My First Bikini Competition-Texas Shredder Open

WOW!

Honestly that’s all I can say about my experience from this past weekend.

If you have not been keeping up, this past weekend I competed in my very first bikini competition in Austin, TX. If you know me, you know this is completely out of my comfort zone. But that is one of the reasons why I did it.

The entire weekend was one of the most exciting, tiresome and longest weekends I have ever had. I did this competition with one of my good friends Kristy Wall (see pic below). We wanted to do this together since it was both our very first time. I was glad to have a “partner in crime” the help with the nerves.

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We drove down on Friday to Austin and right away checked in and got our tanning on. I don’t think I have ever been so dark! LOL! Then we had the pleasure of waiting inline for 2 hours to check in….again. Not fun considering we were both very hungry and tired, but knowing everyone around us was in the same boat, helped. After the second check in we went back to the hotel to get a good night’s sleep. Although trying to sleep and making sure your tan doesn’t rub off results in not so much sleep. Plus, well I was extremely excited!!

Saturday I woke up at 5am and it was time to get all dolled up! Once that was all done we were off to the show to pick up our numbers!
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Then it was a waiting game. Unfortunately the bikini category is the last to go on and I didn’t get to go strut my stuff until around 2pm. Like I said…it was a long day.  So we watched some of the show and tried to relax a little before getting all excited to go on. We also decided to practice our posing…
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Then finally…it was our time to shine!!! I was literally up on the stage for maybe 5 min. Did my posing for about 10sec. But I was so happy! I, Kori Bliffert, former fat girl…really not that long ago. Was up on stage IN A BIKINI in front of 100s of people! Never in a million years did I think that would happen. I didn’t do this to win an award (I’ve won already by reaching my goal) or to go pro or to make it in this sport. I did it because I wanted to feel sexy again. I wanted to do something that would take me to the next level. And you know what?? I can officially say I DID!

After going on stage the first time (we did have to come back later that night to go on and walk up to be introduced…but nothing exciting) I went through my phone and found a picture I took from the morning I went into the hospital to have Parker (see below). That was taken on 4/25/13 and the pic next to it is 50 weeks later (4/12/14). I don’t brag about myself….well ever. I like to brag more about my family and friends, but I am so freaking proud of myself that well….I LOOK FREAKING HOTTTTT! ;)
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From the first check in, to the tanning, to the hair and make up, to the “hurry up and wait”, to going on stage IN A BIKINI and then finally the not showering for almost 36 hours (yeah we smelled). It was so much fun and such a great experience that I am doing it again in 4 weeks!! Yep, on May 10th I am going to compete in the Europa games bikini competition. And I even have higher goals for this one!

So please make sure you follow me through these next 4 weeks and even longer….because yes, I do have more goals for this year.

3 Weeks Out

As of yesterday I am 3 weeks out from my very first bikini competition.

YIKES!!!

Up till now my training has been strong and my nutrition has been great. I will say, I’m craving a cheeseburger right now ;), but in 3 weeks I will have it.

Here are my “3 Weeks Out” pictures.

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Now comes the hard part believe it or not. Calories will start to decrease (but not too much, remember we are not starving ourselves) and cardio will start to increase. This is called the “leaning out phase”. But it’s only 3 weeks right? :)

 

Increasing calories can do what?!?!?

 

 

As a woman the last thing I used to believe is that INCREASING calories helps DECREASE your body fat. I mean I grew up in the “Jane Fonda Era”. My mom would eat cottage cheese twice a day and do her JF tapes. That’s how you lost fat. Right??? WRONG!!! Sure the scale might go down, but everything is still jiggly.

Over the past couple of weeks I have slowly, repeat SLOWLY, been increasing my calories to over 2000. And what I have found is I am getting leaner, my “muffin top” is slowly going down, I am getting abs….like you can see them!! and over all I am feeling great! And here is the proof…

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And this picture was even taken during a bloated part of the week.

As of today (2/8/14) I have 8 weeks till my first bikini competition. Seeing this picture right here, I am confident that I will look my best on 4/12/14.

Ladies, and men, don’t be afraid to eat. Your body is like a car, if the car has no gas/fuel, it won’t run and neither will your body if you are not putting food in it. If you are one of those people who won’t go over 1200 kcals a day, start slow. Don’t try to eat 2000 kcals and think you will drop weight. Slowly, even 50 extra kcals every week, add those kcals in. Add in lean protein, healthy fats and yes even carbs (my favorite).  You will not only feel a great difference in your training, but you will see a great difference in your body.

Sacrifices

I’ve been thinking about this word all day.

Sacrifice: NOUN  the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else or to help someone. 

I’ve been thinking about this word because people always use it when they are dieting and I have recently used it in my life. I’ve heard “I’m sacrificing my daily glass of wine to get into a smaller size of jeans” or “I have to sacrifice my sleep to workout in the morning”<<<<This was mine. So it got me thinking….are we REALLY sacrificing? I mean, if you’re going to sacrifice your sleep by getting up early in the morning, you can go to bed earlier the night before…right? And that glass of wine, or piece of chocolate or night of chips, salsa and margaritas…..is that a life or death situation? Water…you need, oxygen…you need, but wine? Chocolate?

Then I got thinking about what I am sacrificing my sleep (at the time) was for. Being a mom now, I only have a small window in which I can train. Mostly because I want to be able to spend as much time as I possibly can with my daughter when she is not sleeping. So getting up an hour early to train so I can spend that time with her…is that sacrificing? Now that I think about it…no.

I also have been looking at my goal and why I am “sacrificing” or getting up early. My newest goal, my bikini competition, is huge! At least for me. And if that means for the next 10.5 weeks (OH CRAP!) I have to get up an hour, possibly 2 hours, early..then that is what I have to do. I won’t be doing it forever, unless I want to.

So…what are you “sacrificing” and is it worth it to you????

Goal #3…..This is a BIG one!

If you have been on this little journey of getting my post-baby body back, you know I didn’t just say “I want to lose weight/fat/etc”, I made goals for myself over the year to reach my ultimate goal.

I hit my first and second goals, but now this is the big goal. The goal that is going to make or break me! Not really, but it will be a lot of hard work and really stepping outside of my comfort zone. I am going to be competing in my very first bikini competition on April 12th! If you don’t know….THAT’S IN 14 WEEKS!!!!!

This is probably my scariest goal so far. Competing in the KB competition, not nervous at all. Doing a photo shoot, yeah a little nervous. But getting on a stage with a ton of strangers looking at me, judging me, possibly even criticizing me….well that freaks me the F&$% OUT! But, I’m going to do it! :)

I will be updating a lot more than I did with my second goal. Mainly because when I have to update I stay focused and that is what I need for the next 14 weeks…focus.

Here is a starting pic taken last week. As you can see…I ate maybe 1 or 2 cookies too many over the holidays, but I’m not going to let the

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And here is a woman who is a 9 time bikini competition champion. Here name is Amanda Latona and is my motivation. She is strong….NOT skinny.

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My Photo Shoot……late :)

So I made this HUGE “to-do” about me getting ready for my photo shoot but then I never posted any pics. Oops :)

First, it was so much fun! I started the day by getting all prettied up by getting my hair and make up done. PS…I really wish I could have that done everyday! Then we got all set up and I was VERY nervous. I don’t know why considering I know the photographer and it was on “my turf”.

Anyways, here are some of my favorites!

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I am extremely proud of these pics but I am even more proud that I am not done! Lots of great goals coming up in 2014. Stick around….it’s going to get interesting! ;)

You’ve gotta…..EAT!!

Sorry….right before I started writing this I heard RuPaul’s “Supermodel” song. :)  But the title is correct, you have to eat. You have to eat, not only to stay alive, but to lose fat. Sort of like the saying “You need to spend money to make money”, well you need to EAT calories to BURN calories.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I used to be that girl who would starve herself to lose weight. Why? Because that is what every other woman around me would do. And….it worked. Well it worked for a little while, then once I went back to actually eating, all that weight that I lost came flying back on and it brought friends (more L-B’s). It wasn’t until I was taught WHY you need to eat to burn off fat.

Let’s pretend your metabolism is a camp fire. The more wood you put into your fire the hotter your fire will burn. Same goes for your metabolism. The more food you put into your body……wait let me rephrase that, the more clean food you put into your body, the hotter your metabolism will burn. You can’t eat junk, fast food, sweets, etc and expect the same results.

Don’t believe me??? Well, that’s OK, I was a skeptic too remember. But I will tell you this, my coach (yes, I too have a coach because as hard as you try you can never push yourself or motivate yourself as much as someone else can) has me eating around 1900 cals per day with 230 g of carbs on training days and 140 g of carbs on non-training days. And with all those carbs and calories I have lost 4 pounds within the past 5 days!! Every time my coach increases my calories, and he usually does it by increasing my carbs, I lose weight.

Right now I am the lowest weight I have been for the past 3 years. I look better than I have in the past 3 years. I FEEL better than I have in the past 3 years. And I am stronger than I have been in the past 3 years. And it’s all because I am eating and eating….a lot!

2 Weeks Out….Pics

Here they are!  The lighting is not great but I am proud to post them. This is 6.5 months after having Parker and 5.5 months since I started training. If you look real close my abs are starting to show through.

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I still have some “tweaking” that needs to be done before my pics, but everything is falling into place! :)

2 Weeks Out……

First, I must apologize for my extreme lack of keeping this blog up. Only excuse is life gets in the way!!

But I am happy to say my training has been on par for my photo shoot that is coming up in 2 weeks!!!  Yep, 2 weeks from now I will be reaching my second goal after having Parker.

If I’m being honest…I’m a little nervous :) For those of you who know me I am not exactly the type of person who likes to be the center of attention. In fact I would rather take pictures of others then have pictures be taken of me and displayed for others to see. But all of my goals since Parker was born are me stepping outside of my comfort zone. I mean what is the point of having a goal if it’s something you always do or you are comfortable with???

Tomorrow I will post a pic of where I am at now. These next two weeks are crucial and you will see just what goes into getting your body ready for something like this!

 

Are you ready?????

My last post I posted a picture of me in a cute little SIZE 4 (!!!!) jean skirt I bought while I was pregnant. And I explained what I wasn’t doing to get myself into that size 4. Well now I am going to give you all my secrets on how over the past 4 weeks I lost 8 pounds.

OK are you ready?????

 

Here we go!!!!

 

Big deep breath because I AM GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

 

Ready???

 

OK here it is……

 

I ate clean, nutritious whole food and exercised!!!

WHEW!!! Are you blown away??!!!

Not so exciting huh? When it comes to fat loss, unless you are going for extreme leanness for a competition, there is not much more you need to do. People love to make it complicated, making it seem like rocket science or brain surgery. I’ve done it myself. But it’s not, it’s extremely simple. You need to burn more calories than you take in. All the fad diets/pills/shakes/etc, sure they work for the time being, but what does your body learn from it? As soon as you stop eating only shakes for your meals or you stop taking those diet pills or you deter from whatever diet of the week you are on, the fat loss will come back and sometimes even more.

My food consists of lean protein (fish, chicken, lean beef), veggies, fruit and believe it or not oatmeal. YES I ATE CARBS!!!! Did I crave ice cream? Sure. Did I want chips and guac? Sure. But I also craved fitting into my size 4 denim skirt.

My workouts consist of strength training with heavy weights. Yes ladies please put those pink 3-5 pound dumbbells down. They don’t do anything for you! You will not “bulk” up lifting heavy, we don’t have the hormones to do it. You will however get bigger if you are lifting but not cleaning up your diet. I am going to dedicate an entire post to that…stay tuned! And I also did cardio. Not hours upon hours, 30-45 min 4 times per week.

Again, all of this is simple so stop trying to re-invent the wheel. Eat clean, whole foods and exercise. It’s that simple.