Hey Temple Builders! Mrs. Passini here, shooting yal an update on my training and fitness goals this year.
Many of you know I’ve decided to participate in my first ever Powerlifting meet. What is PL you say? Well, it is the max amount of weight you can lift in the squat, bench, and deadlift. I am also competing raw, which means no assisting equipment or suits to help me lift the weight. Just me, myself, and my weight belt. Right now my training is actually a bit different from my usual mix of bodybuilding, crossfit, and powerlifting. I haven’t done cardio in over a month except during wods that are for time or an amrap. However, I haven’t gone off the food chain. I’ve actually been eating JUST like I normally do, only an increase in calories overall. I’m still primarily doing no grains; my carb sources come from potatoes, buckwheat, fruits, veggies, and corn.
This is just ME. I eat this way, EVERYDAY. It is what I CHOOSE to do. Happily, I might add. Do I have cravings? Naturally, like every other human being on the planet. We are not predestined to look or feel or act a certain way. Keep those things in mind especially now since the New Year has started. We all have good intentions, but what are they except good ideas if we don’t dedicate ourselves to doing these things EVERY SINGLE DAY?
With PL, the focus is on overall strength, but this does not mean I gain a ton of weight in order to lift heavy. Right now I am sitting around 114lbs which I plan to stay around until about 2 weeks out from my PL meet. Since I’m also doing a figure competition in June, I need to start my official food prep 17 weeks out so I have plenty of time to drop body fat slowly while maintaining as much lbm as possible. This year I am DETERMINED to win my professional status in figure. This will be my 9th bodybuilding show in the past 5 years. With figure, strength is irrelevant in terms of performance on stage, but I plan on staying strong throughout my prep. Loss in strength means a LOSS in muscle mass, which is never the goal for a bodybuilding show but is typical in many athletes with trainers that starve their clients and force them to do hours of cardio a day. I will also have to focus on some isolation in terms of muscle groups I want to accentuate. Bodybuilding is all about SYMMETRY–I’ll be fighting my old knee injury in order to bring up my left leg to my right leg’s development.
I’m blessed to know that Dan is taking me through this prep. He has prepped me for all my other shows and it takes the pressure off me to not have to worry about things like what I need to eat and when.
Notes to consider for this week:
My water intake has sucked! I’ve got to get back to 96 oz a day consistently.
Do more mobility, and self myofascial release. I can’t expect my hips to flex and extend if I’m not taking care of them.
Finish my vision board! What’s a goal without a deadline? Just a WISH. Don’t wish it to happen–plot it out and MAKE it happen.
Motivation is something that ebbs and flows, even for me! Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done, even if you don’t feel like it. Think: dishes! laundry! Dealing with sugar wired children!
That’s why faith and fitness are so intertwined for me–when I’m disciplined about reading my bible, I receive more revelation and understanding of God. When I don’t, I find it easier to blame other things instead of myself slacking off.
I’ll try to keep a decent food log but it will usually be more of the same–Most of you know me well. I am a creature of habit and if you study yourself….you will find YOU eat the same things every day.
Here is today’s food so far:
Buckwheat pancakes with almond butter
2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites
2 slices of bacon
2 slices of bacon
1 egg, 3 egg whites
1 small red potato
We are one week into January 2013–if you have fallen off track, WHO CARES! Today is a NEW day. Get back to basics and don’t overcomplicate fitness.
Till Next Time Pampa Texas!
“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2 ESV