Well, I think outside of announcing I am competing, I think this post has gotten the most comments ever! :) Yeah! I LIKE it.
Most of your questions/comments surround the following questions Cynthia asked in her comment so let me clarify. :)
Q: Can you clarify why you were doing that much cardio that far out?
A: I did two shows back to back - one in early June and one six weeks later. So the 12 weeks I was doing was in between the two shows (6 weeks) and 6 weeks prior to (so not far off of what you guys were doing).
Q: Was it your diet?
A: No, my diet was good - I was carb cycling and started at 1800, then went to around 1500 calories about 6 weeks out (from the first show) and then 4 weeks out I was down to around 1200.
Q: Was it that you had adapted?
A: Might have been.
Q: Were you in starvation mode?
A: I am assuming during the last four weeks I was....tired, crabby, cranky and poopy.
Q: Were you instructed to do it?
A: I, like many of you, read a ton for about three years before I started competing. Oxygen used to print training routines and diets for any competitor they featured. So, I literally have pages and pages of what Jenny Lynn, Jenny Hendershott, Gina Aliotti, Mary Lado, Davina Medina, etc. While I didn't hire a trainer, I did a bunch of research and I based my training around my progress and biofeedback.
Ok, so all that being said...the one thing I want to point out is that I don't know what would have happened if I would have done it ANOTHER way. That's the rub right - what would have happened if I WOULDN"T have trained that way. For me, I added the additional cardio when I still wasn't seeing the results I wanted to see. Part of it is hard b/c you have to TRUST it will happen. You just never know. :)
In fact you never know WHAT life will bring you.
I think doing two shows back to back like that was a bad idea. I was over trained and it affected so much of my daily life.
More later. BIG VLOG to come tomorrow. :) Stop back in - it will be a REALLY good one. I promise.