Saturday, March 28, 2009

3 Weeks Out Progress Pics

Pictures were taken at 7am this morning, and I feel like my body responded really well to my diet and cardio update this past week! Still lots of step mill interval training and a boot camp workout once a week. I need a little more rest at this point; my daily nap is essential!! But really, I'm feeling great mentally, and just excited that the show is one week closer!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mike Yurkovic Preview Pic

I just got this photo from the shoot I did with Mike Yurkovic the Arnold Classic weekend (March 7th); the full gallery will be posted to my website in the coming weeks. I just love what he does with the colors! We squeezed in a quick hour and a half shoot Saturday early morning before I had to run back to the expo. There were lots of other pro girls at the shoot that I had a great time meeting and hanging out with: Felicia Romero, Kristal Richardson, Mindi O'Brien, Sherlyn Roy, Juliana Malacarne.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

4 Weeks Out - Progress Update

Less than 4 weeks to go now until making my pro debut at the Orlando Europa Supershow of Champions on April 17th!! These pictures were taken Friday evening (3/20). I was down to 125.5 lbs Saturday morning, which is almost 5 lbs less than my stage weight last year at Jr. Nationals. I'm so pleased with the changes I've made this year, primarily bringing down my legs and butt and building a more COMPLETE overall package. I just feel so much more stream-lined. Not only that, but I am in the BEST shape of my life! I've never felt like super woman at this point in my prep! Don't get me wrong, there are days when I am definitely dragging and dog tired and just want to eat, eat, eat (I try to tell myself during those time, 'it's ok though, I get atleast 8 meals a day, thank goodness')...but the style of training Mike has me doing is so athletic and dynamic, I just love that there is a really fit athletic girl created in this process, not just a lean physique. It's empowering :)
It's the home stretch now...I'm just ready to get on stage!! I sent in my figure athlete contract for the Europa show this past week, so you should see my name on the competitor list shortly :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Arnold Classic Weekend Review

I had a blast the weekend of March 6-8th working for Species Nutrition at their booth and doing picture and calendar signings. It was a whole team of athletes: male and female bodybuilders, as well as us figure competitors. We got a couple one hour breaks and of course being amongst competitors, when it was time to eat or drink water, no one complained or told you no! LOL I was honored to be a part of the team working the Arnold Classic booth. Tons of people stopped by and the Species name was well represented and promoted. I've attached a picture of me from Sunday of the AC weekend...a lil sleepy eyed by this point!!

I flew into Ohio a few days before the AC and trained with my coach, Mike Davies, and did posing practice with the other girls competing in the AC. Friday night we watched the women's figure, fitness and bodybuilding. It's always so exciting to see what direction the judging is heading early on in the season, and after watching the show, I'm just that more excited and ready to get on stage!! Saturday night after the men's bodybuilding, we went to The Party with the Pros with our VIP passes - oh yeah! :) This was a top notch party with great entertainment, music, and a GREAT food spread in our area upstairs! Fun times with the fitness friends the whole week...I did have a mad craving for lots and lots of protein bars after being at the expo all weekend! LOL