It’s been a REALLY long time since I’ve posted here! I have no excuse really, other than I’ve been busy, but we’re all busy! Haha! Well, let’s get right to it….what’s been going on in the life of Brett & Shawna? Keep reading if you’re interested!
I competed this year in the same two shows I did last year. Tulsa, OK 6/7/14 and Bentonville, AR 6/21/14. Brett chose not to compete because he didn’t feel he was ready. More on that in a minute. I had successfully built some muscle during my off season but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get lean enough. I refused to not make the two shows I had my heart set on so I went ahead and entered hoping things would tighten up the last couple of weeks. My trainer had me on a keto diet, which was supposed to get me lean fast, but obviously didn’t work. If you’ve competed or know someone who has, you’re probably familiar with the no refund policy on entry fees, so yah, it was paid for and I had to go.
Surprisingly, I won one of my classes in Tulsa. The 35-39 sub-masters class, which only had two other competitors. I was super excited but still wasn’t happy with the package I brought to the stage. I had two weeks until Bentonville and hoped I would lean down a little more as I had done last year. Well, that didn’t happen. I got last in both of my classes in Bentonville, and I deserved it.
I decided it was time for a change. I wasn’t happy with my results and Brett wasn’t happy with his. I was contemplating hiring a different trainer and then I got the sign I had been waiting for. A public bashing on Facebook from my trainer’s fiancee. I had posted that I was done competing for awhile and was bummed that my stomach didn’t get lean enough and that it wasn’t due to a lack of trying. I didn’t blame my trainer or mention her at all. It was just me talking about my feelings on my facebook page. He basically said I had metabolic damage and was a super negative, ungrateful person, and it embarrassed me greatly. I made my decision right then and there to hire someone who wouldn’t punish me, especially publicly, for being me and talking about my personal struggles.
My new trainer is another female and she looks amazing!!! She has not only written me a new diet plan but she has shown me how to workout at a much higher intensity level to be able to attain my goals. I’m on week 4 with her and people are noticing the muscle I’ve gained in my shoulders and arms already. Brett has also signed up with her partner/soon to be husband who just won his super heavy class at the Missouri State Bodybuilding Championship. Again, he looks amazing, and clearly knows how to put size on a bodybuilder, which is what Brett needs.
First off Brett works so hard in the gym. He loves it and pushes himself every day, yet he has made no gains in comparision to last year. He looks trim and small but also not lean enough in his problem areas. When he told his new trainer how little of protein he was getting per day, his mouth literally fell open! It’s clear we had both wasted time where we were.
Brett was trying to get lean enough to do a show 8/2 in St. Louis but he soon decided after I signed up with my new trainer that there was no point spending all the money to travel and enter a show that he might not even place in. Plus, he was ready to make a change and start building muscle. After all, that is why he spends 2 hours 6 days a week in the gym!
I’m really hopeful that Brett & I will look like totally different people in a year and we’ll decide then if we think we’re ready to compete next year or not. If we need to stay in off season for two years to come back and blow everyone out of the water, then we will. We have both said we will not compete again until we look DAMN GOOD! We are tired of being the cute couple who lost a ton of weight but never truly look the part. We are too competitive for that!
So I will attach some recent pics of us because if you are like me, I prefer looking at pics over reading people’s blogs! Haha.
Wish us luck on our new venture to actually LOOK like bodybuilder’s!
Thanks for reading!