Hey there! Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet thess past 1.5 weeks. I’ve been MIA here, instagram, basically all social media. A lot of you emailed to see if I was still planning on competing or what had happened to me.
Well, I got sick. From last Monday (also the start of peak week, lovely) up to right this very second, I have been fighting off a nasty bug. I am feeling much, much better now but am still not 100%.
Anyways enough jibber jabber, let’s get right into the good stuff, my show!
So it all began on Friday morning when I went in for my first coat of spray tan. Let me tell you, if you have issues with shyness, or modesty, get a competition tan where all of that goes right out the window.
Tammy, a client who owns her own salon called It’s All About Me,
gave me an awesome shellac manicure the day before
For the rest of the day Friday I just relaxed. I sat and watched some Netflix with Chester, and tried to stay calm and rested.
After going in for my 2nd coat of tan on Friday afternoon it was time to head over to the athlete’s meeting. I was so. flipping. nervous! You see when I first registered for this competition I thought it would be a nice, small local show to try out. Well, by the time the show came there were 250 athletes registered to compete. That is a lot! Not to mention I found out that rather than the 7 or 8 girls I thought would be in my bikini class, there were now 20 of us……yikes!
I definitely felt a little weird walking into the hotel to register. I really had no idea what I was doing and I was all by myself. I followed the other fake tans I saw and made my way to the grand hall to get measured and checked in. All I can say is, Jersey Shore has NOTHING on a fitness competition. There were all sorts of shades of tans, lots of guys mulling around eating chicken in their itty bitty speedos.
After a few minutes I quickly made friends with a few other ladies in line. A couple of us were newbies, and a couple were seasoned pros who were so super sweet in explaining to us what to do and how everything worked.
Check in took forever and by the time the meeting was over it was after 10pm so I said goodbye to my new friends, agreed to meet up with them in the morning, and headed home to eat my last meal of the day and get a head start on my hair.
I curled and pinned my hair the night before so the next day all I had to do was take it out.
I also took some shameless bathroom pics 😉
It’s really cool to watch your body change that last week
The next morning I woke up bright and early to shower, eat, and get ready to go! I was so nervous that I actually delayed packing up my stuff and vacuumed my house and folded a bunch of laundry. Steve was AMAZING all morning. He helped keep me calm, touched up my tan, and was everything and more you want from a support system, just like he has been these past 4 months of prep.
I rolled into the venue at 12 and found the girls I had met the day before. There was lots of room backstage and I set up a spot and got to work on my hair and makeup.
One thing I will say, everyone I met there was so incredibly nice! I was worried the girls would be catty and mean, but it was the total opposite! Everyone helped everyone out. If you forgot something, or were in need of something, someone was only too happy to help you out. I LOVED every second of the back stage experience!
And now, because I know you’re all dying to see, here are some pictures from the big day!!!
Oh ya, we had a mirror dance party!
And the stage pictures (I’ll have lot’s more soon!)
I don’t know why I look so unenthusiastic
Because our class was SO huge we were on stage being judged for quite a while! I definitely loosened up after the first few seconds and had a blast while I was out there. I could hear my family and friends cheering for me and just tried to be the best me I could be!
After I got off stage from pre-judging, we all went out for dinner to catch up. I guess I should mention at this point that I pretty much have the best family EVER! My aunt Cairn, flew in from Winnipeg to come and watch the show and surprise me, I nearly cried when I saw her (spray tan prevented that, lol). Along with Cairn, my other aunt Darlene came, my cousin, sister, mom, step-mom and of course, Steve. They were all starving so we went to Joe Kools where I enjoyed a delicious chicken salad.
I would have really liked some water with my salad….damn dehydration!
Once dinner was done we went back for the evening show. I got to strut my stuff on stage once again, and once again soaked up every second of it. They announced the top 5, and I knew I didn’t make that cut. But that’s OK! I learned so much from this first experience. It was a huge show to start out with and I am incredibly proud of what I presented on that stage. I learned from it, and it will only make my next show that much better!
Yes, I definitely plan on competing again.
I have lot’s more pictures to share, including ones of me chowing down…mmmmm. But that’s all I have time for now! I will be back soon with more pictures, and to share my plans moving forward!!!
Thanks for all of your support, you rock!!!
P.S. If you have any questions, I plan on doing a Q&A post so either leave me a comment or click on the contact me button!