Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Beyond the Comps...

What's been happening?

Wellll I was looking forward to having heaps more free time after comp, but I seem to still never have enough hours in the day.

I've just replaced one lot of busy-ness with another... I seem to be at work heaps more just doing 'stuff' - but my goal is now to really put some extra time in to all things work related. So many ideas, never enough time!

I've had staff away on leave and infected with the evil flu so I've been pulling heaps of shifts to cover and I didn't realise how much I missed it! :)

After a rebellious stage where I wanted nothing to do with the gym, I'm back into the swing of it, not as regimented, just having FUN with it! I've been using my own studio to train (my goodness, who would have thought! LoL It's usually too busy for me to train when I want to, plus I need my headspace) AND making my trainers train me. I returned the favour to one of them today and pushed her through a run :)

I'm going to join in on a Beach Boxing session we run, and get my ass back to RPM. I'm looking forward to mixing it up and doing it coz I love it, not becuase I HAVE too... which is what tends to happen at the back-end of comp prep. :)

Food - well I love it and it loves me. Enough said.

Shannon came up for a day trip as I mentioned in a prior post, and we had a really nice time - coffee, casual lunch at the beach, wine, and coffee! No limitations, no special requirements. How relaxing. :))

Next on the agenda, as I always need a carrot dangling in front of me - MELBOURNE THIS WEEKEND!! WOOOOP! We're heading off for a girlie weekend of shopping and chilling and of course watching the All Females Comp! We both had a moment of absolutely craziness where we contemplated competing at it... as this one has special memories for us as we competed together last year... that thought soon disappeared once our sugar-induced haze wore off ;) No thank you was I extending my prep for another 6 weeks. 2 comps was enough for me this year :)

I don't regret that decision at all, it will be really nice to see it from the other side. I soooo can't wait to get away, I LOVE Melbourne!!

Also can't wait to catch up with everyone attending, and to cheer on those gals competing!!! So so so if anyone reads this - tell me if you're going!

YAY - 2 more sleeps!

(And thanks to whoever commented on my last post -sometimes it says 4 comments have been posted, other times 5 comments -but when I got in to read them, there's only 2! Is blogger sick?!?)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Chapter 5 - The Final Chapter!

So I was up to the Asia Pacs, which just in case you forgot - SHANNON WON! When she was announced overall winner, I cried. It was just soooo exciting. After our pizza expedition we went to bed about 2am...

The next day was pancakes with banana and real maple syrup, caramel sauce and ice-cream - so normal for breakfast! - with a non-black coffee. It was divine!

Then lunch with Leann and Yann and family members, and Kristin and Leisl at Hardrock Cafe. It was lovely to have the opportunity to have a decent chat to everyone.

I think Shannon and I then had an ice-cream, and a donut.... you know, those things you want at the time, but it's really not that good! ;)

We enjoyed an easy evening in the motel with a few picky things - we'd eaten enough already that day to plan a 'real' dinner. We had a really good chat about this and that and came up with some crazy ideas in our sugar-induced haze!! hee hee

Monday - final day of out little get-away, Shannon was asked by the promoters to do the photo shoot thang. She looked GREAT, of course. We weren't really prepared, but a quickie visit to LJ wasn't a problem at all! ;)

Obi Obadike the MC from the show was also there doing shoots with some of the gals, so we got to have a chat to him. And some pics.

Me and my future husband - like my subltle hand placement!? Yes they feel as good as they look ;)


Shannon and Loretta, her Overall trophy :)

We drove back to Brisbane, where Shan dropped me back at Lyndsay's where I stayed for an extra two nights before flying home! As soon as I was able to relax and have a 'real' holiday, it was over :(

Comp Season 2010 - DONE!

Thanks girls for all the support through-out. It was great to meet so many girls for the first time, and to catch up with others - I won't list in case I forget someone. ;) And big thanks for all the pics too! xxx

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chapter 4 - ANB Asia Pacific Championships!

Shannon collected me and my 5987 pieces of luggage from Lynsday's and off we went down the coast. We had to stop into somewhere for our Dream Tan - with all the instructions given to us, do you think we could find it? Bubble-brain moment #1. After a few phone calls, a few times up and down the same street we got there. Once there, it was a matter of urgency to use the loo.

Onto our motel in Surfers. Picture a big line-up of cars in the drop-off area. We have no idea where to park, so Shannon stops the car so I can run into reception and ask where the motel parking is. Weird stares once inside, (hello people, it's perfectly NORMAL to have a black body and a white head!) and I got the info. Ran out to the car, opened the door and waffled off the information as I jumped in.... only to look over and see a very unamused, shocked middle-aged male staring back at me. OOPS, ummm... wrong car!! Apologised and look one car behind to see Shannon cracking up laughing saying "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?". Bubble-brain moment #2. In my defence, both cars were silver!

Checked in, ate and weren't quite happy with the room. Asked to see a different one. Had major issues working out the lifts, two towers had 2 separate lifts but they were all marked the same. We kepts getting in the wrong ones... we just looked at each other and I said "do you feel like just crying right now"? We were that OVER everything! Checked out room 2, decided to swap to it. Went back to original room just to check, couldn't be bothered moving all the luggage, decided to stay in room 1. Went down lift to give key back, receptionist asked if room 2 was better, said no we're staying in room 1, only to say right then and there 'OK, we'll go to room 2'. Then couldn't decide... asked to think about it. Decisions were just toooo hard. (For the record we stayed in room 1 as the effort required to move was just tooooooo much).

Off to register. Caught up with Ferny and Jadey at registration and seeing them was a bit of pick-me-up for both of us! I realised I'd forgotten my routine music at the motel, in fact, I remember taking it OUT of my handbag to go to rego. Bubble brain moment #3. We had to drive back to motel to pick it us... once we drove back there I thought, I've got my back-up copy in my suitcase, I'll just grab that. My suitcase was.... IN THE CAR.... which was AT REGISTRATION WITH US!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bubble brain moment #4. Poor Shannon, I thought she'd kill me. (but I owed her that from the indecisiveness of choosing the rooms!! hee hee).

We did our grocery shop, ate our rations and then totally teased ourselves by shopping for our treats the next day...

Totally didn't go overboard! Did our final tanning up, forgot the windows were open in our 31st floor room and pranced around naked posing. Would have been a sight to see had anyone had binoculars... Finally we started getting excited...

Next day, up early, breakfast and outta there for hair and make-up at Aria on Broadbeach!

To the venue - I'm on first today so we get me tanned up and ready to go. Here's me pumping up backstage.

And practising... c'mon abba-dabbas, you can do it!

I entered into Figure Short division. ANB only had Novice and Figure Short and Figure Tall. I was advised to enter into the Open division as there were roughly 20 Novices (didn't end up being that many) plus the fact I'd already done a few shows. I knew the standard of girls I'd be up against, but after my first comp, I was simply there to get up and CELEBRATE all my hard work and just HAVE FUN with it!! I went out with that attitude, and I was told it showed!

I was alot happier with how I looked at the second comp - I had comments like "what did you do this week!? You look heaps better!" (thanks Yann) and "wow, you've come in tighter this week" (thanks Lindy!). My tan helped too, we nailed it. I had heaps of time to pump up as well. I was a bit pale and rushed for the first comp. I knew I'd done the best I could, so I was a very happy chappy.

Some stage pics (thanks Kristen, Leanne, Hanni!):

I had a great time up on stage - really worked on that 'bendy back' ;). From pre-judging I already knew I wasn't in the Top 5 but I really didn't care. I was heaps happy with how I looked, loved my make-up, loved my hair, I felt beautiful! ;)

I was glad to be done early as I could help Shannon (the star) prep and and watch her shine in Figure Tall. And she was a STAND-OUT!!! I was sooo soo sooooo happy for her, as I knew all she'd been through just to get up on stage.

We had a short intermission break - COFFEE - and a bit of routine practise back at our motel. Then time for the night show!

Routine time! I wasn't nervous. The girl before me went onstage and my music started... I thought "oh crap, that's my music... then she started her routine" It hit me - OMG, we had the SAME music. It totally threw me off. Breathe. Breathe. My turn - same tune, different dance. What are the chances of that - of all the songs out there for two people in the same show to have the same song, and even worse - the person DIRECTLY before me. It isn't even a latest release. Hook 'n' Sling - The Best Thing (see, I bet half of you haven' t heard of it!!) At least she had good taste ;) I got through mine with only one minor error which no one would have picked up.

How perfect is the timing of this pic Leanne took during my routine - in line with the picture on the backdrop!! I always knew I was angelic! ;)

The Winners were announced and that was it for me! Comp seasion 2010, done! Finished perfectly with the most divine banana bread muffin with cream cheese icing. THANKS KRISTEN!! Girl to my left in black and white was the winner, lady in tiger stripes on my other side was 5th and Markeeta in purple came in 2nd. (Markeeta and I are from the same town and have planned for aaages to meet for coffe - never happens! - so it was awesome to 'meet' her for the first time on stage. She's always been one of my 'heroes' ;) )

Backstage hanging with Shannon before she was due on. Hours later in fact!

Shannon won her division - she was sen-freaking-sational. We then hung around for her to go in Overalls - which she won as well!!! I'll save all that for another post. ;) It was a late night - a huge day for the competitors - especially those who made it to the end. Me, I was done by 8.30pm and had a belly full of junk! ;) Poor Shannon was back on stage at 11.30pm, and we didn't get back to our motel and out for our craved-for pizza till 12.30pm. By then nothing was open, but we found some pizza! Not the gourmet stuff, but pizza all the same.

Very late night with both of us buzzing... but what an experience for me. That was my first ANB show and what a show it was!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Chapter 3 - The Week Between

Also known as - the week from hell!!

I struggled so so soooo bad the week between comps. Although it WAS only a week, it felt like a lifetime - it was the toughest week of all my prep. Ever :) Sounds a bit dramatic doesn't it! I described it like I was a naughty kid who'd been given their Christmas gifts, then had them taken away the next day. I guess it was because I'd only set my goal for the 22nd May, although I was keen for the ANB comp, I was so focused on the first one, I couldn't look past date.

So to have my 'glory', then celebrate it at din-dins with friends, only to have to forget the excitement and buzz of the first comp and re-focus and go straight back into prep diet the next day, was a bit hard on the old head. I pulled the pin on the ANB comp about three times that week...

I had the bestest hosts in Lyndsay and her hubby and their gorgeous kids. They were so understanding (reminder to always stay with past competitors in final week prep!!) and patient and knew exactly what how I was feeling. We trained three days at Goodlife gym in the Valley. I love experiencing different gyms - it was MASSIVE (to me!). Shannon joined us on the Tuesday and we did our work-out together - seeing her put some spark back in my step. It was that day I was ready to pull the pin... seeing that she looked as crap as me, felt as crap as me and was speaking to Ferny on the phone who was feeling exactly the same sealed the deal for me. I was DEFINITELY NOT pulling the pin now! I wasn't the only one going through it - SUCK IT UP PRINCESS!! I was just the only one fighting it. No more being a brat - then and there I changed my attitooood.

Some Training Pics courtesy of Lyndsay

Thursday of that week, we decided to make a start on my routine. Yes, ooops, Little Miss Control Freak hadn't even started it. Lynds edited my music way back, it was time for us to put some moves to it. After many attempts, nearly a few tears (not a tantrum, just extreme frustration and tiredness!!) I GOT IT!!! Not a bad effort whipping one up two days before the event. Thank goodness for Lyndsay and Steven!

Friday was the day the tanning started all over again. Shannon joined us at lunchtime then we were on the road to the Goldie.

A huge hazard: two girls driving to the GC tired and hungry... ;)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Chapter 2 - INBA Brisbane Titles - 22nd May 2010

I typed a quick post previously, but here's some pics and a bit more on my first comp this year.

I flew out on the Friday and I was sooo tired and soooo OVER IT and pretty muchly burst into tears at Brisbane airport when I was wasn't allowed to pick up my hire car. License expired early May. Ooops. I do remember that now... I was certain I renewed by mail but as I had no proof, of course I was denied access to a car. Turns out I never did renew - blaming final month comp brain for that one. So I was an unlicenced driver for the month... oooopsy.

Finally got it sorted and perfect timing that Lyndsay called me amidst my upseted-ness (new word) so that got me focused and excited again. That and running my hands down my flat and rock-hard day-before-comp-belly to feel my abs. Funny how that makes everything better. LOL! ;) Haha - hey if you only get them for a few days a year, gotta make the most of them!! Did my groceries and registered and we were rocking. Lyndsay and Shannon came to my motel and helped me tan and we practised posing...

Me in my orange body-suit and Shannon at one week out...

Next day was hair appointment and all the fiddly stuff before arriving at Chandler. I had a little entourage so really wanted to do them proud!

Getting ready back stage - how beautiful is the costume Jo designed!!

First 'appearance' on the day was the new Figure International Category. This one is judged on Symmetry round only. Being a new division, no one really knew what to expect, but the promoter told me the more muscular Open division girls probably won't compete as the look will be a bit softer and therefore if I came in really hard (I didn't) not to tense toooo much, try to keep relaxed. I was keen to give it a go; having done all the hard work, why not celebrate it twice over!

As it was such a big line up we were split into Tall and Short. No surprises that I was in short. 6 girls were called from my line-up for comparisons with three going through to the "final".

Pic below is me in the middle with two of the gals from my line-up who made it to the final six. I promise I'm doing the "tits-and-ass" thing, but I just don't have a bendy back!! I want (and NEED!) a bendy back to look better - like those two!!!!!!!!!! I had no call-outs, no further comparsions. No probs.

All the girls looked really good. The winner of Figure International was the girl who also won Figure Open. Second place went to the girl who came second in Figure Open, and third place went to the girl who won Figure Intermediate (the girl in purple above).

After that division, I got to watch 30mins of the show before heading backstage to start all over again!

Me and my entourage (I love saying that, makes me feel cool! haha)

Practising and pumping up backstage.

Blue Jelly Snake... MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm

Time for what I was really there for - Figure Intermediate! Seven goooood chickies in the line-up. I'm third from the right in the pic below. Where's that bendy back?!?! ;) We did our symmetry rounds were then shuffled around. Myself and the girl in the middle beside me were put to the left hand side of the stage and not looked at again. (I'm not saying that in a spoilt-sport way, just saying how it was :) ) Everyone was called-out and compared except for us two. I'm used to being the call-out queen so that was a bit hard to take! ;) (Edit: upon re-reading that line I don't want that taken the wrong way. By call-out queen I mean that in my past 2 comps I was worked to the bone with comparisons. The DVD sees me panting and huffing and puffing - it's hard work! :) ). I'm not at all sour, I believe the girls who won deserved to; I was just disappointed in having worked SO damn hard and I did all they wanted me too (leaner and more balanced) only to not even be glanced at twice from the moment I walked on stage- it's like I just never caught their eye. It's hard to keep smiling and posing when you see the head judge point to you, tell you to be moved to the side and shake his head saying "nah". I'm going to ask for feedback as to what was the reason that I wasn't even a consideration from the first minute. I can only grow and get better from that feedback!

Winner was girl in purple on right, second was Kylie in blue and third was girl second from right in dark brown. The standard was pretty damn good!

Back View

Onstage pose-down pic from Professional Photographer.

This is where the fun began - running rank with the backstage goodies!!!

After the show a group of us went to Groove Train for tea. Soooo good, but I felt a lil bit off. Poor body didn't know what was going into it! I was on such a high - regardless of placings etc, shows are such a buzz and you're pumped all night. Needless to say - I didn't sleep!!

Had a YUMMO breakfast the next day then I was dropped to Lyndsay's house to stay for the week before the next comp - ANB Asia Pacifics!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The worst author ever

I was coming on here to write Chapter 2, but blogger is too busy tonite to let me load photos :( Night time is the only chance I let myself 'play' (as we all know too well how much time can be wasted during the day on things like... facebook and blogs!), but it won't play nice with me tonite.

Thanks guys for all the compliments on my professional pics. It's muchly appreciated, especially now on the down-side of comp when I'm feeling like a beached whale. And looking like it. Yup, I haven't yet got the post-comp side of things under control. I can't stop eating!! It's not an easy road, I thought I was better prepared than last year, but still struggling, and I know I'm not the only one. It's only been 2 weeks since comp, so not beating myself up too much in finding the balance again. It just sux that it takes foreverrrrrrrrrrr to get into tip-top shape, only to lose it so quick!

Anyway.... enough on that..............

I'm looking forward to tomorrow - Shannon is flying up for the day just for us both to HANG!!!!!!!! We usually have to train/eat/rush around etc when we're in the same city, so it will be nice just to..... do nothing! I'm taking her to my fave coffee shop (hope it's up to her expectations... she's very choosy with her coffee!!!) and we'll have a nice lunch somewhere, hopefully with a glass of vino. No dieting for us this time!

Hope everyone's training hard and eating well - for yourself and do some extra for me ;)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

And some 'fun' ones...

I was playing around and the photographer just kept on snapping! These kind of pics make the best ones!

This next pic got me all excited at how I was looking two weeks out from comp!! :)

Don't ask me what I was trying to do here!!! Smack that booty!!

And we played around with lighting to achieve different looks...

It was heaps of fun being a supermodel for three hours! What a job!
I only half half of the pics so far, so no doubt there'll be more for me to post up once I get the rest (should be this week)... if you can stand it! hee hee


Here's a few of me being a little poser :) Thanks to the girls at my local Lorna Jane - I was able to borrow all of the clothing for the shoot. I had to hold myself back from purchasing it ALL once I was done though!