Hello, 2017! Bring on the new year’s resolutions of getting fit and eating healthy. I won’t be one those people joining a gym and changing what they eat. I’m pretty darn healthy already, but I’m still making a new year’s resolution of pushing myself even more. This year, I will step on stage for the first time as a bikini competitor. Absolutely nuts as I am a 32-year-old wife and working mother of two. What in the world have I gotten myself into?
A Little Background
Like most women, I’ve gone up and down in weight throughout the years. Gifted with a fast metabolism, I rarely worked out in high school. Then college happened. Forget the freshmen 15, I gained the freshmen 30. My weight fluctuated throughout my four years at UGA and I would yo-yo diet. It went something like +30 pounds 1st semester freshmen year, -20 pounds 2nd semester freshmen year, +15 lbs pounds 1st semester sophomore year, etc. By the end of my college career, I was about 10 pounds heavier than when I first stepped foot on campus.
After college, I got married and I started down the path of a healthier lifestyle. I set my first health goal of running a marathon. After all that cardio, I realized that I was getting skinny fat. So, I incorporated more weight lifting into my routine by doing some Les Mills Classes including Body Pump and Body Step. I noticed that my body was changing and I was gaining more muscle. Then my first pregnancy happened.
Let’s just say I ate for two the ENTIRE pregnancy. After my first son, Aiden, was born, I had gained 70 pounds. It was the heaviest I had ever been. I went into losing weight mode. I did Insanity, went back to the gym for 2-3 classes, and tons of cardio. Within a year, I slimmed down to the lightest I had ever been.
To continue to push myself, I joined Crossfit and gained a lot of muscle. I enjoyed the competitiveness and camaraderie at the box. Then I got pregnant with my second son, Evan. I tried to continue to do Crossfit, but I was so scared of having a miscarriage since I had one before. So, I went back to a regular gym and doing workouts, but not as intense. I also did not eat like a cow, and by the end of the pregnancy, I had gained the recommended 30 pounds.
My Heath Journey Now
After Evan, I got back into shape rather quickly. My friend had gotten into the world of NPC (National Physique Committee) bikini competitions, and I saw how she was able to get in the best shape of her life plus have enough confidence to show it off on stage. Having gone through all the changes that my body has gone through, I knew the body could do amazing things. And maybe my body, after having kids, would be able to be on stage too.
I’m signing up for a show in March, and from what I know, the prep will be intense. I’ll see how it goes balancing home life and work life along with prep. In the next few weeks, I plan on keeping you updated on what it is like to prep for a show. Wish me luck!