Sorry guys…but it has been a hectic two weeks. The day after I just wrote about hopefully having a slow week…what happens? THE EXACT OPPOSITE!!! So lets start from the beginning.
Cinco de Mayo…..5/5/15….a date that will live in infamy!! I woke up and did my normal routine to get ready for work. I don’t do cardio on Tuesday’s so it was a pleasant day to sleep in. Well, when I pulled off I noticed the highway already had tons of traffic due to a little bit of rain (ugh). So, I decided to take the streets to work which I have done plenty of times. Not this time though!! This time…dun dun dun….on a one lane road I had braked (full stop) and then BAM!!!!! Out of nowhere REAR ENDED…..and then PUSHED INTO THE CAR INFRONT!!!!!!! AAHHHHHHH!!!!
It was a nightmare…I can literally still feel/see/hear the cars crunching. My baby (above) Is soooooooo hurt and bruised!!! The front end got smashed the hardest for some reason. URGH!!! Just what I needed…stress during competition prep. After the crash, I immediately started feeling neck pain and I was completely in shock. I called everyone and finally managed to calm down. After waiting for the police to make the report and of course taking tons of pictures and exchanging information, I went to work. This was obviously the best place to go since I work in an orthopedic office and they handle lots of MVA cases. I immediately made an appointment with our spine doctor and then tried to start contacting the other guys insurance company which was a dead end. Thankfully, my mom got lawyers involved so they are handling all the dirty work.
My doctor took X-rays and it showed that I had a marked reversal in the cervical spine and a muscle strain. He ordered physical therapy and an NSAID (which I took for about a day and then had to stomach due to serious stomach pains). In general, my neck is movable and I am fine with daily life and working out but it still does ache occasionally. I have to constantly stretch it to make sure it doesn’t spasm (worst pain of my life).
I started physical therapy this week and it felt amazing!! She helped relieve some tightness in the neck muscles with some massage and passive stretching and then I spent time hooked up to the E-Stim machine and an ice pack. I initially thought, I was seriously fine and it would go away quickly but day after day it seems like I will need to continue therapy….sigh!!! Oh well…this is life and we just have to manage somehow.
Well…in addition to the car crash, my weight did not budge that week. I of course felt leaner and looked better but still…..no weight change. I attributed it to a possible plateau so it was time to bring in the big guns. I really want to be ahead for this competition so I knew it was time. I started cycling carbs.
Of course, my calories are still really high and my current low carb days aren’t even that low. I compensate for the decrease of carbs with additional protein and fats. I am making sure that my diet is smart and on point. The lower carb days haven’t even affected my energy levels (actually feel more energized)….maybe my body likes the higher fat/protein combo. I am seriously full all day and am NEVER HUNGRY unlike when I was eating a higher amount of carbs during bulking season and the beginning of cutting. I do miss my favorite carbs such as waffles, english muffins, and jasmine rice but I manage to squeeze them in on my high carb day.
In the end guys…I HAVE A GOAL…..NOTHING WILL STOP ME!!!!!!
So let talk training…my intensity and strength has decreased a smidgen due to my neck pain and my lower weight. I have been focusing more on higher reps and slightly lower weight with perfect form to still get that pump but not risk spasming my neck muscles. This is actually convenient(thinking positively), because that is EXACTLY what sort of training I should be doing at this time. I just like to lift heavy in general but this is a nice switch up. In all….I am still killing EVERY WORKOUT….and making fantastic strides in my physique but I still wish I didn’t have this accident. But that is exactly what the universe tries to do….it compensates positive with negative. When everything was going great and positively the universe has to throw negative at you and how you handle the negative is what builds character/strength/success.
Well….I weighed in this week and OMG….I dropped almost 5lbs!!! I was sooooooo happy to see it finally change. I think the carb cycling and the addition of a fat burner has shot my metabolism through the roof. I am leaner everyday and feeling more and more confident to hit that national stage. I know what package I have hiding underneath the rest of this fat and I am 100% sure I will make tidal waves in Vegas!!! Nationals are a much different ballgame and in the past I overestimated my physique and always fell short. I was never as lean and conditioned as these contests require. This time…I am prepared…I am ready….and I am making sure to stay ahead of any curveballs!!!
So lets talk about my suit a little…hehe. I actually finished sewing the bottoms last week which meant I was done sewing!!!! MERP/BOOM/CLAP/STOP!!! Let me rephrase that…I thought I was done sewing lmao!! I had actually already received my Swarovski Rhinestone crystals and diamond connectors so I was psyched to start bedazzling. My excitement was high up until Doni saw the finished top with the connectors and all and said one thing….”I thought there would be more coverage”….AHHHHHHHHHH……boy did I throw a tantrum lol. I thought the cups I chose were perfect in size as by the time the competition comes my lack of body fat will completely erase any presence of breasts but he still didn’t think it was enough. Of course…he handled my tantrum like a pro and ensured me that if I thought it was enough coverage then that is all that mattered. After a whole day of huffing and puffing, I had to admit he was right. He is always right….so I knew as soon as he said it….I was going to have to start over with a bigger molded cup.
Even though I had ordered all my additional crystals and even finalized on my inspiration for the design (secret secret), I got the bigger cups and started over today at Mom’s. I actually have plenty of time left but since I have the process down already the top only took a couple hours to complete!! I am going back tomorrow to do another bottom piece. The one I made is perfectly fine but I have A LOT of extra material so of course….practice makes perfect. A stick there and an angle here may make the difference in this version of the bottoms. Sigh….I WANT TO BEDAZZZZZLE!!!!!
Phew….that was a mouthful that I needed to get out. Sorry for the long story but like I said…..very hectic two weeks. There are so many more details I could have elaborated but ya get the gist…hehe. For now…I am off to enjoy the rest of the night and start back up early tomorrow morning for another fun week of competition prep….woop whoop!!!