Summary of my thoughts on North Americans

Well, I have finally had time to sit down and gather my thoughts about North Americans last weekend.  I have to say that I was totally happy with the physique I brought to the stage.  That was the best I have looked so far I think in my years of competing.  MD had dialed me in just right!  That morning when i woke up at 4:00 am…. I was still holding a bit of water under my glutes.  I called Mike and he said I know my body best, you still have 2 more meals to get in you before you go on stage so I think you will dry out and be fine.  He was right again.  Everything tightened up and I was right on point!  I felt great. 

There were 6 women in my class- but I felt pretty good that I would be in the top 3.  By looking around, I knew my conditioning was the best, which I hoped would count for something, it usually makes a BIG difference.  So I was fairly confident. 

Well, prejudging started and when they moved Suzanne to the middle, I knew that was a sign.  I truly thought I had her on symmetry and conditioning. No water on me at all….. she did have more mass to her frame but that was it.  She looked good, don’t get me wrong but, I thought they took the complete package into account but maybe the Canadians judges look at something different. 

Needless to say, I took second in both classes, Masters and Open.  I am a little disappointed considering I felt I was the best I had ever been but I do know you can’t dwell on it and let it bring you down.  You bring your best and hope the judges see it your way.  There is always another show.

So.. with that being said- I have taken this week to eat whatever I have been missing.  I’ll hit a few highlights of my food list-LOL- we had an 11 hour drive back home so we made a few extra stops along the way. First- I had a killer breakfast at the hotel- 2 Belgian waffles with chocolate chips, powdered sugar, Redi Whip and Sugar Free syrup- like that even mattered at that point.  But wait, i’m not done- scrambled eggs, with some cheese, granola, small bowl of oatmeal with granola in it and a few Potatoes with ketchup.  YUM!!!

On the way home, I always crave dry cereal- something crunchy- so we stopped and got a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, later a vanilla milk shake and an apple fritter. I  did not eat the whole fritter at once but it didn’t make it home.  Lunch was 2 Arby’s roast beefs and fries- not really what I wanted but the selection was limited around there.  Then I did eat the rest of my flank steak and chicken I had in the cooler for dinner.  We were so ready to be home!! 

This week I have done some cardio and lifted a little but next week- I will be back on schedule and ready to hit the gym and start this off-season with a bang.  I have some food in me so I will be able to push some weight and it will feel good!!  Gonna bring my back up more in width and thickness.  So look out next year- I am coming back with a vengeance. 

I haven’t decided which shows I will do yet- gonna talk to MD next week and get some feedback and see what he thinks.  Also, have to clean up my diet- my poor digestive system can’t take any  more of this….

I’ll try to be better about Blogging- hope everyone has a great weekend and if anyone knows anyone who may want to do some online training or clean up their diet and get a nutrition plan- check out my store. 

I hope to also add a few videos soon and some new pictures.

Have a great day!

Sherri

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13 days to go….

Sent pics to MD on Friday and he is happy with where I am at this point.  I must say I am as well.  My legs have tightened up and i am leaner than I was 4 weeks ago.  Changing up my cardio did it I think.  I knew I had to do it- running!!  That gave me an excuse to buy some NEW SHOES!!  If you didn’t know- I love athletic shoes- I am trying to have some in every color, but I am picky, they do have to be comfortable.  I have my favorites that I like to run in- Saucony’s are the best!! 

Anyway, my training has been going good- there have been a few days I have been a little low on energy but  i push through it. I try to keep my weights up but do drop 5 to 10 pounds on some things just to make sure my form is still good.  I’m still getting a great pump so it’s all good.  I do want to try and video back day soon.  That is one I don’t have up on here yet so I’ll get to work on that. 

I did make a mistake the  other day which is kind  of funny- well kind of… I put Frank’s Red Hot sauce on my fish just to add a little flavor- thinking it would be fine.  Boy was i wrong!!  My stomach the next morning let me know to NEVER do that again.  My whole body felt like it was on fire.  I could feel my body temperature rise from my stomach up to my head then down to my toes. I was miserable!!  I will not make that mistake again!!  But I love hot stuff- even jalapenos, but right now they are not my friends.

I am counting down and have 2 more legs workouts to go.. well official leg workouts. I still do some leg shaping on chest day and plyometrics other days but pushing weight- 2 more!!  Tomorrow is one of those days.  i look forward to it though because I can see things popping!! That keeps me determined and motivated to bring my best!!  I can do it!!

Til next time- train hard and push yourself !

Sherri

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Final Weeks of Prep for North Americans

I’m now 2 1/2 weeks out from North Americans and I feel like I have improved from Masters Nationals.  I guess I can hope that the judges  notice that I have tightened up my legs and am a bit leaner than I was 4 weeks ago.  My training is going good although I I have days where my energy level is a bit lower but I attribute that to lack of sleep.   I have discovered this go around how important getting enough sleep is!  Having to get up early to go train clients, then squeeze in my cardio begins to take a toll on me by the end of the week if Ican’t get to bed early enough.  I try to keep in mind though while I’m training that I have to still go at it hard because the women I will be up against are training as hard as I am.  I have to bring my best!! I am counting down the days and will be ready to hit the stage.  The desire I have in me to win that pro card will not go away til I achieve my goal!

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North Americans

I’ve decided to compete at the North Americans in 4 weeks.  This seemed much more manageable than holding out for Nationals in November.  After talking to a few judges- i knew what i needed to do to be ready.  So MD changed up my diet and we are running full steam for the next 4 weeks to be on point for that show!  I did well there last year but as you all know- it all depends on who shows up that day.  All you can do is bring your best and hope that is what the judges are looking for. 

I am going to try and do some videos for the next 4 weeks to keep everyone posted on my training and my mental state of mind!  I am starting to crave food that I see in magazines-LOL-

Everyone stay tuned-

I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten this year- it makes prep so much easier when I get such positive feedback from everyone!

take care-Sherri

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Masters Nationals 2011- Final week of prep

I’m in my last few days of prep for Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh.  I feel really good mentally and physically.  Noticing changes every day keeps me motivated and focused.  My workouts have still been really good- haven’t had to drop to the 5 lb weights yet- LOL….  Not that there is anything wrong with that…

Everyone in the gym has been so positive towards me and wishing me good luck.  It’s so good to know that the people you see in the gym every day even though you may not know all their names- they support you and wish you well. They see the work that goes into this and their appreciation of the sport develops more when they see the changes I go through.  I truly appreciate the comments and hope they keep up with the show on the internet next weekend.  RXMuscle and Muscular Development as well as Bodybuilding.com will cover the show and have pics up from prejudging.  My husband will post on my Facebook page as well.

A few more days and we’re off- I’m staying focused and know I have made improvements that hopefully the judges will see and award me for! 

Thanks again for all the support-

Sherri

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Prep for Masters Nationals

Prep is in full swing for Masters Nationals.  I’m almost 9 weeks out come this Friday, May 20th.  I’ve dropped 8 pounds since my diet changed 4 weeks ago and I feel really good about where I am at this point.  Training is going well and I still feel pretty strong.  That may change in a week or so since my carb intake has decreased a bit, but I still push myself every workout.  I will not stand on stage and know that I didn’t give 100% .  I do not train to lose -

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