I competed in my first bikini competition on May 5th, 2018.
I ended up taking 5th place of eight total competitors in the ‘Beginner Tall’ division. Since showing up “stage-ready” was my main goal, we’re going to call that a big fat win!
Read more about why I originally wanted to compete here.
And here I am about to do it again.
So weekly updates will again be a regular feature on the blog as I prepare to compete in Minnesota Mayhem on October 12, 2019. This competition also takes place in Duluth, MN.
WHY I WANT TO COMPETE AGAIN
Because I’m crazy?! Bwahahaha!
Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment? Who knows…
While I don’t have a super clear reason for competing, I do want to lean out again and I know comp prep worked well for me last time around. So why not, right?!
Don’t know a lot about competing? Check out this mega post that breaks down all of the major divisions for ya!
Then read on to see how I faired over the last week and what’s coming up this week:
10 Weeks to Go
While I started prep at 12 weeks out this time around, I’m only chronicling it starting at 10 weeks out. Because I’m lazy…
Being a fan of tangibly being able to measure my progress, here’s a snapshot of where I’m at in pictures:
I weigh myself weekly using an old digital scale from my days working for Jenny Craig – I’ve always had a strong interest in health and fitness and helping others become their best selves.
I use my Omron fat loss monitor to assess my body fat percentage each week.
Bikini Competition #1 (2018) vs #2 (2019)
Pictures really are worth 1,000 words, right?!
I thought it’d be fun to compare year-over-year for the same time period. Below you’ll see that I’m starting off 5.6#’s lighter, but .2% higher when it comes to body fat % – pretty sure that’s because I’m “technically” 2 years older.
Personally, I think I look pretty similar, which gives me the confidence I can do it again and maybe even improve upon last year’s results.
My goal this year:
Last year it was my goal to achieve a goal weight of 139#’s (I’m 5’9) and 15% body fat. I ended up weighing in at 140.8#’s and achieving 17.4% body fat (lower according to the calipers though!).
This year I’d like to achieve at least the same, but hopefully better results as I did in 2018. Ideally, I’ll be closer to 135#’s and 15% body fat.
Time will tell of course!
What’s different this time around?
I’ll be competing as a ‘novice’ rather than a ‘beginner’ this year.
All that means is that instead of my division being full of first-timers, all of us will have competed at least once before. Former winners are not eligible to compete in the novice division.
In addition to having some experience under my belt this time around, I also have an unofficial partner-in-crime.
My husband, Wade will be training alongside of me as if he’s competing too – he’s not registered to compete, but you never know! That means he’s eating the same (more calories of course!), doing the same workouts and checking in regularly to measure the same types of results.
Being a dude, he lost like 9#’s in his first week! He did gain a half a pound of so in week 2 though, so all is well. He probably doesn’t need to lean out much more, but will likely stabilize his weight still shedding a few pounds and gaining muscle mass.
For now, I won’t be adding his progress pics, but I might be able to convince him towards the end. Stay tuned!
What’s coming up this week:
We’re just finishing meal prep for the week and have our workouts in hand thanks to Cindy, who we’ll be training with twice a week.
We have 6 strength sessions scheduled for this week and 5 cardio sessions (either steady-state or HIIT). She’s also having me add in 3 days of booty bands… I was dreading this part!
We’ll be traveling for the weekend, so plan on shifting our rest day to Saturday or Sunday. We’ll also need to do food prep again on Thursday and pack meals for ourselves for the weekend.
I guess no s’mores for me…
Here’s to another very successful week!
Are you currently working towards a specific fitness goal? Tell us all about it in the comments, so we can cheer each other on!