My First Bikini Competition – 10 Weeks Out

This January I posted my very first bikini competition prep update post (you can also check out my lastest update here!).

Weekly updates will be a regular feature on the blog for the next few months. My personal trainer, Cindy and I are competing in The Diva Classic on May 5th, 2018 in Duluth, MN.

She’ll be competing in the figure division and I’ll be doing bikini, so there’s no direct competition between the two of us! ? Read on to see how I faired over the last two weeks and what’s coming up this week.

Pssst… Here are my five top reasons for wanting to compete in my first bikini competition. 

10 Weeks to Go

Being a fan of tangibly being able to measure my progress, here’s a snapshot of where I’m at in pictures:

Pretty sweet raccoon eyes from tanning with sunglasses on, huh?!? 

Left: I use my Omron fat loss monitor to assess my body fat percentage each week. We also use calipers from time-to-time at the gym.

Center: I take weekly progress photos with my Instax cameras by Fujifilm (plus my phone), so I can physically see my progress during competition prep.

Right: I weigh myself weekly using an old digital scale from my days working for Jenny Craig (here’s a similar one) – I’ve always had a strong interest in health and fitness and helping others become their best selves.

What happened over the last week:

To keep things nice and to the point, I’m going to offer up a list of highlights/lowlights bullet-point style:

  • I ended up taking another (unplanned) bi-week – it’s possible I was acting like I was on vacation again and didn’t want to actually be accountable…
  • Which might have resulted in a two pound increase on the scale, undoing some of my very hard won progress. ?
  • My body fat percentage is officially the lowest it’s been since starting my bikini competition prep though – #winning!
  • We’re just finishing hosting our last round of company – I took the week off from work and we’ve been very active (think long walks on the beach, swimming, etc.), but haven’t been as diligent with the gym or my nutrition as a result.
  • I’m getting faster when it comes to running, which is fun to see!

Pssst… Cindy and I are doing regular video updates via our Facebook page – check em out here!

What’s coming up this week:

This is our LAST week in South Padre Island, Texas before heading home to Minnesota after sixish weeks away.

It’s going to be a busy one! I’ll have to play catchup from taking the week off, figure out how to fit in everything we want to do before we leave, pack to go home and of course fit in my workouts. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m up for it!

Hopefully I’ll do a better job on the nutrition side of things – that’s usually my downfall and extra difficult when dining out more often and trying to use up all that we have left before hitting the road.

But it’ll be my last week of true vacation prior to “getting back to reality,” so I plan on living it up a little too! Everything in moderation, right? ?

Predicting the Future

As always, a lot of this is going to come down to my diet, which is one big reason that I’m blogging publicly about it. #AccountabilityForTheWin!

There will not be another bi-week in our future though – frankly there’s no time for it!

10 weeks will go by fast! And once I’m home? It’s GAME ON. I’ll become a meal prepping pro, cut out the booze completely and ensure that all of my workouts are scheduled in and completed.

My goal of losing weight while in Texas was ambitious, I’ll admit. At first I thought I’d lose 10 pounds while away and then quickly cut it down to five to allow for some enjoyment while here.

At this point, I’d be happy returning weighing anything less than when I left (I’m currently about a half a pound more) and making a little more headway on the body fat percentage loss that I’ve been able to achieve. I’ve gone from 22.3% down to 21.5%, which is almost 1%. It may not sound like a lot, but it is – just not for the time I’ve been working on it!

Could I have done better while here? ABSOLUTELY! Am I disappointed with my lack of progress? A little bit. But I’m pretty sure I gained at least 10 pounds while here last year, so that’s something, right?

Here’s to a very successful last week in Texas! (And getting back to a normal routine at home, which includes an easier ability to meal prep, a full size gym and CINDY, my personal trainer – miss you girl!)

Are you currently working towards a specific fitness goal? Tell us all about it in the comments, so we can cheer each other on!

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