About Me

Thank you for exploring my blog!

My name is Katie.  I am 29 years old, living in Michigan.  I am a nutritionist and personal trainer.  I switched careers from being an attorney because I love helping people feel better and stronger and healthier.

 

I have competed in seven NPC (National Physique Committee) competitions, starting in 2011 in the Bikini division.  Later I switched to the Figure division because I love the look of muscle on women.

In summer 2016, I hung up my (clear) high heels and began training in a more “functional fitness” style (CrossFit).  This has been incredibly life changing. It has helped to heal my disordered eating tendencies and has taught me to love and appreciate my body for its strength rather than solely how it looks.

Currently, my goals are to compete in my first Olympic weightlifting competition by fall 2017 as well as compete in a powerlifting meet before the end of 2017.

I started this blog in 2011 and it continues today as my journey branches off in different directions.  Who knows  where life will take me next?

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14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey!
    Love your blog…and congratulations!!

    Just wondering…did you do all of this in 12 weeks?
    And would you recommend doing your own makeup again?

    Im competing in my first bikini comp in 12 weeks time…very excited!!

    Thanks
    and again, awesome job! good luck in your next comp!

    1. Hey girl!
      Thank you so much for reading my blog! I truly appreciate the support 🙂

      I started seriously prepping for my March 10 competition during the first week of January, so I only had about 9 weeks. (This is because I thought I was going to compete in Figure, but my coaches & I opted for Bikini instead). My weight at the beginning was about 143 lbs, and by contest day I was about 125 lb. So I had to drop about 2 lbs per week! That is HARD to do, so I recommend starting earlier than 9 weeks out. 12 weeks sounds about right 🙂

      Congrats on deciding to compete!!! I think you’ll find it to be one of the hardest but truly most rewarding experiences ever. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to ask. It can be an emotional roller-coaster! Regarding makeup, for your first show I’d recommend having a professional do it. I know this can be costly, so you can also opt to do it yourself, BUT be sure to practice before the day of the show. You need special dark foundation to match the super-dark tan, as well as more intense eye makeup and blush.

      Good luck girl!!! 🙂
      Katie

  2. Thanks for the reply! That’s an amazing achievement. well done! I Will see about makeup…my sister is pretty handy with these things and has offered to help, which is nice of her. I’ve been training since December but mostly just to put on size…Im 5’9″ and 147 at the moment, but pretty sure my coach Will get me cutting down soon!! It would be fantastic if i could chat to you through my journey sometimes…thankyou. love how supportivery the fitness world can be. are you on Facebook too? Im a bit like you…i study too…doing my phd here in Australia. anyways, thanks again for the advice and good luck in the future!!
    Cheers
    Nici

    1. Larisa! Thank you for the nice comments! I am still sorry we didn’t get to meet up during my 1L year (I was pretty generally antisocial because I was overwhelmed!) but let’s try again this fall.

      My coach is Shannon Dey, who runs Team Bombshell out of Daytona Beach, FL. I picked them because after researching competitions, I kept noticing that the girls that ALWAYS won were from this “Team Bombshell”. So I looked them up and signed up a little over a year ago. They specialize in competing, and they are great at what they do. I send them weekly progress pictures and my weight, and they give feedback with my diet/training plans. It works well for me. Any more questions you have don’t hesitate to ask!

  3. Hey there! I’m an Aussie law student and competed my first show this season in Bikini. I’ve got another show in 3 weeks then I’m starting on a muscle gaining phase, hoping to compete figure early next year! I just started my own blog at simoneelizafit.wordpress.com and it’s great to read about your fitness journey! Keep up the great work 🙂 Simone

    1. Hi Simone! Congrats on becoming a bikini competitor! Thank you so much for checking out my blog; I’m now a subscriber to your blog as well! Keep up the hard work girl! You can do anything you set your mind to 🙂

  4. Just stumbled across your blog and found it really interesting. I am an Aussie bikini competitor and I have competed in 2 competitions last year, but this year trying to gain more muscle in the off season. One day I hope to do figure!

    1. Hey Angeli! Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments! I love connecting with other smart, strong women through this blog. I am so sorry you have been struggling with metabolic damage and I’m so glad you are approaching contest prep in a healthier, gentler manner. You can absolutely do figure someday! I was told repeatedly that I was not a good fit for Figure, but I knew in my heart that I WAS a figure competitor, even if other people couldn’t see it yet. Anyway, thank you again for checking out my blog… now I am going to check out your website and learn about YOU!!! Have a great day!

  5. Hi!

    I love your blog! It’s really inspirational! I’m starting law school this fall and have been prepping for my first bikini competition. I was wondering, do you find that putting pictures of your competition on social media is viewed as okay? I wasn’t sure if employers would look down on having pictures showing so much skin or not. I know that might be a silly question, but you seemed like the perfect person to ask! Thank you!

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