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Katelyn's Transformation as a First Time Bikini Competitor

Katelyn's Transformation as a First Time Bikini Competitor

Faced with a full-time course load and two jobs, Katelyn had a difficult time prioritizing her health.   "I ate out often, and it wasn't fast food necessarily, but I rarely ate home-cooked meals," she remembered. "I always said to myself, 'On Monday, I am going to start eating healthy and going to the gym." Much to Katelyn's chagrin, 'Monday' would turn into the next week, and then the next month.  "Now that I use PumpUp and avidly go to the gym, my lifestyle has changed completely," she insisted.

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

 As a former ballerina, Melanie used to obsess over her weight and body image. Training for a figure competition changed that for her. "I used to weigh around 90-95 pounds (BMI around 17-17.5), which is unhealthy," she admitted. "I'm a perfectionist, so I wanted to control everything. I had a hard time dealing with weight gain. When I met my current boyfriend, he helped me get through that fear and accept weight gain." Now, Melanie weighs a healthy 115 lbs and feels more comfortable in her own skin than ever before.

How Autumn Pushes Her Limits as a Fitness Competitor

How Autumn Pushes Her Limits as a Fitness Competitor

With the help of the PumpUp community, Autumn made more strides with her nutrition than she could have ever achieved on her own. By the time she stepped on stage as a fitness competitor, she lost nearly 25 lbs in 11 short weeks by making changes to her eating and exercise habits. This was an incredible feat for a female over the age of 30. "I learned that less food isn't always the answer," she shared.

How Exercise Changed Every Aspect of Alison's Life

How Exercise Changed Every Aspect of Alison's Life

"Once I started using PumpUp daily, I became more motivated. I would see everybody else getting their workouts done, so it gave me some energy and excitement to [exercise] as well. I love all the food posts on PumpUp. It inspires me to be more creative [with] meal prep and I have seen so many delicious recipes that I want to try." Not long after Alison joined PumpUp in April 2015, she started to research and train for her first-ever bikini competition.

6 lifestyle tips that improved my confidence and my health

6 lifestyle tips that improved my confidence and my health

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The weeks are flying by and summer is just around the corner. We all associate summer with the beach, summer clothes, no school, road trips, etc. For many years I used to feel a sense of dread, as I was overweight and felt so down about the prospect of baring so much skin in the summer sun. It affected my confidence and I felt so angry for letting myself get this way. I would browse through fashion websites and would look at all the beautiful clothes that I couldn’t buy. I would feel jealous of the models in the pictures. I was getting frustrated thinking about how I had let myself go. I had lost all interest in my appearance and didn’t even care whether I brushed my hair or not. On top of all of this, I wore extremely baggy clothes that would make me look even heavier than I was. I lost interest in life. DEBBIES CERT In 2014, I decided to do something about it by eating healthy and working out. It's been a year since I began my journey and I recently received my certificate for Gym and Fitness instruction. I'm also getting married next year to my best friend Darren and have never been happier. All of this happened because I changed the way I thought about food. Now, I eat to fuel my body instead of eating everything in sight. I work out 6 days a week and have one day off for rest. Life has become easier, and I am much more organized and calmer because of working out. I can concentrate better and can deal with every situation that comes my way.

When I was mistreating my body, the smallest of things would tip me over the edge. I was extremely irritable and was a nightmare to be around. Ultimately, I became so disorganized with how I handled my life and negligent of my friends and family. I just wanted to be left alone.

WATER I cannot even begin to describe the benefits of transitioning to a healthy lifestyle and working out. It changed my life so thoroughly: I am a completely different person on the inside as well as the outside. If you really want to change and get healthy, you can. I don’t believe in ‘diets’ as they are only a short term solution. Once you start to eat normal food again, you will pile the weight on. I have attempted so many diets and they do not work: they make you feel deprived and hungry. A lifestyle change is for life. I have never felt deprived or hungry at all since I resolved to maintain to a healthy lifestyle in 2014. I lost 3 stone (42 lbs) in 10 months and so can you!

Here are my best lifestyle tips that'll help you stay healthy for good

6 lifestyle tips to help you stay healthy for good - via the PumpUp Blog

  • Clear your home of all rubbish food: white bread, white rice, processed foods.
  • Go shopping and only buy food that you like and will nourish you
  • Have one treat day in the week, but make sure to go straight back to healthy eating and working out the following day.
  • If there is a special occasion coming up, enjoy it, but don’t go to mad that you will feel mad at yourself the following day.
  • If you feel unmotivated to work out when you come home from school/work /college turn on your favourite music and it will motivate you to workout (I swear by this one).
  • Drink hot water and lemon every morning before breakfast; it is amazing for your skin and helping promote weight loss.
  • When you are eating your dinner, turn off the TV because it can distract you and you won’t know if you are full or not.

Keep up the good work guys!

These lifestyle tips are by PumpUp’s @DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram

When Emma lost her excuses, she found her results - PumpUp Success Stories

When Emma lost her excuses, she found her results - PumpUp Success Stories

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"To be fully frank with you, my lifestyle was still a bit of a mess," admitted Emma, who became fully invested in the PumpUp community 9 months ago when she decided to make health her first priority. A number of negative influences weighed her down the summer before she joined  PumpUp. "I was depressed, lonely, drank hard liquor constantly and only worked one job for 10 hours a week," Emma recounted. "Ordering pizza was never much of a concern. I didn't give much thought as to what I was putting into my body." Slowly, Emma began to integrate cardio and weightlifting into her routine and began to research how she could best attain her health and fitness goals. "I found out about PumpUp from a fitness bikini competitor that I follow," she divulged. "She mentioned how motivational of a community it is. At that point I had only been a part of the community at Bodybuilding.com, which was informative but slightly different." 

When emma lost her excuses, she found her results. Here's her arm progress pic.

Emma is a firm believer that you are what you invest in. Once she began to invest 200% into her mental and physical health, everything fell into place. "I transitioned into a healthier lifestyle by researching everything: from exercises on Bodybuilding.com to following influential females on Instagram and PumpUp." The adjustment came easily for Emma. Her passion for food made it easy for her to see how she could be creative with healthy cooking and  share about it with an online fitness community such as PumpUp. "My old trainer, who used to professionally compete, saw my hunger for growth and power and he suggested that I should try to compete in a bikini competition that was hosted at my old high school." Now a full-fledged fitness bikini competitor, the rest is history in the making for Emma.

Since Emma began her journey with PumpUp, she began to make a photo-diary of her progress toward the stage and even switched her career paths. "I went from going to school for fashion design in Manhattan to going back to school for Dietetics and Nutrition this coming fall," she elaborated. "My heart bursts every time an old acquaintance, classmate, or coworker comments about how I am a role model and sees me as motivational. It's both humbling and heartwarming and keeps my drive intact. PumpUp is also full of constant positivity and support, it's my second family. I'm finally surrounded by positivity and I'm never looking back!"

When emma lost her excuses, she found her results. Here's a photo of her incredible muscles.

Emma has been able to pursue her passion for health and fitness head-on, despite financial obstacles that she faced along the way. "For awhile, my mother was telling me that [fitness competing] was a hobby and wanted me to get a better-paying government job, as well as return to school for Fashion," she mentioned. "I'm back at my mom's place and I'm currently saving up money for my own apartment later this year. Having no car has been stressful with financial difficulties, my competition prep, loan repayments, and more." Her dedication is admirable: Emma holds three different jobs at the moment, working at Starbucks, Mac Cosmetics, and Athleta. "I love every minute of it," she enthused. "I stopped creating excuses!"

She urges her fellow PumpUp members to tackle every fitness goal one day at a time. "What separates those who are successful is  those who aren't afraid of failure, but welcome it," she insisted. Emma has had slip-ups throughout her journey, but chooses not to ruminate upon them. "Recently, even during my strict preparation schedule for my competition, I had a slip," she confessed. "Take it all in stride and don't be afraid to ask for help. Smile and have fun! Remember that fitness is not a job but an adventure!"

When emma lost her excuses, she found her results. Here's her full body progress pic

As Emma continues to share about her progress with PumpUp, she hopes to spread more positivity with the community. "I want to grow with PumpUp in more ways than one," she insisted. "I have been in dark places and kept forgetting that my family and friends were there fore me. I will continue to do more competitive shoes throughout the winter and constantly strive for more progress."

Biggest Motivation

"If you asked me this a year and a half ago I'm not sure I would answer the same way. My biggest motivation is my mother completely. She is the craziest, most loveable superwoman I could ever ask for. I've come to understand her side of things and she's never left my side despite me leaving college and creating an opposite lifestyle. She has lived through multiple wars, brought our family to the states, is getting her degree in the next few months all despite being a single mother and working two non-stop jobs. She even works out and was using protein powder among other things before me!"

Motivational Mantra

"Fuel and train your mind and your body will follow!"

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Fun fact about Emma

"I'm actually going to get a little company started this summer selling protein desserts! Wish me luck! I can also do crazy special effects makeup!"

Cheer Emma on as she reaches her goals with the help of the PumpUp Community! Find her on PumpUp @emmakeshchyan and on Instagram @Emmageorgiyevna! When was the moment that you learned to stop creating excuses for yourself? Let us know if you relate to Emma's story in the comments below!

How PumpUp dared Katharina to dream big - PumpUp Success Stories

How PumpUp dared Katharina to dream big - PumpUp Success Stories

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Towards the end of 2014 in the cool and bleak midst of winter, Katharina needed a greater dose of positivity than she ever needed before. "Before using PumpUp, I had a slump in my motivation and needed to get back on track," said Katharina, who, as a fitness athlete, couldn't afford to lose sight of her goals. Though she was exercising as much as 10 times in one week, Katharina's eating habits would derail her progress. "My sweet tooth got out of control," she insisted. "I had a cheat meal (and sometimes, even a full-on cheat day) every single week and this really hindered me." With motivation from the PumpUp community, Katharina was able to maximize her athletic potential. "By tracking every workout and posting my progress on PumpUp, [the app's] very positive community kept me on track," she professed. "When I started to use PumpUp I was finally able to increase my cardio workouts and decrease the frequency of my cheat  meals to one every 2-3 weeks." Her regimen is quite admirable. On top of weight training, Katharina clocks in up to 14 cardio sessions a week and eats up to 7 times a day.  You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated individual than her. "I'm working out on a daily basis, doing cardio before breakfast and both weights and cardio prior to eating lunch," she said happily.

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Since she joined PumpUp in December, Katharina was able to stay in amazing off-season shape— something she hasn't been able to achieve in her entire career. She now looks forward to competing in an autumn 2015 bikini competition and the PumpUp community can't wait to encourage her toward her journey to the stage. "I eventually hope to increase my muscle mass so that I can move up to a higher figure class in 2016," she mused. "This is the greatest dream that I'm chasing. Without everything that I accomplished since I joined PumpUp, I wouldn't ever dare to dream as big as I'm dreaming now." 

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It wasn't easy for Katharina to build as much muscle mass as she did over the past few months. She struggled with anorexia between 2006 and 2014, constantly conceding to a mental disorder that was distorting her relationship with food. "By convincing myself that food was making me fat, I lost almost all my muscle mass. My lowest weight was 42 kilograms," she recalled. "I had to build my muscles up from point zero." Katharina hopes to inspire others along her journey by speaking up against starvation. "I know exactly what it feels like to desperately want to lose weight," she confided. "Only small steps will allow you to climb a mountain: no crash diet can do what good nutrition and consistent exercise can do for you. There is no quick fix."

Best Advice to fellow PumpUp members

"Form new habits so you don't have to make decisions all the time. Don't question your routine, just do it and let the time work for you."

Biggest motivation

"My biggest motivation is the Ms. Olympia champ Nicole Wilkins. I just love her physique and to achieve a body like hers is my ultimate goal."

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Katharina's Healthy Mug Cake

"Mix 15g of rice protein, 15g of coconut flour, 100ml of egg whites, 50ml of water and flavour/sweetener of choice in a big mug and microwave it for 3-4min. I like to use Walden Farm's Syrup for a little more sweetness in the afternoon with my cake and coffee."

Motivational Mantra

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit."

More about Katharina

I have a BSc in Anthropology and I'm on my way to my MSc now. I'm doing this for fun and to satisfy my curiosity for new discoveries in science. In my opinion, learning is an ongoing progress in life. I'm constantly curious about innovation in the areas of health, sports and nutrition. This way, I can work as a personal trainer and coach for a living and use new information and techniques to help my clients. My business is named "Fitness Glam Coaching" and is located in Austria (Europe).

Keep Katharina pumped on the app @katharina_fitglam and cheer her along her journey to the stage!

You won't believe what Lisa endured throughout her fitness journey - PumpUp Success Stories

You won't believe what Lisa endured throughout her fitness journey - PumpUp Success Stories

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 Lisa was a competitive gymnast who ate fast food every day, a long-distance runner who wasn't feeding her body with proper nutrients, and a springboard diver who ate anything and everything in sight. Lisa is a gymnastics coach and a nationally-qualified bikini competitor, placing 1st in both Novice and Open Divisions. Throughout her entire life, Lisa also struggled with an addiction that a very slight percentage of women in the United States deal with, let alone other body building competitors. Lisa is a compulsive overeater in recovery.
"It preoccupies my thoughts at all times: What can I eat next? When do I get to eat again? What if I run out of macros for the day? Saying no to food goes far beyond 'self-control'," she explained. "Even when my food is measured and prepped [...] I can't escape the compulsion to eat, no matter what plan or strict diet I'm on. After my bodybuilding competition, where I took home two first-place trophies, I was confident that I could tame the beast that had built up inside of me." That wasn't the case. One bite of food that didn't adhere to Lisa's meal plan ended up leading to a huge binge. "This binge brought up so many feelings of disappointment, anger, and guilt," she said dejectedly. "I thought I had enough "self control" to keep from binge eating. Heck, I went 5 months without cheating on my contest diet even once. What I'm slowly learning is that self control has nothing to do with it. I am not weak, I am strong. I have admitted to feeling powerless over food, and I'm ready to let it go."
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As a former gymnast, Lisa always led a fairly active and healthy life. She admitted that taking care of her body didn't always rank as her highest priority. "I lifted weights a couple of times per week but rarely did cardio, and didn't have a problem stopping at the drive-through on the way to work," she recalled. "I convinced myself that it was okay because I worked out. My energy was low on most days, but I assumed that it was due to my busy schedule." 
10 months ago, Lisa joined the PumpUp community in search of a support system. "My [students] were very proud to tell me that they were working out on their spare time using PumpUp," she explained. "They seemed to be having fun creating workouts [on the app]. I was immediately interested and downloaded it. I love posting everyday: whether it be a picture of what I ate for breakfast or logging a workout that I completed. My body and health are now my top priority." Since she began to share her journey with the PumpUp community, Lisa's exercise and diet regimen has been more consistent than it has been in her entire life. "I plan on keeping it that way," she stated proudly.
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After all of the hurdles and obstacles that Lisa bravely endured and overcame, she managed to pull herself back on track and hopes to inspire others on the PumpUp community to do the same."PumpUp has given me a reason to be more open and accepting! People are using this app for support and it really allows me to feel like I can be myself, as well as accept others for who they are on each step of their fitness journey," she gushed. "I don't feel judged or disrespected, and in return I want to use PumpUp to inspire people to be confident with who they are right now."
Hard work really does win, and months of training and preparation really allowed Lisa to shine after she won first place trophies at her competition, despite her compulsive eating disorder. "I know I'm not alone, and I will continue to recover one day at a time," she affirmed. "Today I feel free from the thoughts that seemed to run my life. I hope to inspire my fellow friends on PumpUp to keep pushing no matter what obstacles they face! My compulsive overeating is like a sleeping lion.  I hope to keep the lion at rest, and keep my goals in sight. Today is a new day, and for that I am thankful. Just for today, I will abstain  from compulsive overeating."
Lisa's Favourite Eats
"One of my favorite meals is my morning protein pancakes!  I blend spinach, oats, egg whites, and prime nutrition's Phytoform together to make delicious pancakes that taste like fruity pebbles! You can always substitute sweet potato instead of oats! I also enjoy making French toast out of rice cakes! Soak rice cakes in egg white batter (with cinnamon and stevia) then cook it just like French Toast!"
Lisa's Workouts
"I absolutely love weightlifting!  Lifting makes me feel strong, and in my opinion is the best workout anyone can do! I enjoy training back and shoulders! Pull-ups, leg lifts and shoulder presses are some of my favorite exercises. I lift 6 days a week and that is how I choose to stay active. I'm currently also doing cardio 6 days per week. I will taper off the cardio until it's at 2x per week now that my competition training is over."
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Lisa's Best Advice
"If you are looking to lead a more active life, you have to realize nobody is going to do it for you. You aren't going to want to workout everyday, you're going to want to choose a bag of chips over a piece of fruit. The reality of it is, you will need to make sacrifices. Sacrifice time each day to get to the gym, and sacrifice foods you know won't help you reach your goals! You have to install these habits and even then, it won't be easy.  I have been on one heck of a roller coaster ride with ups and downs of leading a healthy lifestyle. It doesn't come easy, but once you decide to change it will be the best decision of your life! Day in and day out, do it no matter what, until giving up isn't an option anymore! You have to rise above the doubt in your head. Making this a lifestyle will take time, so don't get discouraged when you have a setback. Take it one day at a time and you will do great things!"
Motivational Mantra
"You've got what it takes, but it's going to take all you've got!  This saying reminds me that even when I'm having a hard day that I'm not weak, I just have to give my all plus a little more."
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More about Lisa
"I coach springboard diving, and gymnastics. I was a competitive gymnast for 7 years. In 2013 I placed second in the state for springboard diving. I am a nationally qualified bikini competitor placing 1st in both novice and open.  I have a hairless cat named Baldwynne.  I'm studying to get my NASM personal training certification."
Keep Lisa pumped on the PumpUp app @fitlisa!
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Is a bikini fitness competition for you? Here's what to expect

This is part of a series of posts by Jennifer (@liftingfairy on PumpUp), a bikini competitor. Check out her blog here and vote for “Jennifer Reis” so that she can achieve her dream of attending the Miss FIBO power beauty competition.  Everyone has to start somewhere… For some athletes, their first round of competition preparation launches their journey into “Fitness Land.”  Starting can be intimidating. Some people are unsure of what to expect. I faced the same hesitancies last year.

The pros and cons of preparing for a bikini fitness competition

  • In my first ‘post-competition’ post, I wrote how taxing contest-preparation is. It will challenge you not only physically, but also mentally. Don’t expect it to be easy. Your first time preparing for a competition will be the hardest thing you have ever done in your life. If you consider it easy, go harder because that’s what makes the difference on stage.

  • Once you start your prep, you will see your body change from one day to another. The last two weeks for your prep will be mind-blowing. Prior to my first competition (and still today) I took pictures at least once a week to remind myself about how much I already achieved. Don’t only look back on your progress. You also have to look forward and focus on your goals and what you want to accomplish.

 

  • There will be A LOT of sacrifices. You don’t see me in a restaurant during my prep, rarely in the cinema and even less in a bar. When I decide to go to the movies, I always have my Renee Tote at hand with the meals I need, because planning meals is the key and it will keep you from getting anything at the candy shop. I never stay out too long in the evenings during that time, because I have to get up early the day after to hit the gym, or simply because my body has adapted to a regular rhythm (more about this soon). I left a lot of people behind, because negative words aren’t what you need during a contest-prep, especially from people who won’t even attempt to understand your lifestyle or those who eat pizza, pasta and burgers all day long and want you to do the same. They don’t have the slightest idea of what you are going through. (If you need some positivity, have a look HERE).
  • You will be amazed by your own results. Even if you have never been a very sporty person before, contest preparation will allow you to be in the best shape of your life because you pay much more attention to your eating habits and training routine. You have to put everything in your preparation and knowing that you will look the best you could possibly look is just an amazing achievement.

 

  • Sometimes you will be hungry and want to do a table-flip with your whole diet, which is totally understandable because you are slowly cutting carbs and at the same time training even harder. YES, you will be hungry and damn tired, but in the end it will be totally worth it.

 

  • The mirror is going to be your best friend and greatest enemy. It shows you how far you’ve come, but at the same time it plays very dirty mind-games with you… You will NEVER see yourself like others do. If someone else tells you ‘oh, you look great!’ you will be like ‘naahh… still not satisfied yet…’ The further you get in your prep and the closer the D-day comes, the more you will start to freak out and worry that you are not lean enough already and that you won’t be dropping fat fast enough etc. But let me tell you one thing, there will ALWAYS be one thing that is 100% honest with you. It’s the process.
  • People will tell you that ‘you are going too far’ or ’ you are too skinny and muscular, eeerrww…’. BUT there will also be positive people who support you with simple words or tiny actions like ‘wow, you are really inspiring’ or ‘because of you I started to hit the gym and watch over my eating habits more’. You are going to experience great support from people you never ever expected.

 

  • Most of your thoughts will be dedicated to FOOD. Because the only thing that matters during your prep is the right food. I am convinced that you will find yourself looking at other competitor’s food-posts to see what they are eating. And you will be spying ‘food-porn’-pictures because you have enough of chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and turkey-steaks.

 

  • Try not to follow your opponents on social media, it will drive you crazy. You can’t control what other athletes are doing or how they are training to get their physique. Focus on yourself and on your own preparation to achieve your personal goals. If it motivates you to get it on, go ahead. And while following those athletes you can also leave a positive comment to cheer them up, because it will cheer you up as well.

 

  • The week prior your competition-day will be the most exciting week of your entire preparation because you are doing something different every single day. You will have to decrease your water intake because you start the water-depletion, as you want to get REALLY lean and then load up on carbs during the last few days. Your final preparations are going on, like showering, shaving, scrubbing, and putting on a tan (HERE some tips for your first tanning). Depending on your own preparation plans, you should be allowed to go grocery-shopping and get yummy food like gums, sweets, chocolate or whatsoever to get a little pump before the show or simply to devour post-contest. Believe me or not, you will look like a little child on Christmas when you are buying delicious treats.
  • The big day will be so much fun and thrilling. The time has finally come to be paid for your hard work. You can put on as much make-up as you want. You can style your hair as fancy as you’d like it to be. The best is yet to come… the moment you line up backstage. You will be so hyped up but still, you won’t be thinking about anything else than stepping out on that stage and rocking your banging body. That moment on stage is the best and most thrilling feeling ever, and you will always remember it. Even if you didn’t get the ranking you wished for, you can be damn proud of yourself that you didn’t give up and that you stayed strong.

 I wish every new athlete best of luck over the course of their first preparation and competition(s), may the chicken be with you. Enjoy your season!

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#MyResolution Day 8: Realistic Goal - We’ve set our ultimate resolutions, so what’s a realistic, short term goal that you want to accomplish? Whether it’s reaching new personal record or working up to a new yoga pose, let us know if you have a very specific goal that you’d love to accomplish this week! PumpUp member @_marieta_’s is to go swimming at least 2x a week

Check out the full photo challenge here 

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My first bikini competition experience

This is part of a series of posts by Jennifer (@liftingfairy on PumpUp), a bikini competitor. Check out her blog here. 

Last weekend, on the 2nd of November, I had my very first NAC Bikini-Competition in Rheinbach, Germany. But I will start from the beginning: The weeks prior to my competition were very stressful, both physically and mentally. When I decided to compete, some months ago, I never thought that this type of preparation would stretch me to the limits as it did. I can call myself lucky that I am surrounded by people that motivate and support me day by day by saying how much they admire my dedication, discipline and focus. They encourage me by constantly telling me that I will look fantastic on stage and that I’m a winner no matter what, if I qualify or don’t. 

Three days before the competition I wasn’t feeling well and I had to stop training a day earlier than initially planned, but fortunately this day off didn’t ruin anything. I had some bad stomach-aches and couldn’t eat very much, plus I was suffering from shivering. I was very worried because I didn’t know if I could compete or not. But when Sunday arrived I was a 110% ready for the competition and for my maquillage appointment.

I knew right from the beginning that I would be too nervous to apply the make-up all by myself. So my lovely friend Marga came to our apartment to pretty me up. She did a wonderful job and made me look simply fantastic. The maquillage was exactly how I wanted it to be and it matched the color of my bikini perfectly. Hats off to Marga and her artistic make-up skills. 

While I’m at my bikini, I don’t want to keep it secret where it’s from. I ordered it at the beginning of October at AngelCompetitionBikini (www.acbikinis.com). The fabric is named ‘Hologram Jade/Mint’ and for the crystal design I chose the ‘Crystal Explosion’. I give a big and sincere thank-you to the TurboTwins, Karah and Lauren, who helped me out with the right size, color, connectors and design of my bikini. Believe me, these decisions were not easy, so I was more than happy about the great service from AngelCompetitionBikini.

Now back to the competition-day itself, which was very exciting. Backstage, you could feel a very vibrant atmosphere. It was a bit hectic because everyone had to get the last tanning-layer and get ready to step on stage, but every single athlete had his/her own little space to relax and switch off the uproar of the whole crowd. Waiting for my category’s turn wasn’t a big deal, but the moment we got called up for the backstage-lineup, I became super excited and nervous and I couldn’t wait to finally hit the stage. I always hated those moments right before stepping on stage, even back in the years when I was a gymnast. But once on in the spot-lights, the whole tension was gone and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I didn’t trip over my dress, my bikini fit perfectly, my heels stayed on my feet and I did all of the requested poses correctly, what else can you wish for? 

Afterwards I was told by my family and friends who came to see, that my posing was absolutely fantastic and that I was shining out from the other girls. I really appreciated their words as it was my first competition and I was slightly unsure about my posing-skills.

In the end, I didn’t qualify for the Mr. & Ms. Universe competition in Hamburg, but it was a great experience and I did the best possible. I am very proud of myself and I will work even harder in the future, because now I know what the judges want and I am determined that I will reach my goals. 

Never lose your motivation, because once you step on stage with your best form possible you are already a winner, no matter what your placement will be afterwards.

This is part of a series of posts by Jennifer, a bikini competitor from Luxembourg. Check out her blog and follow her on PumpUp @liftingfairy and on Instagram @lifting_fairy.