I Miss Bread
Of all the things I miss the most, it's bread, plain and simple. A nice sourdough. Perhaps a French baguette. Maybe even some nasty pumpernickel.
It Takes Serious Determination
In a world where carbs are everywhere, learning to say "no" has been a challenge. It's taken a huge mental shift from what I want now toward what I want to look like at BlizzCon. Luckily, the vision is crystal clear. Plus, when it's done, I can bulk again, so it's not like this is forever. Just like anything, it's preparation of a single moment of glory. If you're willing to sacrifice to achieve it, you will stand victorious.
It's Not Fast
When I look in the mirror, I don't readily see any changes. I see the same Kristen that's always been there. However, when I step on the scale, I have proof that I've shed weight. Gravity doesn't exactly fluctuate. All the same, it's taken precious weeks to get this far and there are still more weeks to go. By the time this is over, it will have been 8 weeks in order to (hopefully) achieve a specific look for two days.
Fats are Friends
When the carbs drop, the fats shoot up. Protein stays relatively the same, but in order to make sure you're still getting enough calories to get through the day without starving yourself, it's all about chowing down on some delicious fats. Nuts, seeds, olive oil, cheese, butter and anything else with more fatty flavor than carbs are reveled in. To be honest, this isn't really a bad trade off. It also means I can finally eat protein sources other than chicken and add mayonnaise to my tuna once more.
Veggies are Friends
Sure, you could sneak a piece of bread with a net 28g of carbs that's so small it barely takes up room on your plate or you could eat a bowlful of veggies and go to bed feeling stuffed. While bread certainly is easier and fulfills a much happier desire in my brain, while I'm on such a strict budget, my drive to feel satiated outweighs my love of bread. Plus, lots of veggies basically ensure you're getting enough vitamins and minerals to keep the body healthy.
I'm pretty darn proud of what I've accomplished so far. Being my first real cut, I don't expect to look as amazing as I will next year, but I've seen more results in my body composition in these past few weeks than in my entire life. It's basically sold me on the importance of understanding the diet.
I Need Bigger Muscles
The final bit of information I've pulled is that my muscles are a lot smaller than originally thought. Because of the body fat encasing them, they've seemed much larger than they are. Though my aim is not to reach Miss Olympia levels, I can certainly up my weights and am doing so now until BlizzCon. With every little step, I get closer to achieving the ripped body I've always dreamed of having.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.