The Black Hole of Post Competition

I am on vacation this week on the Oregon coast with my whole family so I have a few guest posts from the fabulous BoBettes! While I get creative on how to train with only driftwood, rocks, starfish, and tidepools I bring you posts from some of my favorite people.


Chantelle Enns competed for the first time in the spring and is sharing some fabulous words of wisdom about Post Competition Blues from her experiences after competing.

This was pretty much my face the week after I competed. 

Chentelle Sad

Have you seen it before? If you have ever competed I bet you have.  Funny enough I had actually started to prepare myself weeks before for something most people in the industry call “Post Competition Blues”.  If you haven’t heard the term before it is describing what some competitors go through once they have hit their goal of competing.  We develop the “What now?” syndrome having not thought about what to do with ourselves after the competition was over.

As I sat trying to find articles written on the subject only to find none that really told me how to go about getting out of the slump I was in, I started to get more and more upset because it seemed like no one was having the same problem. Only after talking to a friend of mine who had competed for the first time the year before I realized, EVERYONE experiences a small amount of down energy post competition however it is just not discussed.

Cue little light bulb above head!

Chantelle lightbulb

Why couldn’t I talk about it?  Well I CAN! Now you’re probably asking, “How do I know if I’m experiencing Post Competition Blues?”  Well I’ll tell you! (based on my own experiences)

My experience!

  1. Do you wake up and immediately head for a mirror, then the scale, then back to the mirror?
  2. Do you weigh yourself more than once a day, every day?
  3. Do you stare at your softer self in every mirror you pass?
  4. Are you still on your pre contest diet 6 weeks after the competition? (if you aren’t competing again of course)
  5. Do you feel depressed most of the time about the way you’re starting to look post competition?

All of these are signs of Post Competition Blues and of course there are many more. 

Learning to not be so hard on yourself is one of the first steps to easing out of this frame of mind.  Spending MONTHS (like me) working out twice a day, cutting carbs extremely low, only drinking water and maybe some coffee, becomes such a habit it’s extremely hard to figure out a balance.

The second step I took in finding that balance was deciding if I was competing again this year.  Since I decided I wasn’t I needed to reassess my goals.  Did I want to compete ever again? Absolutely! But I knew I needed more muscle. So there’s goal #1, more muscle. I’m currently building muscle for March 2012 and I know that’s a looooooong ways away but it still keeps me motivated.  Another thing that keeps me motivated? Photo shoots! I’m in contact with some great photographers who hold photo shoots for various things. For example, I just volunteered for a makeup artist’s portfolio.

Once you take a moment to reassess your goals the rest seems to fall in to place and you find the balance you’ve been searching for.

Just remember these 3 things:

  • You can’t be in contest shape 365 days of the year; your body will get very angry at you.
  • It’s OK to be “fluffy”! Love the fluff. It’s helping you build big, girly muscles.
  • Be proud of yourself for competing in the first place!! It takes a lot of guts to strut around in a tiny suit and heals that look like you stole them from a “dancer”.

Love yourself and the things you have accomplished. Vow to do it all over again and learn from your mistakes. Share your wisdom with others.

Words of wisdom

Connect with Chantelle on Twitter or on her blog. And whatever you do, make sure to check out her Facebook page for Dione Photography. She is super talented

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  1. Most people struggling to have a good body experience Post Competition Blues

    That was some sort of some inspirational and motivational stuffs you gave.

  2. D I hope you’re having a greattime on Vacation! I’m sure its a much needed breaka nd a wonderful way to reconnect with family!

    Chantelle! oh my goodness you are describing EXACTLY what I am going through right now. I just competed onJuly 16 and I am still having a hard time with finding a balance with my diet, not having the compulsiont o get on the scale every morning, and constantly over alanayzing ym “soft” parts or the changes ym body is going through.

    This defintiely helped me!


    • I’m glad it helped some! It’s such a hard thing to go through. It took my body about 6 weeks to really get back to “normal” so give yourself some time. 🙂 Take it easy on the carbs as well, slowly introducing clean carbs back into your diet will make you feel less gross. lol If you need anything let me know!!! 🙂

  3. Chantelle I love the pictures, they made me laugh =) Great job though, as I think most of us first time competitors go through this. It’s so hard!

  4. love this post!
    been there,done that and the end result?
    me making small goals,different goals,right after shows…
    such as 1/2 marathon training,or goals like decresing 5k times,or setting new athletic goals in general–
    this really helps me divert my attention from “what do i do now that the shows are over?”


  5. “You can’t be in contest shape 365 days of the year; your body will get very angry at you.”

    I stayed in near-contest-shape for about 12 years. Then, I stepped away from it in favor of a more reasonable lifestyle. Didn’t work. currently en-route near-contest-shape where I will remain for another 12 — at least. I like to be 2-3 weeks out — always…

  6. Great post! I found the mini goals to be really helpful post-competition. There’s definitely an adjustment phase from contest ready shape to maintenance (muscle building) shape!

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