I know it’s been a while since my last entry, but fret not dear friends, I did not get stage fright. I made it to the competition! Those final couple weeks of prep kicked my butt, so outside of somehow making it into my job miraculously, the rest of my time was focused solely on working out, eating (albeit not very much) and sleeping!
So what was the prep like?
Those final weeks leading up to the show, I was still working out the same, but without my precious complex carbs, i.e. oats and yams. I also had to cut out my beloved avocado as well. So what did I eat you ask? Tofu, veggies and a few pieces of fruit. Yup, that’s all she wrote! I think I did okay with it considering it was the first time I had put my body through something like this, but for the most part it wasn’t a walk on the beach! Also, on the day before the show and on show day, my water was cut as well. So, I was only allotted eight ounces to SIP on throughout the day and no, that isn’t a typo – EIGHT OUNCES! I do believe above all else, that was the MOST difficult part of the process. By the end of the day Friday, my energy was completely gone (my last workout was that Thursday morning prior to the show on Saturday). Thank goodness my mom was in town to see the show. She traveled all the way from Northern, VA to cheer me on and she was a huge help to me on Friday.
I’m also glad that I took off from my job for two days before and two days after as well. I really needed the time to recuperate and of course also kick it with my mom! Those last couple of days before the show were filled with all of my primping appointments, mani and pedi, eyebrow and bikini waxing and tanning. The day of the show, my trainer Tina met me while I was getting my makeup done and then we headed to the venue to wait and wait some more!
So what was the show like?
There were about 400 competitors in this show so it was a looonngg day! The competition is divided into two parts. Pre-judging (I’m still confused as to why they call this “pre-judging” because it’s when they decide for the most part who placed and will be getting a trophy at the night show), anyway, this lasted from 10:00 a.m. and didn’t finish up until about 4:00 or so. Then, we had to be back to wait around some more for the night show that started at 6:00 p.m. The bikini division was last to be seen in the day show and then we were somewhere in the middle during the night show. It was still so long. The good thing is that although my water was cut, I was able to snack on almonds and peanut butter cups to give me some energy and then between the two shows, Tina brought a salad for me to have. The night did not end until close to 11:00 p.m. and boy was I ready to crawl into bed! I had been up since 5:00 a.m.!
Unfortunately, I did not place in the top five of my category. I was disappointed of course, but bounced back fairly quickly from it and was still so proud of myself for seeing this through and getting up on that stage. I smiled the entire time and I’m happy with what I delivered. I do know the areas I would like to improve upon before I do my next show (yes, there will be another in the near future) but it was all a great learning experience. I am very proud to say that I did this as a vegan and naturally. No, fat burners, body wraps or strange supplements along the way. I just focused on training hard and sticking to my meal plan. Next time I would like to find a way to do the prep without the dramatic cutting of carbs but we shall see. I’m still learning.
I also met some wonderful ladies. I was so glad to see what a supportive environment it was amongst competitors.
Post competition, I am still training and working on improving and getting stronger. I am also still sticking to my clean eating with an occasional treat or two.
Thank you so much for taking this ride with me! I learned so much about myself and feel stonger as a person inside and out! I look forward to the next chapter in my fitness journey!
When Christa isn’t doing bikini competitions, you can find her over at Veggin’ Out With Christa!