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Progress Pics… Just 3 Weeks Until Competition Day

Amber DeLeal March 24, 2016
3 Weeks Before Female Physique Competition

I can’t believe I am now just over 3 weeks away from stepping on stage at my first physique competition! In about three short weeks I’ll be strutting my stuff in front of hundreds of people – and, of course, the judges.

As of right now, I’m feeling equally as excited as I am nervous. But, more importantly, I’m not feeling very hungry. In fact, my cravings seemed to have disappeared. I’m not even that hungry when it’s meal time. I don’t know why that has happened, but I’m definitely NOT complaining considering how strict my diet is right now!

I had my weekly weigh-in this past Friday and there was no change in my weight. I didn’t even sweat it. My body measurements give a much better indication of my progress anyway.

When we did my measurements on Saturday, everything was trimmer except my glutes, which stayed the same. My shoulders happened to get bigger…AGAIN!

Talk about good news! And the even greater news was that my coach decided to keep my diet the same, because, as he put it, “I don’t want you up there looking scrawny.” 🙂

All around, everything seemed pretty awesome!

To continue my progress, the main area I need to work on is that darn hamstrings and glutes tie-in area I’ve talked about previously.

Since it’s such a difficult area for me to lose fat,  I decided to add a few leg movements at the end of every work out to help me target my development in that area. That’s right! Leg day, every day, baby! Hopefully we’ll see a difference when I meet with my coach again this weekend. If not, we’ll be making some more aggressive changes.

As far as energy goes, I’m feeling pretty good. I get a little more tired earlier in the evening than before since I’m no longer training at night. Doing my whole cardio session in the morning instead of at night after work is definitely the best option for me. It makes a big difference in allowing me to get to sleep on time and sleep much better.

I guess I’ve still been going to the gym after work, but just to practice my posing. So I’m still making it home in time to go to bed at a decent time.

There’s a lot of positive things happening. There’s certainly a few challenges I’m dealing with, as is to be expected. For example, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with trying to make sure I have everything I need for the show.

I finally got registered and am officially signed up! That was an exciting confirmation email to receive. It made the reality of everything really start to sink in.

Truth be told, I’m going a bit crazy trying to remember everything that needs to be done in the next few weeks. Hair and nail appointments, and just making sure I have everything else I need for show day. I definitely need to get a checklist together to make sure nothing gets missed.

Saturday evening (March 19th) marked four weeks out from contest day. I had Scott, my husband, take some pictures while we were at the gym to give me a visual of my progress. I was happy to see a difference in my waist and legs. Scott noticed my shoulders really standing out.

Here are a few of the pics:

Competition Posing Competition Posing 2

Competition Posing 3 Competition Posing 4

If you’ve never done it before, I want you to know that posing is MUCH more complicated than it may seem. And there’s also the added difficulty of having to deal with being comfortable in those heels. It’s taking some getting used to so hopefully it will look more natural when it’s time to perform.

Work, work, work! I have been working so hard and putting in a lot of extra time to make sure I can hit all my poses without batting an eye. I’m not quite there yet, but I’m getting closer by the day.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m excited.

I am SO ready for that post competition meal. All the foods I’ve wanted to eat these past few weeks come flooding to my mind. I’m leaning more toward pizza, but we’ll have to see when the time comes. It seems as though my mind changes by the hour. I just want EVERYTHING!

As far as my updates and posts go, you may have noticed I haven’t posted everyday like I was. Time is definitely not on my side right now. With added gym time, posing practices, and doing my best to get as much sleep as possible, I’ll admit it has been hard to balance it all.

So, please forgive me if you’re disappointed by my lack of postings.

I’m planning on writing one more posting of my progress before the show. I’ll try to post something about how I’m looking and feeling the night before my competition, but we’ll see. I’m sure I’ll be hustling around like crazy.

We’ll get plenty of pictures from the show, but I’d definitely like to get a few photos taken before I’m covered in fake tan and my color looks weird and unnatural. 🙂

The best way for you to keep up with everything going on with me is to follow me on social media.

I’ll be posting regularly through our road trip to Illinois and during the whole weekend of the show. So be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I’ll also be on Snapchat. My user name is ambncl. I’d love to connect and mix it up with you!

P.S. The food posts after the competition are going to be epic. I can’t wait!

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