Hi Fit Moms!!
Happy February! I hope all of you are sticking to those goals you set forth for yourselves at the beginning of the year. If not, it’s never too late to jump back on the wagon!! This week, I want to share with all of you my experience of training for my first fitness show. “Fitness Show?”, you ask….Yes! A fitness show is pretty much a body-building/physique competition. The competition includes men and women of all ages. I decided to blog about this because I wanted to show all of you that even though you are a busy mom, who may also work, and be over the age of 35 (like me), you too can achieve great things in your body if you set your mind to it!!!
Last summer, I was looking for something to challenge me physically. I was getting bored at the gym doing the same thing….I needed a goal, a challenge. My friend at the gym encouraged me to train with her, so I began training 14 weeks out from my first show (October 30, 2010). I met with a trainer who set up my menu plan, and got me started on my first 4 weeks of workouts. Before I began, I made sure I had the support of my family (because without them on board, it would have been way more difficult!!) I told myself that I can do anything in 14 weeks!! So my journey began…..
I had to measure and weigh ALL MY FOOD, EVERYDAY!! During this time, I didn’t have a sip of alcohol, a bite of dessert, or anything else that wasn’t on my menu. The great thing about my meal plan was I never got hungry!! I worked out 6 days a week and never skipped a workout. Was I exhausted some days?? Yes! Were there days that I felt like gorging on a large brownie? Yes! But I kept the course because I made a promise to myself.
I was tested many times during my training…I had to sit at a buffet in Vegas and watch my family eat dinner (OUCH!), I attended three 40th birthday parties (while bringing my own bag of food to each party), and I made sure that wherever I was (on vacation in Lake Havasu), I would be sure to bring my workout clothes and find a gym nearby!!
Well, to my surprise, many positive things started happening to me: 1. I became the leanest I had ever been, at 8.5%. 2. I had more energy than I knew what to do with. 3. I got my blood work back a week before my show and my total cholesterol was the lowest at 115. 4. I was fitting into a size 6 (I’m normally a size 10). 5. I was lifting more weight than ever before. 6. My skin, hair, and nails were awesome. 7. Most importantly, I had learned so much about my own willpower, commitment, and dedication, that I was satisfied before I had even stepped on stage for the show!!
The end result came as a disappointment because in my heart and mind, I was going to place 1st!! That’s what kept me going. But, I placed 8th out of 11, and it broke my heart!! As I had time to reflect on it, it was the “journey” that I had enjoyed, not the end result. I felt awesome!! And, I want every mom, who thinks they have to be satisfied with themselves, to take note of my story and know that the sky is the limit!! I am no different from you!!
My measurements from start to finish:
Chest: 38.25″ to 37″
Waist: 32″ to 29.5″
Hip: 39.75″ to 36.25″
Thigh: 23″ to 20.75″
Weight: 170 lb. to 160 lb.
Body Fat: 12.6% to 8.5%
Orange County, Ca