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23 March 2009

2009 Natural Physique Championships



















2009 Natural Physique Championships

I just competed in the 2009 Natural Physique Championships - I placed 2nd.

I was happy with my performance, and upon reflection did all that I could to go for it. Nothing more could have been done. I did ask for feedback from all the judges on what I can do to win. They told me that:
1. I had to be darker - which hurt me (that I can fix...yay!)
2. Had no waist
3. Am limited by my genetics, and have a long torso
4. Routine needs more dance
5. Posing is good
6. Beautiful girl with great stage presence
7. Am too lean, or cut and need to come in fuller


That is about all. Certain things I can fix, others not so fixable.

So where do I go from here? Not sure. Immediately following the show I feel like just walking away from everything. It would be so easy to do just that. I mean I have a life, I have a family to take care of, a regular job that keeps me busy, and fitness is just a hobby. A serious hobby I guess. Writing seems to put things in perspective, and I already have my flight for Nationals, so therefore, I am going to Vancouver in August. But am so confused on what to bring to the stage. One minute the bodies are rocking big and hard, and now they are rewarding what I would be considered in shape but very soft. I like coming in lean. I think the look suits my body.

So what is next? A break till around June. Not a break from training, but a break from having competing and competing prep on my mind. My family needs a break, and I need to spend more time with my family. They were so wonderful this past weekend. My husband, and son came to the show, along with my mother-in-law, and her husband to support me. I hear a small, "go mommy" in the audience which was too cute. It was really wonderful to have them there at the end of the show, when the trophies are given out, as you do need some emotional support from time to time to ease back into reality. My mother-in-law was especially vocal and gave some good advice to help me leading into Nationals. Thank you for that.

Let's focus on the positive for a minute - I placed 2nd at 2 highly competitive shows. Made some big mistakes at the first one, and got 2nd, and had no mistakes on the 2nd show, and placed 2nd. At least I am consistent.

A few changes for August, but for now I will enjoy this time (and food) between shows. Really, I don't have an inclination to eat huge. No binge tenancies right now. I think that is a good sign.

Thank you to Erik Ledin for his continued support, guidance, and ear -- so that I can vent from time to time ;)
Thank you to everyone who keeps writing and giving me your words of encouragement. I do lean on them from time to time.
And to Slimquick Extreme and the WellNx team. I would not be able to do all that I do without you.
Lastly, but most importantly my family -- who continue to support me in this endeavor.

A.

4 comments:

Gretchen said...

You go girl!!!

NOSFERATU said...

CONGRATULATIONS, ONE SECOND PLACE IS NOT BAD, Is a shame that judges do not appreciate the enormous workthat HAS INVESTED IN YOUR BODY, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOUR FAMILY AND FANS YOU CONSIDER THE NUMBER ONE.

Ruby said...

Congratulations Allison I think you looked absolutely amazing! Enjoy the break!

Brit-Man said...

You CAN get over this.

The best NEVER win every single time, that's how it goes.

Don't sweat it. If you really want to continue you will, and succeed again.

GOOD LUCK.

:-) :-).

Matt