Monday, 25 April 2016

PURE ELITE - SHOW DAY | Bikini Competitor | April 2016

So if you didn't know, I competed for the first time last year for Pure Elite and after that one I was so sure I wouldn't do it again but here I am, doing my second one....and after this show I already know I want to do more, I'm hooked now :-) If you haven't seen my other blog post from last year then click here to see it.

I love my new fitness food bag, it's from here (Isolator fitness bag)
This year I took a different approach to the way I ate before and on show day. I actually packed healthy foods and didn't dig into any chocolate or unhealthy meals until I had been on stage! 

I did vlog my time too, you can see a video at the bottom of this post
I travelled up to the show in Margate, Kent with a guy called Rod who I travelled up with last year.
We stayed in Premier Inn on that Friday (22nd April) then that evening we went to get our tans done with Show Tan. We get two coats of tan done and we can't shower or wear deodorant until after the show (gross i know) lol

After the tan we went to get registered, got our badge numbers and then stayed for the athletes meeting where they talked through the day and reminding us the T-walks for different categories, etc. We also got a book which had the order of the day and the names of everyone in the categories including lots of other cool bits to look through.

I was number 49 :-)

So the next day (Saturday 23rd April) we travelled to the venue at Winter Gardens. We went backstage to find somewhere to change and put our bags and then went to get a top up of tan. I had another light coat of tan all over and this all developed over time too so I am still so dark as I am writing this post!

I was doing the Bikini tall and International Model categories. Mine were on quite late in the day so had a bit of waiting around. At around midday tho all athletes were called on stage to do a walk on parade and massive group photo which at the point I stepped on stage my legs were trembling and I just couldn't stop them which then got me feeling nervous to go on again :-/
Between then and going on stage for the bikini round I just continued to do my makeup backstage, eat food, chat too and meet the girls, take photo's and walk around the venue a bit.

Looking lean ;-) 
These looked so good but the stall closed once results were done and I was too late to buy some on the day, gonna have to order some instead :-)

Good old selfie stick :-)
Tattoo Fitness Model on stage

When we finally went on stage for bikini I felt like I did ok. The thing I was worried about the most was wobbling in my heels and shaking so much BUT I didn't even shake which I was surprised at! I looked back at a video that got taken though and I felt like I walked a bit stiff and looked slightly awkward. I also put my hand on the wrong hip for one pose and as I turned to the back pose I did nearly loose my balance but luckily it wasn't too noticeable...i don't think anyway?! :-/ The main thing for me is I had way more confidence than I did last year and so that made me happy!

After that we had the second category, International Model. It's a new one that had been added this year and involves a sportswear/underwear round first (Victoria secret style) and then an evening gown round. I wasn't 100% happy with my outfit choices for this. I chose to go with underwear which I did really love, I felt very Victoria Secret BUT, I didn't have the money to buy some massive amazing wings and the ones that I had ordered didn't come in time, not that they were anything special...but basically had to go to the nearest fancy dress shop on Friday and they had one pair of white wings which were like cardboard and so flat and just not what I had in mind :-/ I felt like as they were the only option though, I had to get them and they were £16.99 which to me were expensive...I mean I won't be wearing them again anytime soon either! Anyway for the evening gown I felt like I would have loved something bigger and more pageant looking, but competing can be SO expensive so I had like no money left to be buying some prom type dress just for this one day! Yes, I could have prepared a bit sooner but I was also unsure as to what size I would be as I was loosing weight through prep but it did make me happy that my dress was a size 8!

guys on stage before we go out
behind stage, about to go on

I felt like these rounds went a lot better, I had tons more confidence and felt like I BROUGHT IT! You know! lol I had so much fun anyway, I didn't place in any of the categories but it has only left me feeling more determined and I want to do so much better for my next show. I am already thinking about when to do another one, I would like to do one this year so watch this space! I look back at the video my friend took of me on stage and I can totally see why I didn't place, I wouldn't have placed me either,lol I also think I could so much better with the diet too and create better abs and figure overall. I lost a lot of weight from Christmas though, I was almost to a size 12 and now I fit size 8 clothes and I am well happy with the transformation. Here is a progress picture, just goes to show hard work really does pay off! It was a slow progress for me starting a diet again as after the last competition I had gone downhill so much and piled on the weight again :-( I am so happy at where I am now though and don't have that urge to go off rails this time and I am actually looking forward to going back to the gym and also want to experiment with some healthy meals and maybe share on my blog, it's just nice at the moment being able to eat what I want if I want it. I am going shopping later and going to buy some bagels so I can have philadelphia, salmon and avocado on. Also want a tuna pasta bake for dinner tonight..mmmmm!

My online coach was Melissa Haywood - Bikini Queens
I have really enjoyed my prep leading up to the competition. I have also really started loving the gym and then the day of the show is just so much fun, I love getting all glamed up and meeting so many lovely people too. Pure Elite is a great show to be a part of and if you are thinking of competing then I would do it!
After my first competition I just wanted it to be over with and I didn't have the confidence in myself to place so I just wanted to eat lots of food again and I felt like I never enjoyed my workouts as much as I do now. I also did the whole prep myself last year and I think I cut out too much and stuck the same things so much that it got boring and then the week before the show it got worse and I had a breakdown, I did a blog post on various topics through competing including my binge out and going downhill after the show - click here to see the post

Also I vlogged my day of the show too, I even filmed bits right before going on stage so if you are new to competing and want to get a feel to what goes on backstage and what happens then check my video out HERE
I am waiting for stage photo's from Matt Marsh so I will be uploading them onto my social media very soon so make sure you are following if you want to see more;

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