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:
- A banging body
- To be in the best shape of my life
- To feel like a million bucks
- Bragging rights
- 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.