Things are moving right along in mycompeition prep for my first NPC Bikini Competition!
I did have my first annoying gym experience this week though. I got to the gym one morning and was all ready to go. Apparently the gym staff decided to roll over and hit snooze because at 5 am, when the doors are supposed to open, there was no one there. Nor was there anyone there at 5:15, or even 5:30. I stood outside waiting and watching as the 5 am crowd finally threw in the towel and left, and then the 5:30 crowd drove up, stopped their cars outside, then eventually drove off. The custodian let me and a few other folks in around 5:45. He had been working on something in the back and didn’t know no one was there to let us in. I was proud of myself for waiting though. I could have easily just gone home, but I didn’t. Cause I’ve got a goal in sight, baby!!!
Also this week, I began to notice that aside from the regular old knee soreness and pain I get, I was also getting pretty bad pain in my wrists and in my elbows while lifting, as well as lingering pain afterwards. I need to get those wrist wrap things for sure (just another gym accessory to add to my list! At least I’ll be easy to shop for at my birthday and Christmas this year), but I wanted to see if there was a supplement or vitamin I could add to my regimen that might help. Advil had been on the menu pretty regularly and I didn’t think that was such a great thing.
Join me in welcoming the following supplements to my team!
So, what are these supplements anyways? Well, here’s what they do, according to WebMD.com:
Glucosamine & Chondrointin are the “building blocks for cartilage and appear to stimulate the body to make more cartilage.”
Turmeric is a plant and is also a commonly used spice in curry. Many people take it to help alleviate arthritis pain as well as for stomach upset and headaches. It is believed that turmeric may help to reduce inflammation.
Bromelain is a naturally occuring enzyme found in pineapples. It is thought to help reduce inflammation and may also help ease knee pain (WOOO!) and the effects of sinus infections (which I usually get a few times a year).
What I love about the Glucosamine & Chondrointin information above is that it’s on the arthritis section of WebMD. AWESOME. It’s hell getting old! However, my Gran, and her mother too, have very bad arthritis. It runs in my family. I suppose, then, that it’s no surprise I’m feeling some pain. The Glucosamine & Chonrointin, according to the research I’ve done and folks I’ve talked to, do really help ease some of the pain BUT it’s a longer process. I’ve heard it can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks to start feeling the benefits.
In an effort to kick the constant Advil, I also added the Turmeric and Bromelain. And much to my surprise, I am already feeling the benefits of this supplement. I took my first dose on Sunday morning, and realized that I wasn’t really sore by Sunday late-morning. WINNING!
So that’s the current update, folks. I’m winning the war on soreness and kicking ass with my gym and nutrition plans. And you know what? So far, I feel like I’m pretty good at this sport. It’s solitary. It’s about me constantly trying to improve. After all, I cannot control what the judges will think of the package I bring to the stage on show day. They either like it or they don’t. The only portions of this whole process that I can control are how hard I work in the gym and if I’m going to stick to my nutrition plan or not. I have seen changes in my body and mind every week and I am really proud of all the effort I have put in so far.
So stay tuned for more! As of today, there are just 74 days until the show …