It was the weirdest thing - right before I went on-stage for the Open Fitness Model posing round, my coach gave me half of a dextrose tab to eat (gets glycogen to the muscles FAST and pumps them up). But minutes after I got out there, my face started twitching :S Not only that, but when I look back at pictures from that round I notice that my usually beautifully defined abs are basically GONE! I asked him if I could skip the dextrose for the Figure round (I was sure it was the cause of the face twitching), and not surprisingly my abs came out better for it (and no facial twitching). I'm sure the dextrose works for many many people, just not me. Lesson learned.
|Morning of the show, before my last coat of tan, breakfast, and obviously hair/makeup!|
|Where did my abs go? (Open Fitness Model Short)|
|Booya! Look at that lava spewing across my butt! SO HOT! Loved that detail.|
|Oh, there they are! (Open Figure Short)|
|Left to right: 3rd place, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 5th|
|Team Pro Revolution|
And here is a link to a video clip of all the show's highlights. You can spot me briefly around the 4 minute mark ;)
I've decided not to do the second show this weekend. After mulling it over a bit, I decided I didn't want to go into a show with the mind-set that I might lose. I would rather go in thinking I'm going to win and be disappointed, than go in expecting to do poorly. I wasn't lean enough, and it wasn't something I could fix in a week. I would rather save my money, time, and energy (not to mention the money, time and energy of my family/friends who would've come to see me) and instead use this week for improving my physique so I can win next time!
I've also decided to go back to my previous nutritionist, Dave Ruel. It was amazing to work with such a knowledgeable and multi-talented person as Jay, and I'm so happy I got to experience the process through that methodology. I would highly recommend anybody considering doing a show and living in the Ottawa/Toronto/Barrie area to contact him! But it's also no secret that Dave is a very good friend of mine, and in the end I just found that his approach to dieting meshed better with mine. So I'm excited to work with him again, and see what we can do with my body this time around :D