If you follow me on Instagram you know that my mom and I had a fun little photo shoot over the weekend with the always amazing James Patrick! The shoot was actually done at my parents house which was actually really nice and made things a little less stressful as far as packing and making sure I had everything goes. My day started off nice and early so that I could curl my hair and make it to my makeup appointment by 7:30am. I absolutely love the way my makeup turned out, Courtney Montes did a fabulous job.
Our shoot ended up starting around 10am and because of how temperamental my stomach is, I didn't eat anything beforehand so when I grabbed a handful of jellybeans to have a little sugar in me to get a muscle pump, I pretty much wanted to eat the entire bowl. This shoot was different for me than ones I've done in the past because I finally just accepted that my weak areas are just that, and it's not worth killing myself to make a slight improvement in those weak areas. If I were going to compete, then yes I can see going a little crazy to get my abs to actually show through, but I didn't think cutting calories and carbs so low that it effects how I function in my day was worth it. So, although I did lose about 6 pounds from when I started prepping for this, I focused more on making sure I felt good and wasn't going to any extremes.
I didn't go any lower than 1500 calories and my macro split was 30-40-30, which allowed me to keep my energy levels up and my gym sessions effective. I'm actually finishing up week 10 of my own training program which will be available for purchase on James Wilsons upcoming website! I'm really excited for you guys to get a chance to try this 10 week workout plan that focuses on leaning out-- I had a lot of fun writing it and doing it over the past couple months. I've seen a lot of growth and improvement in my legs and glutes which I plan on continuing to focus on while also building up my shoulders a little more too.
When it was all said and done we had a great time, and as I'm sure you can already tell my mom is amazing! She's completely cleaned up her diet, has put on a lot of muscle and just looks awesome. I'm so proud of her. We already have our proofs back and have chosen our favorites- I'm excited to share those with you once we have them! Thank you for all the support and kind words we both appreciate it very much!