. When I started this fitness journey back in January, I had 3 goals:
- Chase a 800# total
- Compete in a Powerlifting Meet
- Get my abs back
April 25: I got my first check mark! I maxed out all 3 lifts and totaled 800#.
Words can NOT express how excited I was. This has been a goal of mine for the last 2 years and to finally accomplished it meant the world!
3rd and final goal: Abs. And we all know that abs are made in the kitchen. I started my meal prep plan back in January. I stuck to the plan Justin wrote out for me and had 1 free meal a week. Ok ok ok, lets be honest, I had a free night vs a free meal. But you get the idea. I did NOT deviate from the plan. It was a long process, but well worth the time and dedication but I finally got them!
So now what? What do you do when you set goals for yourself and then crush them?
You make another one.
I was so disappointed with my body after baby #1 that I wanted to change that after having baby #2. I wanted a body that I could be proud of. I wanted to be able to look at myself in mirror and say "This is you, you worked for this and you should be dang proud of yourself."
I created my next goal: Postpartum to Powerlifting to Photoshoot ready!
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to do a gym/bikini photoshoot but never had the body to do it. And when I say I've never had the body to do it, I mean, I never had the drive to actually put the work in needed. Until now!
After the meet was over, I went straight into a photoshoot prep. This was much different than prepping for a powerlifting meet. I wanted to look healthy. I wanted a body that I could maintain even after the shoot was over. My abs weren't as defined as they were previously, but, I was eating more food and drinking more water. After all, this wasn't a weight cut, but a body composition change. I took 5 weeks off of powerlifting and focused on aesthetics and nutrition.
To say that I was happy with the results would be an understatement!
Here is a sneak peak of some of my absolute favorites! The rest I'll release slowly but surely on my Instagram page ;)
All photo credit to: Justin Metts
When I look back to Day 1 and see how far I've come, it gives me that much more motivation to continue. Its not a diet, its a lifestyle!
So now what? I've crushed not one, not two but FOUR goals in 2017 already.
Its time to make a new one.
The next goal: Total 1000 at USPA Worlds in November. I need to add 200# between the two lifts but I am hungry for it. Training has already started and I am on my 2nd week of a 12 week cycle. After that...who knows! I might just join the NPC world for a fun challenge in 2018. Might.