hrs which meant I had to prep around 6-7 meals. I was constantly hungry and counting down until my next meal.
- Trained 7 days a week/ Weights 1 hour/ Cardio progressed to 1 hour before breakfast & 1 hour after weights.
- During peak week I water loaded/depleted which meant on comp day all I wanted was to chug a 1L bottle of iced water!! I also sodium loaded/depleted and used diuretics. These methods can be dangerous if not done properly ????
- My strength & energy levels decreased. I remember not even being able to get out of bed and slurring my words.
- My mood was a roller coaster ride. I was unhappy most of the time but pushed through because I thought that's just how it was meant to be.
- My social life was non existent…if I went out it wasn’t without all my prepped meals in plastic containers.
I remember coming out of this prep and thinking just how UNHEALTHY bodybuilding really is.
That is until in 2015 when I prepped myself after doing much research using a flexible dieting approach. The main changes I did were:
Flexible dieting/no restricted food choices- ate dairy, gluten, sweeteners etc. the whole way through which meant that I got a wider variety of vitamins and minerals. Unless you are intolerant to these there is no reason to cut them out. My carbs didn't drop below 130g until peek week because they are not the devil and are actually essential in retaining muscle & providing energy. I had 1 planned refeed day every 6-12 days to help boost my leptin levels because cheat meals can lead to disordered eating.
- I ate when I was hungry which was generally every 4hrs because eating more often to boost your metabolism is a MYTH! This meant that I only prepped 4 meals. I had so much more time on my hands to balance my gym/work/study/social/family life.
- Trained 5-6days per week/ 1 hour weights/ Cardio started at 1 x 20min HIIT session per week and progressed to 3 x 20min HIIT sessions within the final 3 weeks. NO FASTED CARDIO! Ever! Because HIIT burns more calories overall and is better for retaining muscle mass.
- During peak week I kept my water & sodium intake the same and used no diuretics because messing with these can be life threatening!
- I hit PB's during strength training & my energy levels were good because I had a good balance of carbs & fats
- My mood remained consistent. No major mood swings because I ensured I ate enough fats to keep my hormones regular
- My social life didn't suffer. I still ate out, attended birthdays and even had a few drinks to celebrate my best friends wedding.
2016 Fitness Universe Fitness Open Women Finalist Trisha Plateroti shares, "#tbt to Fitness Universe Miami 2016 where I competed my first season in the Fitness Division and placed in top 5! Performing a routine with strength moves, flexibility & choreography was so out of my comfort zone but loved every minute! Now I'm hooked on the feeling."
2015 Model India Champion Priya Binion Fit shares, "Tree of Life.
Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your natural beauty. Keep growing. "
2016 Model Universe Champion Bree'Anna Lucero shares, "To think of myself 5 years ago today and to imagine myself 1 year from today.... the thought is overly exciting and I trust every step moving forward. The sweat, fight, hard work, love and passion will all be worth it. Faith and Heart will take you further than you can ever imagine, stay true to who YOU ARE and embrace your journey no matter how tough it may get. Anyone can give up but not everyone will battle. Live a little 😘"
2016 Fitness Universe Pro Champion Anca Bucur Miss Fitness shares, "With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things can be achieved - Sir Thomis Button