I competed in my first bikini competition on May 5th, 2018.
I ended up taking 5th place of 8 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, semi-regular updates will again be a regular feature on the blog as I prepare to compete in Minnesota Mayhem on October 11, 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 period of time and what’s coming up this week:
6 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… so lazy in fact, that I went a whole month before getting around to writing another update!
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 also 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 5#’s lighter and .4% lower when it comes to body fat % – even though I’m “technically” 2 years older. 😏
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 than 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 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 similar workouts and checking in regularly to measure the same types of results.
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 going well…
I’m staying really active and getting in the majority of my workouts.
I’m supposed to be doing 6 days of strength training (preset workouts from Cindy), 5 days of cardio (20 minutes of HIIT or 30 minutes of steady-state) and 6 days of booty bands to get my rear in gear!
I’m not going to lie, some days I don’t feel like working out… I’ve had to double up strength training workouts twice because of this! But, I did get them in!
I’ve missed a handful of cardio sessions and am batting 600-700 when it comes to booty bands now that we’ve upped them to 6x/week.
What’s kinda challenging right now (and what am I doing about it?!)…
I’m tracking my nutrition and for the most part, am doing okay, but man is it hard to avoid sugar! That’s probably my biggest craving (ice cream in particular!).
We’ve also been traveling a ton (3 trips in 5 weeks!), which has proven challenging on both the nutrition and exercise fronts. It’s real-life though and my life isn’t about to stop for a mere competition!
On a 1-10 I’m…
I’m going to give myself an 8 for the last month. Overall I’ve done well losing 5#’s and 1.8% body fat.
There’s always room for improvement of course, and d-day is coming fast!
What’s coming up this week:
I’m late on my updates, so the ‘4 weeks out’ post will be coming at you sooner than later.
Due to that travel listed above and giving in to those sugar cravings too often, I’m honestly not sure what my results will be… Fingers crossed! 🤞
Are you currently working towards a specific fitness goal? Tell us all about it in the comments, so we can cheer each other on!