Friday, February 09, 2007

ARNOLD CLASSIC

Did I forget to mention that I was invited to compete in the Arnold/Ms. International???? www.arnoldclassic.com
My God - where have I been??? ...sheeeez....!!!!
Three weeks to go!!!
 
 
 
 

Monday, November 27, 2006

Sacramento and Turkey!




I know after the Palm Beach show, I was all set to indulge, relax and enjoy some time off.....BUT then I thought to myself, "Aww heck...I've been dieting for most of the year - what's another three weeks?" So I decided to fly all the way accross the country to compete in the Sacramento Pro Figure event. That flight is such a drag...thank goodness for ambien! Anyhow, I have now officially finished off the 2006 season with TWO top five finishes! Yaay!

The show itself, promoted by John Tuman, was really great, with a good mix of seasoned veterans and rookies. Everybody was very friendly and supportive of each other. Fellow GNC Pro Performance athlete, Gina Camacho, won the show and looked spectacular. Valerie Waugaman placed second, fellow Floridian, Danielle Hollenshade third, Andrea Dumon fourth, and I rounded out the top five in fifth. I am proud to be in such good company!


Well, that was four weeks ago. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I've finally got a little bit of food in my belly. Well, make that a lot! I hope eveybody enjoyed their turkey feast as much as I did. It really is nice to relax for awhile and be able to focus on other things outside of competing.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

some pictures....

Here are a couple pictures I meant to add to the previous post......


Monday, October 09, 2006

FIFTH PLACE - Palm Beach Pro Figure!

I did it! I did it! I finally cracked the top five! And not, like, out of ten, either - but out of twenty-six!

The Palm Beach Pro Figure & Fitness took place over the weekend. Though it was only a forty minute drive for me, I was a bit on the fence about competing in this show. I had my daughter's birthday, my birthday, plus a family trip to Disney during the month of September. Also, I knew I would be working the Olympia the week prior and did not want to be dieting or doing cardio while in Vegas. (I wanted to do Vegas the way Vegas should be done!)

So, in all honesty, I didn't really spend much time preparing for this show. Fortunately, I hadn't fallen too far off the diet wagon after the Europa, and was able to pull it together during the last week.

This was such a good way to end the year. Plus, it was the last show for two of my closest friends, Mavis Tozzi (
www.mavistozzi.com) and Tara Scotti (www.tarascotti.com ), as they are both retiring their figure suits & heels. Also calling it a night, is first place winner, Amber Littlejohn. She and I turned pro together in 2003 at the National Figure Championships in NY.

Good luck and best wishes, girls!

Something I would also like to do - that I should have done a while ago - is extend a huge THANK YOU to Rick Lohre (
www.lohrecreative.com) , for taking over my site when I was in a bind. Great work and many thanks. And an even bigger shout out to wife, Julie Lohre (www.julielohre.com), for placing third this weekend and qualifying for 2007 Olympia.

Now, I am done for this year. I will be working the Florida Gold Cup/Zena Collins Fitness & Figure next month in West Palm Beach. Stop by and say hello if you're there!




Friday, September 01, 2006

back home...


Wow...what a hectic past couple of weeks....

The Europa Supershow was a lot of fun, even though I didn't crack the top five, like I had hoped to do. I ended up placing eighth. I did manage to achieve the personal goal I had set for myself, which was coming in the tightest and smallest ever. There wasn't a scale handy, but I wouldn't be surprised if my weight had dropped into the double digits by the time I stepped on stage. I was barely 103 lbs. the day before I flew out of Fort Lauderdale. Ironically, I was told that I needed to fill out more. So, I erred on the side of being too small and depleted. Looking back at some of the pictures, I do agree that I could have eaten some more.

Congratulations to all the beautiful ladies with whom I shared the stage, particularly fellow GNC athlete, Michelle Adams (www.michelleadams.net) on her second place, Olympia qualifying position, and good friend Mavis Tozzi (www.mavistozzi.com) on her triumphant return to the stage, placing eleventh.

I flew home just in time to throw my daughter's
fourth birthday party. I am very nicely filled out now....with CAKE!!!!! And a lot of it! Yes, folks - that's TWO cakes!

















The next day, our part of Florida came under the threat of a hurricane. So this past week has been crazy at the grocery stores and gas stations. Though Tropical Storm Ernesto never made it to hurricane strength, we still lost a couple of days during the week, due to everything being closed and boarded up in anticipation. I'm just now getting caught up with laundry, groceries, and housework!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I'm Burnt. Literally!

I can't believe what I did....I've been fighting an on-and-off sinus infection for the past couple of months.
 
Upon returning from the Motor City show last week, I decided to go back to the doctor for a stronger anti-biotic, to knock this thing out of my system for good. All the recent traveling I've been doing on airplanes seem to have made the condition worse.
 
So, anyhow, he wrote me out a prescription, and I started on it at the beginning of the week. Well, SILLY ME, did not bother to read the warning labels and went about my business as usual, preparing for the Europa next weekend. Part of my preparation includes tanning, which is normally not a problem for me. Who me? Burn? Never!....
 
....Not unless I'm taking medication that specifically warns against exposure to the sun or any artificial sunlamps!
 
Thankfully, it's not in any noticeable areas, but limited to the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet. My hands are actually blistered, making it difficult to grip anything. I would have really been up a creek if this had effected, let's say, my butt or my stomach area!!!
 
Moral of the story....read the warning labels on medication!
 
Six days til' Europa.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Motor City & Cheat Meals


Hi everybody! Well, I finally got out of my seventh and eight place rut! I placed sixth over the weekend at the Motor City Pro Figure event! Now it's on to Arlington for the Europa Supershow in less than two weeks.

Congratulations to Jennifer Searles on her first pro win! And thanks, Liane, for the "flowers" - you probably saved someone from getting an eye poked out!

I allowed myself to eat what I wanted yesterday, but I was extremely disappointed. My breakfast was spent at the airport (a strawberry pop-tart) and dinner was a chicken & shrimp Caesar, which was soggy. Can I re-do a cheat day? Is that allowed? I would like an order of the baby-back ribs instead, please!