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My Comp Journey to my FIRST Pro-show!

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My Comp Journey to my FIRST Pro-show!

Ness Herrera

Firstly, I was hoping to start filming some Vlogs to share with you a complete insight to my journey leading into my first Pro Shows with IFBB Pro League! But… I broke my brand new camera about 3 weeks ago lol, lost heaps of footage 😩 and content for some of the brands i’ve been working with. So it has really set my back with my plans to document my journey properly. Anyways, so while It is getting fixed, I thought Id write down a few things; what I am going through, my current situation and what will happen over the next couple of weeks in the lead up to my first Pro Show with the IFBB Pro League.

My aim for sharing my comp prep journey was really to give everyone an insight to what really goes on. There is so much more beyond what you see on social media, or to what people might give away as to how they’re feeling, whats going through their heads and how they are going with the process. It’s something that I have wanted to do for a while, and to be 100% transparent with you all about the highs and the lows, the good and the bad and why this sport means so much to me. I will be sharing more and more in detail over the next couple of weeks; food, meal prep, training, posing, Q & A’s.

Right now, it is 8 weeks until the IFBB Pro League Japan show. I chose this show to give me a realistic time frame to work towards, and, well I love Japan haha. That really was the icing on the cake for me when I decided on it. The last couple of weeks truly have flown, and be honest my nerves have kicked in massively! Its usually around this time where I start to really get tunnel vision, and prioritise everything going on in my life. Not to mention - in the next 2 weeks we are moving house 🙄 worst timing, as the last couple of weeks have been stressful enough finding a place, and now, the process of packing, organising, unpacking, cleaning, inspecting - ahhh the list goes on. But I guess life is always going to throw challenges at you no matter what, and in previous times/preps I’ve had to take on plenty that has tested me more emotionally and mentally more than ever.

Thankfully my energy levels are pretty high still, and I have been feeling like i’ve made some read great progress in the gym - not going to lie, watching the recent Olympia weekend has gotten me sooo motivated, more than ever!! and I’m not just talking about the Bikini girls, but all the athletes in all divisions, I have so much respect for these guys to live the absolute dream of stepping onto that stage. You see the time, money, sacrifice that is put into a prep can be astronomical. To dedicate our life to competing is a full time job and for people to judge or have negative options about what we do would not last a day let alone a week doing what we do.

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Though last week I had a mini freak out - I was feeling really inflamed, my stomach was bloated for about 2 weeks, my mid section was watery, I felt like my body wasn’t recovering properly from my training and there were days where I’d struggle to finish my meals. I like to believe that I am very intuitive with my body, I have spent years getting to know what works for me and associating my energy levels around my food intake. And to be honest, something wasn’t right. There’s two words that instantly came into mind: GUT HEALTH! I really needed to do a reset… from being in Bali 2 weeks prior, being relaxed, sleeping and resting a lot, eating relatively good most days -though eating out every day. To coming home to my full-time job, minimal sleep, stress about finding a new house and moving, flogging myself in the gym, attempting to eat according to my plan and more frequent meals (as opposed to my Bali eating schedule which as breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner most of the time in bulk to get our calories/macros in) I guess my body was slightly freaking out 🤷🏼‍♀️ I went back to the drawing board and this is what I did:

  1. Apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning to kill any bacteria partying in my stomach and intestines. Along with a gut relief supplement and lemon water.

  2. Increased my fibre slightly; I added psyllium husk to my breakfast!

  3. Rested more! I tried going to bed half hour - 1 hour earlier every night, and or had a nap during the day if I needed it!

  4. Stopped having pre-workout - this was hard, I won’t lie!! I felt like I was relying on it too much and If I trained too late in the day my sleep was all over the place.

  5. Increased my green veggies - It was hard to have/trust the vegetables in Bali, as I was always nervous about whether they had washed them In their tap water 😱 so this was a struggle!

  6. Vibrosaun: Much like an infrared sauna this is what it does:

    relieves muscular aches and pains, Increases circulation, relieves backache, assists with weight control, helps reduce high blood pressure and helps eliminate body wastes and stimulates kidney functions! I love it!!!

  7. Lemon water throughout the day - guys lemon water is the best!!! It helps to alkalise your stomach acids and I find my reflux goes away faster from this!

  8. Stuck to my comp prep diet 100% because it is clean, full of nutrients and variety of different foods. Eating clean really is my life!

  9. Increased my water - I was constantly feeling dehydrated toward the end of our trip, and when we got home it was FREEZING so I didn’t feel thirsty - sooo not good, you should always drink about 2-3litres per day!

Simple re-set steps like this make a big impact, and now I am feeling much better, lightly and less inflamed!!

My main focus in my training is bringing up my glutes and filling them out as much as possible, and as well as my upper body; this is a weaker point for me. I am going to be practising my posing as much as I can to nail it for my t-walk, because honestly, knowing your angles and being confident in doing so is such an important part of your stage presence, as we are marked on this.

What started off as a hobby for me has turned into pure passion. I love the structure it gives me, I love setting goals, I love watching my body change shape and evolve. I work damn hard every day for what I have and will continue for as long as possible. And I am proud of it 💁🏼‍♀️

So tomorrow I will be seeing Mark for a PT session and check in, and will do an update of what our next steps will be from here on! Stay tuned lovelies ✌🏼💋