If you have read my previous two posts then you know that I recently entered a bikini competition. It was a long process of over 6 months of hard work and fun, and just wanted to put it out there that if I can do it… any one else can! But let me start from the beginning… 1o years ago. hahaha.
so some time back my husband and I went to watch one of his friends compete in a bodybuilding show. Now I like a man with muscle, but what blew my mind that day was the women. Ok, not the ones who are overly muscular, but i thought the women in the figure and bikini divisions were super attractive. but when i asked about what it look to look like that… damn. I was immediately discouraged by the diet that these athletes follow. I then spent the next 9 years talking about how i wanted to look like these women, but doing not much more. Don’t get me wrong, as a former dancer, I’ve always worked out, hell i worked out till i was 8 months pregnant. but i also ate like i was pregnant for the last 10 years. oh, the carb and alcohol struggle is real!!
but last year was a tough year for me. work was kicking my ass and I had to deal with some other major issues that shook my belief in myself. My coping strategy was to focus on me. I figured since no one else was interested in my well-being and happiness, it would do me good to focus on myself for a change. So I started running. many miles. I lost 3lbs in a few months and I was feeling good. I was eating less too, but still just winging it and trying to learn. but I
needed wanted more.
So, come October 2015 I made the decision. I knew I wanted to lose about 10 more pounds but I needed something that would push me forward. I decided that 2016 was the year I was finally going to enter a fitness show. I found a trainer, I found a good diet prep, i cut out booze, I focused. I set the goal and I persevered. The big difference was hiring someone to help me, and learning to enjoy the process. Seeing my body change kept me motivated.
The next post will have a more detailed account so stay tuned.
Here is the result.