Well after a crazy weekend back at work and finally getting some rest. I am finally getting a second to fill you in and all that happened this past weekend at the Europa Super Show in Dallas!
I made the decision this year to compete in my first NPC Bikini Competition! I trained for months and I must say, no easy task! I joined Team Edge to get me started on my journey! Ingrid and Joe built a great plan for me to start my journey and end up on the stage putting my best foot forward. I spent COUNTLESS hours in the gym, prepping food and researching everything related to competing. The more progress I made, the more I wanted to make! I work in the oilfield refinery and that means A LOT of hours! I only get off work every 14th day and the days I work are typically 10 hours minimum up to 13 hours or so. Taking on the journey of preparing to step on the stage with this schedule is a REAL challenge but one I was up for completely. I will not lie and say that there weren't failures throughout my journey. I failed on my diet numerous times as I struggle with Coca-Cola and sugar in general as well as finding the time to prep sometimes. I missed my workouts due to schedule, changing jobs and going between 3-4 cities in 2 weeks, finding a new gym, in between hotels and much much more. However, there is no excuse or change strong enough to keep me from succeeding. There were set backs from these weeks but I chose not to beat myself up over these missed opportunities and just get my butt back in the gym and back on track just as soon as I could. I chose to finish my prep and consider myself accomplished for the changes I had made. I was not only getting in shape for competing or for our wedding yet to start a new healthy and focused lifestyle and that wasn't going to happen overnight.
On Friday, May 9th I stepped out that big stage for the Europa Super Show in Dallas. This was my first show and boy was I nervous. Unfortunately, it showed as well but we will get to that. As I started my journey to Dallas on Thursday, after working the night shift Wednesday, it was one delay after another due to weather there. I was delayed, delayed again, re-routed, delayed again and FINALLY my flight that was supposed to be 1 1/2 hours arrived to Dallas 10 hours later. Stressed to say the least as I had missed a workout, hair appointment, tanning, a MUCH needed nap and oh yeah MUCH MUCH needed relaxation time! Huge thanks to those who kept me sane throughout the day, teammates and friends - Luddy, Keena, Rene and Coach 'Papa Joe' - thankful Farrel was asleep and didn't have to deal with me hehe. Once in Dallas, Luddy and I had a few errands to run to get ready for our stage debut! Last minutes errands completed, then off to get the first coat of tanning. That was an experience! A shy person no more. Let's just say those private booths they tan you in aren't so private but all worth it! Home to practice posing one last time, make sure suit is fitted just right and prep food for the day of the show! Early wake up call on the day of the show: had my breakfast and off for the second tan. Next up was hair and make-up and then relaxing!! Waiting for showtime Luddy and I had the opportunity to see the way the Pros work the stage! WOW!! Just wow!! So much admiration for what they have accomplished! I have work to do to get on that level but I am more determined than ever to push myself to grow and to learn everything I can. It was NOW! Now it was time for the bikini division to start lining up! 16 weeks of hard work was about to show! All that was left was to just get out there and kill it! To be confident and show the judges what I was made of and put my best foot forward. While I waited and tried to keep my nerves down, I got to talk with the girls in my class and made a few new friends that I absolutely love. They are by far the sweetest and most encouraging ladies. To Amber and Jennifer, who have encouraged and inspired me even more than they know. I look forward to our friendships growing and competing along side of you two again! I was all smiles in line but as soon as it was my turn to step on that stage... I could feel myself shaking. I could see the judges and smiling as hard as I could, lips trembling and all, I could feel the excitement of the stage and the crowd. I walked right up there and hit my first pose and then... who knows. Well, that's what I remember. I knew I continued to pose and hit my mark but it was all a blur. Trembling again and knowing this is my shot. That's a lot to take for the first time. So many different emotions at once! As I stood there and waited as they called out 1st call outs and 2nd call outs and lastly my group, third call outs I felt a sense of accomplishment. I had done it. I had gotten my first show under my belt but I walked off the stage with mixed feelings. I LOVED every second of being on stage and showing the judges my hard work; however, I was in third call outs. I had set my sights much higher - was hoping for at least a second call out. After a short while and some reflection, I realized just how great I did! I was a winner just for getting on the stage and conquering my fears! Third call outs.. I WILL TAKE IT! I now have a starting point, a new goal, judges comments and much more to build on. It is all subjective of course and depends on what the judges are looking for that day. I am new. I WILL earn my spot! I am motivated now more than ever and have realized everyone was once a beginner. My progress thus far was amazing! I couldn't have asked for better with the schedule and the different things I had to overcome. I will come back to that stage in just a few short months with a better package and much more stage confidence! Posing practice will happen much more often until it is second nature! I want to bring out the sassy part of Savannah next time and really show the judges who I am and what I have to offer the fitness industry!
I am so very thankful for all of those who have supported me throughout my prep. Dealing with all of my craziness, mood swings, eating foods food me when I was REALLY craving something (yes, that happened) and so so much more. To Luddy, for carting me around the weekend of the show, helping me consume waaaaay more protein than one person should in a day at the Expo, shopping with me and just being funny. I had a great weekend, a great first show and cannot wait for the next one! I commend each competitor out there - whether it be someone who has competed time and time again or another newbie like me... each time takes hard work, dedication, time, money and true grit to go for it. Each of you push me to try harder and harder and set bigger and bigger goals. I am going for that coveted Pro Card... and I will get there with hard work and dedication. Thank you to Ingrid and Joe for pushing me and giving me all of the opportunities they have given me thus far. I hope to be able to take advantage of more of them in the near future. Farrel, thank you for all that you are and all that you do to inspire, encourage and help me reach my goals. You know the struggles of our job and yet you continue to help me stay focused and positive. With all of this being said.... I can't wait for the next show! Stay tuned for many updates to come throughout my training as well as checkout my gallery for pictures from the show!! Thank you all again!