For several weeks now, I’ve been prepping for my second bikini competition. I’ve waited until now to mention it, because I had previously very definitively said I definitely wasn’t doing another show after very definitively saying I definitely was doing another one, and so on. Now I’ve paid my coach, publicly stated that I’m doing another show, and spent several weeks following contest prep diet (mostly), so there’s no backing out now.
After the last show, I was kind of bummed out because I didn’t win anything, and that’s sort of what turned me off from doing another, for about two days. Then I remembered a few things that made me change my mind:
- I like winning. That’s why it sucked to not win, but I want to try again.
- My coach told me it was my presentation and overall look that caused problems, not my physique. Those seem like (relatively) easy things to fix.
- There’s a lot more to get out of it than just winning – I felt healthier, my stomach aches were gone, my skin had cleared up, and I was way stronger.
- It was fun.
These were all reason enough to do another one, so I have my sights set on the October 18th show at Seven Feathers. I haven’t registered yet, but if I do it by September 1st, I get this free t-shirt!
You’re probably wondering what I’m doing for contest prep this time around, since I was already so lean from my last show. Here’s a fun secret that I’m sure you didn’t know already: fat takes one million years to get rid of, and three seconds to take back on. So the answer is that I’m doing the exact same thing, because I put back almost all of the weight I lost back on in the three weeks between the show and the start of my new prep. I guess it was more like 5/6 of the weight that came back on, and some of it was just water weight, but I still have plenty to do to get back to contest condition.
Prep is easier and harder this time around. Easier because I’ve actually gotten very used to eating this way, but hard because I’m so used to it that it feels like I’m just eating normal, and I forget not to eat things that feel normal but don’t quite fit into my diet. Like peanut butter or turkey sandwiches. The nice thing is that this has also kept my crazy cravings at bay, and I haven’t had to resort to Pinterest food porn as much as I did last time. There’s still plenty of time for that, I’m sure I’ll start adding to this once I’m around four or five weeks out.
The social aspect is still the suckiest part of this, because eating with friends is fun, but I’m getting used to finding happy hours that serve meat skewers and more convincingly explaining that I don’t care if other people eat delicious things in front of me. Because even though it’s tough, getting the UHB (Ultimate Hard Body) is pretty awesome, and I kind of love it.