Phew! It has been quite an interesting week and a half.
Let’s start at the beginning. The Arnold. What a great experience. I arrived in Columbus, OH Thursday around 5pm. Met my friend at the hotel, drove down to the Convention Center to check out where all the events were being held. Hit a local bar (don’t worry I went super hardcore sucking down my waters…)
The next morning we started bright and early. My friend met up with someone to wait in line for their expo tickets around 8am while I drove down to one of the Halls to watch my first ever Figure Competition. At first I was completely intimidated. These women were Pros (not quite the level I would be competing at) and completely jacked… I have never seen so many fake tans in my life (and I grew up on Long Island).
Toward the end of the show I started to feel better. 1. it will be pretty interesting to see what I look like with an airbrushed tan (IDK if you could tell but I don’t exactly have the best tanning complexion) 2. I have a competitive advantage since I can walk, dance and live in high heels 3. It takes a lot of cojones to get up there on that stage and strut your stuff, so at least I can say I did it 4. I get to wear lots of sparkly things!
There was one competitor that I felt pretty bad for, but in turn it taught me a necessary lesson. This woman stood on stage and could not stop her muscles from convulsing! It looked horrible. She was in such great shape, just like the other women on stage, but I couldn’t ignore the fact that her body was trembling uncontrollably! It was explained to me that her sodium and sugar levels were off and at that point it was out of her control. She still managed to stand on that stage with a smile on her face!
The Expo itself was next on the agenda and man was it HUGE. There were so many fitness companies there displaying existing product lines and launching new ones. There were hundreds if not thousands of fitness oriented people working and enjoying the Expo. At one of our first stops I won a Marines tee for holding a chin-up for 75 seconds… not as easy as it sounds. There were fitness celebrities all over the place and tons of samples to try and take home. I brought home a whole bag of supplements that I will pass on to my trainer. IDK what they are to be honest and I’m not sure if I’m comfortable just giving them a whirl.
Since the Arnold I’ve felt more inspired to get my ass in gear! But couldn’t start just yet. My friend and I passed on the Shamrock run the Saturday after I got back to town due to incredibly high winds and fear of flying debris! To top it off that night was my friend’s Bachelorette and I was hosting the seven girls (including the bride) that were traveling up from Rochester. I was strong through the party, ate before we went out to dinner, watched everyone enjoy their meals at The Chocolate Bar (one of my favorite restaurants) and didn’t have a drink all night!
Apparently the bride-to-be felt the need to test out just how hard I’ve been working at the gym. At 430am she fell onto my toilet and shattered the tank. 8am the next morning I was at Home Depot. Lugging a new toilet up my stairs, removing the old one and learning how to install a sparkling new toilet was a pretty good workout for a Sunday morning. The girls left about 1130 after breakfast and my bed was calling to me.
When I woke up at 4pm it was really time to put my newly found inspiration to good use. So I hit the gym. A full body Sunday & Monday, Heavy Chest & Tris Tuesday and Back & Bis Wednesday had me moving last week.
Come Thursday I took the day off. I stuck to my diet in the morning, but went overnight to Toronto with my friend and called it quits while I was out of the country. It felt nice to go out and have a few drinks (some really tasty martinis), enjoy some authentic italian food and campfire s’mores for desert. I made no sacrifices at breakfast and I did have a chocolately frappuccino!
But come Friday afternoon I was back in Buffalo and back on track. Well, at least dietary wise. I had a lousy 30 min stint at the gym. It was just one of those days where I wasn’t feeling it. Saturday morning I had a killer leg workout at Body Blocks with my trainer Paul at 7am. Went into work for a few hours of OT and then hit Best Fitness for some core and cardio.
This morning I made it out to a Figure-style BuffCamp with Terry Stokes. I spent two hours pushing through his workout class and learning how to pose. He made me feel pretty satisfied with my first ever attempt at hitting these poses and even standing there next to women competing next week I didn’t feel to shabby! I may have the opportunity this week or next to go with Terry and some of the girls backstage at their upcoming competitions to see how the behind the scenes works!
I could go on forever since it has been so long. I promise not to be so absentee again!
For some great fitness, diet and training tips check out Terry’s blog Figure Training and Diet Advice.