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! 🙂
With a mere 11 days ahead I press on with excitement, perseverance…and…extreme fatigue 😛
12 days and counting folks! My very first NPC competition is fast approaching. I anticipate the day with much respect and am showing my respect by eating according to my nutrition plan and working hard. Every bite and every training session counts.
I have begun my grocery list for post comp week. I will probably go grocery shopping a few days before the show, so that I can have these foods instead of eating whatever is available. I call this intentional cheating 🙂 much better than allowing myself to wing it. BAD HABITS, YOU BEST STAY DEAD!
I have a few foods in the line up:
- Fish tacos with my hubs – yay, eating on date night instead of cardio-date! What a trooper he is.
- Monggo (Filipino dish) a la my mom, the amazing chef
- Greek Gyro with my kid bro
- My grandmother’s homemade bread
My sister is a healthy eater, so on HER cheat day, maybe we will grab breakfast at Breadwinners with Dad:)
But other than that, the foods I REALLY want are greek yogurt, oatmeal, turkey burgers, brown rice, tuna salad on whole grain crackers, almonds. And I do plan on scheduling and packing my meals the week after the show, but with fabulous leniency 🙂 (Bagel with those egg whites? I think so!)
I am going to be taking a mental break from STRICT diet and training, but then I am going to jump right back into a good consistent line up.
2011 goal: Maintain optimal fitness – let’s see how well I do in maintaining this year. 🙂
I’m so excited!!!
Is that a mirror? *strikes pose* gotta practice every chance I get.
I want to stay ridiculously fit! After my competition I can see myself totally eating snacks outside of meal time. Snacks…during movies, or with my coffee, or with my family, or just cuz Im hungry… What will stop me?!
Can I determine in my mind to get back in the groove?
I believe so.
I’ve learned so much from Susan. One of which, competition body is not a maintainable body, but there IS a super fit me than I can maintain. I’m stoked to find that body in me and learn how to maintain it! I’ve more or less decided that I want to continue training with Susan for a bit after the show so she can help me find my happy, maintainable medium!
Right now, the competition drives me. Psychologically, after the show, I can imagine I will feel like its over and done with so it will be so important that I create my new drive or reason for healthy living.
I would love to know what competitors do to stay focused during off season. I have seen some totally let go because they know they can snap back.
Do you peeps have any tricks you plan on using post-comp?
Today I had to take my dad to the airport. Naturally I was thinking days ahead about how I was going to eat my breakfast – food is almost all I think about now. My scheduled breakfast for today was egg whites and spinach. Thanks to the amazing Google, I found a healthy recipe from iateapie.net for little frittata muffins! They look so cute!
I tweaked it to work for my diet and taste buds, but kept pretty close to the original.
French toast flavored coffee, black and 6 of these little babies made me one happy competitor 🙂
Get my recipe from my kitchen at faithkeith.com OR get the ORIGINAL recipe here
I had my first posing class on Saturday with Susan Groshek! It was great to be there with the other girls and get to watch them and then try to imitate. Let me be honest and say I really thought it wasn’t going to be that hard. But it was like stand up tall, shoulders back, but dont pinch them, lift them, but don’t roll them, flare your lats, just look confident, exaggerate your hips and move your shoulders, stick your butt out but dont look like a slut, oh and keep your elbow out, not behind you, smile, make eye contact with the judges, oh…and try to look natural.
So, now I won’t judge the girls on stage that seem stiff, or seem to not be able to concentrate on anything except their pose. I’ve seen girls on stage, instructed by a judge to step forward and they practically stay in position and just scoot. NOW I KNOW WHY!!!
Workin’ a cat walk is harder than it looks!
I’ve got work to do. And by work I mean…I’ve got a lot of staring in the mirror at myself to do and trying not to freak out that I might look like the spawn of Frankenstein (in posing suit).
I feel empowered now that there are a mere 26 days. Time will fly by. I’ve got to keep my eyes open – learn all that I can and have FUN while I am racing to the finish line.
Now that I have more cardio and am training harder (because I am training more days with my trainer to make sure of it) I am feeling a lot more fatigued. Need sleep!
Food calls to me, but I tell it to wait and sometimes I don’t answer. The switch has flipped – several times this weekend I stared at food and almost caved, then realized it was time for my next meal. Even though asparagus did not sound better than those snacks, I ate it and then jumped on the cardio. I won that battle!
I need to make sure that the efforts to increase my relationship with God is not distracted by my need to focus on prep. Prep is seemingly easier (for now). Time to remind myself of where my heart should be.
I started to evaluate my body by comparing it to a bikini PRO, to give me a good idea on where I want to be come April 2nd.
It probably is completely humanly impossible to look like a pro on my first show with only 4 weeks left, but I like to use it as my measuring stick.
I looked at pictures of NPC amateurs and noticed a lot of them had very under developed abs and lacked that nice curve of the outer quad.
So I want to keep in mind, as I train, that there may be many areas of my body underdeveloped unless I put serious attention on them. (I know, I know…even still, I will probably be very underdeveloped at my first show. But I have to try 🙂 right?)
Below is Bikini Pro Tianna Ta. I look at her abs and her quads and even her arms. She certainly didn’t get there by eating bon-bons and watching soap operas – this girl busted her can! I’m trying to visualize MYSELF becoming like this so that I can stay excited about sweating and working till my head spins off!
Train with excitement and perseverance!