I could hardly sleep last night. It was a mix of nerves and excitement of starting my new diet and exercise routine for the month.

Over the past few months I had been eating roughly 1800 calories a day, doing no more than 10 minutes of cardio a day, and lifting 6x a week for about 45 minutes. I began leaning out and building noticeable muscle, especially in my upper body. My downfall: legs and butt. I’ve always been a tall girl, 5’8″ to be exact, and I’ve always ‘lacked’ in those areas. Well, if I want to compete, I need to build them up, right? Muscles need fuel to grow, so that’s what I’m doing- increasing my calories to give my muscles the proper fuel to get those glutes and hamstrings I want!! Squats, deadlifts, etc. alone would not do the job, or at least not in a timely manner.

Ready for my new diet? From 1800 calories to a whopping 2400 CALORIES. Oh…My….Gosh is right. (I almost had a panick attack at work when I saw those number that my coach sent me).

The diet is broken up like this: 300 g Carbs, 175 g Protein, and 50 g Fat.

Seem like a lot? It should, because it is. But I need to gain weight and put on more muscle. Eventually after this ‘bulking’ phase, I will cut back down, lean out again, but still retain the muscle I have put on during the bulk. This is the glory of having so long before my competition! I get to experiment and do some things most girls can’t because they jump right in and decide to compete in a show a few months away. I, potentially have a little less than a year to sculpt my body.

So, todays breakfast: 3 whole eggs, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup pineapple.

This filled me up BIG time- didn’t even have room for my morning coffee! It was delicious, though. After heading to work for a few hours I went to the gym to get my workout in. This first week is a ‘deloading’ week, to prepare me for heavy lifts next week. I was in and out within an hour and got a VERY good workout in! It was chest and back today. Light weight, high reps. It’s nice to mix it up a little!

After my workout I had to eat a banana, an apple, and drink my protein and creatine. SO. MUCH. FOOD. and. LIQUID. But i’m not gonna give up!! I know it’ll benefit me later.