It's creeping up - 4 1/2 weeks out til my first show of 2014! I'll be entering the NPC Kentucky Derby on April 19th. I'm super excited and am bringing in a much fuller package this time around! Not only that, I've made a hair color change and will be getting extensions in in a matter of days. My first show I did I had extensions put in but they weren't very long or thick, so they really didn't give off the illusion that I had long lustrous hair and that's what I'm going for this time around.
So where am I at in my prep - well, I'm in a great place. With my new coach I've been working with I've been indulging in 2-3 cheat meals a week to help maintain my weight and keep my body from getting "too hard". In my previous show's I was a bit "hard" looking and for the bikini division I need to tone it down a tad and be a bit softer, at least that's what I'm learning. To me there is nothing better than a set of rocking hard abs and popping shoulders, but with that I need to move my butt on over to figure, and I'm just not looking to do that. I love bikini, so if a few cheat meals a week help me achieve that overall "bikini bod" then awesome, right?
My training - I've been working out 5 days a week, incorporating an actual "glute" day and have really been working on my overall form and strength. With the extra calories I've been inputting I've really seen some awesome gains in my body as well as in the strength department. Which I'm incredibly excited and grateful for! I can't wait to get up on that stage and show off everything I've worked so hard for.
Now let's get to the one part that I need work on still. Posing. Do I know how to pose? Yes. I've also been practicing this with my new coach a good bit, and let me just tell you - he can pose better than most IFBB Bikini Pros, hahaha. So what's the problem? Well, it's the letting loose, owning my body and showing my personality problem. I don't know what it is but when I get up on the stage at the gym I just loose it. I let the voice inside my head take over instead of just being quirky, fun me. I love to laugh, I love to smile, I love to have a good time - but when I get on that stage I suddenly become Ms. Seriousness. Ha! So with that said I'm going to really start hitting on this. Posing helps win shows, and guess what? This girl wants to win! I promise you when April 19th rolls around, I will be ready and confident up there - and MYSELF!
Posing class at 6 weeks out
Posing class at 6 weeks out
What's next on the agenda? Well, time to start deciding on the makeup I plan to use, how I'm going to style my hair and getting the trip to Kentucky all lined up. I've been looking on YouTube here and there and one thing I noticed is that there aren't a whole lot of competition make-up tutorials and the one's that are there aren't really in depth. I'm thinking about creating a few YouTube videos with make-up tutorials, what I have in my competition bag, and then even a video of the day of the show from beginning to end showcasing all that's going on. I have two girl friends coming along with me to KY so they can help with the filming if need be, so yeah, be on the look out for all of this! <3 Nicole