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Last Saturday, ballistabob and I attended our first fitness show. It was the Charm City Classic, and it rocked.

No, I was not competing. Frankly, although I am in the best shape of my life, I am not even close to that level of fitness right now. But I do expect to be there by next May, when I plan to take the stage for the first time. It will be a lot of work, but I think it will be worth it.

At any rate, it was very inspiring, and even ballistabob walked out with renewed resolve to get his program revamped. He's already been working on it, and he's back to the weight he was when we got married. He's determined to lose the rest. I am very excited for both of us.

Next day, I took the pictures for Stephanie who will be training me for the competition. She was highly recommended to me by my current trainer, Courtney, who is awesome but who's specialty is not contests. I love Courtney. And I love the fact that she recommended someone else who can help me achieve my goal, while lending me all of her support. She will also be there for me all the way.

Wish me luck.

But back to the pictures. It was a sobering experience to see me in all of my bikini glory. Let me put it this way. I rock a bikini. I am a healthy size 4, and I look good. However, I am nowhere close to looking the way I should look on a stage. I still need to make changes specifically for this sort of thing, and change my nutrition plans in order to get there. But the payoff will be awesome.

I can't wait.

And speaking of changing sizes, today I went on to cleaning my closet. I realized that it was cluttered with really lovely pieces sizes 6 to 10. Mind you, some of those were my favorite clothes. However, I had to realize that they had been languishing in my closet for the most part of two years, in the assumption that I would get them altered at one point or another.

I have realized that this is not going to happen. I have also realized that I need to let go of all that stuff. It's only cluttering my space and it's not going anywhere.

Man, it broke my heart. Some of those pieces, I absolutely love. But I took a deep breath, and started putting them in bags. No mercy. Now they are all packed away and ready to go.

That is, everything except a dozen of career suits. Those will be donated to Dress for Success. They usually only ask for sizes 14 and up, but I just checked their website and apparently there is no restriction at this point. And I can drop them off at Crest Cleaners, where they will do a complimentary cleaning before sending them out.

I love that.

In the meantime, I am very weary of buying too many clothes to replace what I lost in the off chance that my body changes again due to the new training schedule. But I think that I have enough to carry me on for the time being.

We shall see.

But I am very excited about this.

Stay tuned.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for you, too! Good luck!
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oct. 11th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Oct. 12th, 2010 11:15 am (UTC)
Don't give away all of your larger clothing yet! You are going to have to bulk up before you cut and you will be a lot bigger than you ever thought you would be to prep for a contest. I hit my lifetime maximum weight when I was prepping for competition. I hated it, but I was also regularly setting new 1RM, too.
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That's good to know. Some of my size 4's are a bit loose anyway, and there are a couple of size 6 jackets I kept because I could wing it. But this is great information! Who would have thunk?
Oct. 12th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
But I am very excited about this.

Me too - it's so very cool to watch you move toward your goal!
Oct. 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
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