Here I am at the end of my competition marathon – at least for a while. I did not know if I would be able to accomplish 3 shows in 6 weeks, but I managed. My third show in St. Louis was my best showing. Luckily, overall I never felt overly tired during this prep.
I have to thank my husband for prepping some of my food and my clients for being understanding during the process. Thank you to Slimquick Razor for continuing to support my fitness endeavours and help me to achieve my best for each show.
Very pleased with the result of the show. You can see the full score card here.
I did not know where I was going for this show until I stepped on the plane. Luckily they have those world maps in the ‘seat back pocket in front of you’ on the plane.
Luck was on my side as the flight to St. Louis was uneventful, and I even had a whole row to myself.
The hotel itself was amazing, grocery store across the street, the gym was a full sized gym in the hotel and a 24 hr coffee (speciality coffee) shop just up the street.
A competitor could not ask for any better amenities. The event was well run, and Jack and Ann Titone did an excellent job of putting the event together.
I decided to have some roomies this trip. I am usually alone and wanted some company. Kayde Puckett and Sara Hurrle were my partners in crime most if the weekend.
Although the show was small the talent was fierce. Met some new competitors over the weekend , and watched the women’s physique show get quite a bit of attention. Much like bikini when it started, any new division has its growing pains. The standard ‘look’ is being sorted out and my roomie Sara was the look they were going for in St. Louis. In an interesting side note fellow fitness pro Michelle Blank, decided to do womens physique at the last minute as she was injured. She ended up taking second.
One thing that I found odd was the stage. The judges and audience are usually a distance away from the stage area. Meaning there is a gap or space so that you dont feel like you are in top of the judges. However this show the judges were about an arms length away from the performance of the competitors. During some moves I could basically reach out and touch them. I thought it would be weird, but I actually liked it as I am able to draw the audience in with me and take them on the journey.
New York Pro was similar to this. The audience and judges being tight to the competitors.
In the house was Tamee Marie – my fabulous suit designer, and the Champ herself Adela Garcia.
I even made the Siouxcountry.com banner for the week. Thank you Sioux. You can click on the link to see the play by play.
In recent news: The IFBB updated the Olympia qualifications to include a points system. You can see the full breakdown of that here.
If you are already qualified you don’t get any points. How if you place in the 2-5 spots you get points. Those top 5 girls at the end of the season who have the highest points will also qualify for the Olympia. So for this weekend - good news –>I got me some points<–.
Saturday night, myself and Sara decided to go to dinner and then pack it in for the night. I did have to get my flight in the morning and really just did not want to be too tired upon returning to work in Monday.
Sunday we decided to get up and workout. It felt so good to get in a training before catching my flight home.
Up next is probably the Toronto Pro. I cannot attend the May show in Pittsburg as it is my son’s birthday that weekend. He will be 6.
I am excited to be back in full training mode. I am welcoming the break (last week) but this week plan to get back on track and see how I can change things up for T. I love Toronto in the spring early summer and last year was a wonderful time. I live in the country so visiting the city – downtown area- where you can walk everywhere is a nice change.
It is 66 days till I leave for the Toronto Pro.
But whose counting…
Paige is a very responsible, motivated mom at the tender age of 22. A few years earlier, she had done her ‘chocolate milk’ diet to get herself down to a very low weight prior to getting pregnant with her son. Although her method worked, it was not a diet that was manageable (or healthy) over the long haul. While most young adults of her age are out partying, she decided to get back on track with her health, and to lose her post pregnancy weight in a more balanced and sustainable manner.
Paige was able to find the balance in her school life, family life, still be able to prepare her meals, meals for her family, and commute 45 minutes each way to train 4x per week.
Her commitment to the goal is what has brought her so much success in 4 months.
You can read her own story below.
After giving birth to my son, I gained over 50 pounds. I was upset with myself, not even wanting to leave the house not even take pictures with my son. I was embarrassed of what I looked like and what I thought about myself. Every day was a struggle, getting up not having anything that fit. Sweaters became my best friend. At Christmas there were a lot of family pictures that were being taken and when I saw what I looked like, I became depressed crying every day about what I looked like. I thought all the time about how I was going to do something about it, but I didn’t have the push I needed.
When Allison posted on facebook looking for someone to be personally trained by her. I thought about what a miracle it would be if that was me and decided, what do I got to lose. I wrote to her, sent her picture and got it! I can’t even being to describe how I felt when I got the news. As I started training I thought wow, am I going to be able to do this. Allison kept me going. She gave me the exact push I needed. When I would be sitting at home craving something, I would get an email that kept me right on tract. Oh how I love those emails and still honestly read them often. The training was fun, hard but she kept it interesting. She was easy to talk to just like a good friend. Allison gave me all I needed for my diet and even made me a diet program based on what I liked.
As the training continued the better and better I felt about myself. Today the training is finished, its been a whole month. I have not falling into old habits. Allison placed me in the right direction to being healthy and I guess you could say helped me find my confidence that I had lost. I have lost 25 pounds. I am proud of what I look like and who I am. If it wasn’t for Allison I would not have felt the sun on my skin this year. I even went out and bought a bathing suit that I love and love the way I look in it. I am finally looking forward to the waterslides, lots of pictures with my son and most of all being able to enjoy every moment of life. I am happy. I want to say Thank you but even that wouldn’t describe how great full I am to have had the experience I did with Allison. You are an amazing personal trainer, a great friend and definitely a good teacher! You changed my life, Thank you.