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It’s been two and a half months since the Arnold, and besides maybe having a few extra cookies, I have definitely not been slacking in the gym by any means! My workouts are so intense these days that I leave the gym drenched! This has not always been typical of me, so it makes me wonder what I’ve been doing different. I think the answer is that on each set I am squeezing out the last rep so intensely that I can literally feel the sweat start dripping. I’m pushing my body extraordinarily hard. I’ve had such incredible workouts lately that I’ve left the gym thinking, “I can’t believe I did that.” I’ve been relying on HMB so much recently to help keep this momentum going. I need the recovery properties HMB provides to power my next workout and keep me going strong from one workout to the next.
Everyone keeps asking me, “when is your next show?” Admittedly, I’m a person who needs a goal to look to in order to feel like I’m striving for something. But I’ve still been pressing on at the gym knowing what I want to focus on for my next show. It really hasn’t been until this past week that my mind has been set on doing a show later this fall. I’m debating between two shows, one in late October and the other in early November. From there, my hopes are to compete in Nationals the following May, and maybe even June.
That being said, it means I have six months until show time again. Once you factor in my prep time, it means I have about three months of a ‘growing season’ left. To make the most of it I’m lifting four to five days a week with powerful energy. I’m still dropping in about two days of cardio in the mix so I can keep unwanted weight at bay. I don’t want to have to go on an extreme diet and lose the muscle I’m working so hard for now. I can see and feel the changes in my body already, and those gains I have made have given me extra drive going into the next three months.
I’m continually pushing my limits while still enjoying a nice balance of family, a career, and fun. I really thought that I was making progress last “growing season” until I have challenged myself this one. I’m so excited for the months ahead! Follow my journey to the stage once again this November!