|Monica Brant on an old issue of Oxygen, still one of my favorite competitors!|
It was so hard for me, I felt cranky and upset. I really did not know what I was doing and did not know anyone who could help me or give me guidance. I researched the internet but did not know what to look for. I knew what I needed for the show and that was it. I ordered 2 swimsuits from Victoria Secret and found clear shoes in some random store somewhere in town, which were not high enough.
I remember one evening I had a slip up with my diet and was so hard on myself(hence my cheat meals now which keep me sane). I ate too much carbs and drank red wine with my friends. Now I look back at that and I know why I felt this way, not enough fats in my diet made me cranky and sluggish, and too much deprivation made me feel crazy.
|Wine, my nemisis!|
Finally the day came, and we drove to North Vancouver for the registration meeting. I was so nervous! I got there and saw so many ripped and tanned people and thought to myself "I do not look like this!"
I signed up for a camp, and remember Fatima, who was running this camp, she says to me "You are not dark enough, I hope you have some protan". I was like "no...what is protan?" Well, we sure had an interesting night, driving around downtown Vancouver to a few supplement places looking for this "Protan". My poor husband, he was painting me until 2am!
Basically I only practiced posing at this camp and that was it. I had no idea how important it was to practice posing and walking. I practice all the time now, even when I brush my teeth haha!!
Day of the show, I arrived backstage and it was so intimidating. So many girls in one room and so many were so ripped with these amazing bikinis and suits. I felt so out of place. I did find a few girls to talk to, and I had no idea about water loading and depleting, diuretics and all that stuff. I was freaked out!!
|First Show-Fitness Model Round|
I was in line backstage and I was thinking "I am not prepared for this". I remember I finally got on stage and just basically did whatever. Not really sure if it looked good, but I did it. I bombed the fitness model round. By the time the bikini round came, I did not care anymore. I must have been more relaxed looking because I did much better and found out later that I placed 7th out of 21 girls.
|First Show- Bikini Round|
When everything was over, I was upset but at the same time I was determined to do this again and do better! I ended up learning so much through other competitors and on the internet, and getting help with my diet from a company in the US. Eventually I figured out what worked with my body on my own and learned what not to do! I started competing in Figure, which I just love to this day, and had help from my trainer Sean Hawthorne on how to pose. He also kicks my butt from time to time.
|Fame Nationals 2009- 2nd Place Fitness Model|
1st Place Figure Short-WBFF 2010