Pre Katie Boyd
Three years ago I competed in Miss Mass USA. I made my own meal and workout plan and used an old prom dress for evening gown. My meal plan consisted of eating very little and working out excessively, and although I reached my goal for the short term, the long term side effects it had on my body were unhealthy. Sluggish and fatigued, I felt awful. So awful that I didn’t enjoy pageant weekend. I lost perspective. I worked so hard to get where I was, but when I was there I felt too sick to socialize because my energy levels were nonexistent. After my year competing I decided to think about what I really wanted and put my objectives in perspective.
I took a year off from Miss Mass USA and concentrated on school. I knew It was my dream, but the competition and contestants deserved my undivided attention and I wasn’t in a position to give 100% just yet. During my year off, I finished my degree in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. I thought about competing that whole year, and when November came around and the pictures filled my Facebook news feed, I knew I caught the “pageant bug”. ( “pageant bug is when you compete in a pageant for the first time and forever become a pageant girl). If you have not competed yet chances are you don’t know what I am talking about but as soon as you do you will understand!
My Journey to becoming a Miss Fit:
I knew I wanted to compete but this time I was going to give it my ALL! I met Katie Boyd last year and my perspective on eating and exercising changed drastically. My “healthy” lifestyle was far from healthy. Just to give you an example, I would live on 100 calorie bagel thins, laughing cow cheese, and a black coffee with Splenda. I think the one thing that really put Katie of the edge was the Splenda!!!! Unhealthy and processed, Splenda is basically a poison! (I was constantly reminded of this) Katie taught me about clean, healthy eating and after just one week I felt like I had more energy. Furthermore my stomach did not have the bloated feeling that would daunt me after eating.
My exercise plan was tailored specifically to me, and although it took some time, within three weeks I could already see definition in my arms and legs. For 7 months I continued to utilize the workout plans tailored to my results. By show time I was done 20 pounds!
I drove to New Hampshire from Boston, to do both one to one workout sessions with Katie as well as group sessions. The “ pink prison” is a pageant girls dream . Entertaining, honest, and a pro in the pageant world, the one hour car ride was well worth the energy, confidence and motivation speeches I left the gym with.
Katie is more than a pro at the pageant world, she is also a friend and a mentor, and she truly cares about her miss fits. The anxiety you have as pageant week approaches, you can believe me when I say, she has more! Katie was also there for me through a personnel problem I went through before the pageant. In August I was bit by a dog and I didn’t think I was going to be able to compete. I lost motivation because my leg was in so much pain. Katie didn’t let me lose hope, in fact, she gave me more!!! I seriously considered getting a life size cut out of Katie for my house, purely for motivation!!
Post Pageant: Forever a Miss Fit.
Although I didn’t make top 15 at Miss Ma USA, I made life changes and became a better version of myself. Plus there is always next year to re compete!!!
So I leave you with this quote. “It better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles, then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angles, demons, heaven or hell (Buddha).