I know some of you may be looking to see how I went at my first fitness model competition… When I first thought of entering (back in July), I knew it would be hard work – with only three months to prepare…
“I’ll admit – in between I’ve got events at work to plan, a 1/2 marathon to run, and a two week holiday to Bali! It’s not going to be a walk in the park, there will be sacrifices – but it’s something I’m prepared to work on”.
But I don’t think I realised just how much hard work, time, preparation (and money) it would take. I approached a fellow crossfitter, Marnie who I knew had competed before and sought here the advice and guidance on preparing.
Along the way we watched my diet (which was no where near as strict as it could’ve been), added in shoulder workouts to bring out my shoulders more, then in the last month cut back my diet even more, added in water loading, carb depletion, then carb loading and water depletion.
Marnie was fantastic, and I encourage anyone, to have a coach/mentor for support along the way. I wasn’t as strict as some others I’m betting – but even the small amount of changes to my diet/exercise made a difference to my appearance.
Now I have confidence in myself, that if I’m even more determined and disciplined I can achieve even greater results! So I’ll recap here the week prior to the comp (which was the 29th September), and on the day.
The month before:
I got back from Bali a single month before the comp. I knew it would be hard. Luckily (if you put it that way) I got Bali belly while I was there and actually lost weight, and didn’t drink to much alcohol/eat sweets/binge.
I had a full month to eat really well. Each day consisted of oats & egg whites for breakfast (for the first 2 weeks, then just egg whites and eggs after that), then 4-5 meals of chicken and a big salad/green veggies with sweet potato (only carbs in the morning though). I was also allowed white fish/steak a couple of nights a week too. No cheat meals.
I stuck to adding in my shoulder works on top of going to crossfit 5-6 times a week. I also started to add in HIIT cardio interval sessions on the treadmill.
Posing sessions were weekly and slowly, but surely I felt more confident in my abilities.
The week before:
My diet drastically changed. I kept eating my egg whites (5) and one egg for breakfasts, lots of chicken (i swear i was going to turn into one), lots of broccoli, cauliflower… and when I wasn’t carb depleting I ate minimal sweet potato.
The Sunday before the comp I started water loading at 3L – my highest day was Wednesday at 6L. After depleting carbs on Sunday and Monday I had a carb load day on Tuesday which was amazing, and went back to carb depletion Wed through to Friday.
The day before:
I took half a day off work, I went and picked up my registration number, went to the supermarket to buy my post comp binge food.
For the rest of the afternoon I relaxed. In the evening, in between two coats of tan (one at 5pm and one at 8pm), the final night before the comp I got to enjoy a yummy steak and a glass of red wine. :) the downside… no water after 6pm – at all! :(
On the day:
I woke up nice and early (6.30am) – not by choice. I’d had minimal sleep the night before – I was so hyped up, excited and anxious. I tapped around the house quietly while Brad was still asleep getting things ready and tidying the house.
We put on my third coat of tan at 7am and I stayed in the cool air conditioning while it dried. I ate breaky (eggs & egg whites still) – and got everything ready and packed my bag.
Brad dropped me off at the hair/beauty salon (which was conveniently right next door to the Darwin Entertainment Centre) at 10am for my hair and makeup. The girls at Fuse curled my hair and pinned it to keep the curls tight, and the gorgeous Kelli from Kelli Mak Studios did my makeup.
I then made my way next door, and conveniently my coach was arriving at the same time. I was one of the first girls to arrive and we secured a nice little spot in the girls backstage room. It was just me for a while, and as it was still a good 1.5 hours before show time I just waited. Then another girl, Andrea (who was also being coached by Marnie) arrived, and she looked unreal – she made my muscles look crap!
So we helped each other get ready. A lot of other girls arrived (all in one group – who were from the same gym), and to be honest my god I was intimidated. It was so scary! There were all these gorgeous, tall girls with their boobs out being tanned, then lil ol me in the corner!
Getting ready was rushed – I had Brad’s cousin Kate to help me put one last coat of tan and a coat of glaze on and help me unpin my hair. It was so crazy backstage, poor Andrea didn’t have a helper as our coach Marnie was on interviewing duties!
We were ready and waiting in the corridor, chatting and trying not to be nervous (it was both our first show).
Anyway, we went through run through then we were on! It was 1.30pm and we were the first division on.
When they called my name, I tried to remember to smile and walked out as confidently as I could. My heart was beating in my chest, and thank god the music was working while I walked out there otherwise I would’ve been heaps more nervous. I held my poses as long as possible, and god I tried to smile – just breathe! I could feel my legs shaking when holding my poses – and just smiled as much as I could.
So we lined up, did our quarter turns and walked off stage. It was routine time, and only one girl did one.
We came back on for free posing, which felt like soooo long. I was ready for it to be finished and I felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again.
Then the time came for the results. As there were only four girls – they read out fourth place – and it was me. I’ll admit, I was a little annoyed, but when I looked at the others I think I know why – my arms were not as defined, could weigh less and my legs needed to be leaner. Andrea ended up placing 2nd.
Afterwards I ran backstage to help another friend get ready for her division and then met some of my friends and family in the foyer!
My thoughts on my first show:
I’m so glad I was able to do it. I only had three solid months of preparation, and a month out I’d been to Bali for two weeks with no exercise/clean eating. I did the best I could and am happy with how I looked on stage given the preparation I had.
Comparing myself to the other girls – I’m so happy I represented Crossfit Darwin. I looked fit and healthy and happy.
I’m putting it out there now that I will probably compete again next year, and I’ll be bigger (muscle wise), and better than ever! ;)
You can read about my whole fitness model journey here