Five Things I Never Thought I Would Care About

Being a Figure Competitor has made me care about ridiculous things. Things I never in a million years would have thought I would care about. Nonetheless, these things are now important to me. I know that they just make other people laugh at me, but I don’t care! Competing and being the healthiest and most in shape I have ever been in my life is too much fun to care what other people think!

Please tell me that I am not the only one that cares about these things.

1. Vegetables served with my side of plain, grilled chicken breast. ‘Vegetables‘ are no longer good enough…beets, carrots and potatoes are vastly different that broccoli, asparagus, and green beans. The confused looks your friends give you when you order plain lettuce with nothing on it to go with your naked chicken breast are priceless.

2. Half a millimetre. Every Monday morning I meet with Peter for my weekly arse kicking and one of the things we do is measure my fat. Let me tell you, this is not the most dignified thing I do in my week! I measure my success by millimetres now. When we first started my muffin top calliper fat squish was 46 mm. Now I am down to 9.5 mm. If I go down by even .5 of a millimetre you would have thought I just landed on the moon so great my excitement!

3. Carbs. Oh carbs how I need you, but not too many of you! Some days I have to make the decision to have peppers in my salad or put salad dressing on it. Then I squeeze my eyes shut, say a prayer, and then re-read the salad dressing label hoping in vain that some of the carbs fell of the nutritional information.  This has never happened…

4. Five AM. I *heart* 5:00 in the morning now. I never used to be a morning person. I used to sleep in until 11:00 on weekends and meander through my day in a fog after pressing snooze 12 times. Now when the alarm rings at 5:00 in the morning I hop out of bed like my arse is on fire. Why?  Breakfast. Plain and simple, I get to eat again. Do NOT get in between me and my breakfast; it will not be pretty!

5.  The schedule at conferences. Before I started competing, a coffee break at some point in the morning to re-caffeniate was sufficient. Now I have to figure out how to sneak out a meal in my purse in the middle of a session and find a place to eat it quickly before anyone notices I am missing. You just can’t break out an epic sized salad at 3:00 at a boardroom table and nonchalantly munch away, no matter how confident you are!

I am not alone in caring about these things…am I?

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  1. 5 am almost sounds like sleeping in to me – but again I dont have to dig the car out of snow!

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