Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunette

It’s Week 11, babes!

I’ve been macro counting, hitting the gym 6 days a week, and got in my cardio by hiking a mountain (twice). Not too shabby.

On Friday, my coach and I met to review his plan for my workouts. I manage my nutrition but in terms of muscle growth, he’s my man. I officially start his plan tomorrow, so today I get to do leg day (my way) one last time. 😉 Lots of squats, deadlifts, leg presses, and lunges.

Per his plan, I will have one day off from the gym per week. Since I live in Colorado and I am rarely found sitting at home, this will probably mean I am snowboarding or hiking instead. Can’t complain about that!

Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunette

My professional life took an unexpected turn as well. I officially quit my “real job” about 2 weeks ago. Since then, I have been focused on coaching and growing my online business. On Friday, I was offered a position at a Denver-based OB/GYN that I couldn’t turn down. So, starting tomorrow I’m back on the clock in the real world. This means I need to be on my game and prep all my meals the night before work. No room for error! Thank God for my plethora of 6 Pack Bags. 😀

Today I dropped 50 more calories and readjusted some of my macro percentages. I bumped up carbs a bit more so I won’t have to cut down as drastically as other competitors find themselves needing to do. It was also time to [finally] lower my fats. I keep a pretty high fat diet normally because my body likes fats and proteins. My fat normally sits around 35% of my diet and today I lowered that to 30%. Most reputable coaches Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunetterecommend keeping fat <30% during prep.

I opted out of progress pictures this week for no other reason than there aren’t any noticeable changes to my body. I will probably be taking them every 2 weeks from here on out.

My current stats are listed below. My weight did not shift at all (which is why measurements are recommended!) I lost a few inches around my midsection and booty (good) and gained in my arms and calves (GREAT!) My goal is not to lose any inches around my calves or arms. I don’t need to. I want to grow those muscles (or at least maintain them) during prep.

Measurements 1.25.15

  • Weight: 130.2 lbs
  • Height: 5’4
  • Bust – 29 inches ( Same – I don’t know if my boobs will get any smaller. I certainly hope not. 😉 )
  • Chest – 29 1/2 inches (I actually changed this measurement. Instead of measuring under my boobs, I measured just under my arms. This is more accurate for where my body will change.)
  • Arm (bicep) – 11 1/2 inches
  • Arm (forearm) – 9 inches
  • Waist (navel) – 28 inches
  • Booty – 37 inches
  • Hips – 32 inches
  • Thighs – 21 1/2 inches
  • Calves – 13 1/4 inches (that 1/4 inch is very important! 🙂 )

I’m ready to start seeing changes! Hopefully, as I continue to progress through my diet and workouts more radical changes will come. Practicing patience.

As always, feel free to post any comments or questions below!

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4 Comments on Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 11 Weeks Out

  1. awaitressnomore
    January 25, 2015 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Great job! I wish I could get my abs to finally pop. I’m excited to see all your progress! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. Shannon
    January 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your approach to this. I saw a couple friends go through the agony of “traditional” show prep and realized how terribly unhealthy it can be! While I’m not interested in competing, I workout ~5 days a week and eat pretty clean. How have you managed to lose an inch around you middle without making drastic changes to diet/cardio? I would love to whittle that area without losing any actual weight! lol.

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    • Balanced Brunette
      January 31, 2015 at 12:23 am (3 years ago)

      Shannon,

      After 3 years of following a healthy diet, my inches and weight go up and down fairly easily. Depending on water weight, other bloating factors (menstruation), and what I did (fitness-wise) over the week those numbers change easily.

      You don’t need drastic to see changes. I am slowly dropping my calories each week so I am eating less (not by much 😉 ) and I have done a little more HIIT cardio than I usually do. I find that, for most women, a higher fat/protein diet actually helps with fat loss more so than the “IIFYM” 200g of carbs plan. Try upping your protein and healthy fats. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well. Things like soda, alcohol, or too much sodium will cause you to bloat or hold water in your tummy area.

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      • Shannon
        February 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

        Amanda-
        Thanks for the response! I have reduced my alcohol to practically nothing (again…that comes and goes in phases!) and don’t drink soda but I know I need to watch sodium and mostly sugar! Trying to keep the protein up too. I love your cinnamon banana protein muffins, so far my fav. breakfast muffin recipe 🙂 Good luck with your prep and enjoy it!
        Shannon

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