Yes, we all compete to win, but honestly, I'm happy with my placings. I brought my absolute BEST look to the stage, and I'm so thrilled with how I looked on stage! I keep looking at the pictures, thinking, "Wow - is that really me??" I had a fun (albeit brief) time on stage, and know that all my hard work was worth it.
Time for Some Fun!
After the stress of the show was over, J and I finally got to relax. I had a photoshoot on Sunday with Chris Zimmerman (love the pics I've seen so far!), and then J and I went into NYC. We wandered around Times Square, went to Cake Boss Cafe (I got a Lobster Tail - my FAV), toured Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and then went to the top of the Empire State Building at 1 am. The view was spectacular!
We drove home on Monday, and I was back to work on Tuesday. I still have the dark color from the spray tan - it's slowly coming off in patches.
I'm still maintaining very close to my contest weight. I'm SO determined to stay around this weight. I'm up about 2 lbs so far, and the most I want to gain is 5 lbs. I know I need to be bigger and to add more muscle in order to successfully compete in Figure at the National level ... but honestly? I don't want to get any bigger. I LOVE how my body looks right now. I LOVE the size I am right now. I feel happy, beautiful, and confident. I want to feel like this ALL the time.
J and I are working on designing an approach for the rest of the year, in regards to training and diet. Right now, I'm back (mostly) to my pre-contest diet and training. I'm still doing AM and PM cardio, and my regular routine of weight training. There are only a few changes: we decreased cardio by a couple minutes, added back the options of running or incline treadmill for cardio, and removed the elliptical sprints in between weight exercise sets. We'll slowly cut back on intensity, and structure the workouts to the new goals we create.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support and encouragement, and for following my journey to the stage! I appreciate it more than you know!
Here's a video recap of the Universe weekend and what's next for me.
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