Diary of a Bikini Competitor | Balanced Brunette

Whew! I am officially halfway through prep.

Seven weeks of 6-7 days of workouts, counting macros, challenging myself, dealing with setbacks, and pushing forward even when I wanted to quit.

Six more weeks to go!

Bikini Competition Jewelry!I am feeling incredibly accomplished as I wrap up this week because I finally ordered my suit and purchased my competition prep jewelry! 🙂

I went with a suit by Angel Competition Bikinis. I’ve watched Karah and Lauren build up their business from scratch and I absolutely adore their suits. Aside from wanting a very specific beauty in a very specific color, I wanted to support them and their business as well. Their suits run a little cheaper than the bigger names which is really wonderful. Prep is expensive!

Total: $275.00 for a crystalized bikini suit with connectors

For jewelry, I went with the most amazing tear drop crystal earrings and two crystallized bracelets from Charming Charlie in Boulder.

Total: $30.00 for all three pieces

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Necessary Items for prep and show day. Bikini Bite and Quest Protein Chips were my final purchase for the week. Bikini Bite is what “glues” the microscopic bikini to your booty. No wedgies on stage, please! 😉

Protein chips in Salt & Vinegar flavor is one of my absolute favorites from Quest! Basically anything in Salt & Vinegar is alright with me.

Total: $8.00 for Bikini Bite

I purchased my heels last year ($40.00) so no need to purchased new ones. Completely thrilled about having my “outfit” for show day!

Transparency is the theme of my prep so I will continue to post my numbers for you guys. Please revisit my last post so you understand why I post my numbers and why these aren’t the numbers you should use or necessarily strive for.

Right now, I am at 1,700 kCals and 30% Carbs, 30% Fat, 40% Protein. 1,700 kCals is LOW for me. In normal life, I eat about 1,900-2,100 calories per day.

I don’t think I am going to change my kCals or macros this week. (Personal decision based on me, my body, how I am responding, and my knowledge of nutrition.)

40% protein while eating 1,700 kCals comes out to about 170 grams of protein per day. 170 grams of protein is a huge amount, even for me. My “normal” is about 130-150 grams of protein. Meeting this number isn’t always easy. I have been eating fat-free cottage cheese, reduced fat string cheese, jerky, double and triple scoop protein shakes with peanut butter and almond milk, 5 oz servings of chicken, spicy turkey roll ups, egg whites, and quest bars.

I made the most amazing protein-packed dessert this week and I want to share the goodness with you guys. (I nearly ate the filling straight out of the bowl!)Quest Cookie Dough Cups! #Recipe #Quest #CheatClean

Quest Cookie Dough Cups!

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees
  • Mix 1 scoop chocolate protein powder, 2 tbsp peanut butter, and 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk in a bowl. Place in fridge.
  • Cut (1) cookie dough Quest bar in half
  • Spray muffin tin with cooking spray
  • Smush both pieces into the bottom of the muffin tin
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes.
  • Fill your cups with chilled chocolate PB mix.
  • I topped mine with Forte High-Protein Gelato in Chocolate and a Thinster Chocolate Chip Cookie.
  • Macros: 20C/25F/45P

Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Protein HacksMmm mmm. So good!

Another competitor “hack” for getting enough protein is mixing my Lemon Chobani with 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder. So freaking delicious.

See? Prep doesn’t have to be all chicken, tilapia, and asparagus. Understanding science and human body physiology goes a long way.

Posing Update

Posing has been going really well. More comfortable, more confident. I can’t wait to start posing in my suit. That is going to be a step outside my comfort zone for sure. Diary of a Bikini Competitor: Posing

It’s been really great to have supportive friends and a bomb teammate during this prep. Having a solid support system is crucial for making it through the process.

Here is a completely unedited, no filter, no added music, raw video of our posing sessions.

It’s always more fun with friends!

Body Composition & Progress

Progress has been slow but steady which is exactly how a macro-based prep should unfold.

It’s easy to get frustrated when I don’t see progress immediately but I remind myself why I am doing prep this particular way. I want a healthy prep and a happy metabolism. Screwing up my body for a show is never something I will be willing to do. My current stats are below.

Measurements 3.1.14

  • Weight: 128 lbs
  • Height: 5’4
  • Chest – 30 inches
  • Bust – 29 inches
  • Arm (bicep) – 12 inches (gained!)
  • Arm (forearm) – 9 inches (gained!)
  • Waist – 26 inches (lost!)
  • Hips – 32 inches (lost!)
  • Glutes – 36 inches (lost!)
  • Thighs – 20 1/2 inches (lost!)
  • Calves – 13 1/4 inches (gained!)

I am losing and gaining inches in all the right places!

My hope is that my waist, hips, thighs, and glutes will drop in inches and gaining inches in my arms and calves is pure muscle. I am super stoked about my progress. (Notice how I haven’t even touched on weight… Why? It doesn’t matter. If I am seeing progress with inches then change is happening.)

Here are some photos of my favorite fitness competitors and my motivation for the past week 

Christina CarolloChristina Carollo is a figure competitor from Michigan (Detroittttttt, Represent!!!)

I have serious shoulder envy. <3

Terica MessmerTerica Messmer is a former bikini competitor and I absolutely adored following her through her prep process last year.

 

On the agenda for this week: Stick to my macros, be diligent with my “cardio” (I only do cardio 3 x per week), pose in my heels (no more bare feet!), and register for my 2015 NPC card.

Leave your questions & comments below.

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