That’s right folks! 19 weeks to go until my second UKBFF Bikini Competition. And I am PUMPED. Finally after a long, hard few months of bouncing up and down with my emotions and a total lack of drive, I’ve found that drive and headspace again.
I have a new trainer who has given me a fresh approach to training and been working on some correctional exercises and mobilisation. My workouts consist of heavy, high rep and isolation exercises targeting my weak bikini areas of my back, shoulders and quads. I know that I have been pushing myself in every session by the amount of DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness) that I’ve had since I started the programme but I’m pushing through to get those gains over the coming weeks. Over the last three weeks, I’ve already pushed myself more than in the last few months and I’ve been smashing some PB’s too. I’m still waiting on the visuals to really show, but I’m feeling a lot thicker and stronger in my back and glutes already so I’m excited to see what I can do in another 7 weeks.
It’s difficult, as I am also trying to avoid the scales. Numbers aren’t important, I know this. But after years of obsession about those numbers going down instead of up, it’s sometimes hard to wrap your head around the idea that you sometimes have to go up to come down. Ironically, having now got to grips with the right foods and macros for me I am feeling the leanest I have been in quite a while. I have also increased my calories by 300 this week in order to be putting on some more muscle mass. I’ll be honest, I find this hard and I am terrified of putting on weight. or more specifically FAT but I know a little increase is part of the process.
This time it’s going to different and I am not going to lose the momentum after comp. Both my trainer and I agreed a good solid post comp plan is or paramount importance for any bikini competitor. I now know a good post comp plan is as important as prep. I also don’t want to put myself in the position where I lose so much control that I end up feeling like I’m back at the beginning which is exactly what I did the first time round.
So it’s good! I’m good! I’m looking forward to bright summer mornings and long evenings to get me through my workouts. I’m looking forward to seeing all the changes to come and having some consistency back in my life. I feel STRONG. So here’s to comp prep number two.
For anyone on their bikini journey at the moment, here’s to you! Not everyone succeeds. Not everyone has the will power.
We got this.