Wednesday, 27 April 2016

#RoadtoShreds Episode 3 - So this is peak week? Oh. Damn.

I come to you today one shoot down out of three. All the hard work was about to be shown off in all its glory... In a sports bra and teeny shorts.

But before we get to that, I'd like to indulge you in my peak week. There's been lots of confusion across my social media -

"When's the comp Meisha?"
          I'm not competing.
"Oh... So, a peak week for a shoot? Who does that?"
          No. For 3 shoots.

Each to their own, I've always loved a challenge. Combine that with the immense pressure I put upon myself and the combination of wanting to look better than my last shoot and wanting to feel good when I shoot has meant, yes, I've basically done a full on comp prep for my shoots.
Call me mad, but the results I've had in 8 weeks talk for themselves. And ultimately, how did I feel on shoot number 1? Satisfied. Happy. Proud. I couldn't ask for anymore.

So anyway, I'm rambling. Peak week has been, and continues to be the hardest (but most successful) I've ever had. Having competed twice and cruised to the finish line, it was a big ask to expect the shreds I wanted. But as always, the boss and I were up to the challenge.

This meant a SERIOUS depletion phase.

When people talk of peak week, phrases that often associate -

Emotional turmoil.
Exhausted like never before.

Amongst others, i have to admit, I'd never experienced. I didn't know what the fuss was about.
Oh. How times change.

6 days, zero carbs, zero fats. Yep. Like I said, SERIOUS depletion. And anyone that spent any time with me throughout this will tell you, I definitely lost a bit of me. I felt like I wasn't in the room. Not being able to answer the most simple of questions like "how are you?". Yeh. Pretty fucked.

And after a day of carb loading (which was A LOT harder than I expected), I was ready. And I felt tight, tiny and ultimately, shredded. We'd pulled it off.

11kg down in 8 weeks. I'd smashed it.

So what's up next? I've got 2 more shoots and the plan is in full force. Deplete once more to pull in tightest for Monday. I've done 8 weeks. What's 5 more days? I'VE GOT THIS.

I'll leave you with a brief insight into my shoot with EFECTIV Nutrition. I was told I pull off the attitude... No wait, how did they put it? The "fuck you and fuck off" face really well. Well, thank you very much. I would have to agree, my bitch face game is strong when I will it.

The shots were got, and I left proud of the day.

On to the next!

Monday, 11 April 2016

#RoadToShreds Episode 2: You’re full of sh*t.

What’s a girl to do? You’re doing everything your coach tells you – fasted cardio every day, training hard 6 times a week, and sticking to your carb cycling diet to perfection. 
Then someone upstairs inflicts the power of the LURGY. Cheers bud, just what I needed. 3 weeks out and I'm struck with every possible virus known to man (and no I never, ever, in a million years, exaggerate). You name it, the big man upstairs wanted to throw it at me. The trots, fever, tonsillitis and for the finale, the mother of all migraines. So when I was left with a cold... PAH! I'm invincible again! 
Unfortunately, I was also left with a parting gift. Something we all need to get rid of on the reg, apparently, wasn't going anywhere... 
It had been 5 days and counting, and dropping my carbs to just 40g oats in the morning wasn't helping. 
Tuesday arrives. It's check in day. 
"Yep. Meisha, you're full of shit" says Ed in front of a room full at the gym after prodding my lower abdomen. No shit Sherlock (never has there been a more appropriate use for that phrase).

My focus, my inspiration - my condition in November 2015 where I won my WBFF Pro card.
So, I go back to my initial rhetorical question-
What's a girl to do?
Unfortunately, it's inevitable that your body is going to react to hard training, decreased calories and sickness. This is how it tested me. And what's harder, I was "gaining" weight. Now obviously the reason was piling up in my gut, but still, when you're on a cut, it's not an easy thing to get your head round. 
Finally, after many attempts, after 6 days, shit happened. And for once, it was a welcomed phrase. 
Take it from me, your body will do everything to test you when you put it through such hardship. 
When you diet and train to the extreme I do, there's going to be times where your body says, you know what, screw you. I need to chill. Or, deal with this, bitch. But, it's all a test.
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny" ~ C. S. Lewis
Couldn't have said it better myself. 
If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. And that's why I love it. Being capable of pushing yourself to challenge yourself daily is exhilarating.
So now, with less than 2 weeks til the first of 3 shoots, it's step up time. Time to step up and take the responsibility. It's now or never.
The calories are down and the focus is ramped. Let's do this. Time for shred city to come my way.

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