My First Fitness Competition

So I’ve decided to step on stage wearing next to nothing, and flex my stuff.

This March, I will be facing my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone. I made the decision to enter my first fitness competition about 3 months ago. I had played with the idea in the past, but I have always been shy when it comes to “showing off”. However, when I was told about the Fitness Star Model Search 2014 (happening not far from where I live), I filled out, paid, and submitted my registration before I had time to think twice. Luckily my boyfriend is doing it too, so I will not be going at it alone.

I have been lifting weights for the past 9 years. In this time I have accomplished many personal goals, but have also faced my share of struggles. Finding a healthy balance of weights, cardio, and proper nutrition is not easy; heck I’m still working at it! Over the past 6 months I have put on about 7lbs of muscle and I continue to work hard to increase my strength and improve my body composition.

As for the competition, I am either going to love the experience, or absolutely hate it. I don’t think there will be a middle ground here. I started my “competition diet” this past Monday, and will continue to stay dedicated to it for the next 5 weeks. My training hasn’t changed; I have just gotten smarter with my workout plans thanks to the help of my boyfriend. I used to do tons of cardio and my weight training was always focused on endurance, which I loved at the time. However I now periodize my training and lift for strength and hypertrophy. This has resulted in gaining much more lean muscle mass, which I enjoy more than what I was doing before.

I was thinking I would use my blog as a way to track my progress, and bitch about my struggles. So here is my first post. I now have to go walk around my house in clear stripper heels to get used them so I don’t look completely unnatural when I have to perform the “t-walk” in front of a crowd of people. Huurrraayyy!

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Anonymous

(That quote kicked my butt into giving this a try)

– Haley

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