Competing

I recently finished training for and competing in my first figure and bikini competition. I did not hire a personal trainer and planned all of my workouts and my diet on my own.

I trained exclusively for the competition for 12 weeks. Prior to that, I had been doing HIIT exercises with weights and running three to four days per week for over a year. My body fat percentage was already pretty low (17%) when I started training. That said, I learned a lot about what to do–and what not to do–for next time. I will be sharing my journey here. I can sum up the experience of a figure competition by saying it was absolutely far more than I expected. It was much tougher mentally than I had anticipated; I had to face some demons, which was a very emotional ride. The calorie deficit from dieting affected almost every aspect of my daily life: my mood, my patience and tolerance, my sex drive, my energy level, my ability to understand things logically and to be reasonable. I would love to hear from other women going through the journey. Please feel free to post comments and/or questions below. It was a wonderful experience, and I cannot wait to do it again–probably next year.

I will also touch on the infamous “post-competition blues”, which are hard to beat. The competition process is a constant battle with your inner self. I only hope that what I’ve gone through and what I pushed myself to do will inspire and motivate others. Whatever your fitness goals are, set them, work hard, don’t beat yourself up if you have an off-day (or cheat meal), and GO FOR IT!!!

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