Photos speak for themselves so I will keep this brief.
Left is exactly one year ago before North Coast during peak week.
Right was today during my peak week for Mike Francois.
I am 5 pounds heavier now and we can see where it went.
My waist is the same in both pictures.
How I did this? Or how I think I achieved this?
I went out of my comfort zone this winter and gained weight. Far more than what I wanted to. About 8 pounds more. That doesn't seem extreme but on my frame it is. I put all the weight back on that I lost AND AN ADDITIONAL 8 pounds. So after that show I gained 20 pounds total. I was flabby, chubby, and tubby. I wasn't fat but I wasn't skinny. Also, I lifted as absolutely heavy as I could. I asked my boyfriend to build me two 6 week lifting programs (12 weeks total) to follow. One program was built and the other was based off of my progress from that initial first one.
Last year when I was in my off season I did not have a special plan to follow to help my body grow. I just continued lifting and running based on how I felt that day. I also did not gain any additional weight. I put back on maybe 10 pounds which as all I lost. So I went from being SUPER small and tight to just normal small.
The combination of the extra weight and having a lifting plan to follow made a huge difference and I wish I would have done it sooner.