In the beginning.......I have always had an active lifestyle, going to the gym in my younger years but after I got married and had my first child it really wasn't something that I put first in my life. I had a family now and my son was the only thing on my mind at the time. Although, I did get back to my pre-pregnancy weight it wasn't until my daughter was born that the weight seemed to be harder to get off. In addition, to having a corporate job sitting at a desk all day helped pack on the pounds.
Although, I was still hitting the gym just not pushing myself nearly as hard as I should have been. I would do my 45 minutes on the elliptical or run for an hour at 5 mph, and lifting some weights. It wasn't till my husband received his new orders and we were traveling cross country to the west coast. I hated the thought of leaving my corporate position, putting my house up for sale and leaving family & friends. However, I think it was a blessing in disguise. For the fact that it has taken me over a year to find employment and during that time while sending out countless resumes, going on interviews and competing with everyone else that is unemployed, left me no other option than going to the gym.
I couldn't stay in the house all day, I would go nuts. So, while the kids were in school and I got the house cleaned up what else was I going to do with my free time. Don't get me wrong it was great for the first few months not having a job, enjoying the freedom. But, I also enjoyed having my pay check as our fun money to buy the things we enjoyed and since we're in a new state and I have no job that came to a screeching halt.
It is truly amazing how quickly the body can transform, just by changing your diet and exercising the correct way. So, I began weight training hitting the free weights which wasn't new to me but using correct form and learning which muscle group are best to work at the beginning of the week and others at the end of the week, that you need to work one major muscle group & one small muscle group. For example, back & bi's (biceps). So I started my weight loss in August of last year and have lost over 30 pounds, I can't believe it.
It's funny because you really don't see yourself as others see you. It really didn't hit me, until I went shopping for some clothing for my new job (Yes, finally found one), as I reached for a size that I thought I was at and took them to the dressing room to try on, turning to look in the mirror and discovering them way too big. Did I really have to go down 2 more sizes, I just couldn't believe it......
I always have admire the women who enter figure & bodybuilding competition's, what dedication it takes to do something like that and I have always wanted to be strong just like they were. So, I made a decision last year that I was going to add that to my bucket list of things I want to accomplish. I'm going to do it, I'm going to enter a figure competition. So, I'm finally here....my application been sent off and received, figure suit, tanning products, shoes (hooker heels) & jewelry all have been purchased. Now it's crunch time, final week to lean out as much as possible, cut down on water, no cardio the last 2 days before show (due to tanning coat one beginning on Thursday). This week is referred to as "Peek Week", carbs are low, water consumption low, & pretty much having talipia & 1/2 cup of veggies for every meal.
Since this is my first show, I'm not really concerned about where I will place. I got on a late start with my coach (who is a figure competitor/dietitian) and not knowing the correct way of leaning out, trying this & that, getting massive amounts of information from everyone is quite overwhelming. But you have to find what works for you, everyone is different. My body loves holding on the body fat and it being really stubborn to get rid of it. When deciding to enter a competition you really need to start about 16 weeks out changing your diet as your body changes either with lower/higher carbs, intake of water, & most important making sure your getting enough calories. These are all the things I have learned along the way and I'm still learning.
So when you see a figure competitor, give credit where credit is due, even if it's not for you and when they are up there on that stage posing & flexing....it is literally a workout. Flexing from head to toe. Especially, the back pose, if it is not uncomfortable you are not doing it right. Those girl's make it look so easy and believe me it's not.
Finally, I would like to give a special thanks to all my friends who have sent me encouraging words, helping me keep a positive attitude and most of all making me believe in myself, I'm thankful to have you all in my life & call you friend.
I will post photo's of before & after show.......so keep checking back.