Journal by Natalie Verges
Having been dieting for 7 months now, my body is physically drained.
NPC Junior USAs in SC was my kickoff for '05 competitions, where I placed
13th in the C Class. Next was NPC Junior Nationals, where I placed 5th
in the C Class. In June & July, I won the Overall at the NPC Greater
Gulf States in New Orleans, then won the Medium Class at the NPC Louisiana.
2 weeks out from the 2005 NPC Figure USAs
forward to today, I can't believe I've been competing since April! As
a 4th Grade Teacher, competing during the school year proves to be challenging
feat. Summers are a great time for me to compete, as I'm not teaching.
I'm 2 weeks out from the NPC Figure USAs in Vegas. For the past 8 weeks,
I've been pulling 2-a-days in the gym 5-6 days/week. As far as cardio
goes, I'm doing intense cardio twice a day, once before Meal #1 &
once after weight training. Intense cardio includes running stadiums,
sprints, step mill, & football types of drills...lots of bootie
busters! I've been weight training 5 days a week: Legs, Back, Shoulders,
Arms, & Chest. Each bodypart is given a day; abs are thrown in daily
w/crunches, hanging leg raises, & incorporated w/my cardio. My diet
now consists of eating 6-8 small meals a day & I drink 1.5 gal/water
daily. Some of my staples include oats, chicken breasts, egg whites,
tuna, orange roughly, & asparagus. Supplements include 3rd Degree
Burn Fat Burner by Gaspari Nutrition, Glutamine, L-Carnatine, Women's
Multi-Vitamin, Calcium, & Chromium Picolinate. Coffee & sugar
free Extra gum help me make it through the day! The aforementioned diet,
cardio, & weight training programs combined have leaned my 5'5"
frame down to a toned 128 pounds. This killer program has also brought
great pain to me right knee & shins. Mike Davies, my trainer, changed
up my cardio to low impact due to the knee injury. As my nutritionist
also, Mike actually granted me a cheat meal today due to my speedy progress;
Yum, pizza & TCBY!
1 week out from the 2005 NPC Figure USAs
to 126 lbs. I'm starting to lose ~1lb/day now. Mike predicts me to lean
out to 122 lbs. I haven't been that low since I was 14! My cardio &
weight training are less intense this week. My knee injury & shin
splints have subsided. I'm running on empty now! I've been doing low
impact cardio twice a day through Wednesday and circuit training for
my workouts this week. My diet basically stays the same. Like Mike says,
it's not Rocket Science! Thursday night I started cutting back on water.
Friday I sipped when I ate, and the same for Saturday. As my psychic
trainer told me, I weighed in at a sleek 122 lbs Saturday. As JC mentioned
on his editorial from the USAs, I placed 11th in the 1-piece and 5th
in the 2-piece, scoring a 7th place finish overall in the D-Class, which
was quite a jump! I'm ok w/my 7th place finish, seeing that the many
of the judges have never judged me before. I feel that my shoulders
& arms need to come up, my back needs more width & meatiness,
& my waist can come down a little more. Look for me in 2006 on the
NPC National circuit w/improvements to boot.
In the End
In the end, it's all worth it. The self-accomplishment I feel after
giving my all & pushing my limits makes me feel alive & privileged
to compete. I'm used to working hard. I wouldn't compete if I wasn't
passionate about it. Inspiring others to live active & healthy lifestyles
gives me pleasure. Whether I'm making an impact on the life of a child
in my classroom or on an adult I've never met, it gives me great joy
to know I'm helping better someone else. I feel that we all have God-given
gifts in life, and I'm simply utilizing them.
I'd like to thank a few special people in my life.
Cade Verges, my husband, has always been by my side; I couldn't have
made it through all this without his love, support, & empathy.
Mike Davies, my trainer & nutritionist, is not only a genius, but
also has utilized his gifts to help me sculpt my physique into my best
in only 8 weeks. His genuine care for his athletes is real & I'm
so proud to be on his team!
Rich & Liz Gaspari--Gaspari Nutrition are my awesome sponsors. Liz
& Rich are professional & have been very kind to take care of
me as one of their Spokes models for Gaspari Nutrition.
Carla, Creighton, Cary & Caylin Verges (my In-Laws) have been so
supportive of my competing in NPC Figure. They are like a second family
Marilyn & George Stelly (my Parents) have also supported my decision
to compete; it makes me happy to make them proud.
Steve Wennerstrom has been shooting with me at nearly every competition
this year, and has given me some sound advice. His sense of humor &
professionalism helped me through those tough competition weekends.
JC Lopez provided a calm, professional setting for our shoot & I
appreciate his expert skills in photography on & off-stage. Besides
npcnewsonline, I always check hardfitness.com first for the latest competition
About the Author...
Natalie Verges has made great improvements
in her body and will probably be a Pro contender in 2006. An excellent
trait most people don't know about her is her amazing ability
to model and under all the glamour there is a great gal. She is
a 4th grade teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.