Surprise Bikini Competition
It’s November, or as I like to call it,
Or, you know, November. Last month I wrote up some goals, so let’s circle back to see how I did:
- Be bikini competition ready by the end of the month
- Drink 1 gallon of water every day
- Encourage others to get healthy
I actually achieved my goals, so yay me. The gallon of water was my monthly albatross. Some days I looked at it with equal parts fear and loathing, but considering how much I exercise and how high protein my diet is, drinking a gallon a day was truly essential for me to stay healthy and hydrated.
Last month I encouraged people to get healthy in a variety of ways: creating a fitness challenge, posting more nutrition tips across social media and writing blog posts answering reader’s questions, to name a few. It makes me feel good when someone tells me that they started using a fitness tip or felt inspired to eat healthier or join a gym. 🙂
My goal to be competition ready was my own attempt to kick my butt in gear for the Vegas competition. I’m a firm believer in No Plan B, which means I have to make Plan A work (in this case, Plan A is competing in a national competition in Las Vegas on November 18.)
Around the end of September I realized that it was getting far too easy for me to go off my meal plan and slack off on my home workouts and if I didn’t do something drastic I would not like the results on stage come November.
So on October 1st I signed up for a “practice” competition in Fort Worth, and boy am I glad I did! The federation, division and posing is completely different from what I’m used to. Plus there were three costume changes and wardrobe questions that couldn’t really be figured out by watching YouTube videos; I needed to get in the game.
There is a Chinese proverb that goes “Hear and forget. See and remember. Do and understand.” So now I have a better understanding of what the judges are looking for and what a Musclemania competition is like versus NPC, NFF, and INBA ones.
In a nutshell, Musclemania is more like a pageant than straight up bodybuilding. It’s fun because you get a lot of stage time and get to pretend to be a model for a day. Speaking as a middle-aged mom from Pflugerville, Texas, it’s amazingly fun to be glamourous for a few hours. When I get the stage photos back I’ll be sure to post them.
In the meantime, here are my…
- Have a blast at the Vegas competition. Walk with confidence and enjoy the experience.
- Look back on my 2016 Resolutions. (Whoa! Remember those?) See if the year turned out the way I expected it would.
- Take the holidays to reflect on the year and figure out what my next big goal is. I want it to be fun, challenging and attainable.
If you haven’t written out YOUR goals, why not take five minutes and do it now?
P.S. – If you’re serious about getting healthy, but need help getting started, try my S.L.I. Method on my website ShesLosingIt.com. Only YOU can do the work, but I can give you the tools that I’ve learned over the past four years about nutrition, exercise and overcoming excuses.
Lisa Traugott is a Mom’s Choice Award winning writer, fitness blogger, wife and mom of two….and Original Cast Member of AMERICAN GRIT, starring John Cena, on FOX!!!
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