I’m Going For It…Now What?

When I finally decided to train for my Figure Competition I was joyous, ecstatic, overwhelmed and wanted throw up more than just a little bit.

I had no idea what I was doing. I literally spent weeks Googling things and pouring through random and oftentimes inappropriate content to try and find out how to become a Figure Competitor. No matter what you Google, once you put ‘bikini’ in the phrase you’ve got trouble on your hands!

Then I proceeded to make almost every mistake in the book.

Walking on the stage on October 16, 2010 is one of the proudest moments of my life. The obstacles I had to overcome both externally and internally to get there were not small. I am literally almost half the woman that I used to be on the outside, but at least twice the woman on the inside.

I journeyed alone for most of my training, too scared to be bold about what I was doing and who I was becoming. I let my fear of what people may think of me keep in the dark and alone. Training and competing alone is probably the hardest way to do it! We need each other, life is mean to be lived together.

So what do you want to know?

Perhaps you’ve decided in your heart that you want to compete and are experiencing the pure exhilaration and panic and don’t even know where to start. I would love to share my experience and any insight that I have gained along the way with you if it helps you not make the million mistakes I made.

Leave a comment with your question or what you are wondering about in regards to competing! It can be about anything…even the dreaded waxing!

And no…the fear of the itsy, bitsy, bedazzled bikini does not fade until the day of the event. Sorry!

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  1. I’m curious to know what your top major mistakes were that you made when you started your journey??


  2. Do you need a trainer to figure out your workouts and nutrition? Are there other resources I should be tapping into? I haven’t said the final yes because it has been info overload to this point. Seen some ebooks about workouts and nutrition. How often to see a trainer if you go that route? Burn fat or build muscle first?

    Sorry…full of q’s. 🙂

  3. Amy Hammond says

    Hey Donloree!
    What was involved the day before and day of the competition? I’m a bit overwhelmed about the skin/hair/makeup prep/tanning prep. Also the “warm-up” back stage… terrifying!!!
    Another thing is shoes. Did you go according to your in store shoe size when ordering them online? And how did you decided on your style/color of suit?
    All of your posts are inspiring, entertaining, and educational.
    Thank you!

  4. I totally know what you mean about typing in “bikini” to research stuff. Hahaha if someone walked in they would be like ummm what are you doing. LOL

  5. I’m just dead set scared that I don’t have the ‘strength’ to do it. Hell, I can lift heavy things and push heavy weights, but can I get my mind to bear this load. That’s my biggest issue. My gym instructor wants me to do a figure comp, but I can’t commit because of my fear. I’d rather run a marathon.

    • One thing about this sport is that you have to want to do it with your whole heart. It has to be something that you ‘must’ do, not something that would be ‘nice’. How you life your life shifts and you want to enjoy life. This is for you, no one else, so if you don’t want to do it and aren’t super excited then run the marathon. 🙂 BUT if you truly want to do it but just don’t know how that is a whole new thing. What must you do? 🙂

  6. Perfect timing for your post. I am in my first week of starting to prep for a figure competition. I “googled” my heart out until I decided to do it. Now after almost one week done, I am thinking “what the hell was I thinking”? I have been reading your blog for some time now and thank you for all the information! It has helped be a source of support just in the first week!

  7. This post couldn’t have came at a better time! I’m training for my first competition in August. I’ve wanted to do a competition for YEARS and let everything dissuade me from doing it. Finally I told myself: this is all about you and you are the only thing holding you back. So here I am… 🙂

    What is a typical week like when it comes to food prep? Are you a chop and package on Sunday person? Do you have any tips or tricks that you’ve learned along the way that have really helped make food prep more efficient?

    Thanks! Love your blog!

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