So far, this has been my best off-season by a long shot. Hard instead of soft, ripple-y instead of smooth: it's fantastic! But it's time to start thinking about my next competition, and when your cutting phase is going to be a grueling 5 month sojourn, it's important to start the building phase much, much earlier than that.
From now until my prep starts in late February/early March, I will be following a primarily high fat-low protein-moderate carb approach. I find this yields the best results in terms of both muscular hypertrophy and fat elimination. My current intake (calculated based on my macro profile, not including trace amounts or random overages) is right around 1,900 calories. When all is said and done, it is probably closer to 2,000. And yes, I do get pretty hungry between meals--a planned weekly or every-ten-days cheat meal is normally included. Some weeks, my training partner and I go out to breakfast, others it's as little as a few hundred extra calories. At this point, whatever gives me the feeling of not being ultra-depleted from week to week is sufficient to keep me going.
Macro-nutrient profile: 25/15/15 (carbs/fat/protein respectively)
Current weight: 154
Following this, I will be doing a 20 week prep for the 2013 USA Championships in Las Vegas (late July). You might be thinking, "Girl, you are not going to be competitive on a national stage that soon," and you might be right. But if I can qualify for it in late spring, it's only another six or eight weeks to the USA's, and at that point, you might as well, amirite?
"Starting point" posing vid: