28 days later…

…not zombie apocalpyse (not as far as I know, anyway), but my first bodybuilding comp.

Yes, it’s just 28 days away. Or less, actually. This time in 28 days I’ll quite possibly actually be on stage.

The count-down is well and truly on and I, for one, am freaking out. I don’t know why today, I think it just hit me that it’s four short weeks away, and I’ve no idea if I’ll be ready, I’ve no idea if I’m where I need to be at four weeks out and… I’ve no idea about anything really!

Yes, I have become that person who takes random photos in the gym. I didn’t realise it was quite so blurry! Me just now at the end of my “push” session about to do some skull-crushers.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a sport that’s brand-new to me. It’s terrifying, exciting, challenging, disorientating and freeing all at the same time. It’s certainly given me an appreciation for how newbies to exercise and sport might feel, and I can now see why the people who come along to our “open-water swimming for newbies” sessions seem overwhelmed with gratitude at bits of information, guidance and encouragement which I think are obvious or standard!

Anyway, back to freaking out. So I texted coach Kat and she said:

“You will be ready, you’re right on track, please trust me. The last month is where all the magic happens but you’ll need to diet hard and stay clean clean clean*… Once you get your tan on you’ll look so different. No stressing!”

(*food. No drugs here!)

Then I posted on Facebook and, amongst the replies, came one from my Mum in all her NLP Master Practitioner wisdom:

“How about creating an alter-ego for yourself? The successful competitor, full of confidence, loads of experience, everytime she goes on stage everyone gasps in awe… Then that’s the character you can be “on the night” 🙂 xx”

I like it! So what shall we call her? Suggestions, please!

In other news, my bikinis are ordered, my posing music is chosen (and hacked down to the required length by me using Garageband for the first time in my life) and I’ve started to make up my routine. Speaking of which, I must go and practise!

What do you think I should call my stage alter-ego? What would yours be called? Tee hee!

28 days later is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.


12 Responses to 28 days later…

  1. april says:

    I would definitely say don’t stress! You’ve put in all the hard work (and are continuing to do so) so just work it! 🙂


  2. Carmen Scales says:

    My alter-ego was SuperCaz. She started out as my idea of someone who was confident and successful and could achieve anything she wanted to be. Originally she only lived in my head, and it was a couple of years before she became my forum name as I felt that a little of her had rubbed off on me.

    I’m not saying that you should pick something as… arrogant? presumptive?… but a positive alter-ego could work for you too.


  3. I love the idea of an alter-ego!! 🙂 It sounds like you have a lot of wonderful people supporting you and backing you up. 🙂

    Take your head out of it and go on auto-pilot if you can. Just do what you’re supposed to do when you’re supposed to do it and don’t think too much 😉


  4. Mark says:

    I reckon Xena (the princess warrior)!



  5. Faye says:

    An alter-ego is a great idea! I love to name my car, bike, blender, or anything possible, so if i was to give myself an alter-ego it would probably end up ten names long!


  6. you’re mom is so smart. an alter ego..I think i need that too. i have 9 weeks 5 days…i can only IMAGINE how terrified you are with 4 weeks to go. I’m glad your coach is so confident in you..it makes a HUGE difference having someone who knows where you should be. i almost made the mistake in NOT hiring a coach/nutritionist..i’m sure i would have given up by now.

    Go get it..4 strong weeks..you can do this girl 🙂


  7. Pinky says:

    Your alter-ego should be Wonder Woman. Obv.


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