I am so happy to announce that I have just landed an amazing sponsorship with International Protein. It couldn't have come at a better time for me and I am stoked to be able to use these fantastic products to help me bulk up in the off season, and then help me cut for my next competition next year.
I will be sending my pictures and competition history to Troy and Christine so I can be added to the website soon.
This has really made my day and I know I will make some great gains over the coming months now that I have this amazing support and fabulous products!
Over the coming weeks I will endeavour to have pictures taken of myself and post them here with updates to show my improvements and also let you know what supplements I am taking and what my favorite flavours are ;-)
I had the best time at the show yesterday! I got to catch up with people I hadn't seen in a while and also meet new people. I was invited to sit in at the judges table and I learnt so much, it was priceless. My highlight was being invited to present trophy's to the Miss Fit Body division's (you would know this as "figure", it's called Fit Body with this Fed). And I also presented the trophy to the over all Miss Fit Body Winner.
Seeing Liz was another highlight of my day :-), she looks incredible and she was so proud of Shelley and for good reason as she looked stunning! I love your shape Shelley and I want that awesome t-shirt you were wearing that said "buff mother" :-)
As I was driving to the show I had this feeling that I would get there, watch the show and then want to leave and start prepping for Oct as I have quailifed for the Asia-Pacific Championships already. But the funny thing is, I realized that I really did need a year off for adding size, for resting (from dieting), and for learning more about being in the off season. I had a chat with the lovely Nancy Waites who really helped put things into perspective aswell, she is an amazing athlete who really knows what she is doing and I would like to follow her good example.
I know if I prep now I will stand on stage in Sydney with pretty much the same condition as last year, that's not good enough for me, it has to better then last year and for this I need to change the way I think and do things. I still feel like such a novice at the moment, it really takes time to get this right.
The competitor's looked great and posed beautifully, you could tell thay had been to see Jo Rogers :-) Jo brings elegance out of the figure girls and it really makes a difference when they are on stage.
So I guess i'm in higher spirits now that I have a goal to work towards and have a direction. I will keep you posted as to how I go but one's things for sure I need to start eating more and doing alot less cardio, I AM NOT PREPPING so stop eating and training as if I am!!! Time to add some good weight to this bod :-)
Thanks to everyone's amazing advice here and on Lindy's forum I have made a decision and that is not to compete this year :-)
I can't thank you guys enough for your love and support and I have to admit it really was the deciding factor in all this. I was able to see things in perspective as my judgement has been very clouded.
Knowing what I have to do now for the off season will be exciting once I look more into how I will go about nutrition and training for growth etc as this is a new learning experience for me so it should be exciting. This will be the longest I have gone without prepping and it will be good for me to learn more about myself and how my body works.
So what about the 2% doubt? I can't tell you why, perhaps fear of regreting not competing this year, perhaps fear of not knowing how to train for the off season, maybe a bit of both. This 2% I can handle :-)
I have to admit I am feeling better now (your right Shar) as I can move in a direction now, it is frustrating being stuck at the crossroads and not knowing which path to take. This post is my first step down my chosen path and boy it feels pretty good to be moving again.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help with this. It just amazes me how much support we have been giving one other of the years, it is something to treasure as it is priceless.
Since posting about going ahead and competing in September I have been in two minds and struggling to make a decision wheather to do so or not. I have been discussing this in Lindy's forum so some of you know about this already and have been supporting me through it.
I am trying to weigh up the pros and cons and will "need" to make my final decision by the end of this week. I am leaning towards having this year off and focusing on building more quality muscle for the early comps in 2009. I have always wanted to compete in Canberra (my old home town) so I might look at doing this.
With a very busy year ahead of me I do think it's best to focus on the home front, finish my PT course and gain muscle, and before I know it, it will be Jan and time to start prepping.
I'm finding it so hard to actually say that I won't compete this year and I can't understand why and until I do make it concrete I am tearing myself apart and wasting all this energy doing so. As I type this I realize I need to make up my mind so I can use this energy as a positive and work towards early 2009 instead.
What I need to do is post my decision by next week and move on! I don't know why I am buying myself a few more days, i'm so confused, it's crazy.
I saw Dr. Layt this morning and everything went really well. My healing is great and I have the go ahead to start training and competing is up to me!
This year is a very busy year for me in so many aspects of my life and I was seriously thinking about taking the year off because of all the time and pressures that are around me at the moment and throughout the year. I was kind of hoping Dr. Layt would say "no competing for you this year", that would have made it easier for me to take this year off.
But I can't help myself lol, I have decided to work towards it and if it all gets to much for me to handle the prep and my busy life I will postone it to next year. I think I should at least give it a try this way I will have no regrets and if it doesn't work it is so easy to stop.
My only concern for the prep is if I can build up enough muscle tone for the show in around 18 weeks time. I will have to easy back into my chest workouts I would imagaine and I do feel a little flat but I know once I start training hard again I should be okay, need to talk to trainer about this.
Sorry I can't be at the INBA tomorrow to support the lovely ladies, my son plays his first soccor match tomorrow :-)
I will be at the WNBF the following week, I will be helping out so I hope to see some of you there. I know Alicia will be there :-)
I don't seem to blog as much these days and I guess it's due to not having much direction at the moment in relation to my training, and i'm not big on blogging about my life lol, not worth reading anyway ;-)
I have been training again which has been good. I am training pretty much everything except chest at this stage. I'm just doing light stuff and listening to my body, seems to be working well.
Is anyone competing in the WNBF show on the Gold Coast this month? Please let me know as I have lost track of who's competing at which comp. I will be at the show so if anyone needs help with anything just let me know.
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