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From Cardio Bunny to Aspiring Competitor

From Cardio Bunny to Aspiring Competitor

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Even a congenital heart defect can't hold Stacey back. An amazing inspiration to all, read how she transformed her body and won our hearts.

I started "getting in shape" in January 2011 as a new years resolution. I was a "cardio bunny" and had no idea that abs were made in the kitchen! So my diet wasn't all that great.

It wasn't until December of 2011 that I decided I wanted to compete and get serious with my training!

What prompted me to compete was seeing transformations and seeing fitness models and competitors' bodies. I wanted a six pack! I also wanted to prove to myself that I could make this commitment and follow all the way through with it.

I mean, what's the worst that could happen?

The hardest part for me has been the meal prepping/ bulk cooking! It's very time consuming, but it's absolutely VITAL to reach my goals! So I gotta do what I gotta do! I also have a killer sweet tooth!

The best part has been seeing physical results on the outside and the inside of my body! Being born with a congenital heart defect, I wasn't sure if I could push myself as far (used as an excuse) but I wanted my outside to look awesome so I pushed myself and turns out my health skyrocketed! It's a win win!

I'm working on building muscle for a few months before contest prep begins so my typical day right now looks like this:

--Diet--

Meal 1: 4 egg whites, 1/2 cup instant oatmeal, strawberries, 1 cup spinach

Meal 2: 4oz sweet potato, 3.5oz chicken, 2 cups spinach, fresh salsa

Meal 3: whey shake, banana (post workout)

Meal 4: 1/2 cup quinoa, 3oz broccoli, 2oz chicken
Snack: 3 mini sweet peppers, 5 cherry tomatoes, 10 almonds

Meal 5: 2 cups spinach, 4oz asparagus, turkey muffin (Jamie Eason recipe), fresh salsa

Before bed: casein shake, almond milk, 1/2 tbs. peanut butter

And as for training, I change my workouts each week to shock my muscles. But I hit each muscle group once a week, legs twice. I do cardio 2x a week for 20 mins and sometimes take a walk when I first wake up! I also do abs 2-3x a week.

The one piece of advice I could give is to keep track of your progress! Pictures, workouts, food, thoughts, everything!

It's such an awesome feeling to watch your body transform and feel yourself getting stronger and stronger every time you hit the gym! It keeps you motivated!

And the only person you should ever compare yourself to is you!

Just look at YOUR progress and how far YOU'VE come and be proud! :)

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

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