So SHOWDAY came and went! It was a whirlwind! I ended up placing 2nd in my category of Bikini Short and am very Proud of my accomplishment.
I find it even harder getting on stage in a crowd filled with your friends and family, as opposed to a bunch of strangers! Some people feel the opposite, but I guess it is just because I care about what those people think the most. It was really great to have my mom and dad in the audience! I could hear them from onstage cheering for me, so it ended up being a really great time. Here are some inside peaks at backstage with some friends and competitors!!
My make up and hair for show was done by the amazing Amy McLachlan! Check out her FB group, Vamp Industries!
Of course when anyone is competing they always dream of the first place trophy! But, coming in second has really made me want to push harder than ever to come home with the overall and a beautiful IFBB pro card at Nationals. Nationals this year will take place on July 23rd in Saskatoon. Six more weeks of givvener! Not very far away!!
I definitely believe I came in with my best physique yet, and the amount of support and feedback from everyone was really inspiring and motivating. Making this competition a personal win for myself I couldn’t have felt more love at the end of the day! <3
People always ask about the rebound after a competition and without proper guidance, support and education toknow what to do in the situation, it can be a very hard and confusing time for a competitor. I allowed myself a great reward meal after the show, and took Sunday off the gym and regimented diet as well. Just try not to go overboard! I made sure to drink lots of water and gatorade to get my electrolytes back in check and my fluids regular again after being dehydrated for a show (something competitors do to bring their leanest looking physique out on stage).
I was back at the gym Monday morning busting out my cardio and eating nice and clean. This way, I was able to accomplish no rebound and allow my body to get back on a regular pace again. It is possible to do! So make sure you hahve your plan ready for after show day!
I also have to think about the future and with some great photo shoots lined up while I am away at the IFBB Toronto PRO Show and the Muscle Mag Model Search I have entered in it was important to not reward myself with too many treats and think about what was up next!
It was an amazing weekend, and I was definitely walking around with a smile plastered to my face the entire time!
Check back soon for my next blog!!
Yours in fitness,
Amanda Lee xo