My First Bikini Competition

Posted on May 2, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Saturday I competed in the New England Fitness Atlantic Ms. Bikini Competition at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.  This was my very first competition and I worked really hard going into this.

Back in January 2011 I hired Julie Costa as my coach through Cathy Savage Fitness.  Honestly, there is no way I would ever consider competing if I had not hired Cathy.  My meals, my workouts and my walk were all completely mapped out for me.  I had assistance in picking out the right bikini, the right sports wear, the right heels.. everything.  It’s laid out for you perfectly so while I was so confused and at times overwhelmed, they made it so simple.

Anyhow, you guys all know about how much work I put in leading up to the competition, so I’ll just tell you about the day itself:

It started at 5am, after very little sleep, when I put on a layer of Bronze Angel over my spray tan. At 7am I had an appointment with my very close friend Bre Welch to have my hair and make up done.  Bre is amazing.. I would never let anyone else put make up on my face for any major event.  She knows exactly what I like, she’s great at what she does and it was so nice to be around her.

Once that was taken care of I headed down to the dressing rooms where I was crammed in with probably 30 other girls.  I’m girly.. I enjoy being pretty.. but I don’t enjoy being in a way too crowded room full of women obsessing over make up and their tans smudging.

My first time on the stage was in the sports wear round.  Not all federations do sports wear, but basically it means you wear a slutty halloween costume on stage.  I’m not sure why we do this, but it was kind of fun and it gave me the chance to wear a costume I’ve always wanted to wear but never had the body.  I chose Popeye because I loved spinach so much and I really needed an excuse to kiss my bicep on stage.  Watch for me at the 25:00 minute mark.

I can’t even remember being on stage the first time because my nerves were so crazy.  Right before I went on I kept trying to tell myself to relax, but I ended up not even being able to take full breaths.  Haha.  So according to Julie, I did great.  I do think I could have slowed that one down a bit though.  My scores were: 10, 9, 10, 12, 12 out of 15.

Then between 12:30 and 5 we had a break, so I went up to the casino and hungout with Bre and Ryan & Jimmy.   I had to get back down to go on stage in my bikini at 5:30.  This time I felt so much better because I had already been on the stage at that point, and knowing my friends were in the crowd made me feel like I wasn’t alone.  Apparently because I was more comfortable I did quite a bit better because my scores were: 12, 9, 11, 12, 12.

I wonder if it was being around my friends for a few hours or if it was the Pedialyte and Swedish Fish that made me place higher!

Earlier in the day I was turned around to tape my booty shorts to my ass and I was so dehydrated that I got a cramp in my peck.  Yes, I said peck NOT boob.  When you are at 14.4% body fat, you do not have boobs anymore unless you pay for them.  Now, before I say this, I want to put it out there that I have nothing against plastic surgery.  One day I plan to get boobs too.  But this competition wasn’t what I expected.

After the second time on stage, we had another 3 hour break before we had to line up to announce the top 5 so I spent that time hanging out with my friends, having a couple of drinks and eating a chocolate chip cookie.  Then  we were called to go on stage, but somehow something got messed up and we had to sit in our bikinis in the freezing cold for god knows how long to go out.  This was now the most miserable part of my day.  I was tired, hungry, thirsty, annoyed and a bunch of other things that were just not good.  We finally went out and the top 5 from my short class were called, all of which were Savage girls.. yay!

I ran back to get my stuff, threw my dress & flip flops on so fast, zipped up my suitcase and RAN back to the casino so I could just be with my friends.  I was so sick of all the pageantry and estrogen I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.

At the end of the experience I can tell you  a few things..

1. I learned a lot about nutrition from the experience.  I learned what my body responds to, what to eat when and why, etc.  I learned a lot about cardio, how it effects your body in addition to lifting and how frequently each should be done, etc.  I learned more about fitness which is good because I like to always be learning more within my profession.

2.  I learned a lot about myself.  I experienced so much when it comes to food.  I can’t wait to write my “diary” blog about this.  The eating was so hard for me.  I wanted things I had never wanted before.  I binged a lot and had a very hard time with that.  Now that it’s over I don’t even want anything but healthy food.  There is currently protein bars, cinnamon toast crunch, brownie mix, carrot cake and cheesecake in my house and I’m okay with it.  I don’t feel obsessed with it now.  I can look at it and not binge on it or even eat it at all.

3. I’m glad I accomplished my goal that I set out to do.  It took hard work to do all the workouts, all of the posing classes, prepping measuring all my food and carrying bags of chicken and asparagus to bars with me.  It was hard missing out on social events where I knew I couldn’t handle being around food, or just feeling like I couldn’t do things with friends because I wasn’t eating or drinking anything other than chicken, asparagus and water.  And it took balls to get on stage in a scrunch butt bikini and let people JUDGE me.

4. It was expensive and a lot of hard work to be on stage for 90 seconds of my life.  Do I still feel like it was worth it?  Yes.  I really enjoyed having a goal and a date.  It forced me to work hard instead of just being like “I’d like to lose 5 lbs” then never really following through or not knowing how.

HOWEVER… I also realized a few other things that weren’t so great…

5. My day completely sucked.   I don’t like being in a packed dressing room amongst strangers feeling like it was impossible to make friends or find anyone I had very much in common with.

6. I really thought that since this competition was geared toward fitness I would make more friends with similar interests of wanting to lift weights and do tough workouts, yet look pretty.  It wasn’t what I expected.

Most of all though I can 100% see exactly who I am…

I am the girl who wants to sit at a sports bar or a football game and eat wings and burp really loud with the guys yet still look cute doing it.  I don’t need foundation.. I don’t need stilettos or a super tight dress… I am completely confident in who I am and I no longer mind getting on stage and letting some strangers judge me based on what my ass looks like.  My ass looks good!!!  I work really, really hard on it.  As a matter of fact, I love to be able to lift heavy with the boys too.. and I can look cute doing that too.

Now many of you will ask if I’m going to compete again.  I’m not going to say NEVER, but I am going to say that I have no plans to do so.  I’m taking some time to re-evaluate what I want to do.  I have some ideas for goals so I’m just trying to figure out exactly what I want to do with them.

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Took alot of guts to write this post…well done

WOWWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW IS ALL I CAN SAY! Having spent 1 month with you and the gang on our challenge…..I knew you weren’t like all those other girls that are about vanity. I can see that in your videos and in your pictures. Your comments are motivating and uplifting. I think you’ve found your calling as a trainer. Maybe you can even head up some “differnt types of competitions” There really arent a lot of people that take the time like you do for their follows 🙂 Bless you!!!!!!! You’re Awesome! PS I was in Boston last year and went to Mohegan Sun for a concert! Maybe when I get back up there one day we can meet in person 🙂

That means a lot. I hope this is my calling… it seems to be. I like to make a difference in other people’s lives. My mom said the same thing about maybe starting some other kind of competition with a little less bling. hehe

You were awesome up there! I don’t know you personally, but I have been really inspired by you and your willingness to reach that goal!

I’d sit with you at any sports bar, any day of the week to chat about weight lifting, tough workouts and being pretty! :o)

yeahhhhhh!!! my kind of girl!

Great post, I really loved your learnings at the end. Great goal achieved, now go be who you are with no judgment.

i don’t mind being judged at all! I’ll always be who I am. Now just with more sugar involved 🙂

Wow, this is such a ‘real’ view at the experience you had. Thank you for sharing the good, the bad the ugly and the FUNNY! You cracked me up with the taping your @ss statement. We all know it happens, but HA! I wasnt expecting it!

You should be extremely proud, you are smokin hot!

You found your calling of trainer/athlete/writer!! I felt like I was right there watching it all!
Really, it takes so much dedication to do what you just did… and most of us will never ever experience it. I think it is fantastic and I am glad I have you to learn from. And I always wondered if those girls were “Workout aholics” or vanity beauty queens. You got the best of both worlds lady! Congrats and thanks for everything!

Thank you Teri!! I think some girls are a bit more legit than others. I’m definitely a workout-aholic though!! haha But I think some girls just have great genetics where others have to work harder. I’m kind of wondering if I should go for figure next time.. I just don’t like their suits at much 😦

Anyway, thank you for everything. I’m so glad our worlds collided!

Well said Kyra! I am so proud of you and so proud to be your friend. I think you did an amazing job and looked absolutely beautiful. You are such a strong person and perfect role model. You give me motivation and the strength to reach my own goals. I thank you for that and love you lots! You Rock! 😉

Awww Amy.. I love you!!! I’m so happy you are achieving your goals and accomplishing so much with your life! I just wish I could see you every day. ❤

You looked amazing. I could see all of your hard work paid off. Thanks for being so honest on your recap. It is nice to read another viewpoint the competition circuit.
Good luck on whatever you have coming up in the future. I really enjoyed following your journey!

Awesome! Great job, and I love your lessons learned 🙂

Yeah, you do have a nice butt!
Stay natural on the boobs… they are so much nicer than the fake ones ;(

Wow you looked gorgeous! And looks like you were having fun at the time. Just sounded like a long day, which they usually are. Hey, everything is worth trying once right? I’m not sure if I want to do it again either so I’m with ya there. I do know that I too would sit at the bar with you burping like the best, watching football, downing some wings and beer all while looking cute =)

why can’t we live close so we can compete again and keep each other company?

I loved reading this post and pouring over your amazing pictures! I felt like I was there with you!!! Especially the drinking in the casino part. hahahahaha

I’m so happy for you and that you made it through your first competition. Wow girl, your abs and ASSets are kickin!!!!


Thank you Roxie!!! It feels great to set out AND accomplish a goal doesn’t it? You inspire me so much every time I check up on you ❤

Hey girly!

I’m totally a blog lurker but I had to chime into this post because you really looked AWESOME!.. i love working out and working hard/eating right and have considered doing a bikini comp in the past but seeing what others go through makes me question as to why I would do that when I’m already healthy and happy with where I am. Anyway, enough of that-you rocked it and i’m sure will continue to rock in the fitness world even without a competition! 🙂

Thank you!! If you ever want to do it you should go talk to Cathy or one of her coaches about it to get an idea. don’t just take it from me.. you may love it!

Wow Kyra, that was awesome. You looked beautiful and to see how much you grew through it is invaluable. Keep going after those goals.

Kyra, It must feel good to have this behind you. I would guess that after all that work, the competition has to be surreal. You can step back from that edge of being dehydrated and hungry and be the incredibly strong and healthy person that you are.


Oh it definitely does! And I love being hydrated, strong, healthy but usually still hungry 🙂

You’ve done an amazing job! Being 41 yrs old I’ve often wondered what it would be like to compete. Too bad the girls weren’t as nice as u thought they would be. Maybe they were hungry(lol). Best of luck with your future endeavors. 🙂

Hi Get in Shape Girl,

I appreciate your discussion of your ambivalence about your recent competition. I am competing in figure for the first time on June 4, and have similarly mixed feelings about having judges rate my ass. My blog tries to be funny and reflective about my experiences with training and dieting:

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