I’m about to embark on a journey… A journey to Katy. Yeah, it’s only 80-something miles from College Station, but that’s not what I’m worried about. It is my boyfriend’s mother’s birthday weekend and I KNOW we will be going out to dinner at some point. Why does this worry me? I can’t eat anything that’s not in my diet plan, remember? So, I have to pack a few days worth of meals and pray that I don’t offend anyone by not eating when we go out.

I think the risk of offending someone is the hardest for me to deal with. My boyfriend’s family is very laid back and difficult to offend, but I’m not taking any chances. Saturday and Sunday are down days, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to pack what I’ll need… Except the Almond Breeze. I have no idea how I’m going to make that work. I’m thinking packing a few in my shaker bottles? Any suggestions?

I’ve been chatting with a friend that has competed in figure competitions; maybe she can help. She’s been encouraging me to get a professional photographer for photo shoots (which I know a lot of competitors do). She tells me it gave her the extra push to get into the shape and fitness level she needed for competition. I’m thinking I’ll wait until after my first competition to see how I do before I anticipate doing photo shoots of any kind. I just want to focus on the competition prep for now.

Hopefully while I’m in Katy I’ll get to meet with my trainer again and possibly pick out a show (fingers crossed). I’ve been practicing walking in my competition shoes occasionally so I learn not to fall on my face on stage. I’m really looking forward to finally getting my suit! I’m thinking a cerulean or sky blue color. What do you think?

I’m a little sore after yesterday’s work out, mostly in my glutes and calves so far. I’m prepared for the full on “swagger” walk to set in; you know, the crippled looking walk that only comes post leg day? Yeah, that one! I guess I should call it more of a waddle.

Share your thoughts and experiences if you’ve ever had the honor of gracing the stage!

Happy lifting!