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2016/12/17 15:38:20 (permalink)

Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017

About me: Full time teacher, mum of two (10&6), ex triathlete, turning 40, quest to chase a dream of becoming a figure competitor.
Why?
I was very much a fat teenager. My uncle introduced me to the gym when I was about 13-14. I watched and learned from others. It was a proper dirty old gym with big bodybuilders and then me. A girl. Very much out of place but they took me under their wing and took me to bodybuilding shows etc. I knew nothing about dieting properly. I think I just naturally stretched out.
The aim of looking like a lean mean machine was programmed in my brain (magazine after magazine of muscular development and flex helped).
I tried to achieve this whilst at uni. I became a personal trainer (as well as getting a chemistry degree) and helped to train others in return for a programme from a gym in Birmingham.
Then I met my husband to be and I put my dream on hold.
How am I going to achieve this? What's different this time? Things are so different now 20 years later. It is more socially acceptable to be a female bodybuilder. The competitions have changed. There is much more support available and tools to help. Sometimes a bit too much advice though doesn't help.
So I've turned to a coach. In fact I had a bikini coach and managed to change my body composition significantly, but bikini competitions didn't interest me as much as figure. I have signed up for at least a years coaching last May with a figure coach. As well as being lovely, knowledgeable, experienced, and tough when necessary she also understands the need of balancing family life. I have learned when searching for a figure coach that they are quite rare compared to bikini coaches but more on that next time.
I have turned to hypnosis, self help books and everything else you might think of under the sun. However I am a clean figure competitor and plan to stay that way. I am so lucky because my friends and family support me even though they think I am crazy. I don't hang around with anyone else in this industry. I think Instagram and Snapchat helpful to build connections. I am starting this journal because I hope this will help others in a similar situation and help inspire others to chase their dreams.
Strengths:
I love feeling and being strong.
I have learned to love cardio (a marathon and 2 half ironman distances later)... Female triathlon club champion to boot.
Weaknesses:
I lack time.
I sometimes lack belief
Controlling what I eat can be an issue. I'm either 100% or nothing. It's hard to find a balance.

I'll upload a photo....
Prep starts January. 1st competition April.
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 17:09:13 (permalink)
May i suggest the shape up comp?
 
Good luck.

 
 
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 17:12:00 (permalink)
I'll look into it.
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 17:17:01 (permalink)
lilolyl
I'll look into it.


The MT one starts around the 2nd? Iv entered before it was good for the motivation. Hope you get where you want to be!

 
 
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 17:25:20 (permalink)
Thank you Smokey87! 
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 17:54:28 (permalink)
Welcome 👍

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 18:23:09 (permalink)
Great to see a lady on the progress journal forum :) look in great shape, good luck with the goals and welcome :)

 
 
 
 
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/17 18:25:36 (permalink)
Thank you Govinda & OX ! :)

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/18 03:27:56 (permalink)
Welcome. You will probably find that maintaining a journal here is one hell of a motivator. Certainly helps me.
 
Members are always encouraging and there is a wealth of knowledge here. They are a few incredible female members too that I'm sure would love to chime in with some advice.
 
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/18 07:44:53 (permalink)
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/18 07:48:39 (permalink)
161lb this morning. Heaviest I have been for ages. I met with my coach yesterday and made plans. I dream big and I have 6 months of prepping to look forward to. I figure my body and brain needs a break for a few weeks since I've been on a plan for over a year.
I am still training although I trained at home yesterday. Today I'll hit the gym for more glutes, shoulders and back. My weaknesses. They are trained v regularly to try and balance out my physique. I'll probably focus fore on back today.
For today's cardio I am taking the kids out for a bike ride whilst my hubby does a duathlon in the mountains. I actually miss hard challenging cardio for myself. Although I only got into it for 5 years, I don't do things by halves and really got stuck in. I did time trials and progressed onto cyclocross whilst training for triathlon. I miss the comradarie of it and the nerves as you start a race. I am very competitive.

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/18 18:56:24 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby hififi 2016/12/21 16:22:33
Hello
 
Good to see another female here, your legs look ace - already got the lines. 

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/18 20:25:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby hififi 2016/12/21 16:22:53
Hi gingernut, I've read your progress journal and it has really inspired me. Thank you. I got fed up of instagram. What is posted on ig not always realistic. You really shared your highs and lows and reminded me that we are all humans with the same difficulties to overcome.
It's hopefully easier when we can share and support each other.

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 06:16:21 (permalink)
Looking great alreasy, good luck with your training and journal
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 12:46:37 (permalink)
My morning shape this morning. 158.6 lb which is a miracle considering how much I have eaten last week. Eating every meal as if it was my last one ever! I'm not sure if I even enjoyed it? Woke up feeling rough. 1st illness in ages. Just because I'm trying to relax at the start of my holidays? Anyway. I think my legs are fine but my booty needs to GROW!!!! 3-4 times a week of glutes. Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated.

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 13:03:15 (permalink)
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 14:52:41 (permalink)
Welcome to the forum 
Beautiful Quads!
Where's your competition?
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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 14:59:06 (permalink)
Thanks Flick. I'm going to my home town to do the Saxon classic. It took me ages to decide on which class and federation to go for. Hopefully I have made the right decision. I think bikini would be a waste of the muscle that I have built over the years. Not sure what my condition will be. I decided toned was the best bet for now. I'll be competing with PCA and nabba next year.

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 15:00:03 (permalink)
Also, potentially 5 shows in my 1st year competing! OMG! I think I've gone completely insane!

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Re: Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017 2016/12/19 16:42:03 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby gingernut 2016/12/19 18:11:28
Good choice with PCA 
I think you're probably a bit too developed for Bikini, no point getting rid of all the hard work you've done.
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