I get asked this all the time. Most recently by my friends over at www.transformationpics.com. Also by friends, other competitors and complete strangers. Just because I do body building competitions many people seem to think “winning” is easy. I have not placed top 10 in the two shows I have done. But winning is easy. I win all the time. I win by looking the best I have ever looked. I win by having the guts to get on stage next to the fittest of the fit and looking and feeling great. I win by knowing that the changes I have made in my lifestyle mean that I will be here for my children, their children and seeing as I had Big Kid at 20, likely my great grandchildren. That’s winning! I win and celebrate every time I lift heavier, beat a PB (Personal Best… I’m putting this in cause for a long time I didn’t know what that was and I was too shy to ask 😉
For me, I will not get on stage, unless I look and feel better than I did at my last competition. Every single time you work out, the longer you work out, the harder you work out adds muscle, definition and form to your body. I have two and half years of serious muscle built up now. I cannot wait till show day.
Live and Learn
There are very few that can get on stage and win their first competition. Just having the nerve to put on one of those itsy bitsy suits let along be judged and critiqued on your body is one major accomplishment. There are oodles of people that get discouraged because they did not do as well as they thought they should have and never compete again. I am not one of those. My first show, I learned that even though I had heard it a hundred times, I needed major work on posing. I also learned how a show is run, and I learned that even though I get nervous, I like being on stage.
My second show I realized that while I spent a lot of time on my appearance, there are some things that need to be “perfect”. Hair and makeup seem like a silly thing to spend time on when you’re being judged on your physique. These shows are a bit of a beauty pageant after all. This time, I’m going to spend the money on pro makeup and hair. I also learned that things like you’re suit, should not be “different”… I love my suits, but sometimes you have to go along with the crowd, there’s a reason certain color are popular, because they look better on stage…
Competition are Subjective
You could do one show and place first, and do another and not even make top 10 and do the exact same as you did at the first show and look better. This is a subjective sport. Different judges see and judge different ways. Some of the girls I competed with at my first competition also competed at my second. At the first show they placed top 10, and then did not place at the second show. Most looked far better in my books at the second show. However, it depends who is there, who your competitors are, who bring it that day, who the judges are. Etc. I actually placed better my second show then my first, just not top 10.
So yes, I plan on winning!