What Does Off-Season Look Like?

Hello!  It's been a while since I've posted anything.  I've made the choice to wait until December to start my next prep, and so I've just been cruising for the last four months in a nice, long off-season. I reverse dieted.  I got over my post-show blues.  I'm doing If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) … Continue reading What Does Off-Season Look Like?

The Importance of a Reverse Diet

The human body is a wonderfully adaptive thing.  Your physiological systems are built so that you survive - we wouldn't have made it this far as a species if our bodies didn't adjust well to periods of low calorie intake, like during a famine. The same physiological mechanism that allowed us to survive this long … Continue reading The Importance of a Reverse Diet

Budget Friendly Competition Prep

This is the side of competing that no one talks about - money.  Competing gets incredibly expensive very quickly, as all of the little costs add up.  I know that when I first started competing, I felt like I had to buy everything my coach recommended if I wanted to win and get as lean … Continue reading Budget Friendly Competition Prep

Post Show Blues and Ennui | Learning How to Eat Again

So many people enter competition prep and develop tunnel vision: they don't/can't plan for anything post-show because they're so focused on stepping on stage.  It's understandable, and I'm guilty of this myself.  Because I was so physiologically stressed out due to training all the time on a caloric deficit, I didn't have the emotional bandwidth … Continue reading Post Show Blues and Ennui | Learning How to Eat Again

Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)

This post may be Not Safe for Work: there are several photos of me in a bikini and in my mandatory bikini back pose.The dust has settled, the competition photos are back and posted on NPC News Online, and I'm ready to talk about my experience.  I competed at NPC/IFBB City Limits Championships on 4/14/18 … Continue reading Post Bikini Competition Experience (Write Up)