Helloooooooo blaruefit family! Ok ok, I promised this post about a week ago but...better late than never right (I am going to get better about this I promise). Along with this post I have a youtube video. It is a little sit down and chat with me about my first two weeks. I will be honest it was a little rushed and the videos will be way better in the future but...check it out here!

Moving on with post...it is officially bikini competition season for me and I am so so so excited! I have officially started the prep process which means diet is on point, cardio is starting, and it is time to push every single workout. Prep is tiring, it is long, but man is it SO rewarding when you make it to that stage. I have decided that I want to document this years bikini competition prep for myself and to share with all of you! I am going to share it all...the ups, the downs, and all of the in betweens. So here is my first check in for 2018!

About two weeks ago I went to visit my coach, Kevin Dehaven, and talked with him about this years shows and I also got my first diet and cardio regimen all set and ready to go! My first show will be the Victory Classic held on June 23, 2018 in Charlotte, NC (122 days away...not counting down or anything). I am a member of Team Decon who is headed by Kevin Dehaven (diet/cardio coach) and Cornelius Parkin (training coach). I joined Team Decon last year for my first show and had the absolute best experience. I developed a great relationship with my coaches and could not imagine working with anyone else. I personally think that having a coach is SO important. A coach is there to keep you accountable, motivate you, and make sure you are always making progress towards your goals.

So after visiting Kevin I went home READY TO GO! However, this prep for me is going to be a lot different from last years. During my off season I developed a series of food sensitivities so my diet has completely changed from last season to this season. (If you want a post about food sensitivities and my process of fixing them comment on this post!) I am really interested to see how everything goes and if my body reacts any differently with a different diet. Right now, my diet is consisting of greek yogurt, apples, rice cakes, lean beef, JKP protein powder, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and a lot of fish (which I have never liked...it is a learning process). I follow a specific meal plan while I am on prep. That way I do not leave anything to chance and I know I am following the exact directions my coach wants me to follow. I am starting with 30 minutes of cardio 5 times per week.

After two weeks of following this program I checked in with my coach and let's just say I was NOT EXACTLY pleased...but things happen and that is life. Here is how my first two weeks went...

During my first two weeks of prep I caught the flu and my cat was in the kitty hospital for three days. So needless to say I was sick and stressed!!! Not ideal when you are trying to get your body to lose weight. I stuck to my diet strictly except on the Wednesday of the second week I had an unplanned cheat meal at a restaurant called Noble's. I am sharing this because I want to be honest and transparent through this whole process. For this meal I had steak, potatoes, veggies, and a few bites of pie (the pie was ahhhmazing). Other than that one meal I ate as I was supposed too. I did realize I was having a really hard time eating salmon...blahhhh (which is part of my last meal) so instead I would sometimes sub a protein shake. I did talk to my coach about the fish ish and he let me know that shrimp is aye ok, so ya girl has been on the shrimp train all this week! My training was a bit weak because flu=death...but I did every session of cardio and really pushed everything as hard as I could. After my first two weeks I lost ONE POUND...that is it (eye roll). I wasn't expecting a huge change but I will admit I was disappointed. This does not leave me discouraged, it just makes me more hungry and ready to push!

My goal for my next check in is to be down 3-4 pounds and I know I can do it! Stay tuned for my next check in coming at you next week. :) Until then my friends...keep pushing, stay dedicated, and let's be the best we can be!

Don't forget...I recorded a YOUTUBE  video reflecting on my first two weeks of prep. With these posts I am going to do videos going along with my check ins. If there is anything specific you would like to see please let me know! Meal prep, workouts, bikini design?! I can do it all! Also, follow my Instagram (@blaruefit) to stay a little more up to date on all of the real life action. I am always talking on my story, sharing tips and tricks, and just posting about life.

I will talk to you all soon!



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