My First Bikini Competition – 17 Weeks Out!

If I’m honest, watching Tamara Judge from The Real Housewives of Orange County compete in (and win) her first fitness competition at 49 was what first inspired me to want to compete.

That season chronicled her getting into the best shape of her life (and let’s be real, she’s always been gorgeous!) after having four kids (now mostly grown!) and while approaching her 50th birthday. What’s not to love about that?

They didn’t make it look easy – she worked her butt off at the gym, sacrificed in social situations (which I’m sure there were A LOT of with the show) and kept her eye on the prize.

Basically watching her journey unfold “live” on television over several months inspired me to want to attempt the same.

Not to win.

Not for attention.

But to become one step closer to becoming my best self.

Because becoming as physically healthy as possible is a BIG part of that.

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

Enough about Tamara Judge though – let’s get onto my 17 week out recap!

17 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:

Have you seen those cute Instax cameras by Fujifilm yet? It’s the new-school version of a Polaroid and takes these adorable mini photos – I’ll be taking weekly progress photos with it (plus my phone), so I can physically see my progress over the next four months.

The top right photo is an Omron fat loss monitor, which I’ll use to assess my body fat percentage each week. We also use calipers from time-to-time at the gym.

Lastly, the bottom right is an old digital scale I have 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 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 made it to the gym 6/7 days (which was the plan) after taking a much needed rest week the week before (over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday).
  • I started to track my food, but wasn’t overly diligent about it…
  • I started weighing myself daily – I don’t see myself getting obsessive about this, but time will tell! ?
  • My time of the month came, making me feel all bloated and stuff.

Pssst… Cindy and I are doing regular video updates via our Facebook page – here’s the latest where we dish about a few fun things!

What’s coming up this week:

I’m flying out to Destin Florida tomorrow (which isn’t the warm, sunny Florida we all had hoped when planning this trip months ago…) and shacking up with five other ladies to mastermind about our online businesses (learn more about mine here).

So probably dining out, more wine than planned… that kinda thing. My goal is to go with the flow, try to get some beach runs in and consider each food/drink choice individually.

Luckily I’m still at the beginning of my journey, but I can only say that so long…

Predicting the Future

For me, a lot of this is going to come down to my diet.

And that’s one big reason that I’m blogging publicly about it. Because if I know others are watching, I’ll be more accountable to my goal.

You might think that’s weird. That’s cool, I am weird. ?

If nothing else, I plan on telling it like it is. So I hope you stay along for the ride!

The time’s ticking…

12 thoughts on “My First Bikini Competition – 17 Weeks Out!”

  1. You are my 2018 inspiration, girl! With just an About page, a blog post, and a few pics, I’m thoroughly in awe of you and your friend’s goals. What an incredible feat to set for yourself and to post your journey online is amazing, thank you! I hope you reach and inspire a lot of women this year, as well as your fitness goals 🙂

  2. Gina, I’m so excited to watch this unfold. As a health and fitness writer, I pretty much love all your content! Though I don’t see myself ever entering a fitness competition myself, the energy around it always inspires and energizes me!

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