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My Figure Competitions
I’ve heard it called a “beauty pageant with muscles”, and that’s not far from the mark. Women’s figure competitions are where the sport of body building meets Barbie. I train hard six days a week for a year to prepare for each of the competitions I’ve been in and am proud of the muscles I’ve grown in the process. Yet, I want to feel feminine and beautiful – not like an amazon! Women’s figure competitions have become very popular in recent years because I’m not alone in my desire to be both strong AND feminine. Make no mistake – it’s an athletic contest where the winners are chosen based on the development and beauty of their muscles, not their breasts! Yet there’s an aesthetic quality to the contest, too, and wearing a beautiful, glittering bikini and false eyelashes are also part of the package. To be honest, I love that part! It’s fun to wear such a glamorous swimsuit to show off my hard-earned physique. Competing also gives me a goal to work toward, which helps me maintain my motivation to exercise, eat well and stay fit.
My third competition was on August 25, 2012, in the same regional show in Burlington, NJ in which I have competed the past two years. What a great day! It was exciting, exhausting and demanding. Unlike last year, there was no hurricane to cut things short and I was there from 9:30 a.m. until 8pm. This year, I competed in three classes (35 and older, 45 and older and Open). My fellow competitors presented impressively and I did not bring home any trophies this year. Still, I can see some achievements since last year. I was more confident in my posing and stage walk, added a third class and finally had an even and well-applied spray tan (thanks, Maryann Franco!)
My second competition was on August 27,2011, exactly one year later in the same regional show in Burlington NJ. This time, I took home two trophies; I won fifth place in the Novice division and first place in the Masters (45 and older) division! Still, the trophies were not as important to me as the gratification of seeing how much I was able to improve in one year. Hurricane Irene blew through on competition day, so we were not able to do our evening stage walks. Below are some photos from the show, as well as videos of my group during the judging and award ceremony.
My first competition was on August 28, 2010, in a regional show in Burlington NJ. I didn’t win a trophy, but I didn’t need or expect to. I felt like a winner just to be there after more than a year of cancer treatment. Below are some photos of me from that show, just three months past my fourth surgery.