Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Bodybuilding, My New Secret Passion?

Now if you have been following my fitness goals and fitness progress, you might know that I have hit the gym every day for 25 days now. After a month in total of daily gym visits (sometimes 2-a-days) I will calm down to 5 days a week minimum for 2 months.

Now when I hit the gym I don’t spend hours and hours there, working every body part, getting a super-solid workout under my belt.

I started off just doing my run, usually running between 15 minutes and half an hour at 6mph on the treadmill.
I then added bicep curls when I got more comfortable and moved up from exhausting myself at 10lbs to 20lbs in these past 25 days.

I will randomly do crunches, shoulder presses, and tricep extensions, but I really had no idea what I was doing, so I would stick to the easy stuff. I will sweat during these workouts, but I don’t spend an extremely long time at the gym. When I’m done, I’m done, and I’ll tell you, going every day is really exhausting.

I have been following the progress over the past few months of this girl I knew from high school. She is a total inspiration to me. She started off at 230lbs and over her months of dedication has gotten so fit and fabulous it’s crazy. She is into bodybuilding so through her I have kindof gotten an impression on the fitness world and the sport of bodybuilding and you know what? I’m digging it!

Now this is obviously a long term goal and dream of mine. I don’t care if it takes me 3 years of hitting the gym but I think I would love to compete in a competition for women! I was floundering, without a clear picture in mind of where I wanted to be, fitness-wise, or what my ideal physique would be. I now have a clear image in my head and I want to strive for it and put in the effort.

I think I can actually do this!

Now there are several different categories of competition, ranging from bikini to bodybuilding and my ideal body type would be bikini. It’s muscular but it’s a lean muscle and allows for a higher body fat percentage.
There are a few minor changes I will have to make to my diet, but it’s still all Dukan-friendly which is so important to me because I am really in love with this diet.

The differences I will have to make to my diet are so minor:

  1. Cut down on portion sizes (which I have been meaning to do anyways). 6 meals a day, including protein after my workouts.
  2. Protein and carbs in the morning, for breakfast. I do this anyways by making my gallette with egg whites and oat bran. So I’m all set.
  3. Only one serving of fruit, and eat it in the morning. This will actually be the most difficult thing to change since I have been so in love with fruit lately. But I can do it. And actually, this will be forcing me to be more Dukan, since in Consolidation I am only allowed a serving anyways.
  4. Can still eat a cheat meal.
  5. Cutting out all dairy.
  6. No alcohol. I was allowing myself a binge-drink a month, cutting it out will be sad for me, but not impossible.
I’ll of course be keeping you guys updated with my progress, hopefully a year and a half to 3 years from now we can all look back at this post as the one that started it all.



  1. Go for it! I love the look of the bikini and fitness competitors! The fitness competitors have really intensive gymnastics routines, so I always admired them, but it does leave out a lot of women who just aren't that limber. Looking forward to hearing about your progress.

  2. I would suggest that you hire a personal trainer just for a few sessions, so that they can they can show you how to exercise properly, work out all of the key muscle groups and give you ideas on how to change up your fitness routine. I'm not sure if you're aware, but after some time, your body adjusts to your workout routine and it will become less effective. If you want short-term, but effective workouts, look up HIIT/Interval Training, it only takes 10 - 15 minutes, but is a lot more effective than just running at a steady pace. Again, a certified personal trainer would be able to tell you about all this and a lot more

  3. This is one of my dreams too. I'm unsure my tummy will ever look the same though after kids but I'll try. I recommend that you check out Oxygen magazine. I've been subscribing for years (the USA version) and it's amazing. It has so much info about weight lifting for women and cardio and food. Also Tosca Reno is an inspiration (she sadly just lost her husband to cancer) and writes the Eat-Clean books! Which is how I want to move my diet towards eventually.
    Good luck. Look forward to reading about your progress.

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