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May 2014. Another brutal prep. Beat up and let down, I was ready to walk away from it all. I didn’t have what it takes. My mental strength had left me years ago, and I was shutting down. Fourteen shows deep and I wasn’t ready to give up that easy. Two of the absolute worst preps of my life, ultimately led to a NPC Pittsburgh Light Heavy Weight class win, qualifying me for Nationals, USAs, and North Americans of 2015.
These next few months will be focusing on growing and getting back what I lost during prep earlier this year. Looking at pictures, its disheartening. Its like a swift kick to the stomach while someone holds my head under water. BUT, ill be back. Im down, and I need to fight my way back, but ill be back. New goals, new out looks. Finally listening to the right people and not the wrong people.
Current Weight: 220
Pro 7 Protein
Cream of Rice
I figured I would let the cat out of the bag. I am currently 15 weeks out, sitting at 229lbs. I have worked with Shelby Starnes all offseason, and I have continued to work with him in my contest prep. He has taken my physique to new levels already and I couldn’t be happier. Check him out at www.ShelbyStarnes.com. Diet is steady, no cardio yet, but one cheat meal a week. VERY different than my last show preps.
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I think people so often forget how much when you diet, you effect the people around you. Without them, many times, you would be lost. I can’t thank the people enough, who stood by me, and dealt with the ups and down and continued stress that I’m sure I caused.
Show Recap –
4th out of 12 in Open Light Heavyweights at the NPC Mets. Felt great with the package I brought and improvements made moving up a weight class, although i know I could have been a bit tighter to bring it together. All a learning experience. Thank you everyone who has supported me. Sometimes I think the dieting process is harder for the individuals around, then you yourself dieting. So for that I thank you all.
First my GF Kristi D’Arpa You know how I feel, but you also need to know that I couldn’t have done this with out you. You are amazing and i cant thank you enough for standing by my side. I know it wasnt easy., and I love you.
My training partner Nick Lepore I obviously would have been lost with out you, thank you my brother.
My friends and family who came to the show, thank you. I have the most appreciation for you who traveled far distances just to see me up there. Thank you. I WILL be back.
Post Show Diet
Trying to hit around 100g carbs right now, slowly taper back up.
1- 3 whole eggs, 4 egg whites and some oats
2 – 6oz chicken, veg, Almond Butter
3 – 6oz chicken, veg, rice or potatoes
4 – 2 Scoops Whey, Apple, Almond Butter
5 – 6oz steak, rice or potatoes
6 – 2 Scoops Casein, Almond Butter
I started hitting the prowler on my lunch break for 20 mins or so just keeping the cardio up but staying out of the gym for at least a week. My body was pretty messed up come show time, so I’m enjoying some down time.
** Make no mistake that I do have some good non diet friendly food scattered in there. If i feel I want it ill have it, but so far not really any crazy cravings. Trying to hold it to one LEGIT cheat meal a week, but have some cookies here and there. after 16 weeks of dieting, I’m not being too hard on myself this first week.
I will follow this protocol for a few weeks while I reset my fried Metabolism. Ill then decide where I want to go and what I will be doing.
Open to hear your thoughts and suggestions also!
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