Dorothy had Red Slippers. I had Clear Heels.

“All human plans [are] subject to ruthless revision by Nature, or Fate, or whatever one preferred to call the powers behind the Universe.”
Arthur C. Clarke, 2010: Odyssey Two


How I got into doing shows was because I was bored and feeling lost….

In April 2012, I left my corporate personal training job and great bartending job in Minnesota to move home to Maine. After being home for 2 weeks I have a new personal training job and bartending job here… Yes. I am absolutely a creature of habit.  I had worked at 4 different gyms in my old company, so I knew it was going to take time to rebuild my clients.  But this was the first time I didn’t have to be at the gym for a 8+ hour shift.  Some people would love this break, but me…. not so much.  I have been called a “Hyper Kitty” in the past. I am always doing something or planning to do something. THIS WAS KILLING ME!  My then boyfriend (now husband) would joke and tell me I was on “Maine time now” and I should just enjoy this down time. He’s a pretty smart man, so I gave in and took his advice.

I enjoyed sleeping in.

I enjoyed going to family events.

I enjoyed Alex pizza, dairy queen, and my Aunt Tina’s cooking!

I think you get the picture.  After being home for 3 month I was up 20 lbs. YA! I know…

Kristy, aren’t you a personal trainer?

Yes… I am. But here’s a secret… We’re human.

It was time to get back on a plan. But a plan for what?

My 29th birthday had just passed and everything in my life was not following my previous 5 year plan. I thought at 29 I was going to have my dream job, be married, and probably a kiddo on the way. Instead, I was starting from ground zero with my career, dating my high school crush again, no kids… (but an awesome dog) and living in my childhood home. Needless to say I had no idea where my life was going.  This ended up being the best thing to happen to me!

Fast forward to January 2013…

Business was slowly picking up, and I had the honor of training a friend for her Miss Maine pageant.  I admired her for putting herself out there… on stage… to be judged.   As we worked out she asked me why didn’t I do a fitness show?  I had been asked this question in the past and my answer was always “I didn’t want to give up wine and cheese”  then laugh it off.

This time when the question came, I didn’t have an answer.  Not even a joke.  I had nothing stopping me. I wasn’t working 70+ hours, I wasn’t partying my life away like I had done in the past, and I wasn’t looking to have kids anytime soon.


I contracted a friend that had done a show the year before and asked her advice. She had nothing but good things to say about her experiences, and that the same show just happened to be 11 weeks away.  I thought there is no time like to present…. and I took the first step into my new life!

More post about prep, show, losing, winning, and becoming pro to follow.

Closing thought: No matter what your plan is right now, it ‘s going to change.  That doesn’t mean you failed.  It means you are meant for something you couldn’t see in the present.  If you accept it and keep moving forward it will bring you to a place better that you ever dreamed of. 

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