Back in Effect

Wow! Can't believe it's been so long and I've ignored my page this long. I guess the best way to catch up is to simply just tell everyone what has been going on.

So many things. I have literally been a crazy woman on a mission EVERYDAY! My contest is over and it was exciting, exhilarating, amazing, disappointing, thrilling, and so many other words that I will stop for now.

The buildup was crazy and the last few weeks, were driving me nuts. The water intake and water deprivation, the menu changes, the work outs, the analyzing of my suit, my shoes, my body, my hair and my mental was ridiculous. I was struggling with my quads and my biceps and wether they would come in more defined at the last minute, if my abs would pop (they did, kind of) and was I eating the right things.

I knew I was coming in small; I had no idea how small for choosing Masters (35+). The last minute water deprivation washed me out. I’ll know next time. I probably could have even had some pancakes and syrup that morning 

Competition day was DEEP! I didn’t sleep much for two reasons, I was excited and I didn’t want to mess up my hair…oh and I forgot to mention the most important thing . A week before competition I tweaked my back doing some dead lifts. I really haven’t been quite the same since. I’ve been to the chiropractor, the acupuncturist, the masseuse, had cold packs, heat backs, stretching, left side, right side, back side and front side. Major pain! 3 weeks later I’m still in pain. A shooting pain that runs down my back to the front of my leg. Each day it’s less pain, but still pain nevertheless.

I lift different now because it hurt so bad the day it happened that I can’t get it out of my mind and I feel myself being a bit timid.

I didn’t do well in the competition. Its’ hard for me. I’ve never had to struggle for anything my entire life. I’ve just been GOOD. Good at basketball, good at high jump, good at tiddley winks, chess, spades, whatever it is…I can beat you. Figure competing is different. The mini competitions I’ve down before this have nothing on actually figure competition and it blew me away. For a minute, about the last week or so it’s messed up my self confidence. Now, days later, my confidence has come back with a vengeance. The fuel for my fire is to compete again and take nothing less than the top spot. Initially I planned on November for the Sac competition. Instead I sat down with my trainer and decided on March. That gives me seven months to put on 10-12 lbs of solid muscle. I’m so excited I really haven’t been able to think straight. I’m really happy I took the summer of school off.

The other things that have taken place were, we moved, my babies are now seniors, and I have about 3 semesters of school left to go. Football season for the youth program has begun and kicks off this week. Jordan will be traveling to Vegas and LA this week for basketball and Jalen received Top 100 and an invite to Oklahoma for a work out, along with a few more letters of interest. Life is busy, but life is good.

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