My body changed drastically within three weeks prior to the show. Up until recently, I had never been victorious at any local National Physique Committee (NPC) competition. However, not only did I win my class in a pro-qualifying contest on the biggest amateur stage in the country, but it also earned my professional bodybuilding status which has been a decade old dream of mine! The main goal was to place first in my light-heavyweight class at the USA and compete for the overall since only two pro-cards are given to all female bodybuilders. I peaked perfectly and came in hard, conditioned, and dry. It was the only time I had successfully accomplished the infamous peak-week diet alone. After numerous failed attempts in the past, my bodybuilding knowledge has expanded drastically. The past decade of contest preparations forced me to learn my body extremely well.
My biggest concern was making weight on Thursday prior to the USA. I made sure to be at registration immediately when it began so I would have plenty of time to start carbohydrate loading before my show on Saturday. On that Monday after sodium remained high for a couple days, my body gained so much water weight it put me above the cutoff of 140 pounds. It was all part of the plan so when the scale read 146 pounds I was not worried. Salt was subsequently eliminated from my diet and I was up all night long pissing my brains out! The next morning my weight magically dropped to 136 pounds! I could not believe my resilient body lost ten pounds of water weight in one night! It stayed consistent with that number on Wednesday when I departed for Las Vegas until weigh-ins. The expeditors forced me to strip down with nothing on but a thong and bikini top in order to get the most accurate reading. My weight was 135.7 so I easily made the maximum cutoff for light heavy bodybuilders. Immediately after, I started eating organic baby food and yams since it was my first consumption of carbohydrates in months. This conservative load jammed carbohydrates straight into my muscles with minimal help. The next morning my weight dropped another three pounds from sugars causing my metabolism to spike. So I continued to carb-load all day Friday in attempts to fill out my extremely depleted muscles and it worked! No diuretics were used to achieve this precise look. Numerous times in the past, a simple water pill had ruined months of hard work in only a few hours.
My conditioning was a priority because I knew there would be a monstrous heavyweight with more muscle mass. If I came in the most ripped, they could not deny me from that pro title. David Baye, from NPC News online, actually said I had the best conditioning he has seen in female bodybuilding. It was extremely important that my body was eighty percent full and stayed twenty percent dry because spilling over was not an option. I would rather appear shredded to the bone than big and watery. The separations in my quad muscles were striated! It was the first time my glutes ever tied into the hamstrings showing clear, defined lines connecting the two groups precisely. It was already a win in my book because my legs never looked so cut, especially since the quad sweep has always been a weakness of mine. I never thought my body could ever appear on stage with this kind of sharpness. It blew me away and obviously made an impact on the judges too. Flexing my heart out on stage I displayed my strongest rear poses accentuating my wide muscular back and lean gluteus muscles.