So I officially began prep 3 weeks ago. And it's been good. I also had a photo shoot do I feel like I got a little taste of what prep will be like later on. And because my coach adjusted my macros down, I leaned out some. I was feeling totally empowered after that shoot. I've made some good progress over these last few months. I can definitely see more muscle even though the scale hasn't changed that much.
Every week I need to do progress pictures and I usually take them Saturday mornings when I wake up. After getting some feedback that I need to stand taller and smile, I decided that I needed a whole routine to get me to smile. It involves self-tanning, brushing my hair/curling it a little, applying a little makeup, & wearing heels. Because I'm in a bikini in my landing and I still have a waaayyyys to go, I need all the help I can get in putting a smile on.
This week, my coach upped my macros. I'm not gonna lie, I was scared. I wrote the following to her:
Can we adjust these down...maybe to 1375 or 1400? The new macros are more than where I was at prior to competition prep. I'm afraid I'm going to lose the definition I'm starting to see. My resting caloric rate is 1535, so this would be gaining. I didn't see any movement at 1640 before and even at 1542 there wasn't that much. I really felt like at 1440 I started to see some progress and at 1330, saw even more. I have so much work to do in 15 weeks that I'm scared this will set me back.
So for now, I'll enjoy my increased nutrition, drink my water, do my workouts. I really want to rock March as I start going on work travel in April, and will need to plan accordingly (my guess: tuna in a pick will make an appearance).
I know it's tough. But what prepping for the photo shoot taught me is that I can trust the process and that's huge!!