Defining Balance

Yesterday I was going to blog about an awesome skinny brownies recipe I worked on but that was a total bust! The brownies were just O.K. but not something I’m proud of …. since I don’t want to recommend things I don’t really enjoy, I decided not to share it. So the search for a healthy version of a brownie is not over yet. Hang on tight peeps! 
However, today I felt compelled to write about where I am at on the figure competition world. 
Last year I competed in two shows back to back (a week apart) and for being my first shows, I did great!  On show #1 I got first in the Open category and second in the Jr. Masters category. Show #2 (which was a much bigger show) I got second on both categories. Not too shabby for being my first time competing …. I got qualified to compete nationally! I am very proud of how I looked on stage and what I accomplished.  
The reason I competed last year was driven by my fascination for weight training and nutrition. I wanted to experience taking my body to that degree of leanness while doing it in a healthy way. My husband (back then fiance) did my training and I hired a nutritional coach that had the healthy philosophy I was looking. So I learned how to get very lean with NO cardio while fueling my body the right way – never cut any food groups, drank lots of water (including a gallon of water during show day), no diuretics, no sodium manipulations, no supplements, none of the crap that most figure competitors go thru. 
I do get to say I enjoyed my contest prep VERY much!!! I loved the process! I loved seeing my body transform and see each new cut between my muscles and my skin. My goal was to look like a figure competitor that deserved to be on stage but deep down inside I was hoping I would be top five lol! … to my surprise I was more than that …. I was top two!!! So I can probably say I accomplished everything I set out to do. 
Why am I telling you all this? Well, I just wanted to clarify that what happened last year during my prep/show placings, have nothing to do with my decision not to do the next show I was set out to do on 8/25. 
As of right now (and God – and my husband – knows how fast I can change my mind lol!) I decided that I won’t be competing this season and probably never again. As I started my prep a few weeks ago, I started questioning “why am I doing this again?”,  for a $12 trophy? It’s not like I have a dream to go after the elusive “pro card” most competitors have. 
Right now I’m just not “feeling it” …. I don’t feel like going thru the process again. My life is so full right now, I have no room for a competition. Maybe next year, or the next …. I may find a friend that wants to compete in the same show and just to do it for fun. But just doing it by myself is no fun. Since I have no “dreams” in this competitive world, if I do it, it must be for the pure joy of it. Right now I’m busy doing other things.  
Life is about balance. Getting ready for a figure competition is a very selfish process. Your social life suffers – even if you try not to get it in the way by bringing your own food to restaurants when meeting with friends or doing other things that don’t involve food. Well, that sucks! Don’t think it doesn’t!!!  I don’t want to be one of those figure competitors that all they talk about is “getting ready for their show”.  I see this on Facebook all the time! It’s all about cooking their tilapia & asparagus, their coaches, the endless cardio… blah, blah, blah! They have no balance! No social life! (hmmm… could this be the reason why the top pros don’t have a love in their life? Too consumed with themselves anyone? hmmm). 
This doesn’t mean I’m weak and have no will power when it comes to food. Believe me, I do! I still eat healthy most of the time and will stay close to competition weight while having some freedom to eat out with my family & friends whenever I want to. 
So for now, I’ll sit out and just enjoy watching my friends compete…. until I get the bug again – *if* I get the bug again:-)

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  • 06/25/2012 - 9:17 pm

    BSavage - I love that you have balance, Ana. You’re human and real and honest. You have your priorities in order. AND, you have a physique to kill for? Pfffft…if competing isn’t fun, then why do it? I will always support you in whatever you decide to do, as long as you are happy! xoxoReplyCancel

    • 06/29/2012 - 4:25 am

      Ana C. - Thanks so much Brooke! I really appreciate your support. I think that whatever we do it must be enjoyed! The beauty of getting older is that we don’t put up with BS very easily lol! Luv ya!ReplyCancel

  • 06/26/2012 - 1:27 am

    KRISTINA GOFF - Love, love, love everything on here. Competing is so hard, I too think I want to do it again but then I think about all of the above too. I just know some things are more important than competing at this moment. Thanks for putting things into perspective:-) oh & keep those recipes coming…lol. 😉ReplyCancel

    • 06/29/2012 - 4:27 am

      Ana C. - I agree with Kristina… Competing it’s definitely very hard to balance specially when you have a family. If it’s your passion then yeah, go for it. I love setting goals and achieving them but we also must be realistic and know when to go forward and when to step back for a little bit. Heck, these days ladies compete in their 50’s so we have some time if we decide to do it again.

      P.S. We should do lunch one of these days!ReplyCancel

  • 06/26/2012 - 2:18 am

    Amanda - hi Ana, you’ve been there, done that, won it, why do it again and again and again? put your energies into your hubby and new wedded bliss life!!!! you have an awesome body – you dont need to push it to the limits. i remember your food coach was Erik, i was with him for a short while too. did you seriously do no cardio at all? (apart from getting cardio from the weight lifting). what % of bodyfat did you lose? im asking you this coz i hate cardio coz of my bad back/pelvis and am wondering whether to persevere with just weights and nutrition to lean down. thanks ana xxReplyCancel

    • 06/29/2012 - 4:33 am

      Ana C. - Hi Amanda!!! Thanks for your comment! I’m definitely enjoying the married life and I really want to enjoy the moment. We should learn to be just still for a while without having to look for the next shinny star.

      I forgot you were with Erik! You’re right! yes, I literally didn’t do any cardio except the last week right before the show. I only did two cardio sessions and that’s it! I HATE cardio too and I’m glad my body responded well. I was very compliant with my diet though and didn’t leave any room for errors. It’s definitely doable to get lean without cardio for most women but your diet must be on track. I have no idea what bodyfat I lost. I never measured it. But I did lose about 18 lbs stating March to my show date – mid July.

      It’s very doable Amanda!!ReplyCancel

  • 06/28/2012 - 3:32 am

    Tanya - If it isn’t fun, don’t do it :) Now get to work on those brownies!ReplyCancel

    • 06/29/2012 - 4:34 am

      Ana C. - Hey Tanya! Thanks for stopping by! I think I’m going to settle for not so healthy brownies LOL! Are you up to it? 😀ReplyCancel

    • 07/01/2012 - 4:10 am

      Tanya - I am always up for brownies!ReplyCancel

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