Hello and thanks for reading!
Lots of things have happened since my last blog, including my first NPC Figure competition! Here are some life updates:
First Figure Competition: Gave It My Best Shot!
For those of you who haven’t read my previous posts, I competed in the NPC Bikini division 5 times during 2012. I did pretty well! But my dream for many years has been to compete in the Figure division (where the girls carry more muscle.) So I gave it a shot: I trained intensely (under the guidance of my Team Bombshell coaches) for 10 months for my first Figure competition, held in Culver City, CA.
It was a lot of fun, but I didn’t place well. In all honesty, however, I understand why:
- I wasn’t lean enough. I learned the hard way this summer that one bite of this or that does add up. Like many people, I have a bad habit of turning to sugary carbs when I’m tired or anxious. When I live alone, this isn’t a problem because I don’t purchase any foods that are not on my diet plan. But when I don’t control the food situation, and the stupid Double Stuffed Oreos are sitting on the pantry shelf staring at me, I struggle to avoid them. My willpower is usually pretty strong, but I’m human! I’m not perfect. Anyway, these extra calories prevented me from looking as lean as I would’ve liked at the competition.
- I don’t have enough muscle yet. I don’t naturally have a muscular build and it’s hard for me to keep muscle on my frame. I certainly put every ounce of effort I had into my preparation—I lifted as heavy as possible 5-6 times per week, and I gave my body plenty of fuel to grow. And I did definitely add some muscle, but I looked small in comparison to my competitors. When I went backstage at the show and met the other Figure girls, I immediately recognized that I looked… like a Bikini competitor wearing a Figure suit. Ha!
… But all of this is okay. I accept what is (admittedly I cried on the actual day of the competition, but after having a few weeks to assess the situation, I am feeling better). I had to at least attempt to compete in Figure in order to understand why I wasn’t ready for it yet (a huge thanks to Gen Strobo, my Figure coach, for being the perfect combination of patient, encouraging, and firm with me as I prepped).
After speaking with my coaches, I am switching back to the Bikini division for now. Competing in the Figure division will always remain in the back of my mind, perhaps for when I reach my late 20s or early 30s, but for right now, I think I will have more success in Bikini. My goal is to look like a more muscular bikini girl, like Justine Munro or Brittany Tacy, pictured here:
I plan to compete again in less than 7 weeks at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup in Florida. I competed at this show last year and placed 4th in a very competitive class. I’m going to have to drop some pounds between now and then to get back to my Bikini competition weight, so I am back on a rigorous cardio, weight training and diet regimen (and Oreos are not allowed in my apartment, lemme tell ya!) It is hard sometimes to balance school and training, but I prefer having a goal in sight. It keeps me excited and motivated.
Thank you again for reading. I always enjoy hearing about others’ fitness goals, plans, struggles, etc., so please send me a message or leave a comment with what you’re up to!
Some pictures from the show….
Huge thanks to my Bombshell teammate IFBB Figure Pro Tarah Mitchell. She did an awesome job on my makeup for the show! She also helped with my posing, and let me cry on her shoulder after prejudging. Such an incredible woman!
I got a blow out at this cool blow-dry bar in Los Angeles! Can someone please do this to my hair every morning?
*Funniest part about the picture below: check out the band-aid on my knee…. that’s from falling on a treadmill! IT HURT!