Twelve days to show time!
Have a great day!
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”
May 17th is rapidly creeping up on me. Six months ago, the date of the competition seemed like years away. But today signifies that only three weeks remain until show time.
The week’s highlight was seeing the first version of my competition suit. It arrived by mail on Wednesday. I ripped the envelope open as if it were a special delivery from Oprah!
Like a kid, I was giddy and eager. My seamstress lives over 2 ½ hours away in another state. We haven’t met in person, but thanks to technology we’ve had in-depth conversation about my suit. Her eye for quality fabric and intricate details is impeccable. I’ve seen her work firsthand and know that I put my trust into the right person.
Thursday I tried on the suit. Eye popping!! Though I wasn’t quite ready for what I saw. Yikes! Cheeks and crack! Umm… baby’s got back and need more fabric in the rear. I can’t bring myself to post those pictures.
All the nuances of figure competing are completely surprising to me. As a little girl, I didn’t compete in pageants, cheer leading, or any of the girly stuff. I played football, wrestled, and fist fought my boy cousins—none of which required me to be on a stage. The tricks of looking good on stage is remarkable.
It turns out; my suit was too big and needed a few adjustments. I am still getting use to the idea of walking on stage wearing a skimpy two piece suit. But I am ready! Lol!
Friday I mailed the suit back to my seamstress for final alterations. Final alterations include the addition of a multitude of crystals and other delicate changes that will make me feel very special when I hit the stage.
I had to take a week off from the 30 minutes of daily cardio training because my weight loss was occurring too fast. Look at the numbers:
♥ March 31st – 147 lb.
♥ April 7th – 145.2 lb.
♥ April 14th – 142.9 lb.
♥ April 21st – 140.2 lbs.
At this rate of weight loss, I would have well surpassed my competition weight goal. Years of fitness training and daddy’s genetics have kept me relatively lean, so with minimal intensity, I can quickly drop weight.
This week, my training was limited to weight training. I missed the cardio, but remain focused on the goal.
Counting and winding down is more about increased intensity and momentum. This is a source of inspiration for me. Patanajali’s quote epitomizes the core essence of my project (fitness challenge). It has been greater than a physical transformation. My approach to fitness will never be the same.
My passion for running has shifted and my desire to lift weights has expanded. Wow! I never thought I’d utter such words. Post competition, I face determining how to balance my love for CrossFit and my urge and the need to throw up weights at the gym.
No, I am not going to stop running all together, but I doubt that I’ll ever return to running 40-60 miles a week that I typically do during the summer. My body looks and feels better now than it did before the weight training regimen. Amazing!
48 feels really good!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
“The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”
Yesterday marks the 8-week out milestone to stage day! Woo! Hoo! It’s crunch time!
Pinch me! Rarely do I have the house to myself; it’s a treat. As I write this, my home is completely silent. Well… other than the tapping sounds of my keyboard and Alex’s paws strolling around the kitchen floor looking for crumbs.
Speaking of crumbs, there’s probably lots of those on the floor these days. I don’t dare peak. Training has minimized house cleaning.. Oh wow! Birds are chirping out back. Lovely! As I was saying, training has cut into house cleaning, plant watering, and other household chores. But–the fort is still standing and that’s what matters, so I’m over the dust. LOL!
My training is going well. To reduce the risk of burning muscle, CossFit is only an option when my work and family schedule prevents me from getting to the gym, which is occasionally.
We’re going heavier with the weights. Legs, arms, shoulders, back… legs, arms, shoulders, back… and so on. Three sets. Yes, of course we’re doing ab work, everybody wants to see abs on stage.
The American Natural Bodybuilding Federation held a competition in my area last weekend, so I got the chance to see a show from a competitors perspective. It was awesome and lots of positive energy! The competitors looked amazing. With my friend/trainer seated next to me, I learned the do’s and don’t’s of being on stage.
Walking, stage presence, transitioning, posing, and more. Very helpful, I found this was. The show was great and I loved more than I expected to.
Attending the show help me to realize that I should also have fun too. Of course, not so much fun that I lose focus, but don’t take myself too serious and let my personality shine.
Consistent practice will bring me comfort and confidence, which is what I need to rock the stage. I’ll get there.
Sunday mornings, I spend about an hour walking and posing in my five-inch heels. Did I say Sunday? Yes! OMG! Sundays are usually my rest days, but I’ve given them up. I am going to do whatever I have to do to win this. Win! So what I’m a novice, if I put the work into training, I should expect the best, so there it is, I said the “W” world. 🙂
I finally have some pictures for you. Forgive my hair and tired looking face…LOL! It’s Sunday Morning!
Posing is much harder than it looks. Viewing pictures of myself help me to visualize what I should and should not look like on stage. I was so focused on the pose, that I forgot to smile. LOL! I won’t do that on competition day!
In this picture, I’m learning how to do a side pose. I have to work on those stiff hands. Ugh!!
This is the back pose. I’m amazed at how my back has grown and developed. All of the hard work is paying off. There are those stiff hands again! Working in progress!
Progress! October/December 2013
Think Forward and… Happy Sunday!
If you are serious about your goals, drop the conditions. Go directly to your goal. Be your goal.
Be your goal! Conditions often disguise strategies for escaping accountability. Why not just take charge and create the experience you are looking for.
By 7:45 this morning, I was well rested and warming up on the treadmill. Coasting along at 3.5 mph I hum and sing along to the music pumping into my ears. Give or take about 15 fellow gym rats ran on the tread, glided on an elliptical, or banged out weights to their maximum ability.
Anticipating today’s work out stirred me. For nearly three months, we’ve yet to repeat a routine, and that’s so cool. The routine is always a surprise–I only know that the routine will be increasingly challenging.
Within 30 minutes, my biceps and triceps “felt like fire running through my veins.” That’s what my friend and trainer told me my arms would feel like. She was right! Some of the sets that flamed my muscles were:
The burning, the aching, and the explosive muscle stinging is necessary for muscle growth. During the lifting phase of strength training, the muscles tear and are broken down. Proper nutrition and rest allows the muscles to repair and grow.
Hallelujah! It’s not easy, but I’m finally meeting my daily calorie goals. I forced this plate of food (dinner) down tonight because I cannot skip a meal. I’ve gotta eat.
The LIVESTRONG application is helpful.
I got my hands on some fabric samples for my competition suit. The vivid colors and the soft fabric are beautiful! I have no idea what color suit I’ll be wearing, but I do know that it will be bright. I love bright colors and they look stunning against my dark tanned skin.
There’s just so much to think about. I know that schedule wise, I’m on track, but I’m a planner and will not satisfied until all the pieces are in place.
One day at a time and one rep at a time puts me one step closer to my goal.
Enjoy your weekend!