Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Decision Made!

The Great Debate about whether I should continue competing in Figure or switch to Bikini has finally come to an end. I've decided to go with ...

FIGURE!!

Yep, I'm gonna stick with Figure. After looking at lots of pictures from shows, evaluating my own physique, and doing some soul searching, I decided that I like how my body looks with muscle on it. I looked at pics from a couple years ago, before I started training seriously, and I genuinely like how I look now.

Yes, I wear larger size clothes now, but my body has so much more shape now! Even though I hate the struggle of finding clothes that flatter my body shape (and aren't outrageously expensive!), I'm proud of the shape I've built. My muscles are a testament to the dedication, consistency, determination, and long hours in the gym over the past few years. I've shaped, toned, and defined my body into a work of art. It's not perfect, and it's still a work-in-progress, but I've definitely made some improvements!


2006 Emerald Cup ... My 1st Show


2010 Arnold Amateur

The original plan was to build more muscle in order to be competitive with the top National-level girls, but at the same time, I knew that more muscle meant a blockier, brick-like body for me, especially in the off-season. Since I want to maintain a more streamlined physique for my height, I'm not going to focus on building any more muscle. Even though I'll still be anywhere from 5-8 lbs lighter than some of the other girls on stage, I like this look better than a thicker look for myself. This may mean I'll never get my Pro card, or even place very high at a National show ... and I'm ok with that, because I want to be happy with myself 365 days a year, not just for 1 day on stage.

I'm happy and at peace with my decision. I'm going to continue training in a more athletic way - supersets, giant sets, and plyos in my workouts. They keep me entertained, engaged, and challenged ... and by the end of the workout, I'm a sweaty mess. I love it!

I'm in the middle of Week 3 of my Summer Bikini Body program, and am really starting to see some changes, which is motivating. My bigger clothes are fitting a bit looser, although I still can't squeeze into my smaller clothes comfortably. My diet is tight with no weekday treats; I get some treats on the weekend, which gives me something to look forward to all week. For all intensive purposes, this feels like a contest prep without all the stress of an upcoming show.

Thanks for all your support and comments when I was wavering and feeling lost. I really appreciate it and want you to know it means a lot to me. :)

9 comments:

  1. wow that's great:) I been following your blog for sometime and I think you do look better now that you have more muscle. you are an inspiration to me..

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  2. Go girl!!I know how it feels to decide between divisions!! You look great in figure and I wish you much success in it. Can't wait to hear what's next!

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  3. Im glad you decided to stay with figure :) YAY!!!

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  4. I am so happy for you!I think you look great and the best part is that you are happy with the way you look. The clothing numbers are just one more set of numbers in our lives that mean nothing like age, height bank account! The important thing is to be happy! And if you are happy you will accomplish anything you want: like be a Figure PRO! Good luck and train hard!

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  5. YAAAYY i'm so happy for you and so glad to hear you're happy with your size/shape/looks too. You're ferocious girl, glad you're stickin with figure.

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  6. yeah you definitely have the figure physique..good choice. i am trying to decide what I should stick with

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  7. Figure definetly suits you. If I had your muscle I would go back for sure!

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