Sunday, November 23, 2008

End of 2008 Season... W00t!

Krista Rounds out 2008 Competitive Season as UFE MVP Quest Female Bodybuilding Champion

Kim Emmons (3rd), Krista Schaus (1st), Sue Cornwell (2nd)

UFE MVP Quest Category Champions with UFE & MVP Nutrition Reps

What a great way to end the 2008 competition season! I was ultra impressed with what Sean Everingham and the UFE organization have done in such a short period of time. They have been in operation just over a year now and they have managed to bring professionalism, integrity and a great team of industry players to their contests to make it a contest that athletes, fans and industry participants should mark on their calendars for 2009. This organications and these events will only get bigger and more competitive. They also walk the walk regarding promoting natural, drug-free events. I competed in the UFE Spring Bash in April and was tested. They also tested a number of competitors last night based on a number of factors (from random to suspected) and they stated that two competitors failed the drug test from October's recently Halloween Mayhem event.

The caliper of competitors especially in figure, fitness model (both male and female) was stellar. The abs, legs and overall symmetry and poise from the female figure competitors were top notch - some of the best I have seen on stage and in magazines.

I am very excited about the one year MVP Nutrition sponsorship being the supplement junkie that I am. Plus I feel strongly that, as a natural competitor, supplements are absolutely essential. This will help my budget considerably and free up finances for free range, organic, grass fed meats for my next competition preparation phase. I feel there my physique benefits from eating free range (I know it does!) organic meats versus commercial meats but sometimes I have to pick my battles financially.

Many thanks to Sean, UFE, MVP Nutrition, my friends, clients, my husband and #1 fan Pete, my family, my training partner and "my person" Renee, the Precision Nutrition community and my physique coach Frances Mania for an unbelievable 2008 season.

Also special thanks to my sponsors:

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Salon Profilo located in Limeridge Mall - Tony is a miracle worker himself. My hair and makeup did make the difference! You MUST check out this place if you have not yet. Ultra cool. Beautiful from the salon interior and products to the stylists and services. You are worth the investment.

Amy Marr of Natural Health Therapies (905.776.0999) from Selkirk - thank you for keeping my balanced and reminding me why I do what I do and that winning is just a side benefit not the objective. If you are not familiar with the benefits of Reiki and other amazing healing services Amy offers, book an appointment. I guarantee it has the potential to change your life.

Posing Routine

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Novice Competitor Motivates me to Get LEANER!

I thought I would share some of the pictures from the prejudging at the London Open Level II.

Here is my competition from the HeavyWeight Level II division. She also came in 2nd in Masters (over 35) which I decide not to compete in even though I turned 35 earlier this year. In hindsight, I wish I would have as I would have liked to have gone head to head against the Masters Level II winner and the Level 1 Overall winner.

She was ultra lean and ripped and I am not sure if I would have come out on top against her higher level of conditioning AND this was her first show. She provided great motivation and served as an example of the level of leanness I need to strive for.

Peaking Plan Almost Perfected

I took home the overall award at the London OPA Level II Championships with the assistance of a nearly perfect peaking plan. I went lower in my carbs and calories the week prior to the show and started carbing up Friday morning with 40 grams of carbs and 25 to 40 grams of protein each feeding. Plus Friday evening I loaded with 2 fat / carb / protein meals of steak, potato and some sort of dessert. I was happy with my "fullness" and vascularity upon waking Friday AM but the vascularity was short lived and my degree of lean / dry / tightness were much less impressive than what I saw Friday AM before my carb meals.

So I have one last opportunity this weekend coming at the UFE's Invitational to put all my experience of the last six contests this year together for, what I am hoping, will be my best physique yet.

This contest I came in my leanest and driest looking while having more size and symmetry overall.

Is it ever "perfect"? In this sport, that is the negative - we can always see the imperfections on one hand and on the other hand we are always given opportunities to take it to the next level and further improve.

Pictured is me with my competition from the Overall. She placed first in the lightweight Level II Open. She was ultra impressive as she reportedly (as she told me) lost over 100 lbs and started at 42% body fat. I told her what she has accomplished goes far beyond anything I ever have or will. She should be very proud. A true role model!

Just ONE MORE to go this year. Must stay focused! Hope to see some of you at the UFE MVP Invitational in Hamilton on the 22nd. Evening MVP prejudging is at 6 pm.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Accomplishing Mission Impossible - 10 lbs in 10 days

Side Pec

I have lost 10 pounds in 10 days to accomplish my goal of coming in at 124 lbs for the London OPA Level II bodybuilding contest. Today, I am 1 day out and at the end of my depletion phase and starting my carb / fat loading today.

When I first started preparing for shows in the early part of this year, my coach ( set out an objective for me to come in at 125 lbs / 5% body fat. I laughed and scratched that to 130 lbs. My lack of beleif in coming in just 5 lbs lighter was what was holding me back from bringing my best, most conditioned, ripped and lean physique to the stage. It has taken me 6 contests to get there mentally and physically - but that is what it takes - experience. You will not and cannot bring your best package forward in one or even two shows.

And the cool this is, if you prepare properly and get very intune with your body and its needs every day, every meal, every workout, every contest prep phase, you CAN compete many times in a year and not disrupt your health, happiness and hormones. You SHOULD improve each time and it should get easier, not harder, to get conditioned and contest ready each subsequent event.

Here are my pics from this morning at 124.6 lbs, 4.7% body fat (from BioSignature 12 point calipers taken by my coach on Wednesday). As you can see, I am quite flat, which is really the objective of the depletion phase. I will fill up and fill out the muscles today through properly timed, combined and chosen foods.

Back Double Bicep - 1 day out - end of depletion phase

The event is at Centennial Hall in London. Prejudging is at 11:00 am and the evening show starts at 6:30 pm. Look forward to seeing you there. My goal is to qualify for Provincials next year. This is not my lastshow of the year however - I will compete just 1 week later in Hamilton's UFE MVP Championships at Mohawk College. I will THEN be officially done. Can't think too far in advance however... staying focused on each day, each contest, each meal.

In Strength,