Adventures in Fitness, Fashion and Fabulousness


What Do You Get when You Do A Figure Show?

Tomorrow, I take the stage for my first figure show.  I have been preparing for this for almost a year and a half, with a grueling last 12 weeks of work and dieting for “D” Day.

It feels good.

And today, for the first time in 12 weeks, I am not going to the gym.  Instead, I will take care of my spray tanning, my hair, and I will be practicing my posing (a lot!).

Oh, and when I’m not practicing, I will be spending a lot of time with my feet up.


At any rate, I keep being asked in regards to my show “So what do you get?” (Ostensibly, if I win.)

It is a very good question.  In fact, the thought has never even crossed my mind.  However, since folks have asked, I have come up with a list of stuff that I believe will answer that question:

By prepping for a figure show I get:

  1. A banging body
  2. To be in the best shape of my life
  3. To feel like a million bucks
  4. Bragging rights
  5. And if I get to place in any category, a shiny trophy (see bragging rights above)

For a 55 year old woman, that ain’t bad.  It ain’t bad at all.

I have also learned a lot about myself, my relationship with food, my ability to accomplish those things that I never thought I would, and I have also expanded my capacity for making things work by juggling gym, nutrition, and a demanding career.

I have learned to appreciate my husband even  more.  His patience and support have been a godsend to me.  And I have met a lot of fun people.

And of course, there are always those bragging rights.  We cannot forget about those.

For this senior citizen, it doesn’t get much better than that.

PS.  Yes, there will be pictures.


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Sparkly Posing Suits!

Looky there!  I am moving all of my fitness blogging to this new place.  I am excited!

And hey!  I even got a nifty picture for my blog’s header, and it’s one of my shots from Brazil!  Who said that photographing food when you travel is not a good idea?  Take note boys and girls!

Anywhoo, as some of my friends know I am working on my first figure competition.  By the time the show happens, I will have been dedicated to this endeavor for almost a year and a half, with the last 12 weeks coming down to the wire.

Because I am less than three weeks from competition, I will be posting mainly about the last stages of my preparation.  Why?  Because:

a) I can always post about contest prep later on;

b) This is the stage I am in;

c)  There are a lot of details in these last stages to take care of and a girl has just so much time; and

d) Because I want to.

So there.

At any rate, the first piece of news is that I just heard back from Nina, the fine lady who is taking care of my posing suit, and the suit is ready. 

My posing suit is black, it’s sparkly and it has rhinestones.   I am totally sure that it will be awesome and I am already doing a Snoopy dance in anticipation.  After all the sacrifice and work and dieting that I’ve gone through, I can’t wait to try it on.

Sparkly bikinis.  One of the nifty things about figure shows.

And now, to practice in those blasted 5 inch heels…

Stay tuned…