I actually had to re-title Christie's blog post. I set it up a few days prior to the 2016 Kelowna Classic (hey, I'm efficient like that), except I set up her category as bikini. Not masters bikini. I had no idea, what can I say! So I'm watching pre-judging with my wife and mother in law, and they call masters bikini. That's what Christie struts onstage. The three of us were collectively like, WHAT???
So I told her this much later in the day, and she proudly informed me that she pretty much stopped aging when she turned sixteen. Hey Christie, you REALLY need to share your secret with the rest of the world.
Anyway, a few questions for this beauty!
What was the meanest thing your coach did to you? (She’s evil, so I know there’s something!)
I’m going to go with this insane plyometrics workout she gave me for the last 4 weeks before the show. It was straight up evil but one hell of a workout so I guess it was good because it kicked my butt!
What was your biggest struggle during prep?
Making sure I ate enough. I really don’t like doing 6 meals, I find it tricky with my schedule to get that last one in. Not eating what you’re supposed to is detrimental so I had to really force myself to take in that 6th meal.
Any killer food cravings during your prep? - What was your big Saturday night post-show meal? Make us drool, damnit!
Honestly, I didn’t have cravings all that often for anything in particular. Yeah yeah, I know that’s giving you nothing but honestly when I craved food it didn’t really matter what it was so long as it was delicious and not on my food list lol. The sad part was post show the food I had was mediocre (except for the prawn ravioli appy) so didn’t even feel worth it. Lame.
(Ray's note: Christie, that's awful. Let me tell you how it's done: The second I stepped offstage, I had a bag of dino-sours, a bag of chocolate covered ju-jubes, and a bag of salted caramel almonds. Then we went to Cactus Club across the street. I had an IPA and sweet chili chicken to start, then a pale ale and 12 oz creole steak as an entree. Then I had Mandy's birthday desert for her, because she's in prep and I'm not anymore. Yeah, I'm a jerk, whateverrrrrr. BUT THAT'S HOW IT'S DONE.)
Do you have plans to compete again? Same category? Different category?
Heck YES!!! This girls bikini days are over however and it’s on to figure now. I’ve always been more of a muscular type, I got pretty lean for this show, but I’m not a skinny girl and I like muscles so the stronger I get and the more my muscles grow the more I want so it seems like a natural progression anyways.
In hindsight, if you could change one thing about your prep, what would it be?
Isn’t hindsight 20/20? I wouldn’t change much, just keep looking for more creative ways to do things. The more exciting I can make the foods the more likely I find success and joy in the process. It’s a little goal of mine to come up with a whack of on plan meals and share them with my teammates.
Did the whole contest experience teach you anything about yourself?
Of course! This wasn’t my first show so I had some idea what was coming and how to handle it but a few things were different. For one I had a team of people this time (last time it was only me) who were super supportive and great to talk to when my weight wasn’t moving in the right direction, or I was feeling tired or hungry. We were all going through it so it made it easier knowing I wasn’t alone. I think though what I learned about myself is that it WAS possible to get to a place where I was very proud of my body changes. I have struggled with weight and body image my whole life and have always said “What if…” and for real this time I followed through 100% and saw the “What if…” turn into “Yes, I did!” What an amazing feeling!
Any words of wisdom for girls who are thinking about entering a bikini competition?
How many words can I put here? I could write a novel on this but then it would take up your whole blog and nobody else could get a word in edgewise wink emoticon I am a firm believer that not everything is for everybody and bodybuilding IS hard so you need to really want to do it! There are no two ways about it.
I have competed in horse shows internationally, run half and full marathons across Canada and the USA, started and successfully run my own business and body building IS the toughest thing I have ever done. So, I will say this…if you are a person who likes a challenge, wants to improve your health and fitness level, would like to push your own personal limits or break through your fears of standing on stage in very little clothing (seriously, that’s scares the shit out of most people) then DO this! The journey will teach you more about discipline that you can ever imagine and even if you don’t make the top 3 or 5, you’re a winner because you pushed yourself and you got results. I will also say that going through this process doesn’t just change your body, it changes your mindset and you learn things you can apply to other area’s in your life. Some people do one show and that’s good for them, they move on to a new challenge. For me, once is never enough and I am signing up for more hard work, more challenges and most importantly more changes. I look forward to growing my muscles, learning my new posing routine and picking my new blinged out figure suite!!!
We did the shoot with fellow bikini competitor Chantelle. Obviously we have to have a shot of the two ladies together, right?