Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Birthday Celebration, Figure Competitor Style

Some of you may know that my birthday was last week. Normally, I equate my birthday with the importance of a National holiday. However, I'm in prep this year, so I couldn't have my traditional birthday celebration (which normally includes doing something special and eating ice cream cake!).

Throughout the day, quite a few people asked me how I was going to "celebrate" my birthday. Since I needed to stick to my diet and training programs, any special outing or food was completely out of the question.

So how does a Figure competitor properly celebrate her birthday?

She insists that her boyfriend use actual wrapping paper to wrap her gift (newspaper or plastic store bags are NOT acceptable).

Ed helped.
She opens her presents!

A cake pop maker! Can you say Best. Present. Ever?!
She does morning cardio.

Mr. Dreadmill
She packs her cooler and goes to work.

The famous pink cooler
She goes to the gym and has a GREAT back workout!

Growing wings!
She hops on the bike ...

Getting older ...
And does her post-workout cardio.

She goes home and enjoys some delicious sweet potato pancakes!

Sweet potato pancakes - my favorite meal!
And that, my friends, is how a Figure competitor celebrates her birthday: doing the same things day in and day out that will get her one step closer to her goal.

In about 6.5 weeks, I'm going to step on stage, knowing that the choices I made these past few months have brought me closer and closer to my goal. My ultimate birthday celebration is going to be holding that Pro card high and knowing I worked hard to earn it!


  1. Mr. Dreadmill, LOL!!
    LOVE your back, Kari :)

  2. Woot woot! Can't wait to see you get that pro-card girl!!
    I would be one happy girl if by my next birthday I had wings half as large as yours. Heck, or even have wings at all! ;) Happy Birthday Kari!!

  3. That sounds like it was a fabulous birthday! ;)

  4. 6.5 weeks? Where is the time going? Love your focus and determination...keep it up!!

  5. You look amazing!!!
    Sounds like a great day, happy belated birthday!!

  6. Kari-you look awesome-what a motivation at 4 in the morning. bw

  7. love this post! You look INCREDIBLE!

  8. Happy belated birthday! I just have to say, you look AWESOME!!! HUGS:)

  9. Great post! Your back (ahem...I mean "wings") look AMAZING! WOW! What a great picture. And cute top too! Can't wait for you to get that pro card too! That WILL be a celebration!

  10. Hi! I just found your blog - VERYYYY smart sticking to your guns on your birthday 6 and a half weeks out. And very awesome to see :) I just finished my first season competing in female bodybuilding! I definitely look forward to following you in the coming weeks.

    PS. As Erin above said, your back is incredible!

  11. On your birthday I give you: A basket learn more full of wishes, A bucket full of love, And a box filled with happiness. Congratulations sweetie.