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3 Weeks from Today I'll wear a bikini for the 1st Time (in front of over 2,000 people)!

Friday, June 25, 2010

So I'm 21 days from my first Figure Competition.

This has truly been the most challenging thing I've ever done.

My personal trainer Stefanie recommended I do this on March 1st, the day after completing my first Marathon. I needed a new goal. I really didn't know what I was in for...

But it has been an amazing journey. I thought I was happy with my weight and size 6 months ago, but I had always wanted some muscle definition. I always wanted people to say "You have nice arms." or something like that. Be careful what you wish for!

When I was overweight, I never liked to wear short sleeves or defniitely not tank tops. My arms were just too big! Now, you can't get me to wear sleeves, I don't care if it's 50 degrees! I've worked too hard not to show my arms off! Ha ha!

My husband just can't get over the transformation. He just LOVES it and loves "touching" me. I don't mean it in a sexual way, but he just loves feeling the muscles and leanness. It ain't bad the other way either though if you get my drift! :-)

Eight weeks ago I started working with a Coach, Ruben (Sparkname: FLEXCHEF). The difference of going it "alone" and being coached is incredible. I wish he'd been working with me from the beginning (so does he LOL). He's helped me so much.

The Figure Competition I'm doing will be in front of over 2,000 people. I had no idea it was such a big show. The two shows I had been to only had a couple hundred people. I just picked a date that worked and was local, and now I find out it will be one of the biggest shows in my area for the year - OMG!

Then, I find out that the local Fox TV news wants to interview me about my weight loss and transformation, so I'll be doing that the week before the show. Sparkpeople will definitely get a serious plug! (You too Ruben!).

So here are my stats since starting this Figure Competition Journey:

Weight: 135.7
Shoulders: 42
Chest: 35
Waist: 29.5
Hips: 39
Thigh: 21
Arm (Bicep): 11.75
Calf: 13
Body Fat: 29.6%

Weight: 121 (Down 14.7 lbs or 9.7%)
Shoulders: 40.75 (Down 1.25 inches)
Chest: 34.25 (Down .75 inches)
Waist: 26 (Down 3.5 inches)
Hips: 35 (Down 4 inches)
Thigh: 18.5 (Down 2.5 inches)
Arm (Bicep): 10.5 (Down 1.25 inches)
Calf: 12.5 (Down .5 inches)
Body Fat: 15.81% (Down almost 50%)

Total of 13.75 total inches lost since March.

While the meal plans are extremely challenging and I do cardio twice a day almost every day in addition to strength training, I do like the feeling of having so much discipline.

I just hope to be an example that if you have a focused goal and you make yourself accountable to it, you can achieve it! So if you're in the middle of your journey, don't give up. When it gets hard, fight through! Every Champion in their field does things when don't feel like it, whether it's an athlete, singer, actor, business person, etc. Let's all be champions! Every day celebrate the champion with you!

I may check in once more before the Competition, but if not, will definitely post right after! I thank you all for the well wishes, it truly means so much and keeps me going!

Enjoying the process? Yes, but maybe just not so much right now. emoticon

A few recent pics:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NOTMILK 7/17/2010 5:00PM

    WOW! You got it done - way to go!

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GONABFIT 7/12/2010 10:42PM

    OK... that's it. You've inspired me to go for my goal. I;ve always wanted to do a competition... but I kind of looked at it as a "pie in the sky" type of dream. You inspire me! I'm going to plan, then go for it! Keep in touch.


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SUZE68 7/5/2010 9:08PM

    You are inspiring and a true beauty inside and out!

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MBSHAZZER 7/5/2010 4:31PM

    You are the president of the GUN CLUB!!!

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MSLADYBUG3 7/5/2010 11:05AM

    Wow you look amazing and you have inspired me, Blessings to you as you enter your competition you can do it.

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LISA0307 7/4/2010 5:54PM

    You look amazing! So inspiring. Great job!

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BIKERCHICK74 7/4/2010 3:40PM

    YOU LOOK STUNNING!!!! AMAZING!!! BEautiful!!!

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SCHATZI4MO 7/3/2010 7:53PM

    you look fabulous ... can't wait to see the pics from the competition. i would say Good Luck, but it doesn't seem inappropriate ... luck has nothing to do with it ... you've worked hard and it shows ... so kick butt! emoticon hugs ~ april

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IWIN4LIFE 7/1/2010 1:28PM

    I don't like this post . . . I love it! Very nice. And yes - your arms look f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s, so show them guns off girl.

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WREN67 7/1/2010 8:40AM

    You are such a wonderful inspiration!

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MSTRISHA1 6/30/2010 4:48PM

    The sky is the limit... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    okay, words can not express, but I'll try .... you are an athlete! Great job! A trainer I have used in the past has done competitions like this and the discipline and diet and workout schedule necessary to get ready for it is no joke, my hats off to you girl, I can't wait to see the shots from the competition!!!!

P.S. And if I had arms like yours I'd never wear long sleeves either!!! lol

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NEWME0519 6/29/2010 12:14PM

    Tia, you're doing great and look fabulous!

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BEKAH_IS_FIT 6/29/2010 5:10AM

    YOU are amazing!!

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IAMFIRMIN 6/29/2010 4:31AM


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STEELE15 6/28/2010 2:10PM

    Girl you know I'm rooting for you! You are so awesome emoticon

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    Girl, I just can not stress enough how awesome your transformation is!!! You didn't just lose weight, you are toned, defined, and everything!! That's what I want so bad! I mean I don't want to compete in anything, but I do want the muscle definition and the lean-ness! That is just awesome!
I so needed to read this blog today, because you were speaking to me when you said "So if you're in the middle of your journey, don't give up. When it gets hard, fight through! Every Champion in their field does things when don't feel like it.....Let's all be champions! Every day celebrate the champion with you!" LOVE IT!!!

Thanks and good luck with your competition! I know you're going to kick butt!!!

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Comment edited on: 6/28/2010 1:30:56 PM

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RUSTBUCKET1 6/28/2010 12:14AM

    Wow you are emoticon . Good luck with the competition!

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ALESHABEE 6/27/2010 10:52PM

    You look emoticon and I just know you are gonna rock your competition!!! emoticon

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NANCYANNE55 6/27/2010 4:48PM

    Look at you, girl! Your legs are to die for! The changes will come fast and furious these last 3 weeks- brace yourself! LOL!

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SHEMA01 6/27/2010 11:09AM


I wish you well. Congratulations...I am rooting for you. emoticon

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ANDREA0301 6/26/2010 7:12PM

    Girl, you're my HEROINE!!!! You look AMAZING and I know you're feelin' it, too!!

You GO GO GO!!!

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LINDA! 6/26/2010 12:44PM

    Amazing are beautiful!! emoticon emoticon

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POSEY440 6/26/2010 12:24PM

    WOW I am wear you were in March right now and I thought I was doing good. You put me to shame. I do not know how you find the time to do all this training? You look great and emoticon congradulations.

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123BETTERME 6/26/2010 10:14AM

    Wow amazing .. have fun at the competition... and your blog was inspiring - thanks for posting it : )

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IAMFIRMIN 6/26/2010 6:02AM

I am excited for you.. my first comp I WAS 49 YRS OLD.. IT WAS EXCITING.. !

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MINIUM 6/26/2010 3:01AM

    You ARE an example! You're my hero! I hope you'll have fun at the competition! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/26/2010 2:50AM

    Tia you are barely recognisable from 6 months ago you look amazing and ARE amazing.
Good luck with the comp- you are braver than I am- I just know you're going to do well in it emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINE667 6/26/2010 1:04AM

    You look great Tia!!!! Good luck to you, I know you will rock it! I too wish I had found Ruben sooner, he's is awesome and I am so enjoying his help as well. Will blog about it soon!

Again, you LOOK emoticon emoticon on your continued success!

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GOLDBERG73 6/25/2010 11:52PM

    Nice arms - good luck!


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SHAKTI_ANGELIKA 6/25/2010 11:39PM

    Girl, you rock!!! I hope you knock 'em dead at the competition! Think of that trophy as you're slogging through the weeks of dieting... I am there with you... Go get 'em!!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/25/2010 10:39PM

    You look amazing!!!!

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CGTAYLOR 6/25/2010 10:31PM

    Great job! You'll definitely have to post some 'before the comp' pics and some of you in the competition! You are gonna rock it!

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IVYLASS 6/25/2010 10:17PM

    You rock!!

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ETTEZEUS 6/25/2010 10:12PM

    Woo Hoo! Awesome job! Knock'em dead at the competition!!

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CHRISPYLEE 6/25/2010 10:12PM

    YOU are an awesome example of what one can do with a focused goal and holding yourself accountable to achieve it!!
Thanks for the reminder to fight and celebrate the champion that is within ME!
With a figure like yours you will ROCK the competition!
Way to freaking GO!!
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NATKITA 6/25/2010 10:08PM

    You look unbelievable. I can see why you don't ever want to wear sleeves!!!!

Rock on with your fit and fine self!!!!!

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EDWINA172 6/25/2010 10:01PM

    You look great! Good luck. Have fun. You've earned it!

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SAMANTHAJEAN86 6/25/2010 10:01PM

    Wow, you look amazing!! True inspiration!

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MGRIFFITH32 6/25/2010 9:57PM

    You look amazing. Can't wait to see you with that trophy. Again, thanks for letting us come along!

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JOYINRUNNING08 6/25/2010 9:51PM

    Oh, you look so great and happy too! :)

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