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3rd Place at the Nationals and Things I Wish I Knew

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Just a few weeks ago I stepped on stage with the best of the best at the IFBB North American nationals and placed 3rd in my class. What an amazingly wonderful experience. I'm both humbled and inspired.

3rd Place at the Nationals and Things I Wish I Knew

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Diet > Photoshoot Prep

Maureen Vincenty

Hey there everyone! I am having my first official photoshoot in a couple of weeks to capture some professional photos of me to promote my business as a certified personal trainer and health coach. The photos will probably go on my website and my business cards. I may do some in a sports bra w/yoga pants outdoors, etc. The photoshoot will be more mind/body/soul vs fitness modeling, but I still wnat to look my best. I am about 11% bf right now and feel great, but I was wondering what tips you all may have for me so I can be sure to look and feel my best day of. I have never competed before, so I am not familiar with peak week or competition prep strategies. Any help or advice on what to eat and or avoid etc for the week leading up to the shoot would be great appreciated. My diet is already very clean. I don't drink alcohol or consume processed foods or sugars. I also don't consume grains or legumes (basically paleo). Thank you!!!!

Posted By mpv83

Diet > Crazy amounts of food in my diet. Is it really going to help me lose weight?

Oh, I forgot to add that I use Kristin's 6 day split to weight train, and I usually do 4-5 days of fasted cardio in the morning. I just started everything in December. :)

Posted By JenniferMa

Diet > Crazy amounts of food in my diet. Is it really going to help me lose weight?

Hi Ladies!! First of all, I just want to say what an awesome forum this is!! You ladies rock! I just bought the competition ebook in December, but had been reading the info here and watching Kristin's videos since September. So, here's my question: I really cant believe how much food I am suppose to eat...Oh, man!!! Here's my stats that the spreadsheet gave me: Body Fat % 16.78 My goal is 10% by 4/9/17 Bodyfat lbs 22.32 Lean BM 110.68 I am 46, 5'4" and weigh 133 currently. The spreadsheet says my daily target cals should be: 1889 and my BMR: 1318.15 I set my macros at 45/35/20 I am just REALLY nervous by that many cals to lose weight!! There are some days I cannot get in all my meals. It's usually one of my morning meals (carb and fat) On those days, do I need to still try to eat the meal I missed alongside another meal, so I can get all the cals/macros in for the day? Or just not eat it? I think I just need to shift my mindset to it being okay to eat this much, but would love to hear some feedback. For instance, when I pick any veggie for my carb for meal #5, it is usually at least 5 cups or somewhere around 550 or more grams of that veggie! (Ex: green beans 590 grams, cauliflower 548g) Thanks in advance for any feedback regarding this - and what to do about that missed meal!!!

Posted By JenniferMa

Competition Tips > Tanning Question

@mendyroberts: Yes, its absolutely necessary to get rid of all body hair! Not only will you need it for your tanning, but you'll look so much better on stage as well! I'll strongly recommend you to get waxed instead of shaving. It can be done several days in front om competition day, typically 4-5 days.

Posted By Bikinigurl

Diet > Protein

I have chronic kidney disease and other medical issues. I can't eat more than 70g of protein a day. Unfortunately, that is significantly less than most people recommended for competition. Is it possible to still have success without a lot of protein? Would you allow yourself more time to reach your goal? Could you do something different?

Posted By treyesmu

Competition Tips > Stretch Marks

I have lots of stretch marks as well. In addition, I have loose skin in my lower stomach; right where my bikini is positioned. I am very self-conscious about it, and I had a suit made for me to hide the skin, but the suit bottoms looked like a diaper. I am going to find another seamstress to see what I can I do. Does anyone else have permanent lose, hanging skin?

Posted By treyesmu

Competition Tips > Laser Hair removal

Last thing first, yes it's costly and can be rather painful. However, if you can afford it, don't let the possible pain stop you! I have done full arms and entire legs/thighs in addition to full Brazilian and I'm very satisfied, definitely one of my best investments! What you need to know, is that not everyone is a good candidate for Laser, it won't work well if you've got lightly colored body hair.

Posted By turner7

Competition Tips > Competition Shoes

Competition heels typically have to be "broken in" to fit your feet, they should feel slightly small when you try them on brand new. Putting them in warm water before you put them on makes the process go faster ;)

Posted By turner7

Competition Tips > Laser Hair removal

Anyone with experience with Laser hair removal? I'm getting bored with all the shaving and waxing, lol. Cost and pain?

Posted By Bikinigurl

Competition Tips > Heel height

Most use 5" heel today, even if they're at your height. Practice and I'm sure you'll manage. 5" usually have a slightly higher platform than a 4", so it won't be much more difficult to walk in ;)

Posted By turner7