In the beginning of this year, I knew I wanted to set the bar higher and set some big fitness goals - coaching and a return to the competitive fitness stage were among those goals!
With all that life had in store for me in 2014, I knew it would be a challenge but in the words of Audrey Hepburn, nothing is impossible ;)
The beginning of this month began a new phase in a work project that had my in Indianapolis Monday - Thursday of each week.
I also flew back to Massachusetts to the Savage "mothership" Studio in Norwood to work at a one day Camp Savage. I also took advantage of having an incredibly talented photographer, Jason Halbert, on site and completed my second photo shoot EVER!
After a month of coaching for Team Savage and a couple Camp Savage experiences, I knew I needed to get back on stage again. My last competition was in the fall of 2012. I took home trophies in both my classes in a beginner show and was ready for a bigger stage but the timing was wrong. This year, I knew the timing was just right. The end of March, I declared my return to stage would be Vegas for the FAP World Championships. I set a goal of bringing a stronger, more muscular physique to the stage and began an official build. My lifts got much more intense so my time was much more limited than it had been before.
Hosted several Chicago Savage sessions where I ran a Savage style workout and taught fellow Savage sisters our team's signature posing!
A visit home to support my team at FAP New England Championships happened earlier in the month.
Keith and I joined lots of his classmates at a lake in Wisconsin to celebrate Memorial Day!
The first week in June, I started flying to Dover, NH as I began a new project at work.
My fiance graduated from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management with his MBA.
Within the same week of his graduation, we had packed up two cars and began our 1,000 (+/-) mile move back to Boston!
The weekend after we returned was my best friend's bridal shower! As a Co-MOH, I could not have been more excited about how much the bride and guests enjoyed the day! :)
July: Settling back in, wedding festivities for friends and relatives was in full swing!
Us girls surprised my best friend with a bachelorette trip to Bristol and Newport, RI!
Keith's cousin, who has become one of my close friends over the past several years, married a great guy in a beautiful Cape Cod wedding.
August: I began a new work project that took me to St. Louis every week (Mon - Thu!). My best friend's wedding capped off this beautiful summer month!
September - now: Full on show prep - coming off of a build meant much tighter dieting and 100% consistency with workouts. Being away from the stage for so long also meant a lot more planning for my show - I needed a new suit, new posing routine, etc.
September also brought another Camp Savage where I met so many of my beautiful Savage sisters!!!
And now I am a week and a half from the show I've been dreaming about since I stepped off the FAP Boston stage in the fall of 2012.
I am so proud of the progress I've made and SO happy with how much better this prep has been than any in the past. I'll be sharing my prep secrets, as well as keys to success if you are show prepping while travelling in the future. I will also be sharing lots of fun show details too!
For now, I'm headed out to the gym! What have you all been up to this year?!