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There is an article flying around social media at the moment that irks me a bit, pertaining to those "not ready" to compete in bikini. Okay... maybe it irks me more than a bit. I won't go into the details, but in essence the author states only those "serious" about competing should be competing. He adds that those who aren't in "peak" condition have no business stepping on a stage. I think this author needs a little reality check (and yes you read that right... "he"). So... I'm here to very cordially hand that reality check.
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I am super new too! I am trying to determine weather or not 19 weeks out for my very first competition(figure) is enough time to obtain the proper results. I am a mom of four ages 10-1 and I have been lifting with my husband for about 12 weeks now. I know I need to add cardio into the mix, well more cardio, and to meal prep better. I have been working on my meal prep for a couple weeks now and I am seeing awesome results I just kind of want to make sure I am heading in the right direction.
Posted By LadyJ317317
Never too old!!! :):):) Seriously... you're never too old to get going. Candidly 43 is young. I stepped on stage with an amazing-looking 62-year-old and she didn't start working on her sexy body until she was 50! And even if you don't ultimately compete, why not work toward getting into the BEST shape of your life anyway right? You'll have more energy, more vitality, and more confidence than you've ever had as a result. It's a beautiful thing. With love, Kristin
Posted By fabeditor
Hello, I will be turning 43 next Saturday and I have never competed or worked out like a "bodybuilder" my entire life. I am more interested into finding out more info because one of my former co-workers is competing in her first show coming up. She is darn motivating but she's also about 11-12 years younger than me. Thoughts and advice?
Posted By kdchisham
Hi there and thank you so much for being part of our community. Unfortunately we can't allow comments on specific trainers on here. In general though, if you are not 100% confident in your trainer's advice then you need to find another trainer. If you ARE confident in your trainer's advice then follow what he/she tells you to do to a T. :) With love, Kristin <3
Posted By fabeditor
Hello everyone!!! So I am halfway through a training program (not prep just trying to lose some fat) with Nikki Blacketter. I have found a coach for prep, Brittney Stracener, and she has told me she wants me to reverse diet for 10 weeks before starting prep with her. The plan was for me to start prep July 20th after finishing with Nikki but with this reverse diet I won't be able to start until August 24th. I wanted to compete October 24th and November 7th which will put me at 8 weeks and 5 days out and 10 weeks and 5 days out respectively. Will this be enough time to prep and be successful? I have been lifting 5 days a week since February 25th and just upped my cardio from 2 HIIT sessions a week to 4 HIIT sessions a week. Right now I'm 5'6 145 (still need to lose fat which I'm worried about not doing when I reverse diet). I've lost 20 pounds since February 25th and several inches. Also, I'm following IIFYM and calories are 1500 fat 40g, carbs 160g, and protein 125g. Which is why my coach needs me to reverse up to give me room to lower when I start prep! Thanks so much for any advice!
Posted By mlynncailee_fit
Sharon how exciting!!! I love your light bulb moment with meal prepping. I swear if there's anything I accomplish in this life (other than being the best mom I can be), it's going to be teaching the world about the benefits of prepping clean meals in advance. There's no better way to eat healthy with the added bonuses of saving money and time. :) It sounds like you hit the ground running. That's awesome! Your approach on the veggies is spot on and your choice of veggies is perfect. And... since you love veggies so much don't be afraid to back off percentage of protein and increase your carbs. Then when you're selecting your meal choices in the Meal Planning Tool select "fibrous veggies" for one carb and something else for another carb. Measure out both carbs, then mix them together and divide them up among your meals. :) Also thank you for your kind words about my videos. I love doing them... they're so fun. I've been so busy lately with work, family, and prepping for the Nationals that I haven't done many. I'll get back to it super soon. :):) I hope that helps! Don't hesitate to email me personally with any other questions. It's Kristin@FigureAndBikini.org With love, Kristin
Posted By fabeditor
Hi SUPER Newbie here. Thank you for this website. I found you through a YouTube/Google search on meal prepping. Kinda funny because last week I had a brain cell go off and thought "If I start prepping all my meals in advance I might actually stick to a clean eating plan." Go figure. I like fiddling with the meal planning tool. Kinda fun, love to cook and I gotta say - that was a LOT of food for my first week. I couldn't eat it all, but I tried. I was a little confused about where to add in extra vegetables, so I just added a cup to every meal (broccoli, zucchini, and kale). Is that okay? I like vegetables more than animal proteins, so this is a struggle. This week I can already tell a difference in my face actually, it's not as puffy. I've lost 3 pounds (yay!). I'm 52 and have quite a few "fat pounds" to lose, but super excited about the straight forward approach you take. I also have a gym membership, but a little intimidated to go - everyone seems so fit. I've been walking on my treadmill and using resistance bands this week. Maybe I'll get over my trepidation? Any advise? I LOVE your videos, Kristin. Please do more.
Posted By SharonMi
Hey girls, so i encountered a similar situation on my but my first competition ... stretchmarks appeared with the jen tanna (dark tanning foam) that i didn't even know where there. So from that moment on i used Bio Oil on my legs, butt and breasts and then apply my regular moisturizer everywhere ... about a year later when i did a photo shoot i used the same tanning product but only used the exfoliator the wash before application ( not a week like they say because it drys out your skin too much) and it covered them up really well ... now for deeper stretch mark the company Jen Tanna sell a special concealer to apply on top of the tanning foam for cover up ... that would be a great safety net... ;)
Posted By SandraDes
Hi Rebecca, I had the same problem ... the shoes i bought were wayyy to narrow but i practiced my routine in them every day so they widened a bit but not enough and the day of the competition i bought large clear bandades to put where the shoes were still too snug so i would not have blisters and it worked good ... so that cab be your last resort option if you don't find wider shoes ;)
Posted By SandraDes
I've noticed that there's quite a bit out there about stretch marks... but have any of you competed with saggy skin on your stomach? I am 8 weeks postpartum and I'm terrified of what my stomach will look like as I lean out... I currently have a "mother's apron."
Posted By drkellner