Whirlwind bikini weekend

Why hello, blog friends!

What a fun-filled, crazy, exhausting weekend.  I’m sorry to take so long to post a recap, but I was literally a comatose zombie yesterday when I returned home!

OK – so I’ll go ahead and start with how I did at the competition:  I placed 4th in my category!

This was totally shocking to me – I did not expect to even be in the top 10 at my first show, much less a large show like this one.  When they called my name, I thought for sure they made a mistake.  But I feel so happy that my hard work towards my goal paid off – I did it!

I could absolutely write an entire week’s worth of blog posts about this experience – there were so many highs and lows and bizarre things that happened that I can’t even begin to sum it up in just a couple of paragraphs. But here are a few highlights for you!

The highs:

  • Meeting Cathy Savage and my coach Brooke Nicole was such a highlight of the weekend!  On Friday evening, we had a check-in session with the coaches and Cathy where we showed them how we looked in our suits and our sportswear.  I was so excited to meet Cathy that I came up to her and gave her a big hug and gushed over how happy I was to meet her “in real life.”  And Cathy, being her typical no-nonsense awesome self just said, “I know who you are honey!  I feel like I’ve known you forever!”  LOVE her, seriously 🙂
  • After the check ins, we had a team meeting where each coach from the Savage team had a chance to say a thing or two about what to expect for the weekend, how to get the most out of the experience, and other words of wisdom.  It was such a treat to hear straight from the mouths of these amazing women who are at the top of their game.  They have such a grounded perspective about everything they do – they are smart, beautiful, fun, fearless women and I aspire to be more like them.
  • I connected with SO many gorgeous, talented girls!  I mean seriously – these girls are top of the top.  Gorgeous and successful and funny and brilliant – what an honor to be in the company of chicks like these!
  • I realized right before I stepped out on stage that this was my chance to HAVE FUN, so I should relax and not take it too seriously!  So – that’s what I did!  And it was a blast!
  • I ran into a little bit of a situation with my hotel room after the show, and (long story short) my exhausted, hungry self suddenly found herself without a place to stay for the night.  I was way too tired to drive 6 hours back to Philly at that point (it was about midnight!) and the rooms at the casino are around $700/night which I totally could not afford.  But amazingly, a guardian angel (who shall remain nameless) appeared and saved the day.  I ended up in the most gorgeous suite at the hotel and needless to say, I will always thank my lucky stars for this amazing person who came to my rescue Saturday night.
  • For all of my doubts that I’d be “ready” for the show, everything came together quite nicely!  I woke up on Saturday ready for the competition and feeling lean and healthy and in the best shape possible.

The lows:

  • Let’s face it – I looked like a drag queen in my stage makeup!  Hilarious, but I know I was frightening some of the patrons of the casino.
  • The diet was brutal the last day:  the minimal water intake and small portions of tilapia and asparagus eaten out of a plastic baggy was making me hangry (hungry + angry).
  • I realized the hard way that generosity and kindness are not always others’ first priorities.  And the “mean girls” you remember from middle school are, quite often, still “mean girls” when they are all grown up.
  • The show involved a lot of waiting….waiting….waiting….and more waiting.  Not fun when you’re standing around in 5″ heels and a tan that can’t touch anything for risk of ruining it!
  • I got about 4 hours of sleep the entire weekend – which left me feeling like such a total zombie!  Ick!
  • It takes a really long time to scrub off 4 layers of tanner (still working on that) 😉
  • It was hard to be at the show by myself without my husband or family and friends as a support system.

My take on the show:

I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything.  I learned so many valuable lessons, met so many wonderful people, and felt so proud that the judges could see all of my hard work in my physique and happy attitude.  The support from Cathy Savage Fitness is without equal, and I feel truly blessed to be part of the sisterhood.

Everyone wants to know if I’ll do another competition.  My answer right now is…maybe??  I’m on the fence about it.  I really did have a fantastic time and it was so awesome to work towards that lofty goal – now of course I want to improve even more!  But for right now, I’m still thinking it over and processing all of the emotions of the weekend.

My next mini goal is to stay in rockin’ bikini shape until my vacation in a few weeks!  And then – I’ll set another mini goal so I continue to have something to work towards and I’ll keep my booty in shape.  So – stay tuned!  Who knows what the future may hold?

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New England bound…

I wish I could say that I spent my day off yesterday as relaxed as Pinot:

But alas, it wasn’t so.  Here’s a recap:

Couldn’t sleep so I woke up at the crack of dawn and made out my to do list of things to tackle for the day.  I scarfed down my first meal of unseasoned chicken and spinach and a teeny bit of oatmeal and a cup of black coffee:

 I washed and folded a load of laundry, took Pickles for a walk, and then showered and shaved my entire body head to toe, which took unexpectedly longer than I had imagined (HA!).  I hope I never have to do that again 🙂

By that point, it was time to eat my next meal – unseasoned tilapia, 1/2 of a grapefruit, and some water:

I then headed out to run a ton of errands.  I ran to Home Depot to buy carpet tape to glue my bikini to my butt (LOLOL!), went to get my car washed and fill it up with gas for my trip, went to the ATM for some cash, ran to the mall to grab a couple of last-minute things, went to get a mani/pedi, and ran over to Trader Joe’s for more pre-competition food (plus some celebratory treats for after the competition):

 What’s in the bag, you ask?

A bunch of junk that will definitely make me sick if I eat it all at once!  Cheese curls, cookies, trail mix, COOKIE BUTTER(!!), and the one thing that I’ve been craving since starting this diet:  LARABARS!

Don’t worry – I’m not planning on completely bingeing after this is over.  I just wanted to have plenty of food to share 😉

Oh, by the way, at some point I scarfed down another meal of chicken and spinach in my car, cold out of Tupperware:

After my Trader Joe’s trip, I ran to get a spray tan.  It was hilarious to stand, arms splayed, totally in the buff, in front of a woman who I met about – oh – .02 seconds earlier.  HA!  No shame in this game, baby.

I liked the framed quotes on the wall in the spray tan room:

Do I look tan?  This is only the first coat!

 After I finally got home, I still had more to do!  Including cooking up a huge batch of asparagus:

I inhaled my last 2 meals of the day (a repeat of the meals above), and I made some goodies and gift bags for the girls I’ll be rooming with at the show (I’ll show you what I made in a future post – I think they turned out really cute!).

Whew!  What a crazy day.  And now I’m leaving in just a few minutes and heading up to CT!  Wish me luck!  (and by luck I only mean:  I don’t want to fall on stage wearing a teeny bikini and 6″ clear heels, thank you very much)

It’s almost here!

Goodness GRACIOUS, I did not even realize how tough this last few days leading up to my competition were going to be!

I’m telling you…it’s crazy.

My diet plan became much more strict in the last week (read: next to no starchy carbs) which has left me in a brain fog! Plus I’ve been trying to get a ton of stuff done at work so I can take time off with a clear conscience, and I’ve been squeezing in even longer workouts into my already packed schedule. Good news is: we’re almost there. At this point, I’m really just excited to get this weekend on a roll! Enough of this preparation, already!! 🙂

So, what exactly have I been doing, you ask?

1. BEDAZZLING

I’ll be wearing two outfits on stage: my bikini and my “sportswear” outfit, which is basically like a teeny tiny Halloween costume. My costume is a “Kentucky Derby” jockey theme. Both outfits need lots of “bling” so I’ll sparkle on stage. Here are all the goodies:

I bought “hotfix” Swarovski crystals for my bikini, plus a cheaper version of these for my hat:

Here’s a nice shot of the bikini sans bling – check out those removable pads for the top, LOL! Don’t think I’ll be wearing those 😉

So I wanted my hat to look like a cute jockey hat (even though in reality it’s just a plain black baseball cap that I bought dirt cheap on Amazon). I laid out all my supplies:

And marked where I wanted the sparkles with a white eyeliner:

Then I blinged away! Plus added a pink ribbon around the brim:

I thought it would be cute to add a bow where the adjustable part is on the back too – voila!

So, that was a fun project. You’ll get to see how the bikini turned out in my competition pics 😉

What else have I been up to??

2. MEAL PREP

I staged a MASSIVE meal prep for the next couple of days’ worth of food.

Believe it or not, I’m not even done with my food prep! I still need to pick up some more chicken and make a big giant batch of asparagus tomorrow.

For the next couple of days, my meals have no salt or seasonings and I’ll be drinking less water. Obviously, I’m also consuming large quantities of protein as well. (gag me with a chicken breast – I’m considering going vegetarian for a while after this, LOL)

Ok, and finally, I’ve been:

3. WORKING OUT!

I completed my final workout today before the competition, aptly named “the final shower.” It’s called this because you’re showering yourself in sweat and tears, baby. And it’s no joke. I’m pretty sure that someone had 911 on speed dial at the gym tonight, ready to call an ambulance for me at any moment. Torturous, but it felt great.

So that’s my life in a nutshell over the last couple of days. I have a TON of stuff to do tomorrow before leaving on Friday for Connecticut. I will be blogging along the way – this is a once in a lifetime experience for me and I want to make sure to capture everything!

Be back soon (promise!)