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:
Arm (Bicep): 11.75
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.
A few recent pics: