I've received some good feedback from my first competition. Here's a short list of what I did well and what needs to improve:
Strengths: Symmetry and proportions, abdomenals, side pose, hair and makeup, legs have good potential
Areas to improve: overall size, leanness, darker tan, walking and posing, creating v-taper in my back
I have decided to compete in this same competition next year in August 2011. That gives me a whole year (without any cancer treatment or surgery) to work on it. I will work with Joe Franco, the event organizer, who also provides complete training and coaching for figure competitors. I received my first set of nutriton and training guidelines from Joe today and will begin following them tomorrow, Sunday, September 12, 2010.
I feel good and did not experience a "rebound" (i.e. bloating, weight gain) from the competition. My weight is within 3 pounds of what I weighed on competition day, and it's two weeks later. I attribute this in part to Joe's excellent nutrition coaching for me. We didn't do anything extreme that I would rebound from. I stayed hydrated and my weight loss was slow and careful prior to the show.