Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Florals, Friends and Finding the Balance

Recently I have come to realise that participating in this fitness competition has and is raising a lot of eyebrows for many people. And many people have questioned my reasons for doing this and the misconceptions that have followed with it.

Please let me assure you that this has NOT been for weight loss, but to work towards a bigger goal of testing myself - my mental and physical capabilities and to challenge myself to something I have thought was unattainable.  Just like any sport, athletes must train for months at a time, have strict regimens, and eat certain foods. Of course there is an "off season". But the next 3 and half weeks are critical for me. This is the last leg of the contest prep.

I have been EVER SO LUCKY to have both silent and vocal cheerleaders in my corner. My true friends and family have upped the ante so to speak and have rallied against me with the last amount of strength I need to see this through. You all have been so wonderful. The constant emails, phone calls, messages and tweets have left me speechless from the support I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. And please note I will need it now more than ever :P

As for Foes...I have come to battle my own inhibitions. I have learned to silence the negative voice in my head and look ONLY at the positives. The past 8 months have not been about a "Bikini", but about achieving something bigger. 

I learned that its about MOTIVATION. And an inner strength to get to that ideal condition - for most, its not about being a figure competitor but maybe something else, maybe to be a ballerina, or a hockey player, or even Olympic athlete. Its 90% ATTITUDE.
I thought it was time to also share some pictures from the Angie's Fashion Show I attended almost a month ago now! 






What I am Wearing:
Floral Dress: Frou Frou (designer - local)
Shoes: Nine West (these KILLED me by the end of the night)
Jewelry: Bracelet (bought in India on my Travels)
Belt: BCBG

51 comments:

  1. I love the new layout and the huge photos. You look amazing in that dress!

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  2. Wow! Frou Frou suits you! You look gorgeous and that top is sooo pretty. Cant get more feminine than a pink flower. I think that fitness is even more mental than it is physical. well put .

    Sophia

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  3. Cute home decor! lol
    Love the top. So feminine.

    Xoxo,
    http://beatricebalaj.blogspot.com/

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  4. LOVE it! Best of luck with the rest of your prep! :)

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  5. Nini, you're amazing. That is all.

    xoxoxo!

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  6. I love Frou Frou it's one of my favourite Ottawa boutiques and this dress is perfect on you! I really admire your dedication- I just joined the gym a couple of weeks ago and have been loving the adrenaline exercising gives me (today I did a weights class and my legs are already hurting!) You look great- I'm not sure how fitness competitions work but you're rocking it girl!

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  7. That dress is gorgeous!  You look absolutely stunning.

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  8. Oo girl, I am loving this dress on you, it is so pretty! I
    absolutely loooove it!

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  9. Wow..that dress is something else! Love it!...Haha I can imagine what the shoes did to you by the end of the evening by just looking at them haha

    xx
    Andy
    The Black Label

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  10. I am so happy in seeing you smile!!! I hope now everything is ok! Gorgeous dress and beautiful as always!
    http://chiccastyle.blogspot.com/

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  11. I absolutely LOVE that dress!! it's FABULOUS! and so are YOU :) 

    <3

    xoxo

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  12. you look great in these pictures and the dress is really pretty!! too bad I didn't attend Angie's, ahh well there's always next year :D

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  13. LOVE the large flower! Very Carriesque!

    www.plentyforpennies.com

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  14. i love how unique this dress is! and it looks fabulous on you!

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  15. OMG so gorgeous!  The skirt of that dress REALLY shows off your figure!

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  16. the floral dress is beautiful! love your hair x

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  17. Fan-freaking tastic dress. Hotness all around :)

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  18. ThegetinshapegirlJune 23, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    I need you to clothe me, accessorize me and decorate my apt!!!

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  19. love your dress!

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  20. haha thank you : ) 

    I would love to! Any time!

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  21. Thank you M! I would love to comment on your blog if you have one!

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  22. Thank you hun : ) all the positive comments really help me continue on this journey!

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  23. What a gorgeous dress- the giant flower is one of a kind! Good luck with the last few weeks of competition preparation- all of the work you've put in has been really impressive to those of us who lack the motivation to do what you're doing :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  24. You look amazing in that dress!

    Keep on going - you are an inspiration and are doing everything for the right reasons.  Good luck dear!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  25. That dress is awesome!

    India has the BEST jewellery!

    You are doing amazing.  It takes a special person to commit the way you have!  I hope the time flies by so you can have some chocolate Cheerios!!!

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  26. wow great big flower, what should we called that?
    but its a great colours combo, pink and black, like a cupcake

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  27. Hi there, cute outfit! I have a question regarding your LinkWithin feature., How do you make it so it displays text only and not the thumbnails? I notice you were able to do both.
    Thanks!

    www.mrschong.com

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  28. Very elegant outfit. Fresh and pretty layout too.

    Take a look at mine at: http://wonderfulljessie.blogspot.com. x

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  29. asecondglanceblogJune 24, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Your dedication to this competition is nothing short of inspiring. I understand that people may have certain apprehensions (you know mine about the nutrient intake); however, I think it's possible to support a friend or family member in their pursuit of a major personal goal, irrespective of one's personal views. ALMOST THERE!!! - Kat

    http://asecondglanceblog.blogspot.com

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  30. asecondglanceblogJune 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Darn, I meant to comment on the dress too...it's wild and fabulous and looks like something straight out of Carrie Bradshaw's closet! - Kat

    http://asecondglanceblog.blogspot.com

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  31. your rosette front dress is SOO pretty !

    www.glistersandblisters.com

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  32. HOT STUFF!! girl you look beautiful! I love the outfit. I have said this before, but I am so happy you have such a great support system. Your family seems amazing. There will always be people who don't understand what we do or why we do it. At the end of the day, if it makes you happy then it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks or says.  Competing is sometimes called the 'selfish sport' because you need to just focus on yourself. So keep pushing, keep smiling and keep your eye on the prize!!! SO EXCITE FOR YOU. Lots of xoxo 

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  33. You look STUNNING in these pictures.  Seriously.  Like a tanned, bronzed goddess. (No homo.) I am so jealous of your color.  I'm pale.  Like an albino.  Or a hermit.
    And that top is gorgeous. :)

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  34. I think its great your testing your limits! We have no idea how strong we are until we push and as a result, your looking great girl!
    Its amazing how a girl with a great figure works out and suddenly, its negative rather than positive. 
    I love your dress and shoes (even if they did kill you!)

    Have a great weekend. 

    Girl about Town XxX

    http://girl-about-town-blog.blogspot.com/

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  35. You look hot! I love that dress.  You are doing awesome.  The people with the negative talk are the jealous ones.  The ones that need to put others down to make themselves feel better.  Keep being you because you are awesome!

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  36. You look amazing. Your dress is so beautiful. I think it is great that you are pushing yourself. You will do amazing.

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  37. I do think your diet is very strict, but kudos to you for keeping to it. i am not good at diets at all so I wouldn't be able to do it. good luck to you dear!

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  38. you totally inspire me!! i've started my journey to a healthier lifestyle and although i still have a long way to go, i'm confident that i can do this. forget about the misconceptions and other opinions, you shouldn't have to explain why you're doing this for anyone. you look totally fab!! i'm rooting for you girl, you have my support! ;)

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  39. Love this dress. The top is beautiful.
    Maybe we can follow each other?http://www.fashionmechic.com/

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  40. You are wonderful and your comment is great! :) 
    it just takes committment thats all! you can achieve WHATEVER you put your mind to...thats what Ive learned

    xoxo

    here to support you as well : )

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  41. I look at it like its a few weeks of my life of eating very strict. tough yes, but after that I can eat whatever I want when I want - which for me is frui fruit and more fruit and breakfast foods I cannot live without oatmeal and cereal :)

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  42. You go girl! Dust them haters off your shoulders and they take any negative thoughts with them! XOXO 

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  43. What a lovely dress!!!Fantastic colour and design!
    Visit my blog to enter my give-away :)
    xo xo

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  44. I think it's great that you are doing this fitness competition!! Good for you, and that dress is sooo cute!!



    Shasie
    Live Life in
    Style

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Thank you so much for your Comments! I love hearing what you have to say. It gives me inspiration and motivation to continue being here : ) XOXO - N

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