I am going to assume you have read the “About Me” page to have some sort of idea about what I intend to ramble about on this blog… however if you have not might I suggest you take a quick minute to do so before proceeding. I mean… you wouldn’t show up to school without having done your summer reading would you?! (ok… really bad example… just read it!)
Today I officially hired my trainer and battle buddy for the next 6 months: Gretchen Quast with C620Nutrition. She is responsible for laying out my diet and exercise plan and making sure I stay on track. She too has competed so look her up and give her a shout out!
Just like in the construction, you have to start with an existing site that may or may not be ideal for the project at hand. However to determine what you’re working with you have to run several tests and investigations. So the process began with me filling out a huge packet looking at my current build, size, workout routine, diet, and what my goals are throughout the process.
So let’s start by looking at what we’re working with and some of the highlights:
Name: Rebekah (Schrock) Morlock
Occupation: Structural Engineer
Starting Weight: 172lbs
Bicep: L: 12”
Chest: 36 ¼”
Waist: 30 ¾”
Belly Button: 31 ½”
Hips: 36 ¼”
Calf: 15 ¾”
Best body parts aesthetically? (In terms of muscle development (size/ symmetry): I would say my shoulders and my back, although my arms in general have really started to take shape recently.
Worst body parts aesthetically? In terms of muscle development (size/ symmetry) DON’T say abs – that is related to body fat – not development. My legs. I have insanely long legs and that’s where I tend to carry most of my weight. In fact I have always been so self-conscious about them that unless I was playing soccer I almost never exposed them. However, since I started lifting over a year ago I actually get a ton of compliments on how “perfect my hamstrings are” but I still think overall they could have better shape, proportion, and definition.
From here Gretchen is going to put my plan together. The first goal being to get me down to 15% body fat and see how I feel. Apparently some women do not do well when they are that lean. They get moody, feel bad, and have no energy. Yeah… can’t have none of that!! So the plan is to get me there and see how I feel.
If I feel good we will make the decision to keep going and start working towards getting me competition ready. If I don’t, we will work on reverse dieting and getting me to a point that I can manage and be happy.
Not gonna lie… when I saw this part of my life spelled out in so much detail I was actually pretty proud of myself. I knew how hard I worked to get this far and where I had come from. This part of my life – health and fitness – has been a roller coaster ride of many ups and downs starting when I was just 4 years old.
I have been an athlete my whole life. I started playing soccer when I was 4 years old purely to prove to my older brother that I could be better than he was. Low and behold I was… that is relatively speaking. It became a sport that I fell in love with and continued to play into college. During my soccer career though I did also dabble in a lot of other sports: softball, volleyball, track, basketball, and even diving, but none of them stuck and was as dear to my heart as soccer.
Growing up I was always the “skinny girl”. I couldn’t put weight on to save my life and it wouldn’t be abnormal to see me sitting at the kitchen table with a tub of cake icing (preferably chocolate or funfetti) and some graham crackers grubbing down to the last finger-lick. (Man those were the days!) So between my year-round soccer endeavors and my seemingly genetically blessed metabolism, I never really understood nor had to understand the importance of a balanced diet and/or exercise. Well like most skinny kids, I heard those doomed words of “you gotta be careful… it will catch up to you” a million times over but never thought the day would actually come… enter COLLEGE.