Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunette

Yep, I’m late on this post. 😉 Per usual these last couple of weeks. As of this past weekend, I am 2 weeks out from show day.

That’s scary.

One more week of prep and then on to peak week.

I made one last adjustment to my kCals and macros this past week. My activity level is really too high to be sitting as low as I was. (I’ve been trail running/hiking about 5-7 miles with the pups 3-4 days per week and hitting 20,000 steps every day on top of my normal daily lifting and gym cardio. #ColoradoLife)

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 2 Weeks OutAfter these adjustments I had more energy and looked leaner so I’ll consider that a job well done. (This is what happens when you understand your body before you start prep. You know how to listen and make adjustments as needed.)

I’m certainly not as lean as I would have liked to be but I’m slowly becoming okay with that. My booty is always going to be the very last place I lose body fat and it simply comes down to “I need more time.” I will do this show and love my big booty in my teeny bikini and spend my summer squatting, deadlifting, and trail running my way to buns of steel.

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Upper Body WorkoutMy abs, as always, are semi-out of control. I’ve been told I will probably get marked down for being a little “too shredded” in the core area. Can’t help it, I love core workouts and my overall healthy lifestyle makes ’em pop. I won’t apologize for my six-pack or obliques. 😛

Due to my readjustment of my food, I was able to really hit it hard in the gym this past week. My individual exercises were all at my normal max weight (except squats. 🙁 I’m still struggling to hit my personal best of 180 lbs during prep. Just not enough energy. I am sitting comfy at 165-170 lbs though!)

My focus has been my lower body, since bikini division is all about legs and booty. My true love is shoulders and arms though so I couldn’t forget about those this past week.

I was so excited a few nights ago because a vein finally made an appearance in my shoulder. Proof that this process is working! Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 2 Weeks Out

Before I made my minor adjustments to food, I was definitely struggling. Low, low energy, headaches, and general grumpiness. I’m ready to be done with prep for a while and simply enjoy the Colorado summer. My intention is to get myself back to “athlete status.”

The first several years I was living here I was always outside mountain biking, trail running, stand up paddleboarding, backpacking, rock climbing, etc… Prep makes it hard to have enough energy for daily living, let alone extreme sports in the Rocky Mountains. 😉

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Posing PracticeMy teammate has been out-of-town for yoga training so I haven’t done much posing. Hit the heels a few times last week but not since then. Ooops!

Time to get myself back in my heels and make sure I’m comfortable. Let’s be real, I’ll never be “comfortable” but definitely getting less shaky. 🙂 No worries. I’m going to have a nip of wine backstage before I head out to calm the nerves. #truth

This last week is really just dedicated to sticking to my plan 100%, giving it my all, and wrapping up all loose ends. I made my nail appointment, booked my spray tan ($120 – shesh!) made a list of everything I need to pack, and recruited a friend to help me with my makeup (going for a very “Jessica Arevalo” look.)

Jessica Arevalo After scoping out the Denver Open last weekend I was able to see what looked good and what didn’t. I am not a very make-up savvy girl to begin with but I like to error on the side that “less is more.” I definitely witnessed some pretty poor makeup jobs on stage and I would hate to make the same mistake.

I love the look that Jessica had at one of her shows last year. Big, black eyes that popped, simple foundation and blush, and pink lips. Perfect! Exactly what I had in mind. Gluing on fake eyelashes is not something I can include on my resume, so recruiting a friend with a dance background was definitely necessary.

Trial run with hair and makeup this coming weekend and then it’s on to peak week!

On The Agenda:

  • Give it 100% this week
  • Stick to my macros
  • Push myself on all my workouts
  • Don’t skip out on cardio
  • Pack up my “competition bag” and make sure I have everything ready
  • Pose, pose, pose!

As always, leave any questions or comments below.

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5 Comments on Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 2 Weeks Out

  1. Angela
    March 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, I love your blog!! I’m 5 weeks out from my first competition and following your posts has been a huge help! You said in your post last week that you’d be commenting on why you won’t be sodium/water cutting during Peak Week but you never mentioned why in this article.

    • Balanced Brunette
      March 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Angela, you are absolutely correct. I will address all the “peak week myths” next week. 🙂

  2. C#
    March 31, 2015 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Great job!!!! I follow you on instagram and now that I’m 2 weeks out also, I am obsessively reading all bikini blogs I can find 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, what are your macros percentages at this point? My protein is 60% of my diet. I really don’t want my body to start eating my muscle haha. Thoughts welcome!

  3. Taz
    April 1, 2015 at 5:20 am (3 years ago)

    Hi there! I am prepping for my first competition in 16 weeks and I find your blog so helpful! Best of luck!!! 🙂


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