Well, that’s exactly how I feel every waking morning.
If you’ve been following me, I have been training with my fitness coach/nutrition expert, Lenny Graham for the last few months to prep for my FIRST fitness show.
OMG…The reality of this whole thing hasn’t even kicked in yet!
Everyday, I take a few minutes to browse through my favorite fitness mentors’ blogs and sites to follow their progress, admire their physiques and maybe pick up a few tips and suggestions to help with my training and diet.
Then I take a look at myself in the mirror and freak out! Ha ha.. not really, but I feel that I’m far from where my body should be to even compete among all those gorgeous bodies.
Just when I start doubting myself, my coach will say something to boost my confidence level.
“If we continue to go the way we are going G, you’re gonna be Killer!“
To hear words like that, come out of Lenny’s mouth definitely gives me a new found boost of motivation to take it to another level. As crazy as it sounds, I feel like his cheering words somehow recharge and fuel me with more muscle powers and somehow I am able to lift harder and heavier. I’m such the shy and timid girl outside of the gym, but Lenny definitely brings out my strong woman alter ego, which he calls SUPER G. I love Lenny this BIG!!!!
For the last few months, I have been reporting to Lenny Tuesdays and Thursdays around 7:30 am.
My session starts with a 5 min warm up on the treadmill, then I grab my large bottle of water and gum and head to the weight room to get served the intense Lenny treatment. On Tuesdays, we usually concentrate on lower body, my curvy hips and sometimes core. On Thursdays, we usually workout my upper body like shoulders, chest and back, biceps and triceps. The workouts are never consistent and depending on my progress and what needs improvement, then Lenny will decide on what we’re doing that day. So far, I am beyond pleased with every muscle and tone in my body. On the other days, I usually workout at home or with my little brother Yousef in Lancaster, PA when I stop by to visit my parents.
“Dude… your arms are getting jacked! And your butt is huge! In a good way. Now, you’re making me want to compete with you! You’re gonna do awesome.”
Those were the words that Yousef blurted out at the gym during our session. I was really taken back and touched when he said that. Just like Lenny, Yousef has been my support system cheering me on every step of the way. He’s definitely my little BFF when it comes to sports and business. I can call him at any minute of the day and freak out about an amazing idea or deal that I just made, and he genuinely gets excited back! OMG!!!!
A little bit about my little bro Yousef, or you can call him Jo, he’s a fitness freak like myself and he’s constantly at the gym. He trains at Power Train Sports in Lancaster, PA where a lot of professional athletes train. So, he’s pretty knowledgeable when it comes to getting in shape or even helping me prep for a fitness competition. He’s actually joining me this weekend for my Sunday Bootcamp that is also run and instructed by Lenny.
This will be the first time that they both meet one another so I’m really excited! I love to introduce people I love to other people I love Sharing is caring.
“So how much cardio do you do?” I get asked this all the time when talking about training and my answer is “NONE”
The only form of cardio that Lenny allows me to do is a light warm up at the beginning of each workout and Boot camp on Sundays. Since we are trying to build muscle on my body, cardio can counteract all our hard work and even shred down more muscles and we don’t want to do that. Lenny prefers that I lose body fat through my diet, and that’s exactly what I have been doing.
Ready for my diet?
If you’re thinking that I’m eating bland chicken and broccoli all day, then you’re wrong. Check out the pretty picture below! This is what my counter typically looks like after an afternoon of grocery shopping.
I usually prep my food for the week on Sundays. I like to create cute little tupperwares with the perfect portions for my days to come.
Here’s what my recent days have been looking like:
6 am: Pre-workout meal: Oats + egg whites + 1 egg and coffee
7:30 am WORKOUT
9 am: Post workout meal: 4 oz grilled fish + 1 cup brown rice + 1 cup veggies
11 am : Non-fat Plain Green Yogurt + 1 cup veggies
1 pm: 4 oz grilled chicken + medium sweet potato+ 1 cup veggies
4 pm : 4oz grilled chicken + 1 cup veggies
6 pm: 4 oz fish + 1 cup salad/ green veggies
Everyone is different when training and dieting, so my diet may not be suitable for other bodies. Depending on your goals, I suggest consulting with a nutritionist or trainer. Remember, my goal is to build muscle and get lean for my contest and Lenny has been guiding me week by week. When it comes to competing, diet is just as crucial as training. Fueling your body properly will help me get to the finish line looking amazing like all the other pros. Well, I’m going to be an amateur for the first show lol but I’ll take it!
As far as the next 4 weeks, Lenny and I are meeting 3 days per week plus sneaking in some sprints on the off days. As far as my diet, the only thing I have to tweek is to add a juicy lean steak for breakfast to prevent any possible muscle loss, and add a few more cups of fibrous vegetables to up my daily fiber to 25-30 grams to maintain healthy bowel movements.
So that’s my latest update for you guys!
Overall, I’m in love with this whole journey and I can’t wait for what the next month is going to bring. I am two months out right now, so I definitely feel crunch time and I’m so determined to win! Winning for me, just means competing period. Whether I place first or last, being on stage is going to be a huge prize in itself. Yay!
Thank you all for following little Ol’ me and for all your support.