Kristi Parrotte - Figure Competitor

To understand why I compete, I believe you need to know me, not only who I am, but what I stand for. I am just a small town Montana country girl who learned a long time ago that the gift of giving is so much better than the gift of receiving. I was born with a 2 1/2 inch leg length discrepancy. I’ve had seven knee surgeries to try and correct the problem, but it is still not correct, however, it is something that I learned to live with and be thankful that my disability was not as bad as others. It was with my disability that has helped me with my self confidence that I have today. When I started working out in 2006 I mainly did it to have some me time. That time that a mom needs away from kids, husband and everything else. I needed that time to reflect on myself, I needed that time to reflect on the goals that I would have and what I wanted to accomplish for the day or even for the week.

And then as I was working out I decided I needed to make myself some bigger goals and I decided these goals needed to be something to help others…because back when I was a child when I would see kids in a wheelchair or kids missing a limb, and they always seemed to have the positive outlook, the smile on their face that shone right through me. Not only did these kids help me physically, but more important they helped me mentally. They remind me of the gifts that I had been given and they reminded me of things that I could do in life to pay it forward. And my pay it forward is to everyone. It is to everyone out there that doesn't believe in themselves. It's to everyone out there that thinks they can’t do it.

Because in my dictionary there is not such a word as can’t. I have raised my three kids with the known fact that the word can’t could not and should not exist because if you believe in yourself and if you look up and never stop looking up, a door will open. The door never opens overnight, in fact sometimes it takes months, sometimes it takes years, but when the time is right I believe He really does open that door. My ambition in the fitness industry is to help others take that step and believe and maybe with a little bit of luck I can create a domino effect with one person believing in themselves, inspiring someone else to believe in themselves and so on and so on. If I can get that one person to believe then I have accomplished what I have set out to do.

In the end it's not about the win, or the trophy, but about the journey and the athlete it makes you not only physically, but spiritually and the growth it gives you as a person. Harriet Tubman… “Every great dream begins with a dreamer, Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.“

Diet and Training

Everybody's body is different so I think this is the most important thing to always keep in mind. There is not a cookie cutter plan out there. What works for one person may not work for another. It is a definite trial and error process to see how your body responds. The most effective way for me to lose weight and build muscle may be totally different for another person. Always remember to eat for YOUR body, eat for YOUR health and never ever deprive yourself. I have a 16 year old daughter and even if I am a week out from a show if she is eating a new ice cream flavor that she wants me to try, I never say no. I do this because we need to not think of food as the enemy. It is the exact opposite and i never want my daughter to have any food issues, and no matter what I always want her to love her body and not be afraid of food.

With that being said, during off-season I try to keep my calories fairly high usually around 1900 calories split into 5 or 6 different meals. I don’t believe in doing a dirty bulk and I keep everything 100% natural. I try to focus on foods high in vitamins and minerals eating a lot of grass fed proteins, a lot of healthy carbohydrates like brown rice, jasmine rice and sweet potato, and lots of green vegetables like broccoli, and brussels sprouts and green beans. Another thing I try to make sure to do it to get in my healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds and of course peanut butter!!! Some people are afraid of the fats, but they are great for your muscle strength and best of all for burning fat. You need to eat fat to burn fat. I allow myself a cheat meal a week, as to not get bored. Fitness is a lifestyle. It is important to remember it is not a diet. I try to make meals interesting and tasty and fun! When it comes to pre-contest dieting, I will add in some carb cycling and cut my calories slowly as to not lose my hard earned muscle but yet losing any body fat I have put on. It is important to not lower calories too much to keep your adrenals and your body happy.

Competing and Fitness is a lifestyle. If you think of it as a diet you will feel like you are deprived. It is important to make nutrition a part of your life and remember that we all have our off days but you just climb back on the bike and keep peddling.

When I did my first competition in 2010 I lived on Tilapia and Asparagus and the once in a while rice or oats. My food was bland, I had little variety and my calories were cut way too low, causing my adrenals to fail and taking the fun out of the fitness lifestyle. Fitness should be fun, your nutrition should be fun. It is something you should look forward to everyday. It is something you do for YOU to make YOU feel good

I workout 5-6 days a week, Lifting 5 days, cardio 6x/week for only 20-30 min and two of those days incorporating some sort of HIIT cardio in to increase fat burning Nutrition and fitness work hand in hand. It is important to find your balance, something that works for you. Preparation for me is key. I take one day a week for my food prep. I cook up a bunch of different proteins, carbs, veggies and fats in a variety of healthy meals to pack with me while at work or while I may be traveling for the week. I find the more prepared I am, the easier it is to stay on track and fuel my body with the nutrients that it needs to build muscle, burn fat and most important stay healthy. This was probably the hardest thing for me to learn to do, but I have found it is one thing that has definitely helped me find success in the gym.

On Stage

Self-confidence: As a 46 year old mother of 3, Mrs Montana 2012 and a Figure Competitor I have always taught my children to reach for the stars, dare to dream, and no matter what, never give up. Always walk with confidence, believe in yourself, and always hold your head high, because it is not what others think of you that matters but what you think of yourself. I need to live and lead by example. Without me showing confidence or believing in myself, how could I expect my children too? My lifetime ambition is to continue to show my children that our tomorrows are created by what we dream today, and show all women out there that their dreams and goals can be attained. It doesn’t matter if you are 40 or 50 or 60. Knowing is believing and Believing is Achieving. Christopher Robin said to Pooh " Promise me you'll always remember you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" If we just remember this famous quote by two of my favorite Disney Characters what a difference we can make in the world and the strutting yourself on stage doesn't seem so hard,

My most recent competition was Fitness America 2016 In Las Vegas, NV where I walked away placing 2nd in Figure Masters, I walked away beyond blessed, humbled and overjoyed, and hoping that through my exciting day I have inspired just one person to change their life. The Trophy was beautiful, but the journey that brought me to this point outweighed any emotion I felt that day. The journey of becoming stronger mentally and physically and with each day showing others how to love themselves and never stop believing. How did I feel from the point of check in to walking away placing 2nd in the world… In one word AMAZING.

I had worked weeks on end putting on more muscle working toward the goal of the PRO card. So many ask, “what does a PRO card get you?” For me it is just about proving to myself and others with hard work and dedication anything can be accomplished, so really for me it is not about the card itself, but the changes I can make in peoples lives. After putting on the muscle, that I had worked so hard to sculpt out, posing practice for hours on end, picking out the perfect suit, setting up your hair and makeup and now FINALLY show time! Time to put all that hard work out there. The flight there is exciting, I am excited to make new friends and I know the next day I have registration and check in.

There is not much sleep involved because my nerves are all in a jumble making me feel like I ate a huge turkey dinner and finally the restless night sleep comes to an end and I go down to stand in the long endless lines waiting to pee in the little cup to show I have done this prep 100% natural. I am anxious and excited to meet girls from all over the world and walk out with a handful of new friends. After check in there is Media. Cameras flashing, bright lights pictures, pictures and more pictures in the hopes that a fitness magazine will pick you up, that someone out there will notice me so I can share my journey.

And then there is show day.. I wake from my restless night of pre competition day sleep dry mouth, yet adrenalin pumping ready once again to get hair and makeup done and get one last spray tan. The hardest thing to remember going out there getting ready for your division to be called, standing in the endless lines all that goes through my head is I hope I have practiced long enough, worked out hard enough and had my nutrition just right, the absolute most challenging mental game is to convince myself that it doesn't matter if someone is more cut than me, or more symmetrical because I know I gave it 110% and now it is just time to have fun and do the one thing that I came here to do, and that is to make a difference,. To show others what is really possible.

I proceed to pump up with my little band of tubing that I brought, eating my patch kids, peanut butter and rice cakes all in hopes that the vascularity will start to show. I practice posing every little second before stepping on stage, do my push ups and finally the time comes to step on stage under the bright lights and strut your stuff hoping I remember the full routine that I have been practicing for months. I exit stage right and try to remember did I forget anything? My 30 seconds of fame are over. I take that big sigh of relief and know that I gave it my all. The only thing left now is finals tonight. Now it's time to relax and root on all of my new friends and teammates.

Tonight at finals it is the same procedure, just not quite so intense. Nerves still run wild because I have worked so hard and even though I know it's the journey that matters, I really still want to take home a placing. It is finally my turn once again. I say one last little prayer, call my kids, and my husband for that last little pep talk. They tell me how proud they are of me, and I gave it my all so go out there and stand tall with self confidence, let that belief shine through you they tell me. So here I go it is time for my division to lineup on stage and I go through the quarter turns again as judges are calling them out, all the while hoping I don't topple over, and hoping just hoping that I made the top five.. Top 5 are called out and I made it!!! Then they call 4th, 3rd, all the while my heart is racing because I know now I have top 2. When they called me for the 2nd place trophy, I had to look around. It was like I could not believe it.

Each year as I come to this national competition and compete against all these amazing athletes I hope to bring just a little bit better of a physique. This was my 3rd National competition. My first one I did not even make top 10 in figure, my second one I took 8th in the placings in the figure division, and now this year it was second. It is the reality that you have to keep pushing forward, you have to never give up, you have to always believe because nothing happens overnight and if you just keep pushing dreams happen.. I am living proof and I know this year I will keep pushing, working harder than ever to bring even a better physique next time around. I will keep reaching for the stars and hope to find the moon.

My ultimate goal is to compete in Florida in 2017 at Fitness Universe and bring home the Pro Card. and make the dream of becoming cover on a fitness magazine a reality. I want to keep showing my kids that if you push hard enough that anything is possible. As they grow into young adults and start out in the world facing new challenges and coming upon new opportunities i want them to remember me. I want them to have the confidence to do anything and become anything because with self determination and belief in yourself you really can touch the moon.

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