Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wow! It's been forever since I've posted anything! Admittedly, I've taken on a lot in the past couple of months and am still trying to figure out how to balance it all. I checked a major point off of my "bucket list" by competing in a national show last week at Fitness Universe in Miami. I had made it a goal to get on their stage before I turned 30 and I made it with still 14 months to go until that big birthday!:) I placed 16th out of 30 or so competitors. While the placing doesn't sound overly-impressive, my competition sure was and I was happy to feel like I held my own next to some of the most beautiful and fit women in the world. I've also learned after years of doing this (seven shows under my belt) that placing is very subjective and you cannot guage your progress or self-worth on the number you receive. I only go in with the intention of beating myself and improving my physique and strength every time I step on stage!

So, what's next? If you know me, my motto is always "on to the next thing"......I can't help it, my mind is always going......and the next thing is competing in fitness!!! I am so excited that it keeps me awake at night thinking about it. The great thing about this sport is that the journey is the exciting part and the part I'm in love with......picking out the glittery suits, accessorizing like crazy, strutting around in the heels, and of course, KILLING it in the gym! Stepping on stage is just an excuse to get to do all of those fun things! Added to my "to do" list for next year's show prep as a fitness competitor now includes: picking out music to be mixed, learning a routine, getting the strength moves perfected, finding a fabulous costumes, and conquering the splits! Holy smokes, I LOVE IT ALL!

I've found that as I get older and more comfortable in my own skin that working out just to look good becomes less and less important. What I've loved seeing instead is an increase in my strength, symmetry, flexibility and most importantly, self confidence. I feel that working toward my fitness goal is just the tweak I need to stay motivated and focused on improving. Plus, with all of that training, the tight body will come naturally!

I will do my best to keep you posted on my journey. No doubt, I have my work cut out for me, but another thing I've gained through this sport is that I'm so much less afraid to fail. When I started out, I wouldn't even admit to anyone that I was competing or training for fear that they'd find out how terribly I did at my show. People's reaction was quite the opposite---very few people cared how I placed, they were just totally impressed that I'd ever be that dedicated to something, much less get on stage in a bikini and heels! By announcing my goals and aspirations, it holds me accountable to seeing them through. So, you've heard it here: I WILL be a fitness competitor one day soon!:)

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