Let me clarify because I know some people will read this and think….”umm I saw you eating pizza and BBQ 2 weeks before your show”. When I say it was hard I don’t mean the food part per say I just mean it was more difficult for me than my last show prep. 2 years and a bit ago I hit the stage for the first time to compete in the bikini division of a fitness competition, just 8 months after having surgery on my esophagus. After taking the stage for the first time August 2014 I decided I would do an NPC show November of that year. Then BAM! October 2014 I found out I was pregnant so the November 2014 show was out of the question. Fast forward to June 2015. After having Marlee I knew I would work towards competing again. I wanted to show women that having a baby doesn’t mean you can’t also have a smoking body 🔥🔥🔥! Being a first time mom I had a bit of an adjustment period when I returned to work. My goal was to get my 👙bikini👙body back, but also to breastfeed until Marlee turned 1. Fitting in time for extra workouts outside my fulltime job and teaching 4 classes per week was difficult especially because since March Donald has been working in LA during the week so it is just Marlee, Foxy and I at home. While other competitors were at the gym on their lunch breaks pumping iron, I was in the change room at work pumping breast milk for my kid every 3 hours. Instead of adding in workouts during the day I forced myself to maximize the workouts I was doing while I taught. I increased my weights in BODYPUMP, I got MMA gloves to wear during BODYCOMBAT (3oz may sound like nothing but I could physically see and feel the change to my shoulders).
The breastfeeding worked in my favor allowing me to burn an extra 500 calories per day on top of what I normally burned. Fueling my body became different. In order to maintain a good #boobjuice supply I needed to make sure my diet contained a good amount of fats, protein and carbs and water! Another thing I learned quickly was there are little to no supplements you can take while breastfeeding. I could no longer enjoy my usual pre or post workout shakes, the BCAA’s that I would normally drink during my workouts were out of the question (it’s shocking how many labels say do not consume while pregnant or nursing). I found a protein powder that was acceptable at Costco but to be honest it tasted a lot like dirt so I had to make sure to eat my proteins instead of drinking it (which is hard because I still get full quickly, a symptom of having Achalasia).
My diet stayed pretty much the same from November until about June when I was finished with the breastfeeding. After Marlee’s 1st birthday I had successfully weaned her off (that’s a whole nother blog post) and was free to go back to my supps. I am a 🍩donut🍩 lover and was free to enjoy them on a regular basis until 2 weeks before my show when I switched up my macros. I lowered my fats and my carbs dropped from 300g per day to about 285g. I practiced posing with Nicole and Krista during quick breaks at work, with the help and feedback of Deidre and Jade 😘.
Fast forward to peak week. I began to cut my water down and took Expel (a diuretic to help pull water). The day of the show I woke up with a massive migraine which I believe to be a side effect of the Expel. Backstage I literally felt like there was a few times I was going to pass out. I would stand up and instantly break into a sweat which was crazy considering I didn’t have much water left in me to sweat out 😩! I continued to sip my water but nothing would help. Finally I decided to lay down on the cold floor and put my feet up which made a world of difference. It was nearing time to go on stage so I changed into my suit and was headed to go get a tan touch up (yes even black ppl gt competition spray tans). The tanning ppl were gone for the night….(how nice my tan was looking crazy and so was Nicole’s).
It was time to pump up, as I was putting my shoes on Donald was calling my phone to tell me they were calling for me to get in line with my class and we were next up….wtf we weren’t supposed to go on for another 20-30mins 😱. I threw my shoes and jewlery on and got in line, there was no time to eat my second rice cake, no time to do my pump up routine of curls, rear delt fly’s, shoulder presses, lateral raises etc. So I did wall pushups until it was time to go out on stage. The class before us was on and about to get off when BAM…here comes an esophagus spasm (freaking Achalasia can’t let me just be great) I snagged a cup of water and put on my stage face and strutted out there! I got first call outs and was moved into the middle in my novice class so I was excited getting off stage. Since I competed in 2 classes when we got off stage after the Novice class it was time to get back in line for the open class…again no time to pump up no time for my rice cake 😩 my glutes were cramping my quads were shaky and my legs wanted to give out but I pushed thru it (this is the part you train for, this is the part that matters, this is the fun part!) This was a stacked class so when I got first call outs again I was excited but I didn’t get moved anywhere so this made me nervous.
Saturday time for finals. We did our individual model walks and lined up to hear who placed. I took home 2nd place in the Bikini Novice D class (the classes are ordered by height so I was in the last class for both divisions #amazonwomen) and 3rd place in the Bikini Open E class. The feedback I got from the judges was to work on my front pose which is an easy fix! I was excited about my placing and I qualified for nationals which is awesome sauce. This show was a much bigger one than my first show waaaaay more competitors and better competition, lots of girls with muscle which was great 👌👌👌. I felt that I had a better physique this time around even though I had a baby just over one year ago. The girl who took first in my open class was a teenager (literally…she competed in the teen division earlier that night) her posing was great and she looked awesome and the girl who placed ahead of me in second had won her pro card at my first show and is an IFPA Bikini Pro, not sure if she had to give up her pro card to compete in NPC or not?….so I was pumped about placing 3rd! But you better believe that at my next show I’m coming for the 1st place crown 👑!
I am so blessed to have great friends who always show support and an amazing husband who will always do whatever it takes to help me be my best!
When Marlee grows up and looks at pics of my show I hope she is proud of what her mom did and I hope it teaches her that you can do anything if you put in the work!
Here are my progress pics from Nov 2015-July 16, 2016
See ya on the flip side.