I did my first figure contest in 2011 (coming off a broken arm) and won 1st place in the novice. Two years and twenty pounds later, I’ve decided to do another contest. My reasons for doing the contest are twofold - I’m annoyed at myself for gaining so much weight (I had to buy all new pants) and I really want to see how I do in an open class, oh and I would like to get into great shape and stay that way before I turn 40 (in 2.5 years).
I started my contest prep on Jan 1, and I’m planning on doing 2 shows, the first one in May and the second in June. Stu (my hubby & coach), of course, is doing my contest prep; and I think this one may be more difficult than the last one we did. The first contest was kind of easy to begin, I really didn’t know what I was in for… This time I know exactly what to expect (the intensity of the diet and training), and that alone makes this contest prep feel like more of a commitment. Also, my goals are different this time, I went into the last contest just wanting to train & diet for 16 weeks, simply to see if I could do it… now I would like place in the open class.
The best thing about this contest prep so far is that it has gotten me back into a consistent eating & training routine (which was another goal of mine). This last year was hectic, and I let life get in the way of staying in shape. I actually wanted to do a contest prep last year at this time, but there was just too much going on, I almost lost my job and was in the middle of planning the wedding; I didn’t have the time or mental energy for a contest prep.
Things are still a little hectic (in September I decided to go back to grad school and my job may still be eliminated this spring), but I figure life is never going to slow down, so if I want to do a contest, I might as well do it now.