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Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hi!! I am trying to locate girls in the Tennessee (Nashville area) to be exact, to get to know, pick your brains, understand and are willing to share their knowledge with me. I have a strong desire to compete in fitness/figure.

And no I am not some crazy stalker person I am a mother of 2 boys, work in a local Level 1 trauma center and am engaged to a MNPD Sgt. and we are getting married in Jamaica July 14, 2012.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by April

Ok this is funny - I was feeling like a stalker because I'm on Neuro ICU right now browsing this sight and the Nashville part caught my eye. I'm a registry RN here. I'm assuming this is the only level 1 trauma center around haha? I've been training for 12 years, and I started training for a figure show back in January and bowed out in march for sort of a guy related issue.
Have you had any luck finding anyone in Nashville? I would love to compete at some point, but my BF would flip about me having a man trainer. There aren't a lot of girls at the gym and such that seem approachable. I also don't want to be caught up in the meat market drama that some gym clicks tend to bring.

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Wow....nope not much luck finding anyone in Nashville with the site...I have found a few locally other ways. email me...sounds like we have alot in common..lol

Posted by lissa.deS

Hi local Nashville girls. I am competing in Figure (Masters) for the first time in October here in Nashville. I live in Hermitage. I'm originally from Florida where there is alot more women involved in figure competitions at the local gym, so it was easier getting information. I'm so glad I found this website it has answered alot of questions that google could not answer :-)
I was a personal trainer for over 15 years so I'm training myself. I too tried competing in the past but couldn't stick to the diet. I'm less than 16 weeks out now and on track. I'm really enjoying it and love seeing my body change and the reactions of my friends and family. Especially my fiance.

Congratulations flightnurse with your upcoming wedding!

April - Go for it!!! There are female personal trainers. Very good ones that competed in Figure/Fitness/Bikini right here in Nashville.
I go to the Y downtown at 5am so no clicks or meat market there. I hope you change your mind and try it again. 16 weeks to
Music City Muscle :-)

Posted by mirandalee

hey flight nurse I have been looking for a trainer to help me get ready for a show and I am having no luck I live in the nashville area. There is nothing out here.

lissa des I have been training to do the fall show at Tpac oct 26 is that the one your going to do, i would assume since your 16 weeks out, I want to do bikini but im kinda in a panic mode i have no coach to teach me the ropes, posing,tanning shoes bikini etc. So i have been slowly losing motivation which is not the time to! I am finding myself slowly talking myself out of it :( i just dont want to look stupid.uuuuugh!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm in nashville too and I'd LOVE a training buddy if anyone's interested??? I'm trying to prep for Music City Muscle in October as well. Bikini. I'm going this basically solo. I have an online coach but that's it. I've got a good amount of body fat I'm trying to lose by then so the extra push in the gym would be great! It's my first time competing like a couple of you. I've had a tough time finding serious gym girls here and my online support isn't enough. Anyone wanna partner up to train?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps mirandalee... I'm with ya. I keep going back and forth but trying to stay committed. I haven't registered for it yet cuz if I don't hit the mark on my fat loss I don't want to lose the money. Stay strong! Feel free to email me if u wanna train. I'm in the Nippers Vorner/Brentwood area

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hello Ladies....would love to make contact...my email is kbutler.rn@gmail.com

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hey fit nurse! I just emailed ya! Wooooot! Lol

Posted by mirandalee

vfit1974 txt me or call me pls Im in nippers corner as well!!!!We must meet and get re motivated I am havin the hardest time finding new friends that want to live the fit life. heres my number 805 260 4975

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I am training for Music City Muscle too!!! It will be great to meet all of you! :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Hi ya'll! I'm also training for Music City Muscle, Bikini! First time, so excited!!! I live in the Murfreesboro area.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh! I also found a great trainer in the 'boro area. She just moved here and is a BB Champion. She judges and trains now. If anyone is interested, let me know!

Posted by April

Not doing the MCM, but I finally just sought help from an online trainer/diet coach. Sounds good in the boro - just too far. Good luck ladies!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey..are you talking about Shoshana? I'm meeting with her tomorrow.... Im a little disappointed because I just don't think my body will be ready by then (even though I'm trying to be hopeful). Either way it's all worth it, and whether I do it or not I can start prepping for the future. Good luck to all of you who committed already.. I'll be there even if I don't compete to cheer you all on.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

vfit1974 yes, Shoshana! Will you be at the comp. meet tomorrow to meet her?

Shoshanna is very honest, she will let you know if your are a comp. candidate or not.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

#1 - I love how we have a Vickie, Mickey, AND Nicki in this forum :)

#2 - Mickey, I'll be at that meet tomorrow!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yea Nicki! What are you competing in?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Bikini! :) It's my 1st time too.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Bikini! :) It's my 1st time too.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Awesome! See you tomorrow!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yes I'll. E there tomorrow then I'm meeting with Shoshana. Hope to meet you girls!

Miranda is coming with me as well...

I don't know about you guys, but I've been frustrated to say the least.. I've come so far (having lost close to 55pounds) but this last bit is killing me!! Im hoping that meeting Shoshana tomorrow gives me some insight. I want to compete but I have a lot of things against me (that sounds defeatist I know). I just feel that way today. My stretch marks alone are so bad that I'd never be able to reach pro without a tummy tuck to get rid of them. My goal for trying to compete in October was a "personal victory" thing....just to be able to feel confident in a bikini and the experience...and then continuing training to possibly compete in the Arnold Amateur next year.....I just hope it's a realistic thing

Sorry for whining

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Vickie, it is realistic! Getting ready for competitions take a lot of time. Gotta focus on today and today only. Worry about tomorrow when it comes. Step by step. You'll reach your goal! :)

Posted by mirandalee

Hey girls, hey nicki, hey mickey. So yall are going to the meeting as well?? this is great we need all the info we can get. Where do you girls train at?? I go to NAC.This will be my first show as well. I think we should all meet at the meeting, the bigger support system the better.:) y'all can txt me if you want 805 260 4975 ill be riding up with vickie.:)

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Hey Miranda! I'm excited to meet everyone! And that's funny, I train at the NAC too! What time do you normally workout?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

She works out in the mornings....lol...that's how I ended up at NAC. She's usually arriving when I'm leaving cuz she likes to stay in bed HAHAHAHA (love Miranda!)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

She works out in the mornings....lol...that's how I ended up at NAC. She's usually arriving when I'm leaving cuz she likes to stay in bed HAHAHAHA (love Miranda!)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nicki....yeah I suppose it is..at least in a personal victory. But there are realities as well....THAT is where I struggle, and feel defeated. I'm quite a bit off from where I want to be in October just to walk on stage....my highest worry aside from the weight/fat (which I know will change at some point), is the stretch marks and loose skin....I understand that the skin will tighten over time but will probably always be loose...the stretch marks though are disgustingly bad....it's depressing.

Anyway, I'm in it and I've been busting my butt. I became a trainer out of this journey so far, so who knows...maybe I'll end up being some major trainer like Kim Oddo

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Hey Vickie, I have the same thoughts similar to you with a particular area of mine... but keep thinking positive because I believe positive thoughts will bring good things to you! And do it for you...for the fun of this, the experience of this! I think it's awesome you lost 55lbs no matter what so far! I read some where...maybe here, to be your own competition when you get on that stage. Don't worry about the other girls standing next to you but be the best that you can be for you!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Thanks Mickey. And you're right. I haven't actually signed up for the competition yet because I just wasn't sure what my body was gonna do. And I tried on my bikini and though better than it would have looked a few months ago, it just seems like the goal is so at away...and the competition is around the corner.... It's crunch time, and I'm losing faith..... I read somewhere about the last 3 weeks....so I'm trying to just stay on it til the last second. Miranda and I gave ourselves an October 1 deadline to make the ful commitment and register. So I guess we'll see....

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

I so wish I could come to that meeting Saturday....I work Nightshift and am working tonight and tomorrow night:(. I will be at the competition at the end of October ....would love to meet all of you ladies!! Are any of you on FB? If so I am Kim Butler Carter or can be found by email address Kbutler.rn@gmail.com

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm on FB too...Facebook.com/VickieRaye

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Me too...facebook.com/michelle.minkleysoles

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Has anyone got their shoes yet? Mine are the slip on... but because they are so tall my foot slips down and there's a gap at the heel... anyone else get this kind?

Posted by mirandalee

hey nicki, im there at about 10 am and yes i do love my sleep hehehe.I believe I have seen you at the gym, do you sometimes workout with your boyfriend say at night? flight nurse sorry you cant make it,I am suppose to work tomorrow, but i have seem to caught something "cough cough " :):).

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hi Miranda...are you on FB?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie, how did it go with Shosh yesterday?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

It was AWESOME Mickey! She is really amazing. I strat on Tues/Thurs with her. Can't wait

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

How did the meeting go yesterday ladies?? Fill me in please:)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Fit nurse, it was a general competing type meeting. Got some cool product samples, lots of encouragement talk etc. Shoshana did a little talk on what judges are looking for, and posing for all of the divisions but nothing overly concrete. For ME it was a great pep talk kind of thing. (which I really needed).... And we all got to meet each other which was cool

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Awesome....so sad I missed it!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

That's awesome Vickie!

I thought the meeting was great... motivational and I'm less intimidated now. It was nice to be in a room with everyone else having similar goals... and Brandy was so nice!

I'm still perplexed to where to get my suit still. The only suits I have are boy short style. I didn't see much on Chynnadolls that I liked. I may have to buy something from saleyla.

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Mickey are you competing in october?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yes I am flightnurse!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...go to a swimwear shop and try stuff on for ideas first. I ordered a simple solid color suit for chynnadolls and I ordered a fancier one from saleyla....I wish I would have waited on spending the money at Saleyla cuz the chynna role one is fine. Remember what brandy said. Don't got over the top on the first one....but I feel ya cuz I'm like that too lol

What's the site for the shoes again?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yea... the only problem is all the swim suits are not on the racks any more. I'm not sure of any local swimwear shops near me.

Here's the shoes. http://snaz75.com
But just beware that their return policy is 15% restocking charge unless you exchange them. I'm doing that now because my toes slip down too far.... I'm going to get the ones with the ankle strap.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...go to a swimwear shop and try stuff on for ideas first. I ordered a simple solid color suit for chynnadolls and I ordered a fancier one from saleyla....I wish I would have waited on spending the money at Saleyla cuz the chynna role one is fine. Remember what brandy said. Don't got over the top on the first one....but I feel ya cuz I'm like that too lol

What's the site for the shoes again?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Google swimwear stores... You may have to drive into Nashville but it might be worth it.., brandy and Shoshana also said off the rack is fine...maybe Victorias secret??

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Btw....I've been watching YouTube videos all morning on NPC competitions...a lot of the girls weren't wearing those "scrunchy" bottoms...they were just wearing regular bikinis

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Exciting Mickey, my name is Kim...by the way :):):). I will be at the competition ....would love to meet you guys before the competition :):)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Kim! What are you competing in?

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Oh...lol. I am no where ready to compete:) I will be there watching /checking it out:). I plan to make my debut in the 2013 season:):):)....

Posted by mirandalee

The meeting was soo good, and i feel the exact same way mickey about it, not so intimidated about the whole thing.Im more then motivated now im doing this.Im not gonna go back and fourth about it should i shouldnt i. I went to the mall today and saw a bunch of bikinis on clearance but non with the scruntch butt that I want. But they had alot of good ones with just regular bottoms that were real nice.might want to check out.belk,jc pennys,macys,sears, victoria secret they all had bikiis on clearence

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I've looked at those places also... but I am looking for the scruntch butt or pucker back also... I found these web sites that might help. http://www.amiclubwear.com/
http://www.suitsyouswimwear.com/

Posted by mirandalee

when are u gonna order your suit?? I have no idea when i am going to

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Well.. what is kind've sucky is we should have a "back-up" suit.. so for me that means buying 2 since I have none to begin with! Sigh... so I'm trying to find a cheapy suit that I may order now and then I may order one from Saleyla late Sept/early Oct since my hip size may be changing...

Posted by mirandalee

hmm ya i hear ya, i really want to get one suit from saleyla but its 200 bucks hahaha but sooooo HOT! I was looking at amazon they have some pretty good ones for cheap, i may get my back up one from there.

Posted by mirandalee

i really dont like the whole ordering bikini online period, I have no idea what is going to look good, pucker butt, or scrunch.Its like shopping blind folded even with measurements you still dont know. uugh

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I know! Do they have scrunch on Amazon? What color are you looking for? I ordered some swatches from Salelya since monitors are different. You can get them for free. They are tiny swatches they send you but still give you an idea.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Is anyone else staying at the Millenium? If not where? I live an hour away so thought it would be a good idea to book a room!

Posted by mirandalee

hey mickey they have scrunch on amazon.I think my back up suit will be the one i have in my profile pic,i only wore that once in miami.I just colored my hair orange/red so i think im gonna go with royal blue.I live 15 mins away from downtown didnt even think about the hotel, but since you mentioned millenium hold off on booking one of my clients is head security there Ill see him this week see if he cant hook us up!!!!

Posted by mirandalee

just found a new website for bikinis lalalingerie.com pretty cute stuff pretty decent priced.

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

I live right off 109....in Lebanon. So I will just be driving in....but im not competing like you girls.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Miranda those are cute and good priced, thanks! And thanks for checking into the hotel!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I didn't book a room yet. I'm only about 15 mins away but if I actually compete it may be more convenient. I know that they don't charge your cc to make a reservation so I may go ahead and hola a room just in case.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

My husband and I were thinking of just making it a fun weekend and staying Fri night, and having a place to chill Sat. There's no way I would drive back home and risk the tanner getting all messed up! (What do you mean if you actually compete?) You see Shosh today don't you!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah. Training in about an hour with her. I'm still nervous that I won't make it. I'm more hopeful now though cuz Im working with her. I'll decide in the next couple of weeks for sure once we see how much my body can change. I get my delivery tomorrow of supplements etc and I'm doing everything she tells me to do. So at least now I'm optimistic lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps keep in mind that I was a lot further away than you lovely girls. I didn't realize until I met with Shosh. If I had only inquired about a professional sooner instead of wasting time and money with the person I did. I'm so frustrated. I would have been a lot further along. But that's ok. We live and learn.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So the Millenium is already booked... any of you girls that live nearby, can you recommend any other hotels that are close? Besides that, the checkout time is 3:00 p.m. which doesn't serve the purpose of hanging out in between shows anyway. So maybe I'll find a hotel for Sat. night... what a hassle!

Posted by mirandalee

uuuh mickey are you serious??? ooh man im feeling so over whelmed so much to do i dont even know where to begin. Now to find a new place to stay downtown.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey. Brandy is blocking some more rooms tomorrow, available in the morning. Last chance to book she said. I'm gonna go ahead and reserve one so I have it just in case

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I ended up getting a room for Friday/Sat nights at the Millenium. I went through Expedia though. Was for the same rate. The only kicker is they may have charged my credit card right away...whereas going through the hotel they don't 'til you arrive. I won't know for sure 'til later today. But at least I got one...one last thing to worry about! Now for the posing and suit!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Good to know.! I'm gonna call in a few

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Does anyone know when a good time would be for friends/families to buy their ticket? Is it something that gets filled up... can you chose your seat?

Posted by mirandalee

mickey what is your number so i can txt u this would be so much easier lol. im ordering my shoes today and maybe bikini aaaah

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah... Mickey feel free to text me too! Any time 615-429-5483

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Toad is pretty big. And I don't think seats are assigned so there probably isn't a giant rush on tickets.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Awesome... my txt is 615-796-1734

I'm getting info from Saleyla right now. I was about to order one already made... but realized it would not cover my C-section scar... so I will have to have one custom made. I think Shosh is going to measure me again on 20th so I'll wait 'til then. They only have 7 day turnaround... I'm getting my shoes in any day too... I had to return them and get a size smaller.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

T PAC not toad lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Toad is pretty big. And I don't think seats are assigned so there probably isn't a giant rush on tickets.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

T PAC not toad lolI ordered one from Saleyla too one of the pre made. The quality is nice. I ordered smaller on purpose. It took longer than 7 days to get here though so make sure u expedite shipping and have a backup.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie did you order a color swatch first? That's good to know about the shipping. Man.. the backup suit I was going to order won't cover my c-sec scar either!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Why are my messages showing up so many times? Ugggg

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Well I have another scar on my stomach which will just have to be seen, but she is suggesting side posing. I didn't even ask her about my c-sec scar but I will when I see her next!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Your c-section probably isn't that bad. Have you tried Mederma??

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

It is open seating....so friends and family can sit together especially if thru buy tickets at separate times:) I think the testing idea is great....my number is 615-519-9249. I would like to meet you ladies....

Posted by mirandalee

vickey, sooo this is the only way i can get ahold of you its 1030pm and my phone crashed agaaaaain. im so over cell phones like for reals. if any of you girls have an xtra verizon phone laying around that i could buy that would be great. anywhoooo ill stop by ur house when im back from the boro see if ur there if not umm i work sat 12 to 6 if ya wanna stop by.till then who knows now when ill get a phone.just another freakin thing to worry about uuuuuugh

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

What up laddddies?! I haven't been on here in a few days. I'm still trying to figure out my suit situation as well. Shoes should be here in a few days I hope. How's training and diet going for everyone?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

It's 5:00 am and couldn't sleep well. Sorry Miranda I don't have any phones. I do know you can get one on amazon for 99 cents. I got it for my son who goes thru them! I will get model name later.

I got a hold of Trae and you have to get tan Friday eve. Which means no shower sat...which means no freshly washed hair????? Ugh. Im just wondering if i can wash my hair over the sink and not get much water on my arms. These are stupid reasons why I cant sleep!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Miranda.... Dang. Sorry girl. I'm on sprint. No extra phone :(

Nikki. I shot u an email back :)

Mickey, I hear ya on the tan/shower situation. But honestly you don't want super clean hair before u go on stage so one day dirty is probably good. It will style and hold the style better. But just in case you can buy a dry shampoo. You can just put it on your roots etc. text me. If I end up not competing I'll style your hair and do your makeup if you want. I was a makeup artist for 10 years and I'm on a break right now from beauty school.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Wow Vickey... that's awesome... not the part about not competing... I do have dry shampoo. My hair is very fine so looks greasy the next day.... The only time it's looked ok the next day is when I've done the spiral curls and it's got lots of product on it... but I've heard spiral curls is not advisable for this. I will get makeup tips from you though! I'm already looking for the MAC dark foundation for face... and bought some "smokey" color eyeshadow...eyelashes.

Here's the phone Miranda as an option. http://www.amazon.com/Pantech-Jest-Phone-Verizon-Wireless/dp/B005PT610O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347632600&sr=8-2&keywords=verizon+phone+pantech

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Is anyone getting a manicure/pedicure for this too... good grief!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mick. What about clip in extensions??

As for makeup, in case I DO compete, maybe we can hook up and I can show you how to do it all. Just in case.

As for Mani/pedi. Uhhhh YES. LOL

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mick. What about clip in extensions??

As for makeup, in case I DO compete, maybe we can hook up and I can show you how to do it all. Just in case.

As for Mani/pedi. Uhhhh YES. LOL

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Mickey - Why are spiral curls not advisable? ... Or should I say... what IS advisable?

And yes, I'll do a mani/pedi too. Might do my mani myself though to save some $$ So much to buy for this! Haha BUT I think we'll all enjoy this whole experience. :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickey, my hair is pretty fine and clip in ext. don't work well...you see them!

Think Victoria Secret look for hair. Soft, wavy, curls or straight.

I was thinking of doing my own nails too... but French manicure is what most girls do. If my nails grow some more I may do my own.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

and... another topic.. tanning. I got a hold of Trae the Tanner... and his fee is $125 for 2 coats or $150 for unlimited. If I got the $125 route, I'll have to lay in the tanning bed 4x a week to get a good base tan. The tanning bed is free at health club... but also more cancer... and I'm fair skin so I'm thinking of doing the extra $25 more! Ugh

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ok.. I see... Then it may be a hot rollers/teasing situation with a touch up on the break between AM and PM. no problemo girl.

Yeah I wear an acrylic over my nails so I can't do my own. If I compete I'll probably do a light pink.

Girlie...I'd pay the extra $25. That way whatever you need you're covered just in case... That way you can start going to him sooner right? To get the base going??

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Well right now I'm going 3x a week in bed to get base going. And He sprays Fri night (same time as weigh-ins)... then Saturday as needed. But I do think I will be paying the extra $25 to be covered.

Shosh is encouraging me to get my hair done professionally Fri eve. hmmmmmm.... I'm so glad I took Friday off. My hair stylist might do it Fri noon but I'm not sure if that would be too soon... I have to have her do my color that day anyways.

Posted by mirandalee

sooo im still trying to figure out where im gonna get the money for all this haha, either way im doing it ALL lol. Im gonna get my nails and toes done.and im gonna do my own hair and makeup.I guess ill get tray to do my tan cause i dont want to worry about that or look stupid.I saw brandy today at olympia and she told me again not to stress the bikini, shosh said she would even go shopping with me to find a good one for me. but not to get it yet.

Posted by mirandalee

mickey is that phone for reals 1 cent? hahah does it actually work?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey. That's fine if u wanna do that. I used to be a professional makeup artist/stylist for photographers/videos and stage though and it would save you money. That is if I'm not competing. Weird she said to get it done Friday night... Can't imagine that it would hold for Saturday.

Miranda I told you if you wanted me to id do Ur makeup.
How did things go today?? Isn't she awesome? You went to Olympus.. Did u get to train?? I REALLY like it there. Ps I hate that u don't have a phone. Email me if u want (it's faster). Fitvick@gmail.com

Yeah, Shosh told me to wait on worrying about the suit too.

If I compete I'm doing my own hair and makeup. It'd be nice to have it done but 1) I can't afford that and 2) rarely can someone really do my hair right. Lol. Plus I'm definitely putting in a hair piece. Either clip ins or my show wig piece.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Miranda, yep the phone really does work. My son used it for 3 months at least and then the buttons started falling off... but he's also very rough and texts a bazillion times a day!

Vickey I still may take you up on the hair/makeup but I made an appt. with someone so I don't have to stress out about it in case you do compete. I'm for sure not doing the makeup 'til Sat. morning!

Regarding the suit... something has bothered me ever since I found out you could use a suit bought off the rack. It suddenly didn't seem serious enough for me. The other categories have to have "to code" suits. I found myself thinking Bikini was just some "fun" category and not taken seriously. I mentioned this to Shosh and she said this decision was made so Bikini girls wouldn't be held back and could just have fun with it on stage. I don't know. I understand being able to afford a suit better with a rack suit... but dang it...I've put this much work into my body, I want to show it off right! Who knows if I'll ever do this again.

Miranda, I feel the same as you, I don't know how I will pay for this but I want to get it all done too... who cares of my family doesn't have a Christmas this year!

So I was at the salon today getting prices for the hair/nails... and the receptionist had hair extensions in. You can get them for fine/thin hair like mine now. OMG... I want them too! What can I sell... does anyone need a couple teens?????

Posted by mirandalee

HAHAHAHAHAAH omg mickey im dieing laughing on the floor, i dont need any teens i can barely afford myself but thanks tho, hahaha and I just sent out a mass txt to friends and family saying the time has come and any donations would be accepted hahaha.going through my closet now. all my clothes dont fit and there nice so ebay here we come lol and yeess the bikini thing i feel the same way im going back and forth like crazy even when i talked to brandy today she was offering me one of her suits to borrow, so random lol she kept saying dont worry about it..how can i not worry about it i have been working at this since last dec damnit i want the best!!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey you're hilarious.

I get what you're saying about the suit. In the end it's your choice. Your hard work is gonna show off whether you wear a $500 suit or a $5 suit. You could always buy one off the ark and then glitz it up! Or not. I like that it's not so rigid. It allows for personality. Lol

As for the extensions, if you're into that then cool. But keep in mind it's a big commitment not just financial. Special brushes, you have to be careful when applying heat etc. i didn't get a good look at your hair, but I still think a good set of clipping or a hair piece could work just fine...and could be hidden if done correctly. Just my opinion. And a partial wig will only cost you about $130 instead of $800 for extensions. But yeah, they look good lol

I wish I could sell my kids sometimes lol...I could use the money. But I fear they'd be returned for a refund lmao not only for this stuff either but the $$ are racking p for sure. Doesn't help that I wasted $540 on an online coach instead of just going to Brandy for info 8 weeks ago. If it is possible then Shosh is my shot. I'm debating competing in a show in PA in November if anyone wants to do that.

I'm treating everything as of now as if I'm competing. I'm trying not to let doubt consume me, and I guess I should stop saying "if". Reali is, at some point I WILL and I know that.....I'm hopeful for October, and trying to get my brain and heart in line so that the visualization happens to make it happen.

Soooo glad I met all of you girls. The journey is gonna be awesome...

Ps...what do you mean if you ever do it again? After all this work, you should plan on all of the TN/KY Shows next season...shoot, you'll already be 'there' why not?

Posted by mirandalee

mickey send me the link to the bikini u want.since i dont have a smart phone now

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

eBay!!!! I've got tins of clothes and shoes I could sell. I need to do that!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Ya know...if my kids would move out I would have more money for this!!! If you think you're kids will move out at 18-20...it's not true, they do NOT move out once they turn 18... or 20.

Vickey I like that attitude... even feels funny saying "if" you will compete. So yep, you're competing!

I may do another show...

Well, time for my AM cardio...ugh. Last time I went for a bike ride, a random dog wanted to go along for the ride. Wouldn't leave me alone! I wasted 15 min. searching for it's owner so it wouldn't get hit on the road following me!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Hey, has anyone started practicing for posing yet? I've contacted Brandy but she hasn't returned my message... even though Shosh assured me she will. And my shoes haven't come in yet... grrrr.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol yeah I know girl. My son is 18. Lol

Oo ooh a bike! I need a bike! Soooo much more fun than running!! Hmmmmm Walmart tomorrow I guess. Lol

I practice posing at home. But u know about 4 weeks out Shosh said at the end of training she does 15minutes of practice. I know brandy is super busy. Maybe Shosh would be willing to do a "class" for an hour or do with us all for a small fee. We should ask her. If not, maybe we could all get together and video each other. Might help.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Oh. And yeah. You're right. Saying I AM is better mentally thank "if". When you've spent nearly 10 years fat, it's hard to be optimistic and needless to say self esteem was almost non existent. I got REALLY good at faking strength.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I figured Brandy was super busy. And Shosh did mention the posing. I bet Shosh would be up to it.

I do running 3x a week, and bike 2x. I hate treadmills. You can always get these! They look like so much fun! http://www.kangoo-jumps.com/

But.. I tell you what, I'm a firm believer in am cardio on empty stomach! When I first started with Shosh, she said AM cardio is best but I figured it would be fine with my afternoon cardio... but ever since I decided to put everything into it and crank it up, I've been making myself to AM cardio and I've seen a big difference. I don't know if it's everything coming together now or the carb cycling but I think it does make a difference!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm on cardio twice a day. Uggggg. I hate cardio lol

Does the diet have you all emotional too? I'm a giant mess!!

I would bust my butt on those jump shoes!! Lol but maybe I'll buy a pair of roller skates! I used to love skating

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Your shoes aren't here yet? Dang..that sucks. I ordered mine from amazon yesterday so I hope they get here this week.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Sorry to be annoying but, does anyone know the difference in the "show" between morning and evening other than prejudging and finals??

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

There's not too much of a difference really other than prejudging is a bit more important. That's where they will make their marks on you and compare you with others. Then at finals, it's more of just a "show" for the audience and you can relax a litte and have fun. (and of course this is when they present the awards, etc.)

If Shosh does a posing class with everybody, please let me know! I'd like to join as well. Also, if we all get together... I can video us! I'm video girl remember? :)

And Vickie - the diet and carb cycling has made my hormones a little out of whack... I think because of the low calories and training very hard. Just think of those brownies we get to eat that night ;) Holla!

Posted by mirandalee

my shoes are in the mail too, and as soon has we all have our shoes lets plan to practice together and yes video tape it. nicki im thiking of the brownies, dranks and then some haLloween CANDY!!!! HA HA whos gonna party downtown after the show??

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

DRINKS!!!! OMG I miss wine!! And I'm leaving the show and getting a big pasta dinner I think lol

As for Halloween, uhhh I can't wait to wear that sexy costume Miranda. First time in 20+ years I'll wear a costume on Halloween...you'd better believe I'm showi skin!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I for sure am going to be downtown! I was thinking we could all stay in our suits! We would already have the costumes! ha ha

Good idea Nicki! Yes I will ask Shosh about the posing idea when I see her next. (Tuesday) She is at a yoga intensive 'til Tue.

Ya know... I bet if I did any drinking after the show, it wouldn't take me long to get drunk off my ass due to the low bodyfat!

Posted by mirandalee

yes a big thing of pasta sounds good. im sure ill be full after 2 bites uugh. Ya i keep telling myself im not gonna drink to much that night cause i dont want to be sick from all the junk the next day which usually happens.buuuuuut then again who knows whats gonna happen. lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah, we at going downtown after too. NO WAY I'm walking down there in a friggin bikini...but a short tight dress yes. Lol

I know right? After eating super clean, and not drinking...it won't take long to get wasted....dinner will HAVE to entail grease (via a fat bacon cheeseburger) or a nicer meal of pasta and wine lol....I'm thinking about going to Sole Mio. It's near by and easy to cab to and back to party... It's my anniversary weekend so I wanna celebrate a little

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps. I worked 13 hours todAy at an event. Didn't get my break til 9 hrs in. Ended up having someone sneak me some smoked brisket just to eat something half way through my shift and not totally tank my diet. No time to even drink water! Ugggggi just hope it doesn't all screw me duo this week. Aggravating

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

What work do you do Vickie? 13 hours ugh!

Today i made chocolate covered oreo truffles as a gift and wanted to pop one of those suckers in my mouth so bad!

Yea wearing a bikini out that night would probably be toooo cold for me but I did make myself an Underworld costume that is fun to wear!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I work freelance as a bartender for a catering company. It was rough today. My back is killing me now and even though im a little hungry I can't bring myself to eat. I guess I'll chug a protein shake and get sleep. Cardio comes early in the morning. Lol

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hey ladies,

What kinda schedule do you work?? Or when do you have free time....
I teach clinicals during the day on Tuesday/Wednesday...til about 330. And then I work nightshift on the weekends at Vanderbilt.
Would love to get together and have lunch/dinner or something..

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Hey Kim! It would be fun to all get together but my schedule is spread pretty thin. Between training and work, it's so hard to squeeze everything in!

Did you buy a bike Vickie? I am about to head out in half hour. I let myself sleep in (for once) 8:00 a.m.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hey Kim. I'm about the same as Mickey right now. I train in the mornings and in the evening (for now) I don't to out anywhere unless I'm singing. It just makes staying on the diet easier. I haven't seen the inside of a real restaurant in a month! But as soon as its all over, heck yeah!

Mickey, no. Since I had to work yesterday I didn't get to Wally World. But my BF and I are gonna probably make a visit there today. If I can find something decent and cheap then I'm doing it. What do you ride? I'm debating. I LOVE the cruisers, but the mountain bike might be more prudent.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps. I slept in too...til 9. I'm still tired lol...I may just veg out the rest of the day today

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Singing? You sing too? More details please!

I use a mountain bike. That's all I have.. we live out in country land so it makes more sense... and even though it doesn't cruise like a road bike would, it makes it more challenging.

I just found out my mother will be coming to this competition from CA!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol yeah I'm a singer and a songwriter. It's why I moved to Nashville. I play every Monday night now downtown (which sucks right now cuz I can't drink lol). Been here 7 years. I'm a mix of country/pop/rock/soul.

That is AWESOME about your mom!!! Ive got a little support but my dad wouldn't understand this so I don't even bother. He's a jerk. So, 'when' I compete I have the support of my boyfriend and my exhusband, and kids. A few friends support too but doubt they'll pay that much for tickets cuz they are broke. So their support will be cosmic lol

I'm I'm a really bad mood this morning and I'm thinking I'll probably curl back into bed now that morning cardio is done. Made the mistake of getting on the scale when I know better. Ugggggggggghg

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

girl! Don't forget that muscle weighs too. The scale could be up... but it could be muscle you're putting on!

That's awesome you are a singer! Would like to hear you!

I may have a few people support me for work but we'll see when the time comes to paying the $35 ticket. My husband will be there... not bringing kids though. I'm sure they would like to come but expensive!

Oh! My mom is a photographer and if she brings her equipment, she may be able to do some photo shoots! I'll ask her what her rates would be.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

You can here some rough tracks on my YouTube or Reverbnation. Www.youtube.com/vickierayemusic or www.reverbnation.com/vickieraye

Yeah. My kids aren't coming. Too expensive for sure lol. My son though would enjoy it. He's 18 so pretty girls and bodybuilders is up his alley lol

Sounds good. Let us know. It'd be cool to get pics $$ allowing of course.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh you are good! Very nice voice!!!

I used to be in a band in Michigan in the 80's. Then later I played with a blues band after kids. But now... think my voice is gone!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Ooooo Mickey - feel free to bring some chocolate covered oreo truffles to the competition for afterwards ;) haha. Those sound SOOO good! We'll all be able to indulge in about 6 weeks! Yay!

And that's cool that your Mom is coming! Yeah, I'm in the same boat. I'm thinking I may have just a few people there too. A lot of my friends want to come, but they probably won't because of the cost. :(

I love how both Vickie and Mickey are musically inclined :) That's awesome! I can't sing to save my life.. but I can rhyme! Haha. Seriously. But I think I'll just stick to entertainment journalism :)

Miranda girl, how you been? Let me know if you'd like to work out together one day! I've been at the gym in the afternoons lately.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...that's awesome! And no you probably didn't lose it...the pipes are just rusty lol just like training, our voices are just another muscle.

Nikki.....rhyme away babe! Lol

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Oh I understands the crazy schedules...in addition to working and teaching ...I just started my Masters degree program...YIKES!! I am looking into a couple of trainers now, that I want to hire...Tony Haines or Brandi Binkley....anyone have any feedback on either one?? I only heard good things so far...
I will be at the competition....cheering yall on...even if we haven't met:):)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Wow Kim! Your masters that is awesome!

Never heard of those trainers. Wish I could advise. Don't know if truckin down to Murfreesboro is feasible for you, but Shoshana is AMAZING. and VERY versed not only in competition training but she holds all sorts of degrees and has an incredible amount of knowledge. She pushes hard, but safe and knows her shit. By far the best trainer I've ever had.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie, what do you think of Urban Decay eye shadow for the stage? Or should I go MAC?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

For shadow almost anything is fine. Foundation and concealer you want Make Up Forever. Urban decay makes a setting spray you'll want called Up All Night. It's AWESOME. I have eye shadow primer. I have a few neutral shadows so u may not need to buy yet. If we can all plan a get together day then you'll know what you need shadow wise etc.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I miss garlic bread.....

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ooooooh yeah...garlic bread! Lol but I'll be happy when my fat but looks good in a bikini, and my belly is closer to being flat lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Does everyone have their shoes? Mine are coming tomorrow. Trying to figure out when maybe we could all get together and do make up, eat some chicken drink some water and maybe start work on posing???

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

ha ha ha... that sounds awesome! Especially the chicken part!

Mine are due today. Have you seen Shosh yet today?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Mine came! I posted a pic of them on Facebook. And heck yeah! Girl get together with some chicken and broccoli lol :) I'm down!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

**a girl get-together** let's do it!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm in whenever y'all are ready. Ahhhhh chicken and tilapia lol

Mickey, yes we trained today. Miranda and I are doing "cookies sessions now, and I'm gonna add a 3rd training day once Shosh gets back from the Olympia....

Posted by mirandalee

I miss gummy bears!! saw a kid today eating them and i couldntt concentrate on the haircut i was doing at all. all i wanted to do was tackle the kid and eat his whole bag of gummy bears hahah.instead i watched him eat them, i looked real crazy hahah! got my shoes today whoo whoo and what the heck did i sign up for , this just got real, REAL.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kudos on not going in for a gummy bear (and for not clipping his ears off as you gawked over them lol)

Yes girl...it's real, and you'll be just fine..like you tell me "one day at a time. Do what you can do" and like Niki reminded me, this is about us all INDIVIDUALLY not about comparing ourselves to anyone else.

Why is it so tough for us to be proud of ourselves I wonder? Interesting I think. For me, I think the "fat girl" that still lives in my head sometimes fights me, but slowly I learning to tune her out. Lol when you're losing weight no one ever talks about the psychological crap of 'after' you lose weight.

Anyway, I had a rededication moment today as I did my PM cardio.... Tomorrow is a new day and I plan on shifting some major gears come 5am. Thank you girls. You ALL inspire me every day. Couldn't make this journey without yall

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hey Vickie,

Does Shoshana have a website or anything to look at? I am still open to interviewing someone else...for sure!!!

As far as make-up, has anyone tried Eye Tatoo by Maybelline???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Google Shoshana Treichel. She was a body builder. But like I said she's amazing. She's an NPC/IFBB judge as well so she knows what they are looking for. Her education and knowledge is SICK....and since she's competed as well she knows that side too. Best money I've ever spent. Her personal story is pretty incredible too.

Never tried eye tattoo. I picked up a cheap waterproof liquid liner and I'm in love with it. I'm tempted to go buy 20 of them in case the company decided to stop making it lol it's the old school liquid, not the new 'felt tip' kinds out now.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Almost forgot, Mickey, how is Trae doing the tanning? Does he come to your room or do you have to go to him? Dd he say if he provides you with a little extra color to take with you just in case something happens on the morning of the show for touch up?

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Let me know when yall get together, I can doing the videoing....since I am not competing..:):)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

For Trae, you have to go to him. It is a small covered up area... but you have to lose all modesty! And Shosh says wear a fig leaf!

This is a quote from Trae:
"I have two packages. 2coats for 125 and unlimited for 150. I do require advance payment to confirm appointments. Tanning appointments will be done on friday the day of weigh ins. Touchups if needed done on saturday. I will only tan the face if requested. You will need to prep your skin with baking soda and a skin exfoliator to properly prep for you application.
Shower with those two m-f leading up to the show and this will allow for your skin to be prepared for the best applications process. When coming to your appointment make sure you have showered one more time and do not use deodorant or lotion as this reacts to the tanning solution negatively.
Make sure that you bring loose fitted clothing to leave your appointments with. Preferably something like black pajamas, sweats, scrubs or a robe."

I asked if if I could give him half now and half later and he never responded. Shosh says he's real busy and not to worry about it.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I got my shoes yesterday and they fit much better than the first ones! I'm not sure Shosh will have much time to squeeze us in before 2 weeks out...but she did mention at 2 weeks out, booking the cardio room to practice at that point with us all.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kim that's so nice of you!! We'll post it here for sure whenever we can get coordinated lol

Cool deal. Well I'll hit him up after Shosh and I do measurements on Tuesday. Yeah, I know she's crazy busy! At least she practices with us starting next week I ink after our sessions. But we should all figure out when we can all get together at least. It's better than nothing. That way we get used to walking and posing in front of other people instead of just the mirror. Lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps...as for shoes, did y'all get the regular 5" fitness model shoe or did anyone get e platform?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

We could see if we could use one of the cardio rooms at one of the Olympus Sat or Sun. Hopefully no one will peek in the doors though! There's always my house. It's a big area with wood floors... but doubt if you want to trek all the way out here!'

I don't think the platform are allowed.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Wee do u live? I'd rather not use Olympus.

Yeah u can wear platforms. Rules only state high heels. I've watched competitions where some girls have worn them. I got the regular. I was just curious if anyone was that brave haha

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I live between Lascasas and Lebanon. BFE basically. You need a gps to find me.

So I'm 15 min. north from MTSU.
I only have one full length mirror...but if we are videotaping it shouldn't matter.

328 Charles Smith Road, Milton, TN

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hmmmm doesn't bother me. Let's see how the girls feel about it.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Sounds good!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

We will patiently wait for their response lol

How are you doing today?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Not too bad... can't get warm though! Was a cold stiff run this morning! I get measured today. Kind've dreading what consequences Shosh may give me! Diet change/cardio, etc.!

You?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Enjoyed the cool air this morning but definitely a little harder for sure. Energy is up today thank God!

What did she say about your measurements? You should be right on track right?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hey Ladies,

How about this Sunday for a little "practice" and then maybe some hot tub relaxation? Here at my apartment. We can practice and video on the racquetball court and then go out to the hot tub??? Then the next practice we do we will go down to Mickey's place.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I'm in! Let's practice some posin' ya'll!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Just need to all figure out a time.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

This is gonna sound like a really stupid question, but after we walk put how do we know which side of the stage to stand on? Lol

Kristin Shaffer Posted by fabeditor

Not a stupid question at all! I'm a firm believer that the only stupid question is the one not asked. :) At the competitors meeting they should tell you what is expected. They might remind the class just before you go on stage as well.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I can meet Sunday but hopefully not too late in day!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

I work this Saturday and Sunday night:(:(

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kim that stinks :(

Mickey. What about like 1pm??

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

That's perfect!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

1pm works for me too!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Cool. I live at The Players Club Apartments. 202 players court. We'll meet in front of the clubhouse which as you pull in is just up the hill on the right. Bring your regular bathing suits if you want for after and your meals! Lol I plan on hitting the hot tub lol. After the competition we'll do it again one day with a bottle of champagne! Lol

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

ok, so what city?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nashville. Sorry lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Any of you contemplating doing Kentucky Muscle the week after our competition?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I would like to but my money will probably be all tapped out by then!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah I hear ya. Thought though, if all4 of us go and split the room. Then it wouldn't be so bad. We wouldn't have to buy suits and shoes or even tan really other than a touch up, cuz we'd still be pretty together from the week before. I'm just trying to figure out how to make the most of it all. Since we have to get an NPC card for October it'd be worth it to compete.

My ex husband still has our house in Joelton. If we could manage it, we could stay there for free (about an hour and a half away or so.) id rather stay in KY to be close but it's an option.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Registration for KY without doing any crossover is $65. Looks like they have an after show party too which could be fun... Dunno, I'm keepin it in the back of my brain. Deadline is October 30

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Vickie...I googled Shoshana....wow her story is amazing!!! Do u mind me asking what she charges and what all that it includes?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

You can email her for info. I suggest hitting her up after the Olympia though, she's pretty slammed. Shoshfitness@gmail.com

Sorry. I don't discuss that kind of thing unless she (or anyone else) has asked me to on their behalf. Hope you don't think I'm rude :)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nikki and Mickey...(and Miranda of course)

Miranda said something yesterday that was kind of valid. She was worried and wondering that us all getting together to practice while none of us really know what e're doing was a good thing or not. Personally I'm fine with it, if for no other reason than to get used to the shoes and "presenting" in front of other people....but it's up to you guys. If everyone could get back to me today just so I can plan my weekend.

Thanks.

:)

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

That is a valid point, but I think that any kind of practice definitely won't hurt. Plus, we can look up some videos and whatnot of some competitions to get an idea. It'd be great to have someone show us, but we can't keep waiting on someone's schedule to open up just for that.

But it's up to everybody. If not, I'm still practicing in my neighborhood. Gotta work in those shoes! :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I had the same thought and Shosh said something similar as well.

Oh...she also said it's best not to use a mirror because you won't be using one at the competition. It's best just to video tape yourself.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hahahahahaha yeah. I'm good either way.

Ps Shosh is talking to one of her clients who's competing At The Olympia in bikini (pro) about doing a posing class for us. She's estimating maybe $20/person for a couple of hours. If not, then she said shed try to talk to Brandy but was afraid Brandy was too busy with promoting the show. She'll let me know as soon as they can figure it out.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Amrit...so what do you ladies wanna do then?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Not armit.. I MEANT alright then....what do you ladies wanna do?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Armpit??? lol As much as I'd like to hang out with ya'll... after looking at my budget... I think it would be better if I passed so I can save on gas anyways since it's a far drive for me. :(

But that's great about posing with the pro!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ok..let's cancel it then.... maybe we'll figure something out later.

Ps I'm in a terrible mood right now. I took progress pictures today cuz I've been feeling pretty good about myself. (ie I got dressed for my show Monday and it looked pretty good). Anyway, I'm devastated right now. My spirit is Completely broken. Even though my "real life self" feels better about how my body is looking in real clothes....I put a bikini on and it looks disgusting!!! I know that there's still a little time, but I'm ready to lose it. Im hoping for good news on Monday when i meet Shosh for measurements, but my new found outlook last week, may have come a little too late. I'm so angry that I wasted money on this other woman 7 weeks ago instead of asking Brandy for a recommendation from the beginning. nothing I can do about it now I know but my heart is broken.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh...my heart breaks for you too :( Don't give up yet! And if it were me, I'd be texting Shosh right now... that's what trainers are for!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I just sent her an email...LOL.....I'm TRYING to keep my head in the game til Monday at least when I meet with her. I'm just REALLY discouraged right now. I mean REALLY! I just don't see the change in the areas that matter! It's aggravating. nothing is worse than that feeling when you think you look good but don't.

I'm not quitting in general. I've lost 50 pounds so I knew this last stretch was gonna be really hard. Hence the goal. I just fear that I was too ambitious. Maybe I should have set my sights on March. I just can't help but cry right now....I wanted this, but sometimes timing just isn't on our side. I'll just keep working with Shosh even after October anyways.

Thank you guys....

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Well however it turns out, I'm a firm believer that there are no mistakes, so where you are, is where you are meant to be... even with the training with the other woman first, then starting with Shosh...all meant to be.

I'm not your trainer but I think a lot can happen in 5 weeks.

So now think of all the good things that have come of this... you are still getting in good shape, found a good trainer, bought your shoes already, and can still do shows if not this one. No loss! Just keep at it and take one day at a time.

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Oh Vickie no worries...I totally understand!! I will email her:)
and keep your chin up...be proud of how far you have come! !!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey. You are 100% right. A LOT can happen so I'm not completely losing faith. Just 75% lol. And yes. Everything happens for a reason in the universe's timing not mine. I have zero regret. I've met some amazing folks. I mean AWESOMELY AMAZING and I continued to be inspired by them all (you girls included). It's a crazy but powerful journey for sure and it's reminded me of how strong I am as a person. Ya never know... Miracles DO happen, I've seen it. So, at the final hour I just may be ready, and if not I'll be sitting front row screaming my ass off for you guys and join you next time. :)

Kim, cool. Thanks for understanding. I hate speaking out of turn on anyone's behalf. And also, thanks for the encouragement. I gotta tell you, this is hard as hell but soooo worth it. The community (from what I've met anyway) is pretty remarkable. I wish Olypmus wasn't so far from me cuz I'd probably live there. The people are just really cool and willing to support there. Not like my everyday gym. I hate going to NAC. I'm seriously debating driving to Murfreesboro everyday to work out. THAT is how awesome they are

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

And it doesn't hurt that Randall at the church st location is charming and hot as hell!!!! LOL

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I agree with everything Mickey said! Keep your chin up Vickie :) Step by step, remember? We're all here to support you and each other. That's what I love about the fitness industry. A lot of people in it inspire and motivate others. It sure ain't easy getting in shape and staying in shape for that matter! But nothing worthwhile every came easy, now did it? :) You're doing great. Just keep it up! There's always going to be good days AND bad days. Just gotta keep pushing through the bad days and learn from every experience in order to reach your goal. :)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

My chin is up. I'm proud of myself 'to date' and it's all good no matter what. I get kinda emotional and jump the gun instead of waiting to see exactly what Shosh says Monday. I'm good either way. A little disappointed, but no matter what, now I know what I need to do, and I'm not stopping. I have a goal in mind for march so I lose nothing! :)

Shosh reminded me last night "sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the hydrant"..... The last few days I've felt like the hydrant lol but I'm changing my attitude. Late yesterday afternoon I fought my brain and found some positive things to focus on. The first being that I'm 5 pounds away from what I weighed before getting pregnant with my daughter 9 years ago. The second is that no matter if I compete or not, I'm gonna LOVE the result of the work I'm putting in, and I'm gonna rock some killer clothes. Lol I decided to find something positive every day and focus on that

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Awesome positive brain work Vickie! Glad to see you get right back on that horse again!

My "back-up" suit came in yesterday. Of course I had to put it on and practice posing. I didn't video tape but took pics. It was real beneficial to see through the camera's eye. I could see the stupid way I like to hold my foot... and...what's this? I thought I had abs. I have the "thick" stomach look. I thought I had abs... but no, I've got the short trunk so it's hard to get that hour glass look. Bummer :(

But I'm confident I will still be able to whittle away at it and keep building up my shoulders and back to make up for it!

I'm also eliminating crystal light (I use one packet of the mango, green tea every day) and getting some green tea extract today!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Your abs are there I'm sure lol....remember you haven't started depleting yet. Once all that water is gone you're gonna look amazing, no doubt. also, pictures are tough on definition. You're not "painted" and depending on lighting things fade out...don't stress about that.

Pics/video are great though for things like your feet, and finding the most flattering poses etc.

You rock lady!! I'm so excited for you!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Thanks Vickie. Btw... what show is in March?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

The Arnold AMATEUR bikini...also the new season starts in march so lots of shows all over

Posted by mirandalee

ALL of us girls are gonna ROCK this show either way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!yay! nicki and mickey whats ur numbers again lost all my contacts when my phone crashed

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Where did you get your backup suit Mickey?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

And heck yeah we will! Today marks 5 weeks out! Get hype!!! :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Niki I ended up buying from Chynnadolls. I bought the s/m sizes for top and bottom based on their sizing chart. Although they look like they fit...they feel a bit small. Especially the top. But by competition time I think I'll be glad I got that size.

Hmmm.... where will the Arnold be held?

Woo hoo five weeks out!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So does anyone know at what point you put on your makeup, hair, suit? I know you tan the night before and the morning of there's the mandatory meeting and pre-judging. Do you arrive at the mandatory meeting with hair/makeup done, and bring suit? Or do you go back to hotel after meeting?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So I just checked out the Arnold Amateur Bikini web site... wow! And it's just in Ohio!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey

Yeah only in OH. So it's a goal for sure.

I thought the mandatory meeting/weigh in was on Friday before the show?? Yes you show up with makeup and hair done already on Saturday for pre judging and 'touch up' if needed. I guess you'd wanna put your suit in once you're there cuz u wouldn't wanna mess it up and you can make sure you're glued in.

Btw ladies, I was reading online about bikini adhesives. Many girls use 3M spray adhesive instead of bikini bite because its cheaper, stronger and doesn't clog up as easily. Thought you'd like to know. Also, we don't know the order of the show obviously but you may wanna bring a pillow and blanket or sleeping bag so you can lay down in the prep area. You won't want be walking around a lot before prejudging cuz it can cause 'swell' (I have a list of "stuff" I started if anyone needs to cross check lol

So, like I said the other day, I was gonna find a positive every day... So today's is: (drum roll please) I'm down 5.2 pounds in TWO WEEKS. I almost had a friggin heart attack!!!! So I'm feeling good no matter what!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...go to musiccitymuscle website under event schedule....weigh in/meetin is Friday. You don't have to be in makeup or anything for that. Saturday is the day you'll come with makeup and hair etc..... :) hope that helps

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I meant, for Saturdays meeting you'd come prepped and then depending on the show order, I'd probably plan on laying around in your set up spot there. You won't have time to go back to the hotel before Pre judging to get ready I bet. Besides, why chance it. Miranda said that at a show she went to the girls were walking around and watching the show in their suits and robes so there's an idea

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Forget the Arnold Amateur. I just read that you can only compete if you've placed top 5 in a previous competition. No biggie, plenty of shows next season.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Thanks Vickie, that clears things up. And I see I need to get me a robe... unless I just wear my Snuggie!

Makes sense about the Arnold.

So get this, I did my first makeup/hair run this morning. I dug out my clip-on extensions that I had been trying to sell and I'll be darn... they fit better now and color matches!

I haven't washed my hair and styled it so we'll see how they stay in all day and if the curl lasts. I'll post a pic on my blog to get your opinion!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

That's AWESOME!!! Tip: on the Saturday before and after prejudging (during the meeting and the after (downtime) you can loose curl your hair and pin them. I call it invisible rollers. Spray and let set. After all u gotta do is let them down and tussle. :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh vickie! I forgot to say congrates on losing so much in just 2 weeks... that's frick'n awesome!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Thanks girl! Made me feel good lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...You have a Blog? Where?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Congrats on the progress Vickie! :) Get it girl! And that's interesting about 3M spray adhesive instead of bikini bite... I was about to order some bikini bite!

And what else is on your "bikini" list? I'm always down for more info! :)

Hope everybody is doing well and training/diet is going smoothly! I'll be honest... I've been getting my butt kicked. For real. Just gotta keep thinking of the goal and that we're really not that far away from the competition. I made an official decision to go to Mellow Mushroom and get pizza and pretzels as an appetizer... and then make some brownies! That will be my post competition cheat meal. :) Yum!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh! Trae may be offering complimentary Bikini Bite... I'll ask him.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Aaarrrrrrrrrggggggggggg.....I've typed it 3 times! Lol shoot.

Mickey that's cool, I just like being prepared. What if something happens and my suit came loose before I walked out? I'd like to know I have some lol


My list shofar (some is stuff and others are 'to do's)

Rbe in a dark color
Loose clothing
Post show (evening) clothes
Lashes
Jewelry
Wax
Tan
Practice
"dry run" of makeup/hair/bikin etc
Buy any extra tickets needed
3M spray
Preparation H (for eye bags)
Extra dark towels
Dark sheets for hotel
Disposable gloves in case of quick tan touch up
Bobby pins
Safety pins
Body glitter
Baby wipes
Feminine hygiene wipes to keep fresh
Sewing kit
Paper towels
Hair products
Portable mirror (lighted if possible)
Petroleum jelly for teeth
Extra suits
Extra pair of neutral shoes in case you break a heel
Mani/pedi
Facial
Something to relax on back stage.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

So...I just found out that my boyfriend has to play a show at the Jack Daniels distillery on October 27. I'm devastated. They are supposed to be back at 8pm ish.....but he'll be out all day. :(((( I wish I new the show order cuz then I'd at least be able to know if he'd still be able tobe there for us if we are last in the evening.... I am not a happy camper

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Awww that sucks he will be out. Have him rebook!

That's an awesome list... printing it out now. I know there's another one here at fig I'm combining with it.

http://www.figureandbikini.org/ft/29/Show-Day-Packing-List

And I was just at Target and Plato's looking for a dark robe. Why dark sheets for hotel... can't they just be old light colored?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah...just something to replace the hotel ones after the tan.....

Ooooh cool. I'm gonna check that out now.. Thanks!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

FYI, a couple people at the gym recommended Craft Spray glue to keep suits in place.. says stuff doesn't move and cheap!

I also found this for a good laugh. Best Beauty Secrets... think I'll try the cat liter for pearly white teeth tip!

http://beauty.thefuntimesguide.com/2010/05/beauty_secrets.php

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah...3M spray is craft spray adhesive. :)

:))))

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Heyyyy ladies!!! Sooooo has anyone. Been practicing??? What struggles are y'all having? Im feeling pretty good about my walk, and my front pose I think is "ok" but the back...omg I can't find a pose that looks good.... PLUS all of the sites say to have a few flattering poses for front and back because they can possible ask you to pose over and over again......

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Thanks for that stress tip! I've only put my suit on once and practiced. I really need to do more but when I have time, my son is home. And I don't want to prance around in front of him. I did however, cook dinner in my shoes! I will be practicing a lot this weekend! And telling all to clear the area!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I practiced a little bit yesterday in my driveway lol Those shoes def hurt my feet! But at least we won't have to wear them too long once we're on stage. Definitely let me know if that posing session happens with Shosh or whoever she was going to get to do it. I think that'd benefit all of us!

And yeah, the back pose is just weird in general. Haha.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey.....I hear ya...I have to sneak practice before my BF gets home from work every day. He's gone for a few so Im free to do t all day and night if I want lol

Nikki...driveway??? Damn. You're confident. I can't even look at myself at the gymin the mirror!! You go girl!

I agree the shoes are tight. And who knows how long we'll be standing in them on stage. Doesn't it dee don. How many people are competing?

Sosh's client is competing in the Olumpia. She was gonna talk to her about it then. I'll definitely keep u posted on that.

Yeah..the back pose gets me. Since there's not set poses trying to find what looks best is hard. I'm not wearing my suit yet so I'm worried hat what I practice won't look good with it on...arrrrggggg! LOL

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Is anyone else having trouble getting all of their food in? I'm just kinda tired of eating

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

If I could wear spandex shorts and a sports bra I'd be more comfortable LOL....just video taped myself. Trying to figure out how to suck it in without looking tight/tense up top. :-/

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Haha, yeah I practiced in my driveway but I was NOT in a suit. Let me repeat NOT in a suit haha. I was in workout pants and a light jacket. Got some weird stares from people out walking though lol I was bustin out my money makin' poses hahaha. I need more practice for sure. I just need to practice walking in those things lol

And I'm tired of being so strict with my food. Im already pretty low on calories... if I was allowed more food, I'd def eat more! NOM NOM NOM!

And ok, sounds good! A posing class would be sweeeet!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

My calories are still pretty "high" relatively speaking...but I know she's gonna drop them soon which I don't honestly mind...I'm tired of eating LOL if I could just drink shakes all day I'd be alright for a while at this point. (sigh)

Lol yeah I just video taped my practice.. I did a few times in my spandex shorts and sports bra, then a couple in a bikini just to see.... My upper body looks tense cuz I have to suck in my tummy hard. But I'm glad I taped it so I can see what I need to fix. It's tough business to look relaxed while concentrating on 1000000 things

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps.... I gotta be honest....I'm kinda getting excited now. This may really happen! (I know it's very real for you beautiful ladies but, I'm realizing it may actually happen for ME!) this is nuts!

Kristin Shaffer Posted by fabeditor

I just have to chime in here... you gals crack me up!!! Love the excitement, passion, and humor. Thank you for making me smile every day with your fun posts. :) Mucho love to each of you!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Thanks Kristin...without this site we wouldn't have met! I am so glad to have found some other girls in this area to go through this with!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie, at first eating all the food was really hard for me. It's fluctuated depending on what my metabolism is doing. Right now I have to eat every 2.5 hours and am famished if I don't.

Shosh referred me to a pudding you can buy at the Vittamin Shoppe. MHP pudding. It's got 30 prot. in it. Taste best chilled. Probably has a shelf life of a bazillion years... but it's just something different instead of a shake once in a while.

***********

Yesterday morning getting dressed for work, I took off my pj top and...what's this? Abs? OMG I have abs... my upper abs came in! I was so excited that when I got to work I told a girl, who I periodically update her with all I'm going through, "My abs came in, my abs came in!" And she looked at me with a puzzled look and asked "Is this something new you ordered?" ha ha ha

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So...has anyone had a hard time with balancing training and relationships? My husband is pretty supportive but I think he's getting frustrated with my timing of eating meals! But I think in general he's getting a little annoyed with all of it and I bet he can't wait 'til it's over with. (Little does he know I'm thinking of doing more than one show....shhhhh).

Ok... time to get my booty out the door for am cardio!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kristin. I second Mickey's comment. This forum has been awesome! I'd never have met these awesome ladies and had some much needed "I get it" support. THANK YOU.... And glad you get a chuckle. We are a pretty eclectic bunch of psychotics for sure. Beats happy pills LOL

Mickey....yeah, Shosh and I had talked about it but she said that for me it'd be better for after. I had a ways to go so my diet is pretty strict right now. I'll be honest that I'm bored with chicken, but it hasn't been too bad. Yesterday though, I just didn't even want to look at food let alone eat. Just wasn't hungry. But I did.

CONGRATS on receiving your shipment of abs. We apologize for delays in shipment. Should you require an exchange or a refund please drive to your nearest McDonalds and order everything on the menu. Otherwise we hope you enjoy your new investment! HAHAHAHAHA :) seriously though, that's great!!!

Ummm yeah. I feel what you're saying. My BF is probably sick of me and my diet. I mean, he's wanted to lose so eating clean is no biggie but all I seem to talk about is peeing and workouts and you girls and Shosh and bikinis. Good news is though that once I get 'there' I will just maintain. It won't be nearly this crazy, plus I'll know better what to expect. Until that 1st competition is over our brains are gonna go 1000 miles a minute.

girls please consider Nov 3. It's crazy to spend the 100 for our NPC cards for just one show. If we all stayed together it could b cheap.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

If I'm not divorced by then I'll consider!

Ok, last question... for the day. Has anyone bought their tickets yet? It says open seating but when you go to buy, it asks you to chose a seat for the Final Showing.

I'm sending in my entry form today.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I agree with Mickey and Vickie! Thank you Kristin! :) We're all just trying to support each other for our 1st competitions. Do you have any words of wisdom for us?

And yeah, training and diet does take a toll on your personal life. I feel like I haven't really spent a lot of time with friends because I've just been going to work and then working out/preparing meals. My boyfriend and I still try to have a date night where we just focus on each other and not talk about competing... but it's hard because he competes too! Haha

And no, I haven't gotten any tickets yet. I suppose I should be telling my family and friends to do that soon.

Not sure about Nov. 3rd... that's my birthday :) But I get what you're saying with making the most out of our cards before they're no longer good. Hmm.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I lied, another question. Did anyone enter yet? And did you cross over? I'm confused by Masters and Novice. And can you only cross over to one? Is there a limit?

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hello Ladies,

My husband bought our tickets already, he said it is open seating, first come first serve...He did say for the night show he could have gotten a cheaper seat if he picked upper area??? Not sure if it matters because he bought them in person at TPAC???

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hello Ladies,

My husband bought our tickets already, he said it is open seating, first come first serve...He did say for the night show he could have gotten a cheaper seat if he picked upper area??? Not sure if it matters because he bought them in person at TPAC???

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

not sure why my post is showing up twice...

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey....I'm ordering my tickets this weekend. Kim is correct. It's open seating but the price difference has to do with being up top or down below only.

I haven't registered as yet...waiting til about October 10 to be sure I'll make it.

Per Shosh: Novice is never competed ...you can cross over novice/master or open/masters....but not novice/open.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Oh...and I'm not crossing over if I compete. Ill do novice and save the 2nd fee to maybe compete in KY

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Masters is 35+ per Brandy..and I get what Open means... but what does Novice mean?

And deadline is Oct. 13 so make sure you get your check on time if you wait 'til 10th.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yes, I sent my entry form in a couple weeks ago. I'm doing Novice only.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm going to do 2. Why waste all my stage fright on just 1???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Novice is never won/competed.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah I see Brandy at the gym all the time so I'll just hand it to her.

BTW on tickets. There is a promo she's doin...buy 5 tickets get 1 free

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

What do you mean Novice is never won/competed? Now I'm confused again.
I will be doing Masters/Open

Wish I would've known about the ticket promo earlier :(

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Novice=never won a show open is for anyone.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

oh...ha ha ha. I get it now. I thought you meant you can enter in Novice...but you can never win in it. lol And that made no sense at all!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol......I see how you got that :)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Just ordered another round of supplements cuz I don't want to run out

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Mickey - What class did you decide to enter? And congrats on the abs! :) Work it girl!

Vickie - What supplements are ya using? My go-to's are my whey isolate protein (28g protein per serving, 117 calories), BCAA's (I have 2 that I use), fish oil, CLA, and that's pretty much it!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm not sure... 35+ and Open. I think that's what Shosh suggested but I'm going to verify with her when she gets back.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

DUDES!!! I just made the most amazing egg white fried rice meal! (High carb day.) Egg whites, whatever veggie you have (I had green beans, mushrooms, onion, garlic already made but will try shaved brussel sprouts next time) and white rice! Different Mrs. Dash herbs on there... and a few splashes of hot sauce! YUM!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nicki....I'm on a laundry list thanks to Shosh....it's like extra meals LOL

OOOOH Mickey you get white rice? LUCKY...I'm on brown rice on high carb day. She's been pretty strict about my diet but that sounds yummy. I may dothat but instead of egg ill use chicken....not watching sodium yet so I can have soy sauce.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yum Mickey!! That sounds SO good! :) I love Mrs. Dash seasoning. Which kind did you use? My favorite is the Southwest Chipotle!

So excited because it's now officially my high carb day! YESSS been waiting all week! I think I'm going to make some pumpkin spice oatmeal egg white muffins with some PB2 on top! That and some coffee for breakfast! NOM NOM NOM!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Loo...I think it's hilarious how we look forward to high carb day LOL

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Nicki that sounds sooo good! pumpkin spice oatmeal egg white muffins! Recipe please!!!

So, no more fruit for me starting tomorrow. Goodbye yummy bananas in oatmeal every morning....sniff sniff.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Okie you guys... I have created something truly magical. You MUST try on your next high carb day.... actually.. you can possibly have a serving of these on a low day too!

Spray a mini muffin pan (makes 12 total) with nonstick cooking spray, mine was butter flavored :)

For EACH row of 4, you need::

1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup liquid egg whites
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Either cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (however much you want)
Something to sweeten: stevia (2 TBS), splenda, honey, whatever your macros allow

Remember the above recipe ^^ is for 4 mini muffins. You can switch up the spices in each row if you'd like.

Bake on 350 for 15 min.

I went an extra step and mixed together 2 TBS of PB2 (powdered peanut butter) and 1/3 TBS of this fiber jelly that I had and made them PB&J oatmeal/egg white muffins!!! SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

You can dip them in whatever you'd like, put some sugar free syrup on them, dip them in Greek yogurt, etc. Up to you!

I'll end this note by saying... I had a SERIOUS foodgasm when I ate these. :) Happy cooking ladies!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

My breakfast this morning was 8 mini muffins with the PB2 and Jelly... along with some coffee! HEAVEN IN MY MOUTH!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

If you'd like to see a pic of how they turned out, I posted on my Facebook, Twitter (@nickidtv), and Instagram (nickidtv). Try 'em and let me know what you think!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Those look amazing! Can't wait to try!!! Great alternative to my non-fruit days now!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Sooooo is anyone going to watch the Fitness, Bikini and Ms. Olympia finals....starting in 3 hours, 29 minutes.....I AM!!!

http://streaming.bodybuilding.com/2012-olympia-webcast/

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I AM! I have my iPad all set up! Woooo hoooooo

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

My face orbits girl didn't place but my 2nd favorite won! At that level I feel for the judges. The girls are sooooooo fit it's hard to pick apart. Made me wanna quit LOL

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I know! I was going to buy a suit with the pearls on the side... but now I don't want to seem like I'm copying them! lol

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Nicki! Just made the spice muffins and they are really tastey! I had doubts if they would be moist but they are. I put 1/2 cup oats and 3/4 whites, 1 tsp baking powder because I had to get in all my ingredients. And I filled up whole muffin tins... made 8. What a great idea to make and bring on the road too!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

It's not copying at all....my "dream suit (if I can get in it) has rhinestones on the side like that. And I bought it weeks ago....do YOU and whatever you want to do....that's what it's all about! :) you're gonna look great! Shosh said you look amazing

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps...I think the top 2 last night should have been Nathalia Melo and Amanda Latona..... A couple of the girls in the top 5 were too skinny and seemed a little unbalanced to me....

PsS. Did you hear the commentators beforehand talking about posing and suit selection/cuts??? I thought that was interesting

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I thought some girls looked too skinny too... and watching youtubes... I find some winners look too muscular... go figure!.. I mean go Bikini!

I did notice what the commentators said. It seemed that every time a girl did the biker pose, they would say it does not look good from the judge's perspective. But yet they all did it! And yea... smaller bikinis too. I just thought they would get disqualified if they did those things.

That was nice of Shosh to say! I wouldn't go so far as "amazing" though! :)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I agree on the too muscular. Well the small suits were still "legal" but in a few cases it looked trashy

Ahhh don't underestimate yourself lady

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yeah some of the girls did look too skinny. They got way to lean and didn't look healthy. And some were more on the muscular side. Just goes to show that there will be a little bit of everything at all competitions, including ours. That's why we can't get too caught up in how others look or what others are doing, etc.

And Mickey, I'm sure you look amazing girl! :) Have you decided where you're ordering your suit from yet? I've been looking at the ones on Salelya. I'm making my final decision today.

Which one is the biker pose?

Oh and BTW... 4 weeks out as of today ladies!!! 4 WEEKS!!!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yeah some of the girls did look too skinny. They got way to lean and didn't look healthy. And some were more on the muscular side. Just goes to show that there will be a little bit of everything at all competitions, including ours. That's why we can't get too caught up in how others look or what others are doing, etc.

And Mickey, I'm sure you look amazing girl! :) Have you decided where you're ordering your suit from yet? I've been looking at the ones on Salelya. I'm making my final decision today.

Which one is the biker pose?

Oh and BTW... 4 weeks out as of today ladies!!! 4 WEEKS!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nicki. It's the pose facing the back, legs spread without weight on one hip with the butt and hoo ha sticking out. Some states don't allow it at all. Supposedly the NPC ruled it a no no from what I read online, but girls did it yesterday

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps I think there's another kind of bikini search online today at 6 our time.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I will be ordering it on Salelya as soon as Shosh measures me Mon or Tue. Can't wait to order... but I've changed my mind about the color about abilizzion times. Think I'm settling on raspberry red metallic... today anyways.

man... I hate when I'm behind on my eating schedule...not starting out the 4 weeks very good!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Vickie - Oh wow really? That sucks 'cause that's the pose (in my opinion) that makes the butt look the best! Hand on the hip is a weird angle from the back (along with looking over the shoulder).. Hmmm

Mickey - I'm glad you liked the oat/egg white muffins! I'm seriously going to make those for every high carb day! Maybe a few mini ones throughout the week. So simple, yet so tasty! And they're contest-prep friendly! :)

And haha great minds think alike! I've been looking at the red ones too, but no worries... not Raspberry Metallic... a few of the other Raspberry ones though. I may go with a different color though.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

It was fuschia yesterday....maybe blue tomorrow :)

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Actually wait, I went to look at the ones I had saved and I did save Raspberry Red Metallic lol So many colors to choose from! I think my heart is set on Red though. I'll be calling in my order today or tomorrow. Ahhhh can't believe the competition is getting closer and closer!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Nicki... have you thought of purples? I bet it would look great with your color hair.

Check this out! I know it looks creepy and I lightened up my hair guessing that's what it would look like under lights.
http://fitnesswithattitude.blogspot.com/

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...is that your blog???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey....ps...get the red...it pops on you

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yep, my blog! I was toying with the red or fuschia... but didn't want to look too much like a barbie with the fuschia!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I think the red honestly...

Cool blog! I have one too but I've slacked a bit on writing cuz my computer crashed so everything has been via iPad...I can't post pics or anything from here.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Hahaha Mickey I love that pic! That's a good idea.

And yeah, I was going back and forth between red, purple, and teal. Hmmm

Kristin Shaffer Posted by fabeditor

Ha! Mickey that's hysterical! Love it! I agree with Nicki... red pops. I'm glad you did that too as I've been going back and forth with colors. When you put them side-by-side like that the red really stands out. Too cool.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kristin. Are you competing at Music City too?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Alright ladies....I woke up this morning and now I'm 90% sure I'm doing it. I still don't want to send in my entry jusssst yet, BUT Im 90% more confident now then I was before. My goal with this was to just look "good" in a bikini again and gain some experience for next season; it was not about placing etc. That being the case, I realized that goal was pretty probable.

That said, anyone else having trouble pushing through workouts? I'm fine when I'm with Shosh, and even my AM cardio, it's the lifting and my round 2 cardio where I feel like I'm slacking when I'm alone. I just feel tired. I know it's the lack of carbs probably. But I'm struggling. Maybe I SHOULD send in my money and watch the check get cashed LOL maybe it would push me

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yea Vickie! I think that's a good way to think of it too for me as well. Takes some of the stress off.

I find I'm more motivated to work out earlier in the day like at lunch (on my own) rather than wait 'til I get home. I find if I put it off 'til late afternoon, I'm just not as energized and find I just want to get it over with.

But I agree.. working out with Shosh is definitely more motivating and challenging...no matter what time of day!

Kristin Shaffer Posted by fabeditor

Not competing again here until March. Likely going to hit 3 in a row then. :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

My next stressor is if my foundation will match the tanner. I bought ERA but nervous it won't match the spray tan. Kristina can you layer ERA to darken if needed?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Use a bronzer to blend...I'd also have a small container with you to ask trae for a little extra color just in case you need to mix it into your foundation

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kristin. Are you in Nashville too?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Great idea Vickie! (Now to remember container!)

You were talking about lack of motivation...zero today! Poopy weather.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Oh snap you guys! My suit has been ordered! Ahhh!!! And yeah, crappy weather makes me just want to sleep and be in pajamas all day!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Nicki..what color did you decide on?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I got Red... my heart was set on that from the very start. I did consider teal and a purple all day yesterday. Haha. But, my gut said red.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie, did you get regular shipping or express mail?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah..lout through "motivation" this morning.... Looked at pics of Amanda Latona then dragged my butt to the gym LOL

I did express when I ordered to be sure

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Nice...always go with your gut! I know... I was toying with pink coral and then realized I had a swatch of the raspberry red and that decided it for me! Hope we don't get the same suit...even though we won't be in the same division so won't matter!

I meant Nicki... did you get regular shipping or express mail?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I actually did regular. It said turn around is 7 days to make it and then 2-5 days to ship. I figured that would be OK. Hope so! Haha. If it's not here in two weeks, I'll be bothering them to pieces.

And yeah raspberry red is HOTTTT :) We'll be lookin' sassy! And I did a few things to mine to customize it with connectors, etc. Did you order yours today?

And Vickie, how long did you say it took to get your suit?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I actually did regular. It said turn around is 7 days to make it and then 2-5 days to ship. I figured that would be OK. Hope so! Haha. If it's not here in two weeks, I'll be bothering them to pieces.

And yeah raspberry red is HOTTTT :) We'll be lookin' sassy! And I did a few things to mine to customize it with connectors, etc. Did you order yours today?

And Vickie, how long did you say it took to get your suit?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Why is my stuff posting twice?!

Kristin Shaffer Posted by fabeditor

Depending on the browser you're using if you are hitting the 'back' button and refresh the 'form' the post will post twice unfortunately. I try to delete them when I see the duplicates. :)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nicki....I wanna say it was about 10 days maybe 2 weeks (cuz of weekends)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I've been looking at pictures and video all day!!!! Trying to "keep on believing".... This is all getting real VERY quickly

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

No I did not order mine yet! Shosh wants to wait 'til Wednesday...high carb day, to measure me. Bummer. I showed her the red rasp swatch and she is still leaning towards the fuschia. I'm still undecided.

Man am I beat!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I've been looking at pics and video too! It's easy to lose track of time when doing that! Haha. It's motivational :)

I think either one will look good on ya Mickey! :) Is Shosh one of the judges at our competition?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yes she is.

So....guess what? I brought my shoes to work. Yep! I be prancing around with jeans and stripper shoes all day!

Oh! Check these out at snaz75.com. I usually do Halloween every year.... but usually nothing too sexy (except for the time I was Cat Woman, Selene from the Underworld, and then there was Naughty Dead Red Riding Hood...) but check these out! Really unique! and expensive...wow!

http://www.snaz75.com/jv-jj100-set.html
http://www.snaz75.com/jv-cs167-set.html

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Jeans and stripper shoes! Lol love it

Noooo you don't do sexy costumes LOL. THAT'S AWESOME

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Haha that's awesome Mickey! I was in mine for a few hours yesterday, cookin' and cleanin' :) They actually feel comfortable now! I found a tip online to blow dry (on a low heat) the plastic for a few minutes and it'll stretch out. It definitely did and now I can walk in 'em and not cringe! :)

Also, are you ladies familiar with Fit Radio? I recently downloaded the app for my phone... it's free. And it's upbeat music with no adds and really helps me get through my cardio! My favorite genre on there is PARTY. :) Check it out if you haven't done so already!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

ads** not adds lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Oooooo thanks for the tip on that ap.....I meant to ask u yesterday


Ok ladies. Shosh reminded me that there is a show this weekend near Knoxville. If y'all wanna go we can carpool. There's also one the week before our show but she didn't advise going to it so close to our show cuz we'll be prepping for depletion. So, who wants to go Saturday???

Also, I asked her about the class...it's tentatively scheduled for October 20. Don't know the cost yet. It will either be taught by Nicole (who competed at the Olympia) or by Brandy.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm interested! Would like more details. Would it be just for a day?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah...just for the day....tickets are $25 for regular or we can be VIPs for $35

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

It's in Oak Ridge Tn....I'm just figuring there will probably be some of the same competitors at that show as in ours...

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Aw, I want to go! I'm afraid I won't be off work in time though :( Let me know what time you girls plan on leaving, etc. And I am most definitely interested in the posing class! I'll mark my calendar!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Trying to find out what time it starts...their poster doesn't have a time on it...BAD for promotion for sure. It's being held at a high school in Oak Ridge....as soon as I find out I'll let you guys know!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Speaking of times... the flyer for Music City Muscle says the Finals start at 5:30p. The TPAC website says 6:30p. Do any of you know what time it starts? Just wondering so I can tell family & friends the right time. Pre-judging is the same on both (9a) but the Finals are different. :/

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Crap! I've told people 630!!! Ummmm maybe email brandy. Then let me know. If its 530 then I doubt Jared will make it in time to see me that night. Maybe it's "doors open at 530"

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

The website says 6:30 but competitors return at 5:30pm again at the Union Street entrance.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

http://www.musiccitymuscle.com/

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yeah, that's why I was confused when I looked at the flyer on my fridge, that said 5:30p

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

At least that's cleared up! :) Thanks guys!

Btw, I may sound lame but I just tried DIY nails for the first time lol Annnnd I'm thinking I'm going to do these for the competition. Only $6 and they look legit!! :)

Posted by mirandalee

soooo what time is show time???? lol aaand nicki good idea on the doing your own nails im gonna have nothing but pennies left after this whole hoop la! hahahah shooooot oh well!good thing i dont have alot of friends who are expecting xmas presents cause xmas is a no go this year lol. Im planning on doing another show inb the spring time anyone else planning on another show?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

The show will start at 6:30p. And yeah, competing is definitely expensive, but at least all of us will have shoes and suits, etc. if we decide to compete again!

Miranda, I'm going to see how this one goes... but yeah, I'll probably do another one in the Spring. The first one is always the toughest because it's new and we're learning as we go. Time is flying by! Saturday will be here before we know it and then it's 3 weeks out!!!!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

We ALL need to compete I the spring at least a couple times. Like you said, we'll already have our suits and shoes. But Brandy was explaining to me that most of the judges rotate in the circuit ans WILL remember you. So if you compete in Oct, and then come back "better" next year it matters. Plus she said for us October will be kind of a "get your feet wet/learn what to expect" thing as well....the next one a lot of the nerves dissipate.

I'm trying to decide about This Saturday so if y'all can let me know who wants to go/if we're gonna go down there....I'll need to make arrangements for my kid.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I want to go... but don't want to go. lol I really need to practice posing and never have time during the week. :( I'm on the fence about it. I know it will be beneficial but don't feel like going on a day trip.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah..I feel the same way...let's scratch it. I know Miranda has to work, and Nicki wasn't sure she could make it either. ... I've never seen a show live before so I was wanting to, but 3 hrs is a long way to go right now. Plus I'd probably end up missing a workout, and for me every minute counts. Oh well LOL

I'm in a weird mood today....part of me is all kinds of goofy/silly...the other part of me is getting nervous and doubtful again....I swear this increased bi-polar-ness is making me nuts!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Same here! I've got a stomach scar that I think may prevent me from having a flat stomach. Sigh. Oh well, nothing I can do about it except eat really lean and see if it helps. And even though it's closer to comp... I'm getting burned out! Hopefully it's just pms symptoms and it will pass!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm sure you'll flatten out on depletion. You said you see abs so that's great.

And yeah...funny how NOW I wanna slack off. 3 1/2 weeks and I wanna slack!?, wtf?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

OMG... I am now ordering my third pair of shoes! The first pair were too big, the 2nd pair fit.. but now I realized today I need the ones with a strap. Otherwise my foot and shoe do not keep aligned. grrrr. Hopefully I won't have this many problems with my suit!

And has anyone noticed their hair growing like crazy with all this protein???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Go on amazon..l Miranda and I found ours on there

No on the hair, but my hair is really king curly so I wouldn't necessarily notice it....

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Whew!!! Finally ordered my suit!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hahahaha awesom!!! What color?? How's your progress?

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yeah, Mickey get your shoes from Amazon. Just type "Bikini Competition Shoes" and it's the first one that shows up I believe. They're $25 + shipping.

And I agree with you ladies. I really am starting to get burnt out as well. But we only have 3.5 more weeks!!! :)

Ooo which one did ya get Mickey?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I went with raspberry hologram. Can't wait to see it!

I feel better after I go to the club. Just being there, talking to others who are competing, gets me all excited again.

I was asking this one girl about how to handle your nerves with being on stage, since this was her third competition. And she said back stage the girls were sipping on drinks before going on. But she felt a little wobbly since she could've sworn she took just a sip!

I could only imagine if I did that... being all wobbly in those shoes! But it certainly would calm me down a lot!

My progress is going good! But I think my husband misses some junk in the trunk! ha ha

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Did you girls get the shoes with the straps? At least I found out now rather than the day of!

Oh! Got my bling too!

And... if you are tanning, turn around to make sure you don't have white strips under your butt cheeks. Shosh noticed that yesterday on me. Now I have to sit on the bed for the last 5 minutes to prevent it. The things we do.....

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yes. Mine have the strap....I didn't wanna be "flip flopping" so I figured it was safer lol...

I plan on sipping on a glass of wine or champagne backstage...my nerves are gonna suck!! (plus it help to dry you out)

I'm glad I'm already pretty tan.... The tanning bed for me is just to "bronze me up a little LOL

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

What kind of bling did you get???

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Bracelets and ear rings. I will post pic on my blog soon. Hopefully I'll have some time tonight being that I'm working remote today....or by this weekend. I've been wanting to put recipes on there too but haven't had time. I usually take pics as I cook but haven't had time for that either!

I've been getting creative with fish!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Have the "zebra stripes" is no fun.....I have always taken the last few minutes of tanning to sit on the edge of the bed...ever since someone pointed out my "zebra stripes" to me...lol.
I just want you ladies to know I am learning so much from you as ya'll get ready to compete in just a few weeks. Wish I was stepping on that stage with you...but I will be there cheering from the crowd!! Can't wait to make my debut in 2013, hopefully will get to compete with some of you then::)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ha! I feel ya...I used to take pics and write down recipes too...I just can't be bothered right now LOL

that's awesome on the bling. I found a couple of pieces I like but can't decide.

So big news...l I was telling Miranda yesterday that I am just going to register and commit. We are 3 weeks out now, and no matter what I need to be proud of how far I've come... I've been working for it so why not be part of the experience with all of you girls right?

Kim...look forward to meeting you! It's an experience for sure....crazy, nutty, awesome, hard, rewarding all at the same time!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I haven't decided on the ear rings either... will wait for suit to decide.

That's awesome Vickie! That is big news!!!

whoo hoo!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol. Yeah..just hoping my gut doesn't hang over the bottoms lol. It'll be fine...it's experience for next time.

Time to eat again and get my next cardio session in....funnnnnnnnnnn

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

you ladies are going to look amazing!!! Can't wait to see everyone!!!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

you ladies are going to look amazing!!! Can't wait to see everyone!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I continue to amaze myself with how well I can make fish not taste like fish! My own version of tuna patties...so freak'n good!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol. Awesome...I take it you don't like fish? I've got so many recipes in my head. And I'm constantly inventing stuff... I love cooking so it's been kind of neat to see how many kinds of chicken I can make lol

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

If it taste "fishy" I don't like it. I like the milder fish like mahi-mahi, talipia, orange roughy. I do miss chicken and turkey. Amazing what you appreciate when you don't get it after a while.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

True

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Cravings!

Today I'm craving salt. Munchies! Popcorn, crackers, chips.

Sitting here at work and I hear people getting their snacks out. The sound of drawers pulling open, and the crinkle of the inside wrapper as they put their hand in to pull out a salty morsel...completely oblivious to how it's torturing me over here!!!

I will resist the pretzel covered M&Ms and popcorn mixed with candy corn. I will resist the wonderfully herb covered crackers sitting in my cupboard.

Instead I will look at my first progress pictures and eat my tuna salad with almonds! Woot!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

:).... I feel ya..... I've had a hard couple of days....took all I had not to cheat...

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Oh ladies, I just submitted pics to my trainer that I believe I am going to use.....UGH!! After looking at them, it makes me want to hit the gym again right now, but gotta go to work:(:(

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kim...congrats. Don't sweat the before pics. That was "then". Focus on the future and what you are GONNA look like... I guarantee you, you're closer than you think. And once you start to see the changes it's awesome (and slightly addictive) LOL Good luck!

Ps. Who'd you find?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Hey girls....

Posing clinic October 20 at Noon. Olympus, Broad Street location $15. Bikini, figure and physique/body building. Open to ANYONE whether they are competing in the show or not. Spread the word!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I've been having some cravings too! Well... anything that's not in my daily diet sounds good to me! Haha. Example: tonight I had a video shoot and I bought my cameraman food afterwards. He got a big thing of nachos at Moe's and it smelled SOOOO good in there!!! Everything looked and smelled good. 3 more weeks ladies! 3 more weeks and then we all get a nice cheat meal!! :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yay for posing clinic! But have any of you found instructions on the proper way to do the turns? Is there a proper way?

So to put my willpower to the test, I bought Halloween candy for the rest of the family. It's sitting on my counter. I'm still not sure if it is testing willpower or torture! lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

There's no "proper" way. You just want it to be natural and smooth. Bikini isn't "formal" so it's about presenting yourself well/confident. That's my understanding anyway. I've watched tons of video and everyone is a little different. I like to watch the pros because they have it "down" then I go back and watch some amateur shows so I can see the 'not to dos'. But that's just me

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Oh vey......I ordered a 5th suit today. I couldn't really afford to but my nerves about what my body will look like is freaking me out....I will now have 5 that I pray fit with the "dream" suit still hanging on my door for me to look at every day. I truly am insane. During contest prep next time I will give my credit card to my boyfriend so I don't buy ANYTHING LOL...the only plus about all of the suits is that I can move the side fasteners on the bottoms so when I get even smaller I can most likely still use them. If not, they'll go up for sale.

Speaking of cravings...today is REALLY bad. I was sooooo tempted but I didn't give in. Hard to believe that in 3 weeks we'll be on stage.

Mickey, brandy said she's thinking about possibly starting the show at 530 instead of 630. She hasn't decided for sure yet, but just wanted to give you a heads up

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Wow, that seems really weird to me she would change the show time. Being that tickets are already being sold. Hmmmm.... why do you think she would start it earlier? Cause of the poster?

I totally understand your suit buying!

Be strong on the cravings. I have a motto: I eat to live, not live to eat.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

She's worried about the show running too long. But said she probably wouldn't. Have to wait and see on that.

Staying strong...pushing through. Too close now to screw it up LOL

Is your mom gonna take pictures?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I asked Brandy about my mom taking pictures and somewhere to set up, but she's got someone already lined up. So... my mom will bring her camera and I'm sure she can take your pics. We just have to find a place that isn't in the way of everything else.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Cool..... Maybe we should all meet up at the hotel after prejudging for a quick minute to get some of us all together. I'm trying to find a camera to have with me back stage too for us. Mine crapped out so I need a new one.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Is it just me or is posing one of the hardest parts of this competition!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

LOL....for me that's the easy part I think (aside from figuring out how my body looks best lol)....

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

It's amazing how you think you look until you see yourself on video. Man... I thought I was shake'n it a lot more than that!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I definitely need to practice posing and walking in my shoes more. Been SO busy and stressed. Have had a lot on my plate with work and my website. Gotta get in the zone for this competition!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I hear ya... I need to have my husband watch me pose so he can critique me! The pros make it look so easy. I still haven't gone thru the list of things I need either.

I want to point out that not only are we all getting in great shape outside, it's inside as well. I just had a health risk assessment test done through my work (blood pressure, cholesterol, bmi, the whole thing) and my test scores came up excellent! The nurse who does this once a year for the company worldwide... asked what I was doing to keep in shape. When I told her she got the biggest kick out of it and was so excited to see someone (particularly for my age) do this. She even wants to see my competition pics when done. But it just gave me such a good feeling to be healthy inside and it's not just for this competition, but for a way of life! So everything we are doing is not going to waste for sure!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ok ladies....no turning back now LOL my entry is IN...holy crap!

Yeah. Lots of little things in posing to think about AND keep it looking natural lol ugggg

Mickey sooooo right. I've she'd some serious weight and inches and I'm just getting started! Never would have happened otherwise. Congrats on your excellent health!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

That's very true Mickey. I feel more confident with the way I'm looking, but today I had a hard day. My hormones have gone haywire. Last month, I had my period TWICE! And this month is the same (I'm not supposed to get it til the last week of October). It's kind of a bummer 'cause you know how that time of the month can affect you! :/ I'm extra sensitive this week and also didn't get good sleep. Woke up early, went to work, then straight to the gym. Felt so weak. Today was chest day. I got through it though and sweated my butt off for cardio. It's just hard sometimes because this is not only physically draining, it's mentally draining too. I'm trying to stay positive because we've all come this far. Too far to turn back.

My boyfriend was pretty hard on me in the gym today, and with my hormones the way they are... didnt go over too well. :( Just made me more upset. But then he sent me a nice text after we both left the gym and said that he's really proud of me for what I"m doing and I've made great changes. He's not one to always give positive encouragment.... he's more of a "Get off your ass! Cmon, what are you doing?!?!" type lol

But anyway. Workout is done for the day. Now off to do more video editing! Yay! lol I hope all of you have had a good day!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

On a happy note, my bikini has been shipped! :) Let's hope it fits and looks hotttttt!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Proud of ALL of you ladies. You keep me going....

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yay for bikini being shipped! Can't wait for you to see it!

And awesome Vickie for sending in entry form!!!

I know what you mean Nicki! I had bad hormones last week and was so burned out. My husband said "You know this will all pass in a few days and you will be back to your 'ole self" But it is sooo hard when the feelings are so real at that moment.

So this will make you laugh. I've been getting burned out on fish, protein powder and egg whites so I thought I'd be creative and make meringue cookies. Using 1 cup egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla and stevia. How genius of me! I have found a sweet thing to eat!

Well... the batch made 2 dozen big fluffy frick'n cookies...that I have to eat all of!

Scratch the meringue cookie idea.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Omg! Meringue cookies sound AWESOME. How do u make those???

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Here is the recipe I used.
http://sinorslim.com/desserts/sugar-free-cinnamon-meringue-cookies/

But I found this I'll try too. Chocolate.
http://www.food.com/recipe/south-beach-diet-friendly-chocolate-meringue-cookies-353514

And I was thinking if you added crystal light instead of the sugar or vanilla...that would work as well.

If you do a search on sugar free meringue cookies, a bunch will show up. Just watch you don't have sugar in your vanilla.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh! I also found a sodium free chicken broth mix. Joy! Found at Kroger.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yum! Those meringue cookies really do sound awesome! Anything that's not egg whites/eggs, fish, broccoli, green beans, or almonds sounds good to me! lol Although I do love me some almonds haha.

I bought a crap ton of eggs today at Walmart. They have the best price for 36 eggs.. $2.88!! For 3 dozen eggs! I got a couple cases of that. And someone said to me, "All those eggs can't be good for you." Haha!

Annnnnd guess what?!?! We are officially 2.5 weeks out! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So Vickie... any pointers for being on a stage in front of people?

Nicki, that is a great price!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

BTW... speed walking with ankle and wrist weights is really tough...especially up hills. I think it's harder than jogging.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Thanks for posting that. I'm gonna try to make them tonight.

Agreed. Great price on eggs. (I'm do over eggs lol)

Mickey.... You said u were in a band. You know what to do. Lol seriously though, I wish I could say u won't be nervous but for me at least that's BS. I STILL get nervous even after 30 years of performing. All I can say is "own it" and show you're confident even if you're not. Fake it if you gotta. Other than that. Practice practice practice. Figure out the poses you want to do and make a routine. The more you do it the more natural it's ginna feel. It will eliminate having to "think" about it on stage.
The more fun you're having up there the better it will come off.

If u have your hubby critique you have him sit on the floor so he has to look up at you a little. Better judgement. Remember the judges will be below us.

Posted by mirandalee

sooo i practiced for an hr lastnight in my shoes annnd my quads hurt from flexing them. I had my bf video me so i could see how i looked it helped alot.also sent the video to my gay best friend who is a dancer and a performer, boy did he have alot to say hahaha!!!ps. I WANT TO EAT EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Thanks for the tips Vickie! If only I could squeeze in more time to practice posing!!!

Maybe I can later today if I'm not too beat. I am sooo tired right now. Shosh kicked my ass last night. I still have to get in another weight workout/cardio/sauna/tanning/make dinner/finish day job/have talk with son about getting a job or we'll take his car away...and prepare for tomorrow's feedings! sigh

Posted by mirandalee

damn mickey you are on super women status way to go !!! and way to lay down the law with your son!!! :)

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Whoo hooo.... my suit as shipped, my suit has shipped! I'm excited and afraid at the same time!!! Has yours come in yet Nicki?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Ya'll gotta make this recipe! Quick, easy, yummy!

Boil asparagus or green beans for 3-4 minutes.
Sautee 1-2 garlic cloves with some red pepper flakes.
When veggie is done, add to garlic cloves/flakes. Then pour in 1/4 cup of chicken broth*, then add can of tuna. You can add more water or a tad bit more broth if it soaks up too quick. I also put in Mrs. Dash.

Really warm and yummy (and I don't like fish)!

*I found sodium free chicken broth at Kroger. It's got 1 sugar and 2 carbs per 1 cup serving. Not bad! I've tried this with just water and poultry seasoning. Still good but not as good as the broth.

This can be eaten as is or with your carb!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey you're awesome...heard you are a shredded mama now! That's KILLER

Ihear ya on the laundry list of crap to do. Same here. Being mom gets in the way sometimes LOL

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Btw ladies...everyone is doing great!! So proud of all of us! Soooo excited

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm off canned tuna as of today.

I love how you get creative though. I'm like that too...I get bored with the food so I have to invent stuff with whatnwe're allowed to have.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Really off canned tuna? What do you get to eat now? All I get is fish and more fish.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Fish. But no canned tuna only fresh tuna :(

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Why not canned? Is there a big difference. What about if it's in water. I'll have to ask her if that applies to me too.

Shosh told me starting Sat. no more protein shakes...my post-workout meal will have to be fish and green beans!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Because of sodium she said. May not apply to you but yeah ask her. I have a higher body fat than you do.

Yeah I'm of shakes come Saturday too.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yeah, my suit came but I need to get it altered. I have big boobs and the top doesn't offer much support. The bottoms are also a little small. Hopefully I can get this taken care of in enough time. I'm going to overnight it to them and I hope they can make those changes. This is the time when I wish I had really small boobs and no booty!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

That's a bummer. That's what I'm afraid of...not fitting. At least you still have time left. My boobs are far apart so I asked for her to keep that in mind and push them together so we'll see. Did you like the color and everything else?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Wow... another challenge. To drink 1.5 gallons of water a day in addition to all this food! Blah

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Lol.... Ditto on the water

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

TWO WEEKS til weigh ins!!!! I'm FREAKING OUT!

Is everyone coming nextbsaturday to the posing clinic?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I am! But Shosh said bikini girls don't weigh in.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah but we still have to do measurements there I believe.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Plus you you have to still check in and get your NPC card if you haven't yet

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Right. I'll be there anyways. And have to get tanned too. Ugh... thought I was all done with spending money. sigh (NPC card)

My suit came in!!!! I love it! It certainly is skimpy though!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Two weeks!!!!! We've come this far, it's only 2 more weeks of eating super, super clean. Set your mind to drinking 1.5 gallons of water a day and every second you have to posing. We can do it! I'm so glad ya'll are in this with me!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I practiced off andon for an hour yesterday....I need to get my BF to take pictures of my back poses today so that I can see what I need to fix....I'm so tired. I mean physically exhausted. Morning cardio (which I actually liked) is a huge struggle.....but I'm staying strong, and praying I start seeing some results on the tummy's extra skin issue....I'm kinda freaking out

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm glad I'm not the only one feeling exhausted! I'm feeling overwhelmed too. And my car just died and may be a $6k fix. SUCKS!!!

Don't worry about your posing girl... Shosh said you are going to knock them dead with your stage presence! Could sitting in a sauna help with tummy fat/water? I'm doing that every day now for thigh and tummy. We'll see if it helps!

I still haven't had time to practice posing today. I want to but car drama is killing the fun of it.

I saw Brandy today at gym and she was telling me what she has planned for the show. Sounds like it will be a really cool show!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Omg! Sorry about your car. That totally sucks.

As far as posing, the only thing I'm worried about is making sure the poses are flattering. I feel pretty good about my routine (although I keep studying pro videos and making notes lol)

Yeah, I do sauna already plus all the tricks Shosh suggested. It'll be what it's gonna be.

Yeah, Brandy was telling us some stuff too. She's put so much work into it. It's gonna be great....

Are you wearing your suit to the clinic?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm not sure if I'll wear the suit to the clinic. Brandy said to so you get comfortable in it but I'm paranoid about something happening to it. It's so delicate.

Do you know if the cross leg in front pose is allowed?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yes it's allowed....so is the open leg.... Some states don't allow the open leg thing...but you can do either

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Vickie, what kind've body glitter you recommend?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I have NO idea....I asked brandy. She said we shouldn't need it. So I think I'm gonna save the $$.... I'd email Trae to see cuz you wouldn't want to have some weird interaction with the tan either. Ps sometimes body glitter will look "ashy" under bright lights. I saw a glaze on the liquid rayz website I though of ordering but if we don't need that stuff I say keep the money

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Woo ladies! Less than 2 weeks out! This is INSANE!!!! So much water to drink haha. Hope everyone's training and diet are going well. We can do this!! I'm starting to get really excited about this! :)

I'll be at the posing clinic too! Yay! I love how we'll have our own little clique backstage. When I entered this competition, I thought I would be back there alone and not know anybody.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I'm excited but burned out! Feeling a bit overwhelmed too! Wish someone could wave a magic wand at me to make my posing flawless!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh...is anyone else getting tired of fish yet??? I have to eat fish for every meal except breakfast and am snack. Really???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey...5 days in to eating all fish and I'm sick of it.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Is anyone else's energy just down in the dumps? Vickie and I were talking and we're both just completely pooped.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yes! It was sooo hard to do cardio this morning. And so glad it's high carb day today. I'm sitting here at work, just waiting for the next feeding time!

Feeling a bit overwhelmed and tired.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Is everyone bringing posing suits Saturday? Or back-up suit? Man... now I'm thinking my suit isn't "blingy" enough. Oh well.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Completely overwhelmed and nervous that I'm gonna jusssst miss it. But I'm excited at the same time. Slightly emotionally crazy but it'll be ok.

Mickey, I haven't decided yet. I'm really nervous about being seen in my suit right now. I might wear a back up.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I may not wear one. I may end up in spandex shorts and sports bra

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

If any of you are familiar with Tosca Reno, she just competed in a bikini show. If you have time, this is a good video to watch talking with her coach. I got some good things out of it. I liked her philosophy on just accepting where you are at.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11GZalr9bx0&list=UUM6kAx-Idlbaa3BSlYhjcMg&index=1&feature=plcp

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Do any of you feel like just taking off work 'til the competition to practice posing, hair and makeup? lol

I'm taking off Thurs/Fri but feels like I just don't have enough time in day to do everything!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Thanks!!! I'm gonna check it out.

And yup. I'm "off" starting Tuesday. My only work is my last training sessions and focus

Posted by mirandalee

hey mickey im off next thur and fri day too but wish i was off starting monday i rreally dont want to work at all sooo much to do i dont know how im gonna do it. that and i just dont feel like doing anything latley.

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

You ladies are going to do amazing!! Can't wait to see you all on stage!!!
And after reading your comments about only having fish in your diet...I have a new appreciation for the diet my trainer has me on:):)....at least I am getting chicken, and lean turkey still:)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah Kim. That's how we were before. The fish typically comes in later. Where'd you find a trainer?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Man am I exhausted, brain is mush. Vickie, Miranda, is Shosh kicking your butt? I've been too tired and sore to even practice posing in the evening.

Posted by mirandalee

mickey i am soooo exhausted, ill do what i can at night to practice lastnight i only had energy for a few mins and that was it.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I think Shosh was saying we may do legs together Saturday? I know I have to. Will be interesting packing the cooler, suit, work out clothes, water! I'm planning my whole afternoon there pretty much.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

????? She hadn't said anything to me Anout training Saturday....if she does legs it'll be a light session probably as part of a circuit.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ready for depletion? Lol as if I wasn't already cranky

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Ladies, I am right there with you! Very little energy to do much. People at work even asked me today, "Is this worth it? What you're doing to your body??" Haha. And I'm definitely a bit more sensitive, irritable, and impatient. Haha. I told my roommate that if I seem out of whack... that it will just be for this last week... but it's not gonna be pretty lol Can't wait to see everybody on Saturday!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Well I'm super bummed.... Shosh told me tonight that I'll have to stick to just fish during depletion. For ALL 6 meals! Ugh. I mean no onions, mushrooms or jalapenos either!

At least I have the best husband right now...he's filling up a bath for me. Going to disappear from the universe for a while!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Yikes! That's rough! :( I'm soooo not looking forward to depletion week. Ugh. If we can make it through this, we can seriously make it through ANYTHING!

Annnd what are you ladies doing as far as shaving or waxing... and when? I'm not sure whether to just shave or to spend even MORE money and wax :/

Posted by mirandalee

sometimes i think my sanity is more important than how im gonna look in a bikini uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh. and had a wax and let me tell you it was NOT fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Shosh was telling me to shave my arms THurs night (With a Venus blade) I'm quite furry..so the tanner will stick better.

I was just going to dry shave the morning of. Maybe not my legs but my pits and bikini area.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Oh and isn't this perfect...I've developed a huge zit right next to my nose! wtf!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ditto on exhaustion etc

Mickey are u sure about that? If Ur referring to her group text then read it again. It says "what's on the depletion email". I know she referenced 'just fish' in the text but you may want to clarify with her. It was a group text so she may have just been being general.

Personally I can't begin to express to you girls how stressed out I am and how much I'm freaking out. I'm in full blown PMS on top of it all.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yep I did. I was so excited about finally getting some other proteins... but I think after she saw my stomach she decided to keep me on fish only. Trying to figure out if anything will happen with my scar. It's not the actual scar but the scar tissue underneath.

I may bring a t-shirt to put over suit too since I'll be puffy from the high carb days!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Ok... I can do this. I can eat fish for 4 days for every meal. It's not going to kill me.

I hereby eliminate any stress as of right now. If I still have some jiggle under the butt, that's how it will be. If my stomach isn't flat, that's how it's going to be. I'm not expecting to place anywhere. I'm just going to enjoy this last week and own it and be proud of what I've done so far! I'm going to expect to be nervous on stage and that's ok. Whew... what a relief to let all that go!

I feel much better now!

Posted by mirandalee

mickey good for you for eliminating stress, i did that last week. It is what it is at this point im gonna keep on working at it, but for the most part im ok with what i got and its not a competition for me but a " YAY I DID IT"!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Mickey you're doing great!! I'm sure the scarring is more noticeable to you. I get that. My loose skin is making me crazy...and needless to say, terribly nervous. And yes you CAN do this.... Just a few more days!

And thanks to u both for reminding me of that. That's what I felt going in and I get caught up in the "competition" and it wasn't about that....it was about finishing what I started and losing this west to begin a new lifestyle. It's easy to lose sight of that for me, so it helps to hear you guys say it.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ps. I love you girls. Wouldn't have made it through with you all

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

So great seeing everyone todAy! We are gonna have a blast!

ONE WEEK! I kinda freaked today so thanks Nicki for kickin my butt. I forget about just having fun and start comparing myself. Instead, I need to be thinking about how far I've gotten in such a short time...and that next season/year I'll be that much better. Words can't express what you ladies have done for me emotionally. You really help me remember the "why". Thank GOD we all have each other. If not I swear I'd quit cuz after seeing the 2 blondes today I felt like crap

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I agree! And yes, it's so easy to get wrapped up into comparing yourself when you see others "no way will I have a chance being a newbie and not having the perfect body and my posing... and on and on. But this is when I stop and tell myself I'm doing this for me. I'm going to complete this to the end.

I actually practiced my posing while I was in the sauna so I wouldn't forget what I learned today.

And I went to Sephora after and they gave me a couple samples of foundation that will be plenty to use for the competition and I had a girl do my makeup and show me how to do the smokey eye look.

So, as far as the after dinner party, does anyone know if that is right away, or do you go back to change, take a shower??? It seems like it will be quite late at night... and what is everyone wearing for after?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm sure it's right after the show so yeah it'll be a late night for sure. I'm figuring 1030.

If I make it there, which I am planning, I'm wearing a mini dress and leather jacket.

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Idea. For the plain chicken.... Throw it on a charcoal grill....gives so much flavor...I bought a 3.99 disposable one at Kroger....

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yes! We did that last night with my fish! So much better that way!

Do you understand the veggie plan?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Yeah I understand it...do u need help?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

lol. Yes. 1 cup of unlimited greens. Sounds like have as much greens as you want but only one cup. lol

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

And limit to one cup per day each? So you have to pick a different veggie for each meal?

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

One cup is in reference to asparagus and radishes..... The rest ares "free". Then on weds and Thursday you can HALF of the greens you had today thru Tuesday.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Ahhh got it! Thanks! I think the sprinkle of salt is what will get me through this!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

You know you've done well...when your butt finally looks good in a changing room mirror!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

I admire you ladies, and what you are getting ready to do!! Cannot wait until I am ready to step on stage...looking forward to cheering all of you on this Saturday!!!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

I admire you ladies, and what you are getting ready to do!! Cannot wait until I am ready to step on stage...looking forward to cheering all of you on this Saturday!!!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

5 days and counting!!!! WOOOO HOOOOO!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Count it down baby!!! Woooooooo hooooooooo

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Yi-yi-yi-yi!!!!!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Omg!!!! Check in/weigh ins TOMORROW!!!! Excited, nervous, tired, freaked.... It's gonna be so much fun and at the end of the day, ladies, that's what this is all about! So glad we had each other. Next season is gonna be even BETTER! See u tomorrow

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

OHHH SNAP!!! Check ins!!!!! Can't believe it's finally here! AHHHH. And I might say, it's hard to stare at my snacks for Saturday... I want to open them so bad!!!!

See you ladies tomorrow!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Just a few hours til check in.....if it didn't already feel real, it probably does now!!! Lolcant wait!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

I just want to say how proud I am of everybody for completing this thing and riding it out til the end! We did it, ya'll! We made it through the dieting, the training, depletion week, not having water, the exhausting, the low carbs. We walked out on stage in freakin' bikinis in front of an auditorium full of people and we strutted our stuff! I'm really thankful that I had an awesome group of girls to do this with and I thank all of you for the support, the practice sessions, the help backstage, and EVERYTHING this entire time! Can't wait to do some shows with you ladies next season!!!!!! :) Now we know what to expect. We just put our bodies through the most strict and abnormal dieting and you know what... we survived! Congrats to ALL of you! Love you girls!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

****the exhaustion, not "exhausting" lol woops!

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Ditto! I never would have given up if not for you girls...it was fun (and crazy) lol....congrats to everyone..especially nicki...2nd place. Get it!

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Thanks Vickie! We all need to stay in touch, fo sho! How's everyone doing with satisfying the junk food cravings? My body is seriously wondering why I'm feeding it this stuff. I definitely have to ease back into "regular" eating. Definitely feeling bloated and yucky haha but it feels good to eat some COOKIES and all of that!

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

LADIES!!! I must say I so proud of you all!!! I have some pics of the bikini division, taken with my phone, but still some are pretty good.
Vickie.....Let me tell you...your "sass" and stage presentation was amazing!!! Girl if you were nervous..it didn't show at all!!
Nicki...Congrats on your win, you didn't look nervous at all either!!!
Mickey and Miranda...what was ya'll numbers, cause I didn't recognize you on stage(considering all I had to go..pics on here...LOL), and I am sure I have pics....
I DEFINITELY have the fever now for sure!! I can't wait to compete, hopefully at a show with you ladies. And now you ladies can fill me in on so much information I am sure...:):)

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Kim, THANKS...it's all I had to work with lol

Miranda went on right after nicki and I in the open. She was in a blue bikini with pink piping. 81 I think. Not sure what Mickey's number was. But I know her bikini was a hot pink. But I'll agree that trying to go by the pic on here there's no way you'd pick those 2 out on stage cuz hey were ALL glommed up. Lol

Glad you're diggin it. Have you picked a competition to do yet?

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

Wow! We did it!!!! What an experience! I learned so much and I'm so thankful I had you all there with me.

I almost feel guilty eating this "junk" food. And some foods I've been waiting to eat...just didn't taste as good as I thought it would. And my stomach has been churning ever since I started eating non-competitive food!

I can't wait to get back to the gym and healthy eating!

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

So... where do we find the schedule of shows for 2013? I'm thinking of maybe, just maybe, doing Figure next???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Npc news online. There's a show in KY in march. I say we all do it!!

And yessss my body is rejecting junk BIG TIME!!! Lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

I'm sure shows will b added to that schedule but it's on the website. I'm gonna write down the shows I wanna do

Posted by mirandalee

mickey i totally agree, resturaunt food taste sooo nasty to me it just taste like oil and salt i went to ruby tues yesterday had a Blondy mary and some food but asked her to take it back cause it was just to oily.I definatly wanna do another show im just ot sure which one.which one are u looking at?

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Vickie, I have not picked a show yet, I looked on the website a few weeks ago and didn't see anything close in the beginning of the year, but you mention that one in KY in March, that may be the one!!! :):)

Mickey,
since you changed your pic on here...yes I remember you from the stage!! Your were awesome as well!!

You girls should be sooooo proud of yourselves!!!!
Quick question, did you wear 5" or 4" inch heels???

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Cool! Well hopefully you'll rock it with us some time!

I wore 5". But it doesn't matter really. You just wanna be sure you can walk comfortably in them, so a lot depends on what you're used to.

Is your trainer a "competition" trainer?

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Well then I am opting for the 4"....that is what I am use to:):)
And yes my trainer is competition trainer....he had several clients at that show and him and his wife are both judges at some NPC events.

Michelle Soles Posted by Mickey

I see the 2013 schedule is up now. Looks like the closest to us is in Ohio.

Nicki D. Posted by Bikini Nicki

Mickey, I can see you doing figure! I'm excited to get back to eating healthy and working out again.... funny how I didn't think that like 2 weeks ago hah! All I could think about then was pizza and brownies, pizza and brownies lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

The 2013 schedule isn't complete yet Mickey. The closest as of now would be March 16 in KY. We're you looking at nationals list? I went through the ones posted AND the ones for earlier this year to get an idea (cuz those hasn't been updated yet on the list. For example Battle at the River in June.) so I'm not sure what you were looking at.

Mickey, And what's this about figure??? Are you thinking about switching out of bikini?

Kim, that's awesome. Sooo excited for you girl! You're gonna have a blast! It's CRAZY but awesome! Lol

vickie debasio Posted by vfit1974

Nicki....DITTO......I thourpughly loved my chicken and zucchini tonight!

Posted by lhiggly

Hi Ladies-
I am an aspiring bikini competitor and I am looking for any and all advice, tips, and information you all may have. I live in Brentwood and am finding it difficult to connect with women over 40 who are interested in this sport. I am not sure how old this thread is but I would love to talk with any of you accomplished women. I am 46, 5' 6" and weigh 127. I have been working with a trainer to build muscle. I would like to compete April or May 2014. Thanks so much.

Kimberly Conklin Posted by KAC0509

Hey Gals! I am not anywhere near ready to compete but would love to get in good enough shape for it. I would also love to connect with like minded ladies in the area. I live in Spring Hill but work in Nashville. I am 41, 5'9" and weigh 143. I have been hitting the weights pretty hard for about a year now and wishing I had started 10+ years ago when someone suggested it to me. Anyway, off to the gym. My main workouts are during my lunch hour. :)

Posted by lhiggly

Hi Kim-KAC0509
I am new to this too and don't know how much I can offer you but would love to get together and chat about your goals and experiences.
Lisa lhiggly@yahoo.com

Kimberly Conklin Posted by KAC0509

Hey Lisa, I just sent you an e-mail, just in case it gets put in your junk folder :)

Kim Carter Posted by FitNurse40

Hello ladies... KAC0509 and lhiggly,
Sorry for delay in responding to this...
I believe lhiggy you and I connected on FB thru my bikini page Kim Carter, NPC Bikini Competitor.
As I said I would love to chat with you ladies... and KAC0509...we can get you ready to compete!! :):) It is wonderful, exciting...an experience you will never forget. :) Please feel free to find me on FB or email me at Fitnurse40@gmail.com and we can exchange numbers :)

Kimberly Conklin Posted by KAC0509

Hey Kim! I found you and "liked" your NPC Bikini Competitor page. I wasn't able to find you by Fitnurse40 though. Anyway, I look forward to catching up on your journey so far and continuing to follow you in 2014. My e-mail is dobefan@hotmail.com and you can find me with that on Facebook. I think I have my search settings fixed to be searchable now. :)

Kimberly