After my InBody evaluation a week ago, I dwelled on my results. Losing 2% of my body fat is a great improvement in 10 weeks, but definitely not what I was expecting. However, seeing as my trainer increased the body fat percentage that he would want me at for competition by 5%, I’d like to believe that he is happy with the way my body has handled the fat/weight loss.

I texted him later in the week to ask him if he still thought I was on track to compete next month or this fall based on my InBody results. He said I am, but went on to ask how I was feeling. I was honest with him (as I should be) and let him know that I was really struggling mentally and emotionally to stay on track; staying awake in class was a struggle and my emotions were on edge consistently, but I couldn’t tell if that was a sleep deprivation thing because of my constant exams or an overtraining/under-eating symptom. He made the decision to push back my competition date to late February-March, which broke my heart but I know it’s for the best. I will come off my current diet 8 weeks before New Year’s, and I will be allowed more cheat meals. He admitted that strict dieting during the holidays sucks and is showing me mercy (lol). Also, I will begin shoulder shaping exercises and substitute one of my lifting days for another sprint and lunge days to build up my hamstrings to “match my glutes”. I never thought my glutes would be ahead of my hamstrings; I thought my quads were the problem, but oh well. The shoulder shaping exercises make me nervous since I’m still feeling some shoulder pain when I lift on chest days. I’ll lift super light today and see how it feels.

Even though I was crushed by the decision to move the date back, I realized it’s for the best if I want to be able to go on stage looking my absolute best. Plus, it allows me more time to save money to afford all the necessities. Competition suits don’t come cheap; they can run upwards of $500 if you’re looking for a custom suit. I’m aiming to keep it below $200, but obviously the more you spend, the more you’ll stand out on stage. I’ll have to see 6-8 weeks out if my trainer has a specific designer that he sends his competitors to or if I can decide for myself who I want to use. Shoes I’ve already got, and they were about $30 from Amazon. Jewelry is super cheap costume jewelry that you can get pretty much anywhere. I don’t anticipate spending more than $20 on jewelry. Tanning, hair, and make up are all expensive when combined. Most shows have a company that provides discounted tanning services to competitors with free/discounted touch ups, too. I’ll probably invest in extensions and maybe lighten my hair before competition; extensions at Ulta are about $70, and I think they’re clip ins. I’ve got all the brushes I think I’ll need for make up, but since I’m not quite sure what color I’ll be for competition, I don’t want to go get the foundation and other things that I’ll need. I’ll get cheap fake nails and eyelashes (about $10-15 total depending on how picky I am) along with a pedicure with french tips ($20-30) or I could do the pedicure myself. Judges hate seeing nasty toes and feet on stage. Assuming I compete in an NPC show, I’ll have to apply for membership and submit a fee for $120. Then, whatever show I choose to compete in will have an entrance fee (probably around $50).

In total, I anticipate spending $1000-2000 when all is said and done. Yeah, it’s not a cheap sport. My mom commented on how I’m drawn to the expensive sports (equestrian riding, bodybuilding, etc.) but at least I’m paying for this one myself!

Any questions about competition supplies or costs or even just how to get started? Let me know!

Happy lifting!

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