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Competing To Lose II

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Today I'm 12 weeks out from wearing my silly sparkly suit and heels. I admire the hard work and discipline of all figure competitors, but I can't help it, I just sort of feel like a goof walking around in a bikini and heels on a stage.

Then why in the world am I doing another?? A few reasons. One, setting a date adds a level of intensity to my workouts. "Memorial weekend" just doesn't do it for me. Two, I enjoy the challenge of the journey. I discover my mental weakness and my strengths. Three, I actually enjoy lifting weights and the two go hand in hand. Four, as much as I actually dislike walking on the stage and feeling like a beagle in heels, it is rewarding to reach a goal after months of discipline. And lastly, The Abbeys. Of course. I could set a goal to do a mini-triathlon or half-marathon (both things I'd like to do at some point) but I can train for one of those and still eat big buttery soft pretzels every day. I shouldn't but I could because I wouldn't be judged on appearance. Ruff ruff. In fact, I think I might use that sort of endurance training as a justification to eat mounds of refined carbs. After all, I would need fuel for that long run so that muffin from Starbucks might not be a bad idea. Not with a figure competition because those muffins will turn into muffin tops. Yeah, I have issues. Self-control is one of them.

I have less to lose this time around. Less fat. Less depression. Less low-self esteem. I hope that doesn't make me boring. Last year I got to 118 but I had set a goal of 115 and this year I want to reach it. This means I have 10 pounds to go or roughly a pound a week. I'd like to reach 115 the week of the competition before my water drop and have the answers to all psychological issues like Dr. Phil but less annoying. As before, the competition for me is about losing. Losing some more of the baggage that keeps me from being the woman God calls me to be. And I'm not just talking about saddle baggage.

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TRICOTINE 8/16/2011 11:25AM

    I admire your self control! emoticon
Good luck with competition #2! emoticon

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JENNINCAT 8/10/2010 12:40AM

    Thank you. The competition was last summer. I did okay.

Right now I'm training for the Russian Kettlebell Challenge. Thinking about doing another show this fall. I also compete in taekwondo so I'm not sure if I'll have time. We'll see. :-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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WEDDWT 8/9/2010 5:13PM

    Let's see...12 weeks from Apr 5 would be the end of June, right?
How did it go?
emoticon Jenn, on being motivator of the day!

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KAILIIA 8/9/2010 1:13PM

    Congrats on motivator of the day, where are you now?

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RENA1965 5/8/2010 11:14AM

    Why not enjoy it, if you have done the work, have the body flaunt it- payback time for hard work.. Enjoy being a sports model- because women whom win beauty competitions have no problem spending the money (even if the men earn more money, which I think is wrong) Do what you enjoy or don't drive yourself so hard lol..

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DISCDOG 4/20/2010 12:34PM

    I don't like high heels or long painted nails, either. I think that's what keeps me from actually competing, becasue I'd love the motivational factor. You look amazing!

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FITJEN48 4/19/2010 5:58PM

    You are so awesome. I'd feel the same, way about the suits. And yep, running will give you the munchies and excuses. But it IS fun.

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ROVERSHI 5/11/2009 9:19PM

    Good luck to you! I admire your "stick-to-it-ness". I'm trying to figure it all out right now. Know you'll do great and I just love reading your blogs!

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_FITMAMA 5/11/2009 11:42AM

    Good luck on your next competition! I'm sure you'll do great!

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JENNINCAT 4/27/2009 12:15PM

    Steph - I don't work outside the home so that helps a lot with flexibility. My kiddos KNOW how IMPORTANT mommy's workouts are!!!

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RUNSTEPHRUN 4/24/2009 6:24PM

    Made me laugh, as usual. I love your keeps reminding me that I don't have to take things so seriously!!! Good luck over the next 12 weeks. You're gonna do great! p.S. hOW is it that you have time for that with kids again?

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    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about your upcoming competition! I'm planning to enter my first one within the next year - still researching to find a show & pick a date. I wish you all the best sweetie!!!

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STARLINA 4/5/2009 12:17PM

    This is great Jenn, are you going to be posting progress pics on your blog like you did for your first competition? I am so glad you are doing another competition, I really think it is good for you. Just remember, you might not have much to lose, but you have everything to gain. Good luck and best wishes!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 4/5/2009 8:10AM

    I have a question that I have always wondered. I hope this isn't too personal, but I think my biggest problem if I were to compete would be adjusting to my post-competition body. I am afraid that I would get hung up with wanting to maintain that level of of low body fat off season. Does that ever plague you? Or was that an easy adjustment?

You're a great writer, btw, I enjoyed reading this :)

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FITGIRL15 4/5/2009 1:59AM

    Jen, I know exactly what you are talking about here! I am NOT even done my first competition and I already KNOW that this is something I WILL do again, when I'm good and ready! I think it's much more motivating to me then say "My wedding" or what not... no one is judging you in your wedding dress (or are they? LOL)

Anyhooo, my trainer says that once you are already lean, it's easier to cut for a second show, so I wish you all the best over these next 12 weeks! I am sure you'll hit that goal of 115! Keep working hard for it!

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A Letter of Forgiveness

Friday, February 20, 2009

This is from my blog but I thought I'd post it here too. I fell off the wagon the last two weeks. I'm choosing to pick myself up and move on. But before I move on I'm offering myself forgiveness.

Dear Me,

I forgive for your lack of self-control. I forgive you for seeking comfort from food despite knowing the disappoint you will feel as soon as you swallow that last bite. I will forgive you for seeking instant gratification through a plate of nachos. I forgive you for your short sightedness. For failing to see the big picture and instead only seeking to fulfill your desires of the moment. I will do my best to see you in light of your purpose and potential given to you by God and I will nourish you accordingly. I will nourish you not because you want to stay in your "skinny" jeans (well maybe a little) but because I care about your mental and spiritual well being.

Your friend,

If you want to read more you can at the link below.

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CHICKYMOMMAOF2 8/10/2010 10:10AM

    This is on my to do list is to forgive myself it's so hard to do.

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HORSEMAD27 8/14/2009 11:09AM

    I think I need to write one of these to myself.

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SPICEFAIRY 8/14/2009 12:55AM

    Your letter made me think that maybe I should stop punishing myself for my slip ups and forgive myself too, so I can move on. Thank you.

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RBHTENNIS 5/30/2009 4:59PM

    Just reading your blog today about self-forgiveness. I think that's important. I like the letter to self idea after a "bad" day. Here's to better choices for all of us!

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JENNINCAT 3/8/2009 11:24AM

    Thanks for the comments. Yes I do have a second show on the horizon. I'm planning on doing a show June 27th. I've pretty much gotten back on the wagon. Although I've been sick so it's been easier...ha!!!!

Rovershi - Yeah I like the the strict confines of a competition diet too. It really makes it easier. Adjusting between the two took me a few weeks. I felt like I went a little crazy too!!!

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FITGIRL15 3/6/2009 10:32PM

    Do you have a second show on the horizon? Maybe if you had another goal date to strive for you'd be more consistent with your diet!!!

Youe abs were fantastic for your show! Do let them SHINE again! :)

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RUNSTEPHRUN 3/4/2009 7:54PM

    Amen Sista!!! We all need to forgive ourselves sometimes, so we can jump back on the wagon, full speed ahead!!

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ROVERSHI 2/20/2009 10:45PM

    Thanks for sharing! It's amazing how easy it is to get caught up in the moment and then feel SOOOO guilty! Did you find that after your comp. you struggled more with over-indulging? I definitely did - I feel like I went a little crazy at times. Now I'm 12 weeks out from next comp. and it almost feels better to have that kind of external pressure / motivator / "rules to follow"....I don't know. I don't know. It's all a bit odd. Are you competing again?

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

I'm excited next week to add Taekwondo to my weekly workouts. My kids just started taking classes so my husband and I decided we would take classes too. I think this is going to be a great family activity. It gives us a chance to grow closer as we work on reaching goals together and to stay fit together. I'm excited!!!!

My fitness and health blog

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BETTER_THAN_AVG 4/24/2010 6:13PM

    Awesome idea. Ive been thinking of a way my kids and I could get in shape together!

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MELNAEGELI 2/12/2009 6:00AM

    Jenn -

I have been stuyding Uechi Ryu karate for about 5 1/2 years with my oldest son (my middle son just started this past week) - even my mom does it.

Wait 'til you put "martial arts" in your cardio'll be amazed at the calorie burn number.

Have fun with it - it can be such a rewarding experience and will spill over to your every day life - it will also be so valuable for your kids in so many ways.


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FITGIRL15 2/10/2009 11:22AM

    That's really exciting, Jenn!!!

Getting the family moving and strong as a unit is an awesome idea!!!

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Working on it!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I timed my plank today and I was able to hold it for 2 minutes and 15 seconds. It was killer hard. I 'm hoping to add 5 seconds a week. That way by 2009 I'll reach my goal of a 5 minutes plank.

The pull-ups??? Well...I'm not nearly as close to reaching my goal. I feel like I've lost some confidence in my upper body strength the last few weeks. I've been afraid to try them without bands. I know I need to just to make sure I can still do one but I have a mental hurdle I'm trying to cross right now.

Thanks for reading
This is for my personal blog if you're interested.

Always feel free to send me a message I love meeting new people who are trying to live healthy lives!

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RUNSTEPHRUN 2/19/2009 11:54AM

    Wow, you are such a positive girl!!! I just went through your photos and had to double-check your date because you seriously transformed your body in one short year.....WOW. How did you do that? Stay really focused? What kept you on track when you felt that you were looking good, and feeling more comfortable? I ask because I've just had a hard time pushing myself like I did when I KNEW I was I'm more comfortable, I don't FEEL the urgency-however I'm still at the top of my weight for my height....You look amazing.

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STARLINA 1/27/2009 3:05AM

    It's still January and you are almost half way to your goal on holding a 5 minute plank, that's awesome! I hope you felt you accomplished something great, because I think you did, and I am sure a lot of others do too. As far as the CAN do it. I know you can. Keep on inspiring Jenn, you are a breath of fresh air. Best wishes.

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Goal Setting

Friday, January 09, 2009

I set some new goals this week. And they don't have to do with losing weight. I think this is the first time in my life. But they do have to do with fitness. This year I want to be able to hold a plank for 5 minutes, do 10 or more pull-up and compete in another competition. I think goal setting is one of the most important things we each can do. You can reach more about it on my personal blog. Thanks for reading my post. Good luck on reaching YOUR goals! YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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LUVMY3SONS85 1/11/2009 2:37PM

    I sure would like to know some of your fitness routines to get a toned stomach like yours, If you wouldnt mind sharing.

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