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akmama08
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My first competition experience

I finished my BFL journey on Aug 29th, 2010. I knew I was going to do a competition Nov 20th up north in Anchorage, AK, but I found out about a sooner one and decided to go for it after a little less than a week off from BFL. What the heck, right?! I did a 3-wk prep with Ruben Sandoval (owner of fit2beinyourkitchen) to gear up for my first competition in Las Vegas @ the Olympia. Everyone told me I shouldn't do it because it's a big show, and I should start smaller, but decided to anyways. I was in for the fun and experience anyways! I entered the Flex bikini search, amoungst 97 other gals (88 of which I recently found out actually showed up). I went big for my first show! I enjoyed the entire prep process...it was personal, exciting, delicious & more than I could have ever anticipated or hoped for my first competition experience. It was definitely a learning experience as well! I found out that I wasn't dark enough (could have fooled me in person!), my suit had too much rear coverage, and I had too much make-up on--in my opinion. Here's how it went: Friday was preliminaries, where we went on stage and did our poses alone. It went quick for me (#60) because the first 30ish gals took their sweet time doing several poses, that they sped up the rest of us in two second front & back shots. They put big muscle men on stage at that point to make sure we "moved along"--which made me a bit mad because they were directing me to keep moving when I barely paused! I paid money to enter, let us all have our 30 seconds, you know? Then we went up in groups of 7. this made up for the speedy solo count. I had so much fun, and worked it as much as I could. I had no nerves, just adrenaline running through me to get up there! They did their judging that day to pick out the top 15 who got to move on to finals on Saturday, BUT we all had to diet another day, and get all dressed up Saturday regardless of if we were in that top 15 because they weren't going to tell us until Saturday. I knew Friday night after seeing my pictures online that I wasn't in that top 15. The competition was fierce, and I was so white under those stage lights that it washed out my muscle tone. Plus I've only been training since June, and most of these gals were seasoned competitors/models. Didn't get me down, I was just thrilled to be up there with them showing off the hard work I put in. I decided I wanted to look more "the part" at finals to feel good about myself, so I found a gal to come to my hotel room that next morning to spray me with competition grade tanner, wore a skimpier suit (that was a promo gift for entering) & less make-up. It was great to get up on stage again (might I add my line-up of gals were upfront!) and go out "with a bang"! Some of the gals who weren't called out for finals were really upset or pissed, but not me. I was filled with more fuel to be even better next time. It's all about having fun & enjoying the experience anyways! I am sooo thankful for BFL giving me the tools to show myself that I am capable of anything I put my mind to. I'm finally making my dreams come true! I also got to meet a couple fitness icons who I have looked up to for many years! Alicia Marie, Ava Cowan & Jennifer Nicole lee. My next comp prep started Thursday, and I'm looking forward to my November 20th competition. Trying hard to adjust to my new coach (so sad to not be with Ruben anymore, but had already commited to my new one before I met/worked with Ruben). It's going to be a different experience, I can already tell (but having an open mind). I'm sure I'll learn a lot about the process again--and always know I can go back to Ruben in the future! His coaching is truly unique from my little experience and talking with others who use online coaches. I can't talk about it too much because it makes me sad, so here are the pictures!! (Green suit is from Friday prelims, pink from finals).



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Sorry for the craziness with the pictures...fixed now!!!


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Sweet you were in the middle for the group shot!


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Great job!!!! Many wish they could do that, few actually dare to make that goal come true!! Congrats!!!


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Wow, excellent job. I admire your courage to just get in there and do it!! Good luck in November.


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Amazing!!!!!  What a wonderful journey you have taken....  We are all so very proud of YOU!!!!

 

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good work, you looked great. Pratice makes perfect, right? Good luck in the next one.


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Awesome job Mica! I just went and watched the SF Fitness Show it was soooo inspiring and motivating. I would love to do a comp, but I don't think I would have the courage to walk on stage


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You look fantastic! You should be really proud of what you have achieved in such a short time & i am sure you will rock your next comp!


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