video during my lunch break yesterday and finally got my iphone to post it to youtube!
About that spray tan…
Things I did right:
- I exfoliated for over a week before the tan, the tan absorbed right up into my skin as a result! And it stayed even and flawless looking throughout the day whereas I noticed a lot of girls were already quite splotchy by the night show. Side note, I exfoliate on a regular basis as part of my normal routine (1-2 times per week with a body scrub; daily (mild) with a loofah and body wash) – so if you are not already doing this, then maybe start exfoliating every other day 10-14 days out.
- I continued exfoliating after the show AND applying lotion. The tan continued to fade very gracefully….except…the next area where I tend to be more gentle. Ew. Don’t know if you can tell in the vid, but I look like I have a disease. Good thing I’m short and shadows and my long hair will hide the splotchy-ness.
- I applied baby oil or light sesame body oil immediately after each shower. This helps your skin lock in moisture (so that it doesn’t flake off causing a splotchy appearance). Also, baby oil in particular apparently helps the tan fade (read this the other day on ehow)!
Being bloated is awkward!
I know it sounds silly, since I JUST competed only 1 week ago, but I feel FAT!! Last week I had 3 bad days followed by some 50%-80% clean days, then I went to my grandmas and all hell broke loose. Let me simply say: homemade bread, chocolate cakies (old-fashioned cake like cookies), wine, little-to-no water.
I swelled up like a balloon! By the end of the day I was so puffy it was hurting my ankles to even walk. How gross is that?! I took dandelion root and put my feet up. Then next day it had gone down a little, but not much.
Swelling came down 2 mornings later, but I am still bloated. You can bet that motivated me to pack my meals! I’m back to protein and veggies (which is what works for my body) and a little bit of complex carbs (like oats in the morning or sweet potato at night). My goal is to get my body back by the end of the week. And hopefully connect with Susan, my trainer, to make sure I’m eating good portions.
Trying to ignore the adjustment phase and tell myself everything will be fine...
On top of all this, I have allergies – but they aren’t like normal people allergies, I feel flu like – head congestion. And it is suppressing my appetite and causing me to forget to drink water. Double whammy!
Can’t wait for my body to readjust and calm the heck down!
“This is my treat? Feeling like death and tight pants? Time to get some new treats!” –Donloree Hoffman, Bikiniorbust
As soon as the competition over, the food door flew wide open! The funny thing? I loved the idea of the door, but I didn’t really want to go through it. I found myself eating things I didn’t really even have an appetite for, but ate it because I knew how excited everyone was to see me enjoy myself.
It took 2 days for the bloating to set in and I felt icky. Sooo anxious to get back to healthy eating and working out. I wish I was able to let go and enjoy the food!
Tuesday I began packing my meals again. I ate clean, except for the promised Greek lunch with my brother and dad that we were ALL looking forward to :). And THAT I DID enjoy. Not because I love lamb gyro meat, but because I had eaten clean all day and felt deserving. I didn’t feel gross afterward OR bloated.
Maybe now that everything is permissible I don’t feel the same desire for it. Maybe I only wanted it because it was forbidden.
This is my determined face! Sprouting bad habits, be squelched!!
Today I started super fresh. I did have half of a gluten free chocolate muffin with my breakfast, but that is my treat for the day. I’m ready to get back.
Meals packed and I’m rockin and rollin. I actually woke up and did legs at 4:30am – Loved it! Can’t wait for tomorrow!
Excitement. Perseverance. Let’s do this.
Things I Will Never Forget
- Standing naked while a complete stranger spray tans you
- Spray tan is extremely cold
- Awkwardly waving at exiting girls as they passed by my tent where I was drying my tan
- Getting my butt glued by a complete stranger
- The first time I put my bikini bottoms on
- Eating cold flank steak
- Having my name called to walk on stage
- The judges faces when they looked at me (I mean when they REALLY looked at me)
- The awesome support I was flooded with on Twitter
- Seeing my husband and my sister’s faces when I was announced as 3rd place
Funny Bikini Bite Stories from Backstage
Note: Bikini bite (the glue that keeps your suit firmly in place) comes in spray and a roller ball.
Pre-judging: Don’t let a novice spray your buns. The lady who sprayed my booty with bikini bite had just learned how and I was her very first victim. This resulted in her getting it everywhere…oh well I thought. After it dried I put my sweat pants on and walked over to my friends, ate, chatted. Then they called my class to start getting oiled up. I tried to take off my sweat pants and they were FIRMLY cemented to my left cheek. I slowly and painfully pried it off leaving a patch of untanned skin – 20 minutes before stage time, ha!
Night Show: Do you…need to shave? I kept having to go to the restroom from all the excitement, so I kept having to go get re-bitten. I think the lady was thinking I was moving a lot and knocking my suit off so she went to town with the roller AND the spray version of Bikini Bite. Keeping warm in my huge baggy black sweat pants turned out to be a bad idea again. 30 minutes before stage time I take off my pants to go get oiled. While standing in line, my friend turns to me and says, “um…you need to pull your suit up in the front.” I look down and black fuzz from my sweat pants was in patchy splotches just above the top of my suit! I tried to dust/rub it off, but to no avail! That actually made it worse! Now I had a sheet of black fuzz! So I used my razor blade to try to shave off the sweater clumps – it worked! but now my tan looks like it was mowed over. I had to laugh! SOMETHING had to happen – if you don’t have a fiasco, you’re not fully enjoying the backstage life, right? ;P
Body by Susan Groshek, IFBB Fitness Pro – http://www.fitwithsusan.com
Hair and Make up by Chaselyn Wade – http://www.chaselynwade.com
Tan by Natashia Faiz-Butel / Tan-tastic – tan-tastic @ live . com
Suit by http://www.Suitsyouswimwear.com
Shoes from http://www.Snaz75.com
World-wide Support thanks to Donloree Hoffman and her fabulous 13 – www.Bikiniorbust.com
Taking home 3rd place was the icing on the cake, but not the highlight of my experience
The woman behind the body, IFBB Fitness Pro Susan Groshek - my amazing trainer
All dolled up!
Got to meet my long time twitter friend, @jerishall3, who also competed that day!
A plethora of funny stories to come, but here are one of the pics from the stage. I took home a trophy that night – I was floored! I felt so honored to walk the stage with all those incredibly fit and beautiful ladies who all worked SO hard. It was surreal being there. I LOVED…I mean LOVED the stage. I had the time of my LIFE walking on that stage. It was SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!!!!!
I made top 5 first call out and actually thought I was being dismissed haha…thankfully my trainer, Susan Groshek, came back stage immediately. I asked her what that meant and she said “you made top 5!” – I started jumping up and down in my 5″ heals and squealing like a little girl. Of course, it’s not final till the night show.
At the night show they called my name…I wasn’t sure if I heard right. I looked around and said “did he say Faith Keith? did he say Faith Keith?” Nobody answered me so I thought well….I guess I’ll just walk up there and if its not me then they can shew me off – at least I will be remembered. So I walked on and the stage director was motioning to me to come on, so AH it WAS me. THEN THEY PLACED US!! And I got third!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWEEEEE!!!!!!! I was ecstatic! I wanted to drop my jaw open and say “ahh oh my gooooosh!!!!”
Ronnie Coleman Classic 2011
Everyone around me is cheering me on – THANK YOU!! You have no idea how much I NEED it and how much it really means to me. Sometimes it’s your “I believe in you” or “you’ve got this” that gets me through the last mile in my morning run, or the last half hour of my workout.
I could not have done this alone. No way.
I already feel like I have accomplished what I set out to do, but I still have the excitement of the stage (and backstage) experience to look forward to!!
I still can’t believe I am doing this. I set out to compete in a natural bodybuilding event and …I will actually be doing that next weekend??….. Un-stinkin-real.
10 Days till the Ronnie Coleman Classic – I can do this. 10 more days of eating perfectly. 10 more days of ZERO cheats. 10 more days to stay focused. That’s only 8 days and 48 hours 🙂
A week is nothing!
(Hah…for all you competitors, you know a week is not “nothing”, but we can survive, we will survive, and we will succeed!)
The other day on our way to church I was bent over my lap digging in my purse to make sure my chicken was not leaking and my husband got a glimpse of my delts and back muscles through my blouse and exclaimed, “Wow! You’re a monster!” I sat upright quickly and with eyes wide and batting Shirley-Temple-style I raised my hands to my face and said, “oh, thank you!!!” ^__^
Ah, the life of a competitor – what crazy comments are made that we take as compliments! ha! 🙂