One of my biggest 20(in)12 goals has come and gone... the OCB Spirit of America fitness competition! I competed in the bikini division on April 21st, 2012 and this was my second show (my 1st being the Fitness New England in 2011).
I have to say that my training and nutrition just seemed easier this time around... which I am thankful for! I started training in early January... meaning, that's when I got serious with my strength workouts, got back "on plan" with my nutrition and cut out alcohol. Not that I was a big drinker or anything but alcohol definitely lowers my inhibitions as far as being able to resist tempting foods.
|Sadly, yummy chocolate martinis had to wait...|
Now, although my training seemed easier, it didn't come without some setbacks... the biggest hurdle being when I came down with pneumonia and bronchitis... 3 WEEKS before the show! I had already been sick with a nasty cold for about 2 weeks by that point and then things took a turn for the worse. I was sidelined from training for about 1.5 weeks... NOT what I wanted to do but sometimes you have to take 2 steps back before you can continue moving ahead. I finished up my 2nd round of antibiotics the night before my show (and luckily was feeling much better!).
There's a LOT of behind-the-scenes, self-prep work that goes into getting on stage for a show, especially if you're on a budget like me. For instance, I did my own tanning, makeup, nails and hair (although I did have someone else blow-dry it straight the day before so that I wouldn't look like the Bride of Frankenstein). Bikini competitors also have to be blinged out in sparkly costume jewelry... I still had mine from my 1st competition, which saved me a shopping trip. I think it was around the time I was (unsuccessfully) attempting to put on false lashes that I declared, "If I ever say I want to do another show, remind me of this very moment!" But cranky, sleep-deprived people occasionally get a tad dramatic :)
It's all worth it in the end but sometimes it's just hard to see the big picture when you're in the moment... and carb-deprived... and dehydrated from manipulating your water intake for the few days prior to the show... Not to mention, I hadn't showered since the Thursday night prior because of the tanning application. Glamorous, huh? ;)
Luckily I had a big ole' bag of jelly bellies (my snack of choice to give me a little sugar rush for stage) to save the day. I also had a LOT of supportive family and friends encouraging me along the way and especially the day-of. Friends from all aspects of my life - high school, college and work - made the trek, as well as a few family members. I truly am a lucky girl.
|My biggest supporter, partner-in-crime and proud B's fan :)|
I decided to enter 3 classes within the bikini division:
- Novice (open only to those who have never placed 1st in any other competition before)
- Masters (competitors age 35+, aka the "mature" folks)
- Open (anyone can enter, regardless of age or past experience)
|Me and my dad after preliminaries|
Of course, the competitive side of me knows I can do better and was bitten by the "show bug". My immediate thought was that I want to work towards entering another competition and place even higher! I emailed all of the judges after the show asking for their feedback and constructive criticism, which I plan to use to better myself for the next show.... if I decide to do one. I'll touch on that a bit more in my Part 2 recap though. In the meantime, I have a few more 20(in)12 goals that need to be achieved first! :)
Also in my next post - Fitness Show Recap (Part 2) - I'll share a little bit about what happens AFTER all the training/ stage walking/ prepping is over... and the ups and downs that I've experienced.
Until then, let me leave you with a delectable image of delicious goodness, courtesy of Arthur and Pat's Restaurant in Marshfield, MA, where I ended up for my first post-show meal that Sunday morning...
|White chocolate macadamia nut pancakes with caramel sauce... and this was just my appetizer|
... because I wasn't going to settle for just any old brunch for my first post-show meal!
(and, yes, my first post-show "adult beverage" that Saturday night was indeed a yummy chocolate martini) :)