October 2005 Archives

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Saturday, October 1st, 2005. I can’t believe it’s October already. Today was the day I originally had scheduled for my first contest – the Natural USA (first once since 2001). As I mentioned in last Monday’s blog, I’ve moved back my competition date and actually picked two new contests, just two weeks apart – the NPC South Jersey October 15th and the NPC New Jersey Gold’s Classic October 29th. Although I didn’t compete, I took the trip up to Tarrytown to watch the prejudging at the Natural USA show today. Someone asked me, “Tom, Did you find yourself wondering, “Am I going to kick myself for not doing the show, or will I be relieved that I didn’t do it?” I’ll answer that in today’s blog…

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2005. 10 days out from the NPC South Jersey Competition. I met with Master Bodybuilding Trainer Richie Smyth again today for chest and biceps, plus he took a look at my mandatory poses to size up my progress. Good news, but still have work to do.

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Wednesday, October 5th, 2005. Here’s the photo I promised you yesterday. This was taken by richie right after I finished training chest yesterday (Tuesday, October 4th, 2005), 1 1/2 weeks out from the NPC south Jersey bodybuilding competition

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005. I took the drive up to Body Quest Gym in Blauvelt, NY today so Richie could take a look at me go through the mandatory poses and to do a leg workout. As is usually the case at this phase in the contest prep period, he was the “voice of reason” and gave me some advice, which basically amounted to: “Eat more!”… and… “Stop overdieting and overtraining yourself to death, dumbass!” (not in those words exactly; I added the expletive at the end)… More food? I get more Carbs??? (Forgive me, I’m drooling)… Believe me, I had NO problem with that advice…

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Sunday, October 9th, 2005. Today is the first day of the final week “depletion phase,” although, for me, it wasn’t really like “depletion,” it was just like a “business as usual low carb day,” combined with some quick, high volume, higher rep training and drinking a lot more water. Read today’s blog for the details.

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2005. Today was the last day of “depletion phase.” Do you know what that means? I’ll tell you what it means…. It means tomorrow and for the next four days, I FEAST ON CARBS!!! YESSSSSSS! Okay, okay, so it’s only oatmeal and rice and potatoes and yams and cream of rice and clean carbs like that, big deal, right? Well, it’s a big deal for ME; I’m looking forward to eating more – even more “clean carbs” – and then of course, the “naughty carbs” will come after the show, heh, heh, heh.

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Wednesday, October 13th, 2005. Today the carb up phase begins! I’ll continue carbing up Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday morning before the prejudging. Today will also be my last weight training workout. More importantly to moi, yesterday was my last cardio workout, which means this will be the first day I have not done cardio in over 15 weeks – that’s more than 100 days in a row of cardio without a miss. Yes, I’m very happy about having no cardio today… thanks for asking (contrary to some people spreading vicious rumors to the contrary, LOL, I am NO “cardio bunny”… there are lots of other things I’d rather be doing… I simply do whatever I have to do to reach my goals… cardio, eat protein + “rabbit food” all day long, whatever, I do it, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it!)

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Thursday, October 14th, 2005. Let me tell you about day two of my carb up phase, plus my adventures in “fake tanning”…

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Friday, October 14th, 2005. Contest day is tomorrow, and I’m locked, loaded and ready to roll!

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Saturday, October 15th, 2005, 11:35 pm. The results of the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Competition Are IN! Read today’s blog for a flash report… (Full contest coverage on Monday).

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