Sometimes We Fall Down.  But We Get Up. Bikini Comp – Review

It’s been a minute since I last wrote about my journey to my first bikini competition.  A lot has happened over these last six months​ and let me just say, I still have my work cut out for me.

No more excuses.  It’s really time to buckle down, pick a date and make it happen.  Just working out with no real goal in sight makes it a lot easier for me to lose focus. I need a plan. Not having a date set, I find myself justifying that glass or two of wine or Mimosa (my favorites).  Time to switch things up.

I’m not going to lie, lately I’ve been feeling as though I’m wasting my coins.  I mean, I’m a personal trainer, I know what to do. Apparently go harder, lift heavier and eat right.  I got that!!  I’ve been physically fit for a minute now.  I’m just not competition ready (hence hiring a competition coach).

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Bikini Contest Prep – Weeks 1-2

As you all know, I have been in the running game for quite some time now (not as much lately as before but I still gets it in every now and again).  Well, last March I wanted to help my running by adding some strength training into the mix.  Somehow, I got totally hooked on lifting weights and only ran when I made the time (outside of lifting).  It was also during this time that I met several people in the figure competition world.  I saw that you had to be very disciplined, focused and determined to make that a reality.  I already posses all of those traits, so I said why not give it a try.

So here I am weeks 1-2 giving it a go.

Day 1 Let’s GO!!!!


So I showed up for day one, and of course my coach was late.  Now you should know by now how much I hate tardiness.  I just see it as being unprofessional.  Business owners (myself included) should care enough not to have people waiting on them (now yes, I realize that shit happens and things can’t be helped…that’s an easy pass).  I noticed that most of  his folks are rarely there at 5, so I guess he figured he had some wiggle room…then walks in SY, who thinks that on time is late.  Well, I think I’ve only beaten him there twice (if that) in these last two weeks.  To me, that speaks volumes.  Good thing because he came highly recommended by my homie Woody!!!


I’m training with a champion y’all!!!


Please allow me to introduce you to my coach, Coach Vincent Brihm, 2001 Mr. Georgia and owner of Operation Sweat.  I really like Coach Brihm and the Operation Sweat fitness family.  Coach B, is very knowledgeable and his wall speaks highly of his work; the transformation of his clients are out of this world.  The wall pictures below only shows some of the work he has accomplished by helping people reach their goals.  Hats off to Coach B!!!!

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Going in, I knew I wasn’t pushing my self as hard as I could on my own, so I told Coach that I really needed him to push me. Hey-Hey why you wanna go and do that, do that *in my best T.I. voice*  LOL.  Well, push is what he did and I tell you, I was feeling that ish all that first week.  Coach Brihm introduced me to some new ways of doing things.  He had to show me the ropes for most of the machines.  In fact, a lot of the stuff he had me doing was fairly new to me.  I’m used to free weights but typically shy away from the machines at the gym, unless I’m 100% sure I know how to use them with the correct form.  Well after the first couple of days…I left asking myself one question.

Do I have what it takes?

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Bikini Contest Prep

Last year I said I wanted to compete in a show before my 40th birthday. I wasn’t sure what type of show 😁, I just knew that I wanted to hit that stage.  Well my 40th  has came and went so I decided why not now.  I talked to my good friend in the business and he pointed me to a coach in my local area that knew the ropes.  My new coach recommends a bikini competition, so bikini it is.

Me on my 40th birthday getting ready to head to the beach in Puerto Vallarta!!


You can follow me right here on this journey.  I’m excited and a little nervous.  Nervous because a lot of folks say, ‘you can’t do this on a plant based diet’.  I follow a few vegans on social media that are doing it without any issues.  So, I’m sure about to see what it does and hopefully it’s not as bad as ‘them’ folks say.


Wish me luck!!! Day 1 starts tomorrow.