Kaeli Sanderson - Figure Competitor

Kaeli: I have been lifting weights since high school, but I really got into it in 2011. I always wanted to compete to take my physique to the next level, but didn't decide to commit to a show until the end of 2015. I decided to compete in figure instead of bikini, because I had a bit more muscle than they like for amateur bikini shows in BC.

In the off-season, I eat a lot more carbs than I did during on-season. I am also eating less protein than I did when I was prepping for the show. My body personally responds the fastest to a high protein, high fat and low carb diet.

In the worst diet plan I was ever put on, all of my carbs and fats were removed. I was eating six meals of white fish, six times per day. It wasn't effective because my body went into starvation mode and my metabolism was not functioning how it should be, nevermind the fact that I was totally miserable.

Preparing for the competition, I was lifting weights for one to two hours every day. Getting closer to the show, my workouts got a little shorter and cardio got longer. There was a point where I was doing an hour of fasted cardio in the morning, with another hour of steady state cardio following my workout. I had little balance when I competed, prepping for the show was more like a second job.

I actually really wanted to compete to get over my stage fright! My fear of being on stage in front of a crowd is usually paralyzing for me, especially when it involves being up there in a bikini. Suprisingly, I was extremely calm and in my element as soon as I stepped on stage. All the hours dieting, in the gym and posing makes it easy to showcase your physique in front of everyone. There will always be an element of fear for me, but it was more fun than anything!

When it came time for the Athlete Check-in, the fear set in. I was sitting in a massive room full of competitors with amazing physiques. That's when it really hit me that I would be competing the following morning.

During Prejudging, I just decided, even though I did not feel ready, to just let go and have fun. I was extremely optimistic going into the evening show.

When Finals rolled around and I found out I didn't place, I was slightly let down, but I didn't let it get to me too much. It helped me to remember it was my first show and I gave it my best. In the end, I still conquered my stage fright and made a ton of new friends.

I plan to compete again at the same show, one year later. In the meantime, I'm focusing on rebuilding my metabolism and keeping healthy in preparation for my next figure show.

#Finals last night (in the red). I didn't place top 5, but had fun and conquered my stage fright! Last night lit a new fire in me.???? #pfc2015 #popeyesfallclassic #vanfitfam #fitfam #contestprep #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #figurecompetitor #bodybuilding #posing #competitionprep #bcabba #figurecompetition

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