Hi y'all. I've been feeling the need to keep better records of my adventures in the weight room so I decided it was time to start a journal. Before I get started, I'll give you the back story. How about I just pretend this is an interview and answer the obvious questions... k?
Who are you?
As you see there my name is Stephanie. I'm a 36 y/o married mother of 2 children. I work part time nights as an RN and I run a small photography business on the side. My kids are currently 8 (son) and 6 (daughter) years old.
What initially motivated you? (question and answer copied from another thread)
My initial motivation was the freshman 15 I gained in college. I started running and watching my diet to slim down again. I fell in love with "fitness." My venture into weight training started in my early 20's. My BFF in nursing school's husband was a natural BBing competitor. I trained with her for a bit while gawking at her husband's training partner... this really hot guy who I just celebrated 12 years of marriage with. My husband taught me how to set up a training schedule back when we were dating. I lifted weights for many years without making many strength gains or paying any mind to my nutrition. Despite my failure to make much progress, I was still fairly "fit" for a woman in her 30's with a couple of kids. Then I went through rough patch where I stopped training for around 8 months. It was the longest I had been out of the gym my entire adult life. I got "fat" ... which for me was up to 140lbs and a size 9. I decided I was going to get back down to business so I spent the next year hitting the weights hard. I did make strength gains but I still looked chubby. I was miserable and at that point (January 2011) decided it was time to clean up my diet. I lost 20lbs+ ... then bulked... then cut and did a show... now I'm nearing the end of bulk #2. To follow my journey and see progress pictures from the last 2 years check out my blog...
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How long have you been training?
15 years total, 3 years with purpose/intensity
Where are you now and what are your goals?
I'm currently at 150lbs and 6-months in to my second "official" bulk. I have roughly 5 weeks left of this bulk then our family heads to Florida for our first ever trip to Disney World (yes, that was part of the inspiration for the title). The cut starts the week we get back from our vacation. I am planning to enter a figure contest in July. This will be my 2nd figure show. I did one June of '11 where I placed 3rd in both the "figure tall" and "masters figure" categories. My only goal is to get on stage looking better than I did last time.
What routine/program are you currently running
I started my bulk running PHAT and did that for around 12 weeks (with deloads). While I enjoyed the program, it proved to be too high-volume for me. My strength was improving but I was having major issues with CNS recovery. After Thanksgiving (upon the advice of my coach/friend) I started a much lower volume push/pull/legs split training 4 days/wk. I am LOVING it. It is based on the principles of DoggCrapp training. The workouts are shorter and I'm feeling and sleeping much better. (I have issues with insomnia). My goal in the next few weeks is to push my strength up as much as possible before my cut so I'll be working in lower rep ranges. I do 3 working sets for upper body exercises and only 2 working sets for major leg exercises. I will ONLY be documenting working sets, not warm-up sets. If you look at the training, it doesn't seem like much but I assure you, I am sore and my strength is increasing. I'm learning to appreciate the art of pushing myself to my limits with just a few exercises rather than burning myself out on many. I'm enjoying it!
What is your current nutrition?
Oy. I was afraid you'd ask that. The truth is, I haven't tracked calories since I started this bulk. Cutting for competition requires a lot of micromanaging of one's diet and when that is over I just need a break from it. I still eat mostly the same foods insofar as meals are concerned. I always make sure I'm getting adequate protein. I've just been throwing in extra snacks here and there (mmmmmmm peanut butter) and allowing for more opportunities to eat out and enjoy holiday treats. I've gained roughly 1lb/wk over the course of this bulk... might be a bit excessive but I'm ok with it. I will buckle down and get serious about the diet when the time comes.
Well that'll work for an introduction I suppose... though I might edit to add more if I think of it.
So off I go... training like a beast in the weight room to discover the beauty of having the body I've always wanted...