|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on May 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
The Oregon Ironman brought so many new experiences my way. Some of which I loved and others I can just check off my list! My first time in a Casino, my first shellac manicure, my first time intentionally dehydrating myself, my first Brazilian wax, my first professional spray tan (actually my first spray tan of any kind), first time whitening my teeth, first time I have had someone glue my swimsuit to my body, first time experiencing how our brains just don't work well without carbs (I mean seriously slow in the head!) and the first time I have ever seen my body at 7% body fat.
When we arrived at the show to check-in the night before I felt so nervous and out of place I seriously considered not checking in. Everyone was beautiful. The women were tiny and the men were huge. Some already sported their dark chocolate-y tans or fake eyelashes. We ease-dropped while waiting in line trying to scoop up any helpful information bits we could. A little over 330 people had signed up for this show, 13 of which made up my class called Bikini Open 5'2" and under.
Somehow later that night the crazy process of having my spray tan applied by a kind and welcoming woman who used to compete, while in a cold tool shed, surrounded by 4 other naked women doing the same thing, put me at ease. I felt better walking out with my "other race" color on, covered by my black Ignite Dance Crew sweats. I had a decent night's sleep and woke ready to get it all over with.
I rest was pretty much "hurry up and wait" until I had my turn on the stage around 2:30pm. It only lasted a few minutes. Together the 13 of us walked out and hit our first pose. The room is quiet and the lights are blinding. I smiled as hard as I could while balancing on my wobbly high heels, contracting my abs and legs and trying to look natural. In the end I took 6th in my class. It's hard to know exactly what the judges where looking for, but I feel as though I may have had a more lean and muscle-y look than they wanted. The top 5 ladies were all different but I would guess they had just a tad more body fat. In retrospect I probably would have done well in "Figure" the next competitive group up from "Bikini". The women show more muscle and less fat typically. Above are some pics of the big day. My final weight was about 111 lbs, only 9 lbs less than the day I started training.
|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on May 14, 2014 at 1:15 AM||comments (0)|
We have only 3 days left until SHOW DAY!! I can see a big difference in my muscle definition between these pics and the ones in the green suit from 2 weeks ago. My coach says I am ready at my current body fat of 7.1%.
Over the next 3 days I will be working on dehydrating. Which sounds miserable. I am not looking forward to the process, but the results will be interesting. No more salt or artificial sweeteners are allowed. My Belly will thank me for this. I felt a little bloated in the mid section in these pics. I will have a more defined waste without a diet soda in my tummy! This is my competition suit by the way. I finally got the bottoms fixed and then taken in so that they fit properly. I never imagined that they would be too BIG when they arrived!
|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on May 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
The count down has begun! There are just 17 days left until the Oregon Ironman. I have booked our hotel, purchased my suit and heels, begun tanning as often as possible and whitening my teeth. The preparation seems to get more intense each day. I am continuing my weight lifting workouts and cardio with rest on Sunday (aside from dance practice).
I began carb cycling this week. I eat very low carb for 3 days and then have 1 high carb day. Today was a high carb day and my energy level certainly improved with the increased sweet potatoes and even a banana!
Posing practice is now the focus of my learning and preparation. It's not as easy as it seems to pop your hip out, smile, hold each angle just right and look natural in 5 inch heels. I had Jay take some pics tonight to help me see what the judges see. (Competition shoes pictured, but not suit).
|Posted by Lindsay Huitt on February 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM||comments (0)|
On Monday I made my first visit to personal trainer Lisa Ashy, at Natulis Plus in Oregon City. She has graciously agreed to coach me through contest preparation. In her office I stripped down to my sports bra and booty shorts and let her look me over. She is honest in a very kind way and helped me get a better idea of the work I need to do.
1. Building up the muscles in my Lats to create more of the hourglass shape to my body. These are the muscles in the rib area on your back. Exercise: Wide arm bent over rows with weights. 3 sets of 6-12 reps
2. Add a little muscle to my Hamstrings to create symmetry with my quads. Think dead lifts.
3. Get to work on my rectus abdominus and get a six pack going! Specifically adding weighted oblique exercises. I have also begun researching ideas for intense rectus abdominus work as I find my typical exercises don't make me sore.
(My favorite line from our visit) Lisa says "At your current body fat percentage, if we can't already see a six pack it's because it isn't there." I am laughing as I type.
4. The little bit of fat that is hanging on to my inner thighs will have to go over the next few months as I eat clean and increase my metabolism from the added muscle.
The good news is my current body fat percentage is just over 10%. So I do not have to lose weight right now or obsess over calories. I do however have to eat about 120 grams of protein everyday, continue eating clean and be better about drinking a gallon of water everyday.
I have realized posting a weekly progress picture is going to be an important tool for keeping me motivated with my eating. So here they are. I am noticing a little more definition in my upper obliques and my booty looks better this week!