When I first competed in 2010 I did 4 shows with in 2 months with great success of 2 first and 2 second places. I then on the advice of my then trainer/nutritionist, gained quite a bit of weight. ( going from show weight 118 to my heaviest of 152…talk about uncomfortable). Going back into prep, I found my body was not responding like it once did. It was holding onto everything, barely making progress. It was a trial and error of no carbs, high carbs, no fat, high protein and none of the variations were working. Enter the addition night cardio, on top of my fasted cardio in the morning. Even though I had success that year of competing, a first place, 9th place at Team U and a 2nd at the yorton cup, I knew something wasn’t right. I was burnt out mentally and physically. I began to hate training and binge ate on every cheat meal. I was either starving, cramped over or throwing up. I ruined my metabolism, my health and my drive. In comes Joe!
I googled local posing classes and Joes name popped up. I contacted him and went to a class, where I got to meet him face to face. I was on the fence about starting with someone new, I am a creature of habit and change scares me. After going back and forth in my head, I decided if I didnt do something now, I never would. As soon as I said yes is when everything really changed. I have never counted macros, I had no idea what that even meant. My old diet was written for me, the same basic food, no variety, no change. So needless to say, this macro thing was beyond confusing to me. Once I figured it out, I couldnt believe this was considered prep.