The last two weeks leading up to the competition were definitely the toughest. Not because my diet was restricted or I changed my workouts, but because I manage a gym…and it’s January!
This was also the time that I had to learn new things that are difficult for me. Make-up, hair, spray tan, nails, outfit. EEEEKKK!!! For many of you, this is the fun stuff, for me, it’s a nightmare. I had more anxiety about learning how to apply bronzer than 10 weeks of meal planning and workouts.
Luckily, I had some awesome people come through for me, and I managed to pull it all together, on a shoestring budget.
2 Weeks Out-
I started focusing on the health of my skin. Moisturizing, exfoliating, and other big words not in my regular vocabulary. I even had a facial! I highly recommend finding an aesthetician that works with your skin rather than offering generic services or packages. I learned a lot about my skin and I can tell the difference.
I scheduled my spray tan, scheduled a consult with one of my clients who happens to be a makeup artist and started shopping for my outfit.
For a typical competition, you would order your bikini weeks, even months in advance, but this competition required typical workout gear. Of course, I didn’t take into account how hard it would be to find “booty shorts” in January. Thank God for Amazon Prime!
1 Week Out-
Posing Practice!!! AHHHH! With very little direction from the competition organizers on what they expected in the way of posing, this was definitely nerve racking. I had been practicing basic poses for weeks, but it was time to put it together. I watched countless hours of youtube videos and decided what I liked and didn’t like about other competitors routines, then I put it together in a way that felt most natural to me.
The makeup consult was awesome! My client/makeup artist works at the Bobby Brown counter at Macy’s. She totally hooked me up with samples of the products I would probably never use again and showed me how to use the products I did purchase for stage and everyday. She saved me a ton of money, time and stress. I am eternally in her debt.
I opted for a store bought manicure. $7 for 2 sets of glue on nails was right up my ally! The few times that I have gotten a salon manicure, I’ve totally destroyed it within 48 hrs. Being able to pop the acrylic nails on and off was a great option for me. I’m actually kind of hooked on them now. I bought an extra set for an upcoming wedding.
I naired my everything! Legs, arms, stomach, face, etc. I’ve never used nair before and I have mixed feelings about it. It did a pretty good job of removing the hair but also gave me a rash. Luckily, the rash was only on my hips, weird. Thank goodness that area was covered by my shorts and I had nearly a week for my skin to heal, which it did.
After a few trial runs, I decided to go with a really natural hair style. My hair is very sensitive to humidity and doesn’t hold curls well, so a good blow dry and some large hot rollers did the trick. I used a finishing spray to avoid flyaways but let my curls fall how they may.
There are a lot of suggestions on “peak week” workouts. I decided on a typical heavy lift workout on Monday, and HIIT workouts on Tuesday & Thursday. I felt like this kept my muscles full and my metabolism high. I didn’t change my diet or water intake at all during the week.
1 Day Out-
Work was so insane that I hadn’t had much rest or downtime, but I also hadn’t had much time to be nervous. Then I got my spray tan. As the day wore on and the tan got darker, it got real. I had a glass of wine with dinner to draw up my skin and calm my nerves. Here goes nothing…