Bikini Or Bust Challenge: Redefined

I am so proud of all the women that are willing to be featured  as one of the three competitors on my blog for the next 6 months. The heart and soul that they have shown in their comments and emails is inspiring, absolutely inspiring!

So I am supposed to pick three of them…ummm…I can’t do that! How in the world am I supposed to pick?! Every single one of them is fabulous. Every single one of them is living beyond themselves.  Every single one of them has a compelling story.

Due to the internal chaos of having to pick, I thought draw would be best. Very clean, obvious, and to the point…but it made me upset to think about just drawing three women out of a hat. It just didn’t seem fair to the rest. I was the little girl that always made sure to get enough stickers, candies, and gifts for my brother and sister when ever I got something. I can’t exclude people that I am connected with, it just steps all over who I am.

What does this mean?

You are all in. Yup, each and every brave woman that wants to compete in a bodybuilding competition and live out loud in the Bikini Or Bust community will have some limelight spilled on her. All the details about eligibility remain the same, except for one: if your competition is in the month of June, you can participate as well! What it looks like and how we are going to do it, we will figure that out together as we go.  Each of you has a story that the world must hear, so let’s tell it to them!

Who else is taking up the gauntlet and going to join us on the exciting ride of a lifetime?! So far there are a few of us! I am proud to welcome Faith, Jessica, Michelle, Deb, Lisa, Julia, Nicole, Liz, and Staci to journey with me to a Figure Competition this Spring!

Are you going to be number eleven?!  You have until October 29th at midnight to put your name in the ring!

And don’t forget that at the finish line, you will end up glued into a bedazzled suit, with a fake tan, lightly coated in Pam, and having hte time of your life. I know I sure did!

Who knew Pam was so useful?!

Now it’s time to go kick some arse! Who’s with me?

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  1. oh yeah! I’m so excited! Thank you! Can’t wait to get to know a little more about everyone else and their goals!!!!

  2. YAY!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE MY JOURNEY… One problem… PAM doesn’t exist in Australia and it’s killing me!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity again, and I really look forward to hearing everyone’s story!

  3. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am so IN. I will see my trainer/coach on Thursday and ask him to do some before pics. Will also dig up my post baby pics…. Okay so what else do I do? Hee hee hee hee hee…

  4. AWESOME! Can’t wait to get going with this, thank you for picking all of us!! 🙂

  5. OH YAY!!! Thanks for including all of us!! IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I tried to e-mail you but it didn’t get delivered. 🙁 I would love to participate as well!!. 🙂

  7. Cindy Smith says

    Just had to share a breakthrough I had this morning with my nutrition/fitness journey. I probably should start my own blog so I can vent there, lol.

    I am not at a point right now where I feel I can make bodybuilding a goal, but would like to “participate” as somebody that wants to be serious about my new commitment to a lifestyle of eating right and working out on a regular basis.

    I am a 46-year-old mother of two kids (13 and 10). I was one of those incredibly thin people in my younger days that used to be able to eat whatever I wanted and not gain weight. *Ahem, those days are long gone. At this point I am probably about 30 pounds overweight.

    Decided I needed to do something about it about three years ago and signed up with a trainer at a nearby studio in Eagle, Idaho. I worked out hard with him three days a week for a year and a half and made significant changes to my diet and ended up losing only 1-2 pounds (but lost 16% body fat so I can’t complain too much). I was working out of my home as a medical transcriptionist and lost two big clients due to changes in technology so could not afford the trainer. At that point I signed up for two fitness boot camps. Lost another pound or so.

    Then my husband lost his job and life got a little crazy and nutrition and working out went out the window. He found a job in Yakima, WA and we moved here the end of June, 2010.

    (Yikes, I’m trying to keep this short). A few weeks after moving here I had to be hospitalized overnight as I was found to have a small blood clot behind my right knee. They think the long drive (8 hours with few stops) we took on the day (night) we moved here along with the fact I was taking birth control pills was what did me in. Also found that I have a gene mutation that makes me more likely to clot in those circumstances.

    Guess I needed to be whacked between the eyes to remind me that I must return to my earlier commitment to nutrition and exercise (some of us have harder heads than others).

    Back to my workout today (sorry, felt I needed to give some background). I have committed myself to trying to run two miles on the treadmill 3 days a week. This morning I began my run and this all too familiar voice started playing in my head. “You tried this once before – how many pounds did you lose?” “Don’t you have laundry to do, a house to clean, etc.?” “You know, you could just run one mile and nobody would know.”

    I had an “ah ha” moment right then and there that the voice I was hearing wasn’t mine. I WANT to commit to this. Due to a Bible study I am going through at this time that is helping give me strength to do this, I think it was Satan playing one of his sneaky games and trying to derail me from my plan.

    I screamed at the top of my voice for Satan to get out of my mind, out of my house, and out of my life. Right at that point my MP3 player went completely dead. I hopped off the treadmill to quickly turn it back on, but found the battery had died. I had a decision to make. Quit, or finish the mile and a half I had left without my MP3.

    I hopped back on the treadmill with renewed determination and prayed out loud that God would give me the strength I needed to succeed.

    I not only finished the two miles, but cut almost a minute off the time I had ran on Monday.

    This journey that I’m on is not only a physical and mental journey — it’s a spiritual one.

    I am so inspired by all of you ladies who are commiting to competing :).

    I apologize for the long post.

    • Cindy – thank you so much for sharing your story with us and committing to your own goal! Your honesty about everything is so inspiring and your strength and commitment to this is amazing! We are very happy to have you come along with us! 🙂

  8. Hey,

    I read your article in the journal, checked out the blog and am really enjoying reading it and hearing about the craziness of figure comps. Very intriguing to me! Last year I lost 50lbs and I’ve been a bit of a gym rat myself it’s great to read about other ppl going through the same stuff!

    Keep it up 🙂


  9. I read your blog when you first proposed a B&B Challenge. I’ve been thinking about it since. Wondering what I would write and figure out exactly where my head is at. I’ve always wanted to be one of those transformation stories; I’ve always wanted to be fitter than I was. I’ve been fit but not figure comp fit, most of the time could be described as fat fit. I’ve come to realize I need to quit saying I want to do it and simply do it and push away many misconceptions I have about myself and personal strength – too many stretch marks, skin will sag if I loose a lot of weight, etc.. I keep watching other people transform their bodies, and finally decided that I need to try and do the same….I know there will be times when I doubt myself, but I’m going to reach out and get some extra support from family, friends, my trainer and others in the same boat as I.
    Being a stay at home mom of three, ages 14, 12 & 10, I’m sooo busy with them and their activities and the schedule of my husband who is a busy executive that I’ve got to turn attention back onto myself.
    So now I give myself permission to unveil this gorgeous person that’s been waiting to come out. I do want that transformation, I do want a strong sexy mind and body. I want to be inspired and inspire others and I want more energy to help mold my life.

    • Cindy Smith says

      Kathy – you ROCK! Sounds like you’re in the same boat I am. Two kids – 13 and 10 and very busy with their sports schedules, volunteering at their school, etc., along with everything else. It’s time to start putting our fitness and nutrition on the front burner, girlfriend! 🙂

    • Kathy! You are coming with us?! I am so excited! I think you are number 16. This is going to be amazing. I am so proud of you for doing this, it takes absolute courage. You are not alone though, we are all going to do it together. Your tenacity made shivers go up my arms. 🙂

      • Well thank you both very much for your comments!

        Today, I announced to my trainer the good news (who by the way – I’m so lucky – trains figure competitors who all have placed 1st-4th place in all the years I’ve known him). We high fived each other and he said, “Trust me. I’ve always believed you can do it and I know you can.” So, phew I got that out of the way. Then, to prove how serious I am, I took before pictures and emailed them to him with strict instructions that he only show others when they are placed beside my after pictures. Looking at my pictures made me cry; embrassment and mourning the loss of this old Kathy. One who served her purpose and did what she had to do. And yet, I giggled because I’m making way for the new me (I’m almost making myself sound crazy). He’s going to gauge how I’m doing and here in Calgary, there will be a few spring competitions to choose from, April or May, and he’ll suggest which one I should go in (worst case scenario would be Oct 2011). I have to say, I hope it’s May beause a week after the comp is over I go to Vegas for an all girls trip!

        So, I may not look like a fitness competitor yet but I’m sure feeling and trying to behave like one.

        Believe, Behave, Become!

        • Kathy – awesome news. 🙂 I am so proud of you. There is the INBF all natural show in April, which I am going to do. How much fun would it be to compete together?!

      • That would be cool to be in the same show; we’d get to formally meet. You, are no longer novice, nice!
        Reading your B&B Challenge email. I’ve got my to do list now! Thx. 🙂


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