Ok, a little note to shed some light for those who are wondering how someone could compete and say they are not overweight, yet still want to have
cosmetic procedures done - here's some explanation...
When I competed in that figure competition (it was the Western Regional Bodybuilding Competition, Figure class), it was the culmination of four years
of working with a trainer nearly every day. I would wake up in the morning and spend 50 minutes on the stair climber, then go to work, then go to my
trainer after work and spend an hour doing weights with him, and then home to another 45 minutes of either the stair climber or dance practice. I
literally had no life. I was on a very strict diet, which my trainer reviewed with me constantly and adjusted as the competition drew near. I lost
so much weight that sleeping was uncomfortable because there was hardly any padding on my hips and I lost my period for about six months because my
body fat was so low.
I did it to prove to myself I could do it, but after it was over, I was so burnt out that I really lost my motivation to diet for a long time, so I
gained a lot of weight. Then I slowly started working my way back down, over the next few years, until I was back in my healthy range. Since then, I
have lost more weight, and now I actually exercise because I enjoy it and if I go a couple of days without working out I miss it. I also went veggie
for four years, but then I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis, and went gluten free and had to start eating meat again for variety.
Long story short, unless you are an athlete by profession, or work in the fitness industry, or are a professional dancer, it is very difficult to
garner your time, energy and willpower to maintain such an extreme level of fitness for a lengthy period of time.
While I also belly danced, during the same time frame, and I was paid to do so, I did not consider myself a professional. I danced at a couple of
restaurants, one on a regular basis for a while, and at a few events, and I was very involved in the dance community as my best friend is a
professional (she travels the world teaching and performing - I hardly get to see her any more), but I had a full time job in computers and couldn't
dedicate myself to dance like the other girls, although I would have loved to!!
Anyway, believe me, I know many girls who you would swear are just naturally drop dead gorgeous, but 9 out of 10 have had some kind of "work" done.
So, I and my friends are no strangers to surgery and other procedures, and that is why I am so willing to talk about it. I believe, you can't take it
(money) with you, but you can use some of it to improve your self image and feel good about yourself - and that means feeling happy in your skin, now,
and for years to come, instead of feeling dis-satisfied or worse, unhappy!
Ok, there is my rant about procedures and surgery and why people choose to go that route even when they are fit and look good by most people's
If you can relate, and continue to be interested in hearing about my experience with CoolSculpting, then please continue to follow. This thread is
for anybody who would like to know what the experience is like and how the results turn out, not for debate on whether cosmetic procedures are good or
Rant over - the updates will continue tomorrow...
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