Figure Competitions

pride cometh….before rebound!

did you hear the ‘Thud’?


well it may just have been a little bump and as long as I start doing something about it hopefully we can avoid the really ‘weighty’ floor shaking version.

what am I going on about?

give you one guess…I’ve already given you the clue…

you got it


ok let me back up a little here.

during comp prep, I may have mentioned, on the odd, rare occasion… :-p

ok, I  know I kept going on about how I didn’t get any cravings and how I didn’t have a sweet tooth so not having chocolate, ice cream ,cakes, biscuits, muffins,  <insert your own favourite sweet thing here> wasn’t an issue for me and how not having pizza, pasta, bread, carbs in general also wasn’t an issue…

I MAY… also have mentioned that since I didn’t eat crap anyway that ‘rehab’ post comp also shouldn’t be a problem and how I wasn’t going to be one of those people who binged on all of the above bad stuff and piled on stacks of weight in a very short space of time….


lets see how thats working out for me

the last couple of weeks I’ve just been feeling a little out of control as far as my eating has been going, I’m still sticking to 6 meals a day, I’m still just having meat and sweet potato for brekky mainly because its the easiest thing to do and after the egg white pancake episode I haven’t had those again. I still have my PWO shake but because I’m ‘bulking’ I now have neat dextrose in it. I’m still not eating dairy food, I just react too badly to it.

side note – been reading ‘eat right for your blood type‘ and ‘paleo diet‘ – am definitely the caveman type which could explain why dairy is not working for me, why I could put muscle on whilst doing comp prep diet and why  it appears that bodybuilding is going to be my thing – shoulders allowing 🙂


Lunches are generally still meat/fish and a salad + fruit and dinner is generally meat/fish+ green veggies. So on the surface it’s not looking too bad…

but I just can’t stop eating! my mid morning ‘snack’ now tends to incorporate fruit and nuts in addition to the meat/fish+salad, afternoon snack is generally meat+fruit/nuts/chocolate (!!! I know! 3 times this week! *excuse coming later!) and my 2 teaspoons of nut butter is now more like 2 dessert spoons…

When I go out I have a few beers….had a christmas party last Thursday.. lets just say it was a bit more than a few beers…and lets just say that words did not need to be said at training the next day, I could feel the disapproval radiating from Aiden…

yesterday was carnage! work Christmas breakfast, followed by lunch at the pub and then I was in a meeting all afternoon which I couldn’t get out of to have mid afternoon snack…but there was a big bowl of lollies on the table…yep, disaster! coffee to offest the lunchtime beer, lollies to offset the caffeine slump and more lollies to offest the lolly crash…oh dear.

I felt so ill afterwards…and I skipped dinner (too full of crap!) in favour of half a pot of nut butter and a nectarine.

NOT my finest effort…

I have a new job and they’re a fairly social bunch, so friday lunch at the pub is becoming a bit more of a feature…and there was this weeks leaving lunch..and theres another Christmas do next week…and another leaving lunch the week after that..

in the last few weeks I’ve also been buying gluten free biscuits, or conscious chocolate (we’ll get to this later!), or ordering dessert when out at a restaurant – stuff that I haven’t eaten or done for years

what is going on? I have this horror sweet tooth all of a sudden and some sneaky old habits have resurfaced – I’m working late so I can’t be bothered to cook, I’m in meetings all the time so I can’t stick to a routine, having a beer with pub lunch…anyone recognize these nasty little patterns?

My new job (ironically) is product owner of a health and wellness web portal for a large health insurance company and one of the features of this site is whats known as the ‘Wellness Record’ (hate the terminology!) so I put in all my real numbers…and thought I’d put myself on a weight maintenance program…

so on my weight maintenance meal plan, I’m allowed 2600 calories a day, spread over 6 meals and I get to eat date and walnut cake for mid morning snack, baked white potato chips as afternoon snack and banana split as an evening snack…after steak, mash and veggies


oh sorry this is sound government approved, clinically reviewed by peers, dietary advice..

anyway being the superior being that I am, I scoffed at how ANYONE could possibly get through 2600 calories a day because I couldn’t….
but then given the last few weeks of feeling slightly out of control I thought it was time I held the mirror up to myself…
here’s the last few days.



3464 calories yesterday!!!!!

ok time to ‘fess up – warts ‘n’ all, here it is – full disclosure:

can you hear the thud now?

in the 7 weeks since my last comp (has it only been 7 weeks?), I’ve put on 6.7kg – some of it is definitely muscle, and theres some that isn’t! 🙂

I was really hoping to stay within 10% of my comp weight which was 51.5kg at the Vics and 50.9kg at the universes, so this gives me 5-6kg to play with and now I’m there, I’d really like to stay there.

Don’t get me wrong, I still look good – clothes that were hanging off me now have shape to them – my back is getting really big and still has some definition to it, my legs are huge and completely solid – they’re going to be knock out when I cut down again…and you should see my butt! I now have one and I love it!

the million $ snow white frock is going to look awesome at New Year, when I will be the princess amongst the queens in sydney :-p

I’ve talked about putting myself back on comp diet previously, but somehow it hasn’t quite eventuated and with surgery next week  which will knock out training, I really need to get my act together to avert the potential for metabolism wrecking that is looming.

so tomorrow….


do it tonight!!

tonight I’m going to remove every non ‘caveman safe’ item of food from my cupboards – I can’t eat it, if its not there, and in what could turn out to be a happy accident, I wont be able to replace anything until Monday as I left my purse at work and I don’t have weekend access – so the only thing I can eat is whats left after the clean out – meat, fish, brown rice, quinoa (might just chuck that out as well!) and veggies…and 1 egg…and the remnants of the nut butter.

aaahhh….Real food!

* (from above)

just one more thing tho before I go – have you come across Conscious Chocolate?? it uses raw organic natural ingredients, its handmade, its dairy free, gluten free, soya free, sugar free, pesticide free and low gi…its just so smooth and soft….

Goji berry and Coconut…..(best homer simpson impression here…)

you HAVE to try it…it is SOOOO delicious you will instantly become a chocoholic if you weren’t before – this is my undoing right now!

If you do try it and you become an instant addict…well I can live with being the bad friend that introduced you to it..

I’m not going to ask you to save me a piece…because I know there won’t be ANY left 🙂


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In the immortal words of the great Troy McClure…

Hi, my name is Sarah Taylor. Some of you may recognise me from other blogs such as Kilimanjaro Here I come!, Baggy to Buff – My Fat to Fantastic Transformation  and most recently So you Think You Want to Be a Figure Competitor


Welcome to the sequel of ‘So You Think You Want to be a Figure Competitor’ where I documented my journey from the time I freaked myself out completely when I made the spur of the moment decision to compete in a figure competition to the time I stepped on stage 10 weeks later as a starry eyed novice…and then hung on for dear life as the ride turned wild!

I had absolutely no idea what I’d got myself into and I wanted to capture it all – the good bits, the bad bits, the emotional bits, the random bits, the weird bits and, as it turned out, the successful bits that exceeded all my expectations

these are my results from my 1st 3 shows…

INBA Victorian Titles, MVRC, Melbourne 

1st Figure Novice (class 1)

2nd Figure Overall

3rd Figure International

INBA Australian Titles, MVRC, Melbourne

3rd Figure Novice

3rd Figure International

INBA Universe Titles, Brisbane

3rd Figure Masters 40+

4th Figure Novice (class 1)

5th Figure International Masters (class 1) 40+

I look back on this and I’m still amazed and very proud – I wasn’t physically big enough – plenty of people told me that,  I couldn’t train properly due to my injured shoulders (I’ll find out in the next few days if surgery is required..will keep you posted!), I had to learn everything from scratch – the posing, the stripper heels! and I’d only given myself 10 weeks to do it all – kamikaze as always – thats me! maybe thats why my trainer calls me ‘Mad Dog’…hmmm…

At the time it was only going to be just one show…

I never in my wildest dreams have thought there would be a sequel…

but there is – and this time its for real…this time I will have a proper preparation – a full 6 months of building my physique – my weaknesses will become my strengths, my strengths will become perfected – no more being a random blow in from nowhere with great legs! I have full 6 months in which to perfect my posing, a full 6 months to prepare free routines, a full 6 months for Jo Rogers to create me a stunning bikini….

a full 6 months to turn my legs into the stuff of legends!


if you haven’t followed me before then its probably a good time to let you in on a little secret…I do tend to go off into la-la land every now and then…you’ll probably need to take some of the stuff I say with a large pinch of salt…heck why not keep a truckload handy? 🙂

you’ll figure it out!

ok back to where I was…

I am no longer a novice, but since I’ve only been bodybuilding for 3 months (!!! seems like years!)  I guess that makes me a rookie, so this time round I want to show how it is different. I’ll show how I cycle my training – bulking and cutting or however Aiden (my trainer for those who are new!) decides to work it. You’ll get to meet Aiden (maybe..he’s shy..!) and if I can persuade him, maybe he’ll part with a few tips and tricks here and there! I’ll show how I plan my diet – not that there is one at the moment, still taking baby steps with re-introducing food after my last comp – maybe I’ll write something about that, its all part of the learning process!

What shows am I doing? I haven’t quite worked that bit out yet – so I’ll go through the selection process of that. Last year I chose INBA purely becuase it didn’t involve doing a routine – I’d only given myself 10 week to prepare anyway and trying to learn a dance routine on top of learning to strut on those heels and posing all just seemed a bit too much! This year I want to challenge myself – 2 left feet into bodybuildings version of Ginger Rodgers…???

What bikini’s am I going to wear, am I going to change my look at all or do I want it to become my brand?

There’s plenty to write about!

and yes, there’ ll probably still be plenty of random bits, weird bits, emotional bits – in fact I’m almost certain there’ll be a meltdown or 2 along the way…it wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t!

anyway, drop in every now and then, follow along and hopefully enjoy the journey as much as I’ll enjoy going on it

see you soon!