I’m so sorry that it’s taken me so long to post again. It’s been a little crazy around here the past few weeks to say the least. I also wanted to have my competition pictures to share, but they have not come in yet so I’ll just have to post them later. I’ll post a few that I have here.
First off, let me start by talking about my competition. The Fitness America competition had been there in Vegas on that weekend for the past 24 years and it had never rained or been very cold. Well, it was pretty cold and rainy the whole time I was there. Not cool. A lot of the outdoor activities ended up getting cancelled so I had a lot more downtime. I was pretty tired already so instead of enjoying the sights in Vegas I went back to my hotel room and hung out. I know, wild, right? That’s me.
Even though the competition was two-days long, my part was the first day. I was pretty lucky because it wasn’t too early or too late which meant I got to sleep in before going through hair and make-up and then go out to eat afterward at a decent time. Anyway, I was really in awe when I saw all of the ladies that were in my category, in my age bracket. They looked amazing! People had traveled from Australia, South Korea, Finland, and all over the US. Being at a national show put it on a whole new level. I felt very fortunate to be on stage with them. Here are some of my unofficial pics.
Cathy Savage Fitness Group Picture:
Getting ready Friday morning:
I had to walk past this place every time I left and returned to my hotel room because it was right by the lobby elevators. Not cool, right?
Here’s a list of everyone that competed in the different groups of the Figure category.
This is the picture that my coach took from the audience:
I was very excited and nervous. However, this time my posing was much better than in October. Because it was a national show, Cathy and several of the team coaches had traveled to watch and give us feedback. My coach texted me afterward that I did really well. I ended up getting seventh out of 17 ladies there, which was pretty good for a national show. The woman that got 6th is the one that got second at the show that I did in Dallas in October.
We all got follow-up phone calls with Cathy in the week after the competition, which I thought was really cool because there were about 60 of us so I know that was a big chunk of her time. She told me that I still looked a little nervous on stage so posing is something I need to continue to work on in the off-season. She also told me that after seeing all of the ladies in my category on stage she had me in the top five. Two of the women that made the top five surprised her, but that’s how it is with judging sometimes. You just have to do your best and bring your best package to the stage and not worry about the judging, especially when the competition is so tough. We talked about other things to improve on for next season, goals that I’ll share later.
Here I am enjoying a bite of Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter and a Mini Dark Chocolate Milano after the show.
I bought the T-shirt on clearance in the gift shop and the wine from the hotel bar. They both cost $9.
Chicken and Waffles at the Hash House a Go-Go.
The three dishes that we got for our post-competition treat meal.
After the competition I went out to eat at the Hash House a Go-Go and even though I was very hungry my eyes were bigger than my stomach. There were three of us that went out so we got three different dishes to share. We probably could have just shared one; the portions were so big compared to our stomachs that were used to not eating very much. It was still nice to go out though.
My roommate had done figure with me but still had to do bikini the next morning (some of the ladies do several categories like bikini, figure, and fitness in the same competition) so she was getting ready for that. At that point I was just ready to go home, but still had another day there.
I didn’t sleep well the whole time I was in Vegas. Part of it was due to the 2 hour time difference, and part was the excitement. Then I took the red-eye back from my Vegas competition so I could catch the last few games of my daughter’s soccer tournament. I got 3 hours of sleep on the plane and then stood out in very cold weather to watch her play (her team won by the way). We then went to IHOP to celebrate the end of her tournament and my competition; it was delicious after two months of low-carb meals. I spent the rest of the day in a carb coma while trying to finish up packing for our trip.
We drove up to see my family in Kansas for Thanksgiving and had a great time with them. But I didn’t plan well on the trip back because we drove the whole way Sunday and had to be back at work and school on Monday. After all the travel I’d done in the last 10-days, I woke up the Monday after Thanksgiving and looked around to make sure I was back in my own bed. Luckily that day was slow with clients so I could go to the store because we did not have a lot of food in the house. I also didn’t have a lot of clean food prepped either so I found myself making not-so-smart choices for meals, like having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. It may have been whole-grain bread and natural peanut butter with fruit preserves, but still not the best lunch for my post-competition goals.
I’ve been trying to get back into the groove of things for the past week or so, making sure I had a few healthy meals prepped and planning my meals better. It has been a little rough though. It’s really easy to fall into the trap of not planning and not getting in my healthy meals.
Back to my post-competition talk with Cathy Savage- we talked about goals and what I needed to do for the next season. She thought that maybe my asymmetrical suit may have made my musculature look asymmetrical to the judges so I’ll be getting a new one for the next season. I was ready for a new one anyway since I bought my old one online and didn’t realize how low cut the bottom was until I got it. I was a little uncomfortable in it anyway.
I’m also going to work on building my glutes and delts in the off-season. To do that I need to make sure I’m getting in lots of quality proteins, fats, and carbs. I’ll be putting on some weight, but not from eating too many cookies and cakes. The extra quality carbs will make my workouts easier to power through so I can get into the right condition for next season. I’ve already noticed in the last few weeks that my workouts have been much better. I’ve lifted harder and had more energy. Of course, for the past two months when I was cutting for my two shows, I was just getting through my workouts, not putting up any PRs or making any sprinting speed records.
It’s harder to be a natural athlete because we do have to really worry about properly fueling our workouts. The ones that use the fake stuff don’t have to worry about cutting or proper fueling because their energy is synthetic.
Well, that’s what I’ve had going on lately. In my next blog I’ll have my pictures and I’ll talk about genetics. I was inspired by seeing how different the bodies of the competitors were so I’ll go into more about this at another time.
Right now I want to invite you to check out my Blog page about my new Busy Mom Group Coaching. It will start the first full week of January, after the kids go back to school. We’ll have conference calls for an hour and a half every other week. The calls will talk about how we can incorporate a healthier lifestyle for our kids and ourselves amongst our crazy busy lives. There will be a closed Facebook group for support, handouts via the group page, and other great ideas and information to help us get healthier in the New Year.
I’ve also started a special event on my Facebook page. I started it a few days ago, but haven’t really advertised it yet. It’s called “December the Happy and Healthy Way.” We can support each other and get through this crazy time together. It will also give you a glimpse into what group coaching and support will look like.
Questions? Comments? Please let me know.