Contest prep has changed several aspects of my life.
I don't eat my grandfather's pasta, and won't for the next 14 weeks. I still accompany Max out for his weekly cheat meals (a strategy that has never worked for me: it just makes me obsess about food), but I order an iced coffee. My workouts have already taken on a new intensity and meaning: hitting the gym isn't just about stress relief and getting strong; it's also about how I'll look on stage in September.
But the thing contest prep has changed the most has got to be my kitchen.
The bottom shelf is full of big tupperware stuffed with veggies that I pre-steam on Sundays and Wednesdays. The middle shelf features my three packed meals for work, Max's sugar-free jell-o, coffee!!!!!, and bags of pre-cooked chicken breast. I put the chicken breast in zip-loc baggies because it makes it easier to fit it in the fridge or freeze it if I make too much. There's also a bag of pre-baked tilapia, but it's on Max's side of the fridge, which is not pictured. :) Those eggs on the top shelf are mine ;-) and everything else is Max's.
Supplements! I'm currently taking acetyl-l-carnitine [affiliate link to Amazon], a multivitamin, fish oil [aff. link to Amazon], and vitamin D [aff. link to Amazon]. Acetyl-l-carnitine helps your body burn fat; fish oils reduce inflammation, promote a healthy heart, and reduce tumor growth. Vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis and may boost immune function. Of course, you should not begin taking a supplement without talking to your doctor or another health care professional. :)
And yes, there's an antibiotic up there. I am now on my fifth ear infection of the year! On the bright side I've heard that after working in a pediatrician's office for a year or so, you are basically immune to 95% of colds.
My trusty food scale has been getting an awful lot of use. (This is the food scale I've used for 2+ years.)
This is my very scary half-open freezer. As you can see, it is stuffed to the brim with chicken, salmon, broccoli, broccoli normandy, cauliflower, onions, peppers, annnnd Max's ice cream.
Has your fridge ever undergone a makeover? ;-)