My First Bikini Competition – 6 Weeks Out

This January I posted my very first bikini competition prep update post (you can also check out my last update here!).

Weekly updates will be a regular feature on the blog as I prepare to compete in The Diva Classic on May 5th, 2018 in Duluth, MN.

My personal trainer, Cindy wanted to compete in the figure division (she’s competed twice before), but it wasn’t in the cards for her this time around. ?

Not sure of the difference? Check out this mega post that breaks it all down for ya!

Read on to see how I faired over the last week and what’s coming up this week:

6 Weeks to Go

Being a fan of tangibly being able to measure my progress, here’s a snapshot of where I’m at in pictures:

Left & Right Top: I take weekly progress photos with my Instax cameras by Fujifilm (plus my phone), so I can physically see my progress during competition prep.

Right Middle: I use my Omron fat loss monitor to assess my body fat percentage each week. We also use calipers from time-to-time at the gym.

Right Bottom: I weigh myself weekly using an old digital scale from my days working for Jenny Craig (here’s a similar one) – I’ve always had a strong interest in health and fitness and helping others become their best selves.

People have been asking me lately if I really need to lose more weight.

The short answer? Yep!

I’m shooting for at least 139 (I’m 5’9) and 15% body fat – 14 pounds and 5% to go. Aggressive, but doable in prep.

What happened over the last week:

To keep things nice and to the point, I’m going to offer up a list of highlights/lowlights bullet-point style:

  • I’m SO happy to see a new low both on the scale and in body fat percentage. Especially since…
  • I sprained my ankle on Wednesday morning at the gym while doing step ups on the bench. ? My ankle is healing, but I’m not going to lie, it’s a setback and will make the next six weeks of prep extra challenging!
  • The good news is that the injury did not send me into a spiral of eating or drinking whatever I wanted. I had a (mental) pity party on Thursday, but then decided to buck up and listen to all of the people around me that said I could still do this! I just need my ankle to cooperate and heal fast…
  • Luckily my work is done from home via a computer, so being laid up allowed me to catch up on my to do list (working out takes a lot of time!) and scheme how I can still be successful despite this temporary setback.

Pssst… Cindy and I are doing regular video updates via our Facebook page – check em out here!

What’s coming up this week:

Today we’re going to join our local YMCA to use the indoor pool and so I can take the kiddos with me when I need to hit the gym for two-a-days here shortly.

I normally workout at Snap Fitness and LOVE it there – it’s like a little family and everyone is hugely supportive of one another. But having two gym memberships means I have access to the pool (great for injury recovery), childcare (good for not putting these last six weeks totally on the hubs) and a stair master (which we don’t have at Snap).

They have a buttload of classes (like spin!), which I think will motivate me to get in extra cardio too! Oh and the best part? Swimming with the kiddos will be enjoyable and help them to maintain their sweet skills learning in the Texas pool. ?

Here’s to silver linings!

Have you dealt with an injury while prepping for an intense fitness goal? How’d you handle it? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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