Ok so now, back to normal. Somewhat. I’m really tired for whatever reasons. Right now I’m doing the hardest thing for me, and that’s RESTING. I’m on a diet break for a week. I’m on a modified training program/slight break, for the next week as well. I just started back in the gym since last Thursday before the show, and it felt good. I did a power/strength workout and made some good use of the anabolic state my body is in. 

I’m not following a plan, just eating as I get hungry, regular food, no measuring. I killed EVERY craving I had in the first 48 hours post show! At pre-judging I had a 4oz burger and a salad, then after the show I had 2 huge slices of cheesecake in 24 hours, I had grilled carne asada taco (just the meat, cilantro, onions, on a fresh corn tortilla, topped with pico de gallo), a pineapple tamale, and a few tortilla chips. Then I had sushi, then I had some Thai food. And I was DONE!! My body sucked up the carbs and the accompanying water, so I feel like a blow fish, but I still look good!! lol  The water will subside after a few days and then it will be time for me to rock on with the next phase of training. I went grocery shopping so the fridge is stocked with lots of fruits and veggies, I bought some cinnamon raisin Ezekial 4:9 bread! Soooo good. First time I’ve had it. It’s a definite keeper come prep time. I topped it with Trader Joe’s light cream cheese. So dang yummy. But for me after a few days of indulgence, I’m ready to get back to normal. I’ve always been that way. I just prefer a healthy eating style anyway so I never have junk in the house and I never really crave junky stuff until I’m deep in a diet. In fact I prefer having my indulgences at restaurants because it keeps it all under control. 

But I am ready to get back and I have the game plan in place. Right now it’s all just a waiting game of letting my body recoup and recover so that I can charge forward with more work. I’ve decided to email the head judge to get some feedback on what I need to do, if anything, to improve for the national level. Here are my thoughts…

I feel like I did really well. I feel like I need to continue to work on my posing. This time I absolutely did not flex AT ALL. Just hit the pose and let my body relax into eveything. I felt like it made me look a little soft. And I kind of don’t like that, but in judging from what they’re going with on the national level right now, it may be my safest bet. In looking at the pro’s that night, they all seemed like they were flexing just a little bit so you can see more seperation in the quads, in their backs, and the shoulders were really nice and rounded. I felt like I had to hold back and I’m REALLY fucking fearful of flexing anything as it gets me into serious trouble. So I just need someone to tell me, ok for YOUR BODY TYPE you need to do XYZ and not ZYX. 

I’m going to go out on the limb and say that I’m going to work on being smaller and tighter for Nationals. I want my waist smaller, back wider, and legs more streamlined. Basically I’m going for the OH SNAP look! I think what I have going on now is good, but it can be better, so if just a little more tweaking is in order, then I’m going to go for it. It may not be a WHOLE LOT of changes, but the smallest things make the biggest difference. As a goal, I wanted to come into this show with an upgraded version of what I brought last year, and then from here get a little smaller and tigther with a look I haven’t yet brought to the stage. I do like the hair/make-up/presentation, so that will remain the same or similar. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pleased with how I brought this all together, and I’m overjoyed with the overall win. In actuality, in MY opinion, I don’t feel like I’m ready for doing well on the National level unless I’ve gotten a few overall titles under my belt. The way I see it is that if you are looking to turn pro, then winning classes on the local level shouldn’t be a problem. And unless that’s happening, how do you expect to do well on the National level against other competitors who are knocking it out of the gate. This is only MY opinion, and the standard by which I choose to hold MYSELF. But I always aim high, I don’t know how to be any other way. So yes I can appreciate what I’ve done, but I know the reality that if I’m going to succeed on the next level, I’ve got to bring my A game. There IS NO TIME for complacency. I cannot rest on my laurels and basque in the glow of a single win. I’ve got to stay focused, keep working hard, keep believing in myself, and know that there is ALWAYS, ALWAYS room for improvement. I’ve got to step outside of the “competitor” side of myself, and step into the “coaching” side of myself to see the overall picture, evaluate the situation, devise a game plan, and execute the commands.

So on that note… You ain’t seen nothing yet. Stay tuned.

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