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Bikini Competition: Shoes

As you read in my previous post, this bikini competition prep has many challenges that you will face going into it for the first time. Hopefully these posts will help you get ahead of the game!

My first bikini posing class was a success; however, I did not own the correct competition heels yet. So, I showed up to posing practice with the “tallest” heels I own. They are a little over four inches, however, it is preferred that girls have at least a 5” heel. Not just any heel, but a heel that is clear and looks like you should be running the street. Yes, hooker heels.

This adventure took me approximately a couple of days. I googled “hooker heels” and I read reviews and I looked at hundreds of images trying to see what would look best and be the most comfortable. There were several sites that were suggested, but I finally ended up going to Amazon. They ultimately had the best prices and had a great selection.

I narrowed my choices down to the brand “ellie” and the final choice was between strap vs no-strap. I finally decided on the strap. (Ultimate reasoning was mainly due to height and less risk of tripping and falling – but this is preference).

It only took a few days to get them in, and that evening I practiced in them. And by practice, I mean that I walked around the house for approximately five minutes. My goal is to wear them for a bit each evening and to practice posing as well!

shoes

 

Again, practice makes perfect!

 

**Note: I will be participating in an NPC competition – it is worth the time to see the Federation rules in which you choose. Different federations have different rules on style of shoes! Bling! Bling!

Bikini Competition: Posing

My adventures in bikini competition prep continue. We are officially eight weeks out, I am at my goal weight, and now is the time to make some gains.

The first obstacle encountered was what supplements to take and when to take them; you can read about that here.

Now, the second obstacle actually entails multiple items happening all at once:

  1. Finding a posing coach.
  2. Buying heels.
  3. Buying a competition suit.

I thought my head was going to explode during the last couple of weeks.

Let’s start with the first one. I knew out of the gate that I was going to need a coach, as the thought of prancing around half naked and being judged upon definitely doesn’t tickle my fancy. But I made a commitment, and if I am going to do this, I am going to be the best that I can be. I thought the easier part on my “to-do” list would be to find a coach… I was incredibly wrong.

I found a girl that was about a thirty minute drive from me who happened to be beginning her classes that weekend! Hallelujah! I reached out to her, she messaged back, and I needed to inquire about some additional info, such as private classes, did the gym also have a fee where she was having the classes, etc. – nothing out of the ordinary. But she never responded. So I was on the search again.

I was already into a week of searching – and I came across another site that had marvelous reviews and was highly recommended… They were currently only accepting “members”.

Okay… So, I began reaching out and reading several blogs and their comments to try and find a hint of a person/company that I could work with in the Boston area. Finally, I ran across Janelle at Body Ambition!

This was a little bit of a hike, but I am already one group class down and it is totally worth the drive and the money! Of course, I was more than a tad nervous going into this whole thing, but I came out of just one session with a little more confidence and excitement to go to the next class!

I really appreciated how she set the tone for the class – she opened up by confirming that none of us will be judged by a single person in the room and that not one negative word about ourselves or others would come out of our mouths! Every girl is a different shape, size, and color – and we are all there for the same reason… to kick ass! (So, remember to support and lift those around you! No negativity in any environment!)

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Start posing practice early! Then practice, practice, practice. (personal reminder)
  • Be sure to have your heels for the first class so you can be comfortable with them.
  • You do not have to wear your bikini to practice! (I personally wore bike shorts and a sports bra)
  • If you also have a hard time finding a coach, check your IG, FB or other SM outlets and see if there is someone in your area that has done a competition before to see if they would be willing to help out or provide you a contact!

Hope this helps! I will have other posts to follow regarding heels and my suit adventures! Please let me know if you have any questions!

Live Free. Pura Vida.

If stress burned calories, I would be a supermodel.

From a young age, I always remember being told I was “stressed”. Now who knows if I actually was “stressed” growing up, but hearing those words definitely still gives me a little anxiety.  This is something I’ve had to learn to control over the years. Not to say it doesn’t get the best of me sometimes, but having the strength to focus my energy is very powerful.

A clear and focused mind should start each year, month, week, and day. Your physical and mental health go hand-in-hand. Everyone needs to make it a priority to keep both in good shape. So, here are some “mental health” boosters:

  • Eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. I personally love taking naps!
  • Set aside time to do something you love (massage, yoga, hiking, crafts, etc.)
  • Search for classes or support groups that help you learn ways to relax. (Some health care plans offer free classes; or you could even join a running club)
  • Know your limits and what makes you “stressed”. (Learn to say no)

Additional reminders:

  • Communicate clearly to help avoid conflict. Keep it simple, be specific, be assertive, and listen – this will create the biggest effect.
  • Define your work/life balance. Who doesn’t love a good vacation.
  • Be optimistic. Thinking positively will provide positive results.

Pura Vida

 

Most importantly, if stress or sadness is overwhelming, seek help immediately.