I feel back to normal after training for months to put on some muscle to compete in Ms. Bikini Universe. I’ve hardly lifted weights in two weeks since the competition and I feel like all my muscles are already gone! It just goes to show how difficult it is for a woman to keep muscles if we aren’t diligently working on them all the time. I always tell this to women who are afraid of bulking up from lifting weights. Trust me, it’s not going to happen unless you are seriously dedicated to it!
If competing is something you have ever thought about doing, JUST DO IT! Not only will you be so excited when you see your rock hard abs on the morning of the competition but any person who has walked across a stage in their bathing suit has also developed some serious chutzpah and no stage will every be as scary as that one again. I recommend it for that reason alone. It is the ultimate, take a breath, fake it ’til you make it, let’s do this no matter what anyone thinks of me moment and after it just feels so good!
I am a little sad my competition is over. I didn’t realize how much working towards a goal was helping me get out of bed at 5am and pushing me towards greatness. Now I feel a bit unmotivated and need to set a new fitness goal. I got second place, but the competitor in me may not be satisfied until I win so another competition may be in my future.
I am so proud of myself. I really learned how to navigate a weight room and strengthen and tone my body all over in a minimum amount of time. Truthfully, I was in the gym for four months, 5-6 days a week averaging about an hour and a half for my workouts. I learned how to eat to optimally fuel my body to perform. It took me 33 years to learn this! One of my worst habits used to be eating breakfast then having nothing else until about 3pm when I was starving. This puts the body into fat storing mode and definitely doesn’t help energy levels. I’ve never felt better than eating my 5-6 small meals a day full of protein and some healthy fats and carbs. Two of those meals were delicious protein shakes so that made things much easier in regards to food prep. Food prep!!!! Another essential life skill I will never go without again. All it takes is 1 hour a week. I get out my old George Foreman grill, throw some chicken on and chop vegetables like a mad woman. I also throw some sweet potatoes in the oven and an hour later I have 90 percent of my meals for the week pretty much ready to go.
I truly feel that fitness competitions are really about competing with no one other than yourself. There are many many other beautiful, fit and inspirational women taking part in this sport but it’s not about beating them. Deep down it’s about setting goals, working your booty off and ultimately smashing them. Nothing is better for self-confidence or happiness than feeling good about yourself and knowing you can do anything you set your mind to.
I’m not sure what is next for me fitness wise but I am sure it will involve something that takes inner and outer strength to new levels. What are you doing for fitness? Please share in the comments below.