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I Am Ready For My First NPC Bikini Competition

Plan. Practice. Dominate.
Plan. Practice. Dominate.

I am ready.

Last week, I wasn’t. I was kind of a mess, actually. Stressed, nervous, comparing myself to everyone on Instagram. Worried my abs wouldn’t show up and that I’d be the “fat girl” on stage. 

And I might be. But I can’t control that. 

What I can control is me. And what I know is, I have put in the work. 365 days of work. 

I was told by 3 different doctors that I would “never be thin” but I am now. 

Over the years, I have had dozens of people say to me in surprise, “oh, you’re an athlete?”. Well now I look it – I don’t have to say it. 

I didn’t miss a single workout during prep. Not one. 

I stuck to my diet. In spite of birthdays and office parties and holidays and hormones (yes, I’m over sharing – some weeks are a LOT harder than others to say “no” to chocolate). 

I have built a willpower stronger than anything I’ve thought was ever possible. 

Do I want to win? Hell ya, I’m competitive AF. And maybe I’ll deserve it, maybe I won’t. There will be a lot of girls on Saturday who busted their asses, just like me. 

But either way, I’m not going to stress this week. Because I’ve put in the work. I’ve done everything in my control to be the best I can be. To be as prepared as I can be. And I am ready. 

I even created a run of show. Because that’s how I roll. 

Nerd at heart…but nerds. get. shit. done. 



(GET IT?! #micdrop)

Why Train for an NPC Bikini Competition?

Since I announced that I would be doing an NPC Bikini competition on April 8, I’ve gotten quite a few questions from friends, family and colleagues. Here are a few of the more frequent ones, with my responses. 

Why are you telling everyone? 

I’ve read arguments for and against telling people. For me, there are two things I value the most: hard work and honesty. So if I tell people I’m going to do something, you better believe I’m gonna do it or have a damn good reason why I’m not (including but not limited to: death, dismemberment and death…you get the point). So, telling people is a way to hold me accountable and keep me on track. I’m using you #sorrynotsorry

What exactly are you doing? A bikini contest? A pageant? 

It’s an NPC Bikini Competition. NPC stands for the National Physique Committee. It’s the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. 

Similarly to other sports, you must register for an annual card, in this case, your NPC Card. This allows you to register for and compete in shows throughout the year. For a point of comparison, triathlons work the same way – you sign up for a USTA card and then you can register for triathlons. 

A bodybuilding contest; but won’t you wind up looking like a man?

There are 4 levels: Bikini, Figure, Physique and Bodybuilding. The bikini level, for lack of a better explanation, is the “lowest” level. Or the least “manly” looking. This description from getfitgofigure.com explained the scoring the best:
“Bikini women are judged on their lean and firm physique scored on proportion, symmetry, balance, shape and skin tone. Abs and glutes are important muscle groups.”

But is it a sport? 

(Usually I get this as a statement from people, and not a question)

Well, here’s the definition of a sport: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other. 

So one could argue bodybuilders (and some dancers) aren’t competing in a sport because they aren’t necessarily competing in a PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. Re: flexing in a bikini, swaying on stage in a tree costume for 2 minutes because that’s the role you landed etc. 

So then we turn to the definition of an athlete: a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports or games requiring physical strength, agility and stamina. 

I’d say bodybuilders (and ballerinas) definitely meet that criteria. 

Maybe not as clear an answer as you were hoping for and maybe I haven’t convinced you of squat (pun intended) but if you don’t consider it a sport and you don’t consider these people athletes, i’d encourage you to try it out for a few weeks. Maybe your quads, back and biceps will convince you of what I cannot 🙂 

Full Day of Eating: NPC Bikini Prep Meal Plan

This week sucks. I’m tired. I’m hungry. But I’m following my meal plan and cutting calories because I REALLY wanna lose 3 pounds. Not a Mean Girls reference. More like a “I bought a Halloween costume that’s awesome AF but I can’t wear it unless my stomach looks like Maria Menounos from E news (because that’s what I’m watching)”. Which, BY THE WAY, they’re featuring super fit women over 40. LIKE SERIOUSLY?! I am already suuuuper irritated and then I have to see how great Halle Barry looks at 50. HINT BETTER THAN ME AT 29! 

And to be honest, even if I do lose 3 pounds my stomach is NOT going to look like Maria’s by Halloween…but it’s not a competition, right? It’s about being a better you, and competing against the person in the mirror and blah blah blah; all true but I don’t wanna hear it right now. 

So I’ll just be over here watching Rob & Chyna (spoiler alert: it is ghetto and lameeeee), sitting on my heating pad because my glutes are on FIRE and feeling sorry for myself. 

Daily Meal Plan

Oh and in case you want to be as miserable as me, you can start by following my meal plan for this week, instead of eating goldfish and poptarts (to be honest though, I would highly recommend the poptarts):


  • Natural Whey chocolate protein shake (with 1 c. Water and 1 c. Almond milk)
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (but only eat 1 yolk)


  • Chobani nonfat plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla whey powder
  • 1/3 c. strawberries


  • 2 grilled chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 c. Brown rice (made with salt free  chicken broth)
  • 1 c. steamed green beans
  • 1/3 c. black beans


  • Protein shake with water


  • Grilled boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Peas
  • Carmel flavored rice cake 
  • Herbal peppermint tea

Repeat Monday – Sunday for infinity and beyond.