August 25, 2012 | J Cutler National Qualifier Competition | Just Keep Swimming

Hi guys,

It has been so busy. So the competition came and went, it was this past weekend on August 25. I did not place within top five and am waiting on the finals coring to be out to see which place I took. Of course I was upset – I have type A personality – but as not as upset if I was not eating right and let my training be a burden. That for me was a change from last time I competed. I definitely overdid cardio – still cannot make myself to go on a StairMaster :).  So staying in shape but still feeling satisfied when I am done eating and training – is a big deal for me. I like competition but at the end of the day I do not want it to be something I have to do, I want it to be enjoyable. I had a great experience, met a lot of people and actually had several spectators who asked me to take pictures with the – a new experience for me 🙂 (click here to see the show pictures).

Come to think about it, when looking at the other girls, I am too muscular comparing to all of Bikini competitors. So not to stay puzzled, I did call the head judge and will have to call back if I do not hear back to see what he tells me but will not be surprised if he tells me to look thinner. My face was a bit dark too now that I see it on the pictures I am waiting to get my pictures from the photographer I go the package so will be posting them as soon as I get them.

Now I am taking this week off. Eating all I have not eaten in the last 6 months but the funny things is not all but a lot of things that I used to like just do not taste as good. That is awesome. That means I will not feel left out when I see other people eating them. But there are a few that still rock my boat – gelato, poppy seed bagels, cheese, and few selected candies from Russia that I always loved – so I will eat them periodically when I have a taste for them.

Well, what is next, I have Pilates training during the fall every other weekend – when done I will be Pilates Level 2 certified. Plus, I am starting training for the Crossfit Open qualifier games which will take place six months from now. I have quite a few things to learn how to do: keeping pull-up, handstand push-ups, muscle-up, and pull-ups. Now writing a program so I can be ready. I am very excited, it was always my dream to participate in an athletic event and hopefully, God willing, I will get a chance. The competition is tough and since I do not have as much experience as last or previous years winners, I know I will not win but it will be awesome to come in the top 60 that is out of 12k people. Hah I would be at the top of the world because that will qualify to go to the next round – Regional games. But in any outcome the experience will be totally worth it.

And, if times allows I am also contemplating going into Figure competition (I will be training with heavier weights Bikini will be out of questions) and Ms. Fit Body (for fit moms).

So wish me fortune.

Svetlana

Esse Libere Fitness – Free To Be Fit