Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced BrunetteWell babes, I am officially 4 weeks or ONE MONTH out from my show.

How scary is that?

I don’t feel ready but I guess you never feel ready. You just put in the work, trust the process, and step on stage – ready or not! 😉

Diary of a Bikini Competitor:  Suit + JewelryI received my suit this past week and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Angel Competition Bikinis did a beautiful job. I contemplated keeping the color a secret but ehh, what the heck. IT’S MINT! <3

I won’t be posting any posing pictures in my suit (I’ll save those for show day) but I wanted you to see the whole ensemble. Suit + Jewelry. Everything is so sparkly! I can’t wait to be all tanned up and blinged out.

It’s a little low on padding in the boob area (or I just have exceptionally teeny boobs) so I purchased additional padding to stuff those suckers. Right now, I feel like a 12-year-old boy in a glittery bikini. LOL

Fitness Update

REEBOK ZPUMP FUSIONThe warm weather has officially rolled into the rocky mountains and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect! I prefer cardio outdoors so my cardio game is about to step up significantly.

Scored two new pairs of shoes this week as well: Reebok Zpump and Newton BOCO AT. The Zpumps are proving to be amazing at the gym (more of a flat-bottomed shoe which is great for deadlifts and squats) and my Newtons are for the mountain trails!

Newton Running BOCO AT Neutral All-Terrain TrainerI already spent my morning on a 2-hour mountain bike ride and tomorrow I’ll get in a nice long hike with the pups. My in-gym cardio will be the stairmill for 15 minutes x 4 days this week. Nothing crazy.

Nutrition Update

I made a pretty steep drop this week in kCals.

Again, by “steep” I mean around 1,500 kCals per day. Never ever will I go near my BMR. 1,500 kCals per day is already proving to be challenging. Man, I love to eat so this week I am focusing on the volume of food I am eating.

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Nutrition OptionsThere are two options when filling your macronutrient needs: calorie-dense foods (for times when you are not hungry and don’t want to eat much – think protein bar) and not-so-calorie-dense foods (for times when you need to fill your tummy – think veggies and fruits.)

This week, I need to focus on “spreading out” my calories so I feel like I’m eating more. More salads, more veggies, more fruits. Possibly splitting my protein shake in 1/2 so I can drink 2 of them and splitting up my protein portions. I have been doing 4 oz servings but I might do two 2 oz serving instead.

It’s all about tricking your mind! Plus, I am a snacker. The more I can “graze” the happier I am!

My nutrition plan for this week (subject to change based on mood) 😉


  • 1/2 double protein english muffin with grape jelly
  • 2 scrambled eggs (1 whole + 1 white)
  • 1 Sausage
  • Chai Latte (Tazo Chai + Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk) — I have never counted my chai as part of my plan. As long as that stays consistent, it’s okay. 

Snack 1

  • Low-Fat String Cheese
  • Jerky Stick


Snack 2


  • Lean Beef Burger – No Bun + Reduced Fat Colby Jack Cheese
  • Green Veggies


Approximately 1,500 kCals. 94 g carbs, 58 g fat, and 150 g protein

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: RefeedMy refeed day was glorious and horrible at the same time.

I really enjoyed my bacon-avocado burger and fries. I was hoping to grab some froyo as well. Unfortunately, I am battling a super nasty sinus infection so I ended up grabbing soup and biscuits, crashing in my jammies in front of the tv, and calling it a night. Bummer!


Please remember, my numbers will not and should not be your numbers.

Every persons macros and calories are specific to them, their body, their metabolism, and their goals. 1,500 kCals is LOW for me. I normally eat closer to 2,100 kCals. My macros have also been adjusted for competition-specific goals so do not make my macros your macros. They may not produce results for you.

Measurements 3.15.14Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 4 Weeks Out

  • Weight: 128 lbs
  • Height: 5’4
  • Chest – 30 inches
  • Bust – 29 inches
  • Arm (bicep) – 12 inches
  • Arm (forearm) – 9 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hips – 31 inches (lost!)
  • Glutes – 35 1/2 inches (lost!)
  • Thighs – 20 inches (lost!)
  • Calves – 13 1/4 inches

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: 4 Weeks OutThe next 4 weeks aren’t going to be easy.

There is very little room for error here on out!

Keeping everything on track, tightening up, and nailing down my posing are all on the top of the list.


On the agenda!

  • Sticking to my macros – No excuses!
  • Posing
  • Register for my NPC classes (3)
  • Focusing on increasing my cardio (preferably outside) 🙂
  • Purchasing my makeup for show day

As always, leave questions and comments below.

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

  1. Rachel
    March 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on cardio vs lifting for the average chick! Looking to drop # and get in better shape- nothing as drastic as what your doing, and I’m not sure where my time is best spent. Or what a good mix would be. You look amazing- best of luck the next month!!

    • Balanced Brunette
      March 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Your time is ALWAYS best spent weight lifting. If you have additional time you can do quick bursts of HIIT style cardio, which is more effective than steady state cardio.

  2. Ashten
    March 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi! I love reading your blogs, I am 8 weeks out from my first show! I do have a nutrition and workout coach. I feel like she is making me do excessive cardio though 7 times at 45 minutes a week just curious your thoughts?

    • Balanced Brunette
      March 15, 2015 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Ashten, that seems excessive to me but it really depends on where you are starting (weight/body fat wise), how your nutrition plan is structured, and how your body is responding. Many coaches don’t actually understand human physiology or nutrition and ruin their clients metabolism. Be smart about your body, please. <3

  3. Ashten
    March 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Okay! I am at 133 5’9 and feel like I am overall losing muscle from so much cardio! I will be smart though thanks for the feed back. Good luck at competition 🙂


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