Yesterday I was going to blog about an
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