What got you involved in figure competitions?
My sister and I needed something to motivate us to work for the figure we’ve always wanted.
How long have you been in fitness?
In the competition realm of fitness, about 9 months. But I’ve always tried to stay active.
What motivates you to keep in shape?
Seeing what I was able to accomplish with Karen Sessions.
What is your goal setting process?
I use a lot of help in setting goals. Karen Sessions helped me with some goals, my sister helped me with some, my husband and daughters even helped with other goals. Once they are set, I use even more help in planning. I ask a lot of questions.
How do you stick to your goals?
This is the hardest part. Having a deadline helps, especially a competition coming up.
What is your nutrition like off-season?
I do splurge for a while, then I generally stick to a similar, though higher calorie, eating plan to competition preparation.
What’s your contest preparation dieting protocol?
Progressively lower carbs/calories, as the contest approaches, drink a lot of water to help with fullness.
What’s a basic cheat meal for you?
I love Mexican food! I also love dessert!
Are there any sacrifices? If so, how do you overcome them?
Again, I have help. Of course there are sacrifices. I love food in general, so to have to be particular about what I put in my mouth is a huge challenge for me. Also, as contest time approached, I was spending more time at the gym, more time away from my husband and kids.
What do you find to be the hardest part about getting into contest shape and how do you overcome it?
The hardest part is really diet. The only way to overcome it is to commit yourself to your goal and to plan for temptations.
What is your training split like?
It started out 4 days training, minimal cardio. Right before contest, it was 5 days training, 6-7 days cardio.
Do you track your personal best lifts and if so, what are they?
I have tested them recently. My best bench is 100 lbs, my best deadlift is 195, my best squat is 155, my best military press is 75.
What is your competition history?
I have competed in one competition and was awarded a 4th place trophy.
Do you have any future competition plans?
I am not sure whether I will compete again. I don’t have plans to.
Do you use supplements? If so, what are your favorite supplements?
I like HotRox, creatine, whey, and I also use SuperPump.
Does your family support your fitness endeavors?
My family supports the fitness aspect of my endeavors. Competing was met with some disapproval.
What hobbies do you have outside of fitness?
I don’t know that I currently have any hobbies… I enjoy raising my children, I enjoy math, and I do enjoy traveling.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to get in such outstanding shape as you are in?
You can absolutely do it! Just stick to a plan, put in the effort everyday, don’t beat yourself up for slipping, and be positive! The results will come, but you HAVE to work.
How has fitness and/or competing changed your life?
Competing has taken me so far out of my comfort zone, and it has greatly empowered me!
One More Thing…
Do YOU Want to Enter a Competition, too or Just Have the Body of a Competitor? Stop sitting on the sideline… Get moving forward on your Goal! Natalie Did!!