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Are We Addicted to Empty Calorie Foods?

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A shift in perspective about food has taken place in the United States over the past couple of decades that I find not only concerning, but disturbing. And this shift is absolutely contributing to the obesity epidemic in our nation, destroying our health and well being.

Are We Addicted to Empty Calorie Foods?

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Competition Tips > Stretchmarks looked awful

Sandra Desmarais

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

Competition Tips > Competition Shoes

Sandra Desmarais

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

Competition Tips > Saggy skin!!

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

Competition Tips > Stretchmarks looked awful

I'm worried about this too... although, my issue is also saggy skin!! I am 8 weeks postpartum and have a "mother's apron" stomach. I know I'll be able to lose the fat, but my skin!!! Will I have this ugly long belly button for my first show? I'd just continue to exfoliate your stretch marks, use cocoa butter, and let time help... I understand how hard it is to work so so hard on your body and still not feel confident in your skin. I'm sure you looked amazing!!!! Here's the cliche: Don't be so hard on yourself. It's true what they say-- we are much more critical of ourselves than anyone else is.

Posted By drkellner

Welcome - From the Editor > Welcome to Figure & Bikini!

I am so excited I found this site. I had thought of one way to really get a smokin' body and that was to have a goal to maybe compete! I don't know if I will or not even if I get to that point as I have a hugh scar from my sturnum to my belly button from surgery and another from 2 C sections and uterine repair. But I want to look good in a one piece and definitely from behind! I use to be pretty fit but after kids and single parenting, life, stress, age, etc it's been harder and harder. But here I believe I can find the right information to finally find the right combination of eating right, when to eat, how much to eat and the right kind of workouts to achieve a beautiful healthy body I can keep for life again whethter I compete or not! I have a boyfriend who is younger than I am and even though he thinks I am sexy, I want to look like a "trophy" girlfriend. I look forward to my transformation. I turn 49 in two months and hopefully I will see some results by then. Most people think I am much younger and are surprised I have a 23 year old son and 19 year old daughter. It's almost embarrassing because they think I had them way too young. But I'm willing to put up with that! Now to have a body to go with it!!

Posted By Suzerb

Diet > Where did my period go?

Hello, I have been training and dieting for a competition coming in May and I will be scheduled to get my period right around this time. This is not my first show however last time I competed my period was delayed and the very next day I started. I remember that show my hormones were crazy which affected my stage presents in bikini and I felt bloated and just not myself. Im a little concerned with how this show will go and if there are any tips or tricks that I could learn to help this go smooth. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Posted By maryb

Competition Tips > Stretchmarks looked awful

I competed in my first bikini competition last weekend. I have a lot of stretchmarks on my stomach and thighs that I expected the spray tan to cover but instead it looked worse. I looked like a zebra!! I still did well and was told that they could not be seen by the audience during prejuding. However, I was very self conscious walking around backstage looking like this. And by the evening show, I was told they could be seen by the audience. Does anyone have any advice on how to make them blend for next time? Makeup or coverup?

Posted By ChristyRi

Upcoming Competitions > Lakewood, Ohio

Kristen Soinski

Hi everyone! Im new here (: Im competing in my FIRST ever bikini competition in Lakewood, Ohio this October. Can anyone offer any tips regarding suits, diet, cardio, etc? Any good prep recipes too! Im a vegetarian. Im 5'1 and about 102 pounds.

Posted By KristenSoinski

Diet > Struggling To Eat!!

Amer Beamer

Hmmm. I thought I was the only one who went through this. My prob, on top of that, is that I don't like egg whites. Smothered my meat in salsa for a while and force fed myself. We even raise our own meat, so I think this must be an eating disorder of some kind. I got through it by at least eating protein bars and drinking protein shakes until is passed. I wasn't pregnant either...Hang in there.

Posted By AmyBa

Competition Tips > Competition Shoes

Amer Beamer

Hi Rebecca, I bought mine from Stakked Couture. I have VERY WIDE FEET! I wear a size 7 1/2 but ordered a 7. Fit just snug enough that they'll fit perfectly, from posing practicing in them, by the time competition actually comes. Lydia Square Toed Competition Heel.

Posted By AmyBa