Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunette

One week down!

As I said in my previous post, week 13 was more “establish a baseline” as opposed to hard-core prep.

Hard core begins now. 🙂

This week, I reduced my calories by 50 (not many, slow and steady wins the race!) and adjusted my macro percentages. My carbs are currently higher than my protein so that as I progress through prep I can slowly lower my carbs and up my protein. Coach man and I also changed up some supplements and vitamins.

This week I really got back into the swing of tracking my food. For those that follow me regularly, you know I don’t count, measure, or weigh my food. During prep, I have chosen to follow IIFYM. I don’t do well with restriction or being told I can or can’t have something. Macros are a much more balanced approach to prep and work for me and my lifestyle. Some people need a rigid plan – I would fail with one. My advice is figure out what works for you!

Many people are interested in what I’m eating. You guys can always follow what I’m eating on Instagram! My food hashtag is #WhatSheAte.

First Time Bikini Competitor Prep Schedule

Posing has been at the top of my to-do list! Posing can definitely make or break a competitor and I want to feel confident. Practice makes perfect.

Listening to Latin Workout on Pandora is my favorite way to get into the groove! 😉 I’ll post a few pictures and/or a video in my heels next week.

My current weight, measurements, and progress pictures are below. Remember: My numbers and your number will not be the same. Every BODY is different and that is OKAY. Measurements and progress pictures are simply a tool in your “weight loss belt.”

Over the past week I lost 1/2 an inch around my waist, hips, and thighs and added in a calf measurement since I am focused on growing those babies.

Measurements 1.18.15

  • Weight: 130.2 lbs
  • Height: 5’4
  • Bust – 29 inches
  • Chest – 27 1/2 inches
  • Arm (bicep) – 11 inches
  • Arm (forearm) – 8.5 inches
  • Waist (navel) – 29 1/2 inches
  • Booty – 37 1/2 inches
  • Hips – 32 1/2 inches
  • Thighs – 21 1/2 inches
  • Calves – 13 inches

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 1/18/15 Progress Pictures

I’m actually quite surprised by my lower weight and measurements. Today was the start of my [irregular] period so I was bloated and crampy. (If there are any boys reading this, I don’t apologize. Get over it. It’s part of life. 😛 ) I have a Mirena which makes it hard to know when to expect menstrual changes.

I am expecting to see little changes this week. Little nutritional adjustments, 3x HIIT cardio weekly, and more structured lifting should start producing results. <3Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 12 Weeks Out

This is a total side note… but I am REALLY diggin’ on this chicks legs! I only hope mine look half as amazing in a few weeks.

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

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6 Comments on Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 12 Weeks Out

  1. Joan
    March 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

    are your macros for building and your macros for cutting?

  2. Balanced Brunette
    March 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Joan, for bulking (gains) you want to be over your maintenance calories with about a 40-60% carb, 25-35% protein, 15-25% fat macronutrient breakdown. For cutting, you need to be under your maintenance calories with about a 40-50% protein, 10-30% carbs, and 30-40% fat macronutrient breakdown. Remember, macronutrient breakdowns are specific to your body and your needs to find what works for you through trial and error.

  3. Sarah
    May 12, 2015 at 4:15 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Amanda, I love your blog and find your posts really useful as someone who would love to get into bikini fitness competitions. I’ve been thinking about trying out the whole macro counting thing but not too sure where to start. I’m doing well with my weights/cardio balance and seeing steady progress, and I feel like my diet is clean and on track 99% of the time. But I think that counting macros may be the way for me to reach my cutting goals remove the last bit of fat (stomach fat I’m trying to get rid of) to finally show my abs. How do you work out your macro requirements and do you do carb cycling? Also, are there any books that you would recommend?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Balanced Brunette
      December 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Sarah! I have no idea how I missed this comment. I always suggest starting with a qualified coach, as they can give you macros that match your body composition and goals. I offer macro consults on my “coaching and services” page and I also co-coach Team Strength Queens which offers offseason coaching and macro-based preps to competitors. Feel free to google us. 🙂

  4. annawittfit
    December 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Do you have weekends 11-2 posted?
    I only see
    Week 13 12 and peak

    • Balanced Brunette
      December 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Every single week is posted. You can simply click the “Diary of a Bikini Competitor” tab on my home page or search “Diary of a Bikini Competitor.”


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