Welcome to the main stage! The 2014 NANBF Trojan Classic in Troy, AL. This post includes stage shots,  awards and what’s to come for ~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~ ♡♡♡

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Novice figure - pre judging
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1st Place Novice Figure
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Pre judging - figure open

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I Earned this Bling
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Still Shining!
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1st Place Novice
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3rd Place Overall

Next stop, revamped training and diet regimen and gunning for that pro card at the next show in September!  “Todo, we’re not in Kansas anymore!” No rookies over here! Welcome to the big leagues!

Until next time. … continue to #EatClean and #TrainDirty. ….Stay tuned for Part 4….

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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Competition Weekend food

So more on last weekend’s competition. My streamlined version of my diet is what you see above. This is what I packed and traveled with for the weekend of the show.

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Novice figure pre - judging

My command from my coach on the day of the show was to wake up early  and eat a small portion of tuna, no carbs, sip some black coffee and very little water then go kill the stage in 3 hours. Needless to say that I did and don’t think for a minute I could just go kick back and eat until the night show that evening! Coach said, pics first then I’ll let you know if you can eat…… outcome “eat something healthy,  but no carbs” so imagine how excited I was about my #albacoretuna that afternoon. ..lol!

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Excited to have my 2nd meal on competition day

The process that got me to the day I stepped on the stage are the foods and meals you will see in the following pics. Not an all inclusive list,  but trust and believe,  to get results you have to be willing to do without. My meals are low carb, low fat, high protein. My fat intake is healthy unsaturated and my carbs are complex… you have to choose to eat differently to be successful! I’m used to it, I prefer these foods over the common alternative because I love how my body feels when I eat clean!

Trust the planning,  Trust the process…#EatClean #TrainDirty!

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That Cashew Mylk - Trust the Process
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That meal prep - Trust the Process
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The Diet - Trust the Process

Stay tuned for Part lll …..

~ I AM CANDICE MARIA ~

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The art and science of amateur and professional natural bodybuilding is a strenuous and very delicate process.  You get comfortable with being uncomfortable very quickly,   especially if you want to see winning results!

 

My Competition Coach Winning his Pro Card
My Competition Coach Winning his Pro Card

 

So today I had my first official athlete’s check in with my friend and now competition coach,  IFPA Pro Natural Bodybuilder, Ryan Davis. The pic above is from his winning show last Fall where he won his pro card in Atlanta.

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It is my hope with his help to make just the right adjustments needed to step back on stage in front of a different federation and eventually crush my competition in the natural female bodybuilding circuit. My mantra now and days is #WORKHUSTLEKILL! I saw it on a #DLB video, and took it to heart! She’s one of my favorite professional female bodybuilders and she definitely works hard and kills her competition!

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Anyway, back to the story. ..lol! I went into my first competition last Fall eyes wide shut, wrong federation, no connections, no trainer,  no coach, which was a little arrogant on my part because I figured,   I knew how to work out and eat right,  how difficult can this really be. Too much pride to ask for a second pair of eyes to monitor my process, needless to say it showed on my presentation on stage and going home with nothing but an “experience” of just showing up. Fast forward to today. ..

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This year my mind set has changed as even the best of the best pro’s have coaches,  trainers, nutritionist,  etc to help them prepare.  It’s hard to keep your macros straight,  adjust your own diet, maintain your workout schedule and juggle it all with work, life, and living.  Having that support system of someone dedicated to your process to remind you of the important things,  check on you, keep you focused when you feel like giving up because your carb intake is so low your body starts rebelling,  and your getting cranky! Having someone in your corner,  like a professional fighter in the ring truly matters!

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I’m actually pretty excited about the next 30 days, moving forward from the current shape I’m in with the help of my coach can only get better as long as I stay focused and committed to the process! This is definitely a journey I decided to embark on mainly just  for me, a little selfish,  but in the end it makes me selfless! It teaches me  to show myself what I could achieve with precise discipline.   Sometimes I second guess it, get tempted to give in to “being normal” but I look at where I’ve been,  where I am now, and how far I can go and I keep pushing,  I keep food journaling, counting macros, and busting my ass everyday in  the gym to be the best version of Candice I can be. OUTSTANDING!

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Some may call it vain,  others may say it’s crazy,  but for me it’s a way of life, a passion,  something I love! My desire is to live my dreams doing what I love as a health and fitness professional and making a comfortable living doing it,  so if I never step outside of my comfort zone,  I will never be seen,  and if I’m never seen,  I will never gain the platform needed to accomplish my dreams and goals in the future! So this journey is one #tobecontinued!

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