I’m doing a figure competition!

It’s official. I’ve paid the coach and I’m ready to go!

8 weeks from now (I’ve been training) I will officially be competing in my FIRST EVER figure competition!

As a former track and field athlete, I’ve always enjoyed training– always striving to be better, faster, and stronger than myself. More importantly, being better, faster, and stronger than others. I make it sound blunt here, but what I’m trying to say is that I’m incredibly competitive.

I’ve been busting my butt every day since my college graduation– and for what? To look good? Yeah, I guess that’s important, but really it’s had no purpose.  This could explain my INCREDIBLY LARGE HANDFUL of mediocre workouts and not-so-fantastic eating choices over the past two years. 

In lieu of my need to compete, I’ve decided that I would register for my first NPC Figure Competition.

So what does this mean? When you mention a figure competition— people generally don’t know what it is or automatically think of Arnold-Schwarzenegger type-bodybuilding.  That hardcore look isn’t for me (but I give a helllaa lot of credit to those who do it).  Figure is still in that realm of bodybuilding.  Here is a picture of the IFBB Olympia, with winner, Nicole Wilkins (left), with 2nd and 3rd places, respectively, Erin Stern and Candace Keene. 

I WANNA LOOK LIKE THEM!

I WANNA LOOK LIKE THEM!

These ladies, aside from their sparkly suits and awesome tans have worked super hard and been on incredibly strict diets (like myself for the past 4 weeks).  Ultimately, you compete on stage by posing in front of judges, hoping that you look and pose better than everyone else.

Now that was Spark Notes in a nutshell and things get a lot more serious and intricate, but that’s the over-all schpeil.  Any questions?

Here’s what I look like as of Sunday, August 3:

3 August 2014

3 August 2014

Obviously, I have a long ways to go to be competing with the pro’s, but I’m working on it.  I will continue to post more about my journey, including workouts and food. (Let me know if there’s any questions… please!)

Thanks for reading!

Michelle 🙂