LET’S JUST POP DOWN FOR LUNCH!

Famous last words. For months we’ve been seeing foodie/traveler shows head south to explore Tijuana’s blossoming gourmet scene. People as famous as Anthony Bourdain and as unknown as the fat Mexican-American guy from on our local PBS channel head south of the border to eat and drink some of the best food this side of the Mississippi. Since I am no longer tracking every single calorie that touches my tongue and generally enjoying life again, we decide to check it out for ourselves. Read more...

POST SHOW THOUGHTS

stage dayWell, I got last place. Yep, 10th out of 10 competitors. Am I bummed out? Yes, sort of, but not as much as I thought I would be. I just can’t get over the fact that I did it, I competed!!! The professional photos from show day were posted on the NPC website and I still can’t believe that’s actually me! I’m so tan and sparkly and glam! My overall score beat out other scores, so if I had competed in multiple divisions I could’ve placed higher, but unfortunately, not in my group of just 10 girls. Not to mention competing in additional divisions means spending significantly more money as you have to pay to play. Since I didn’t win, my sponsor (aka my cheap mom) said she wants her money back so I’m going to try to sell my suit and shoes and send in my stats to Bodybuilding.com in attempts of winning their “Transformation of the Week” contest. Here’s my bio I’m sending in, let’s hope they pick me! read more...

SHOW DAY!!!!!

Phew… well it’s over. How did I do? I don’t quite know. I didn’t place in the top 5 in my division of ten girls but I wont know until they post results if I got dead last or maybe 8th out of 10? I’m hoping for not last, but these girls put my booty game to shame. There wasn’t one chick in my division who was soft or flabby or unprepared, they had trained and they were there to win. Here’s a recap of how it all went down. read more...

3 DAYS TO GO

It’s been a busy last week to say the least. I had to work all weekend, off Monday, and then back to work Tuesday. Exhausting to say the least, but I crammed all those work days together so I’d be off the rest of the week to prep and hang with my mom and visiting friend pre-show. Everyone keeps asking if I feel ready… and to that, I say I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I must admit I did something stupid, something that really shook my confidence… I Instagram stalked some of the other bikini competitors and about lost my nerve. These girls look GOOD, like rock-solid good. They were giving props to their trainers, and nutrition plans, and posing coaches, and workshops, just hashtags galore. Meanwhile I’m here at home looking in the mirror saying to myself, “You’re good enough, you’re buff enough, and doggone it people will like you.” In all seriousness though, I’ve got to just be proud of my own accomplishments and own methods and goals I’ve reached and stop comparing myself to any other competitor. Could I do better? Could I have lost more fat and gained more muscle? Sure, but this is what I’m workin’ with and it’s just about show time and I intend to fake it till I make it. read more...