What wouldn’t Josie Reid and Amber Williamson do for a big bowl of spaghetti and a juicy, double-bun hamburger these days.
The two women have been putting their bodies through the wringer for the past five months to get their physiques ready for scrutiny at the Adela Garcia Classic in Pflugerville Saturday.
Both competition newbies, Reid, 36, will compete in the physique category, and Williamson, 26, in the figure category.
Reid explained that she competes barefoot and performs a flexing routine and Williamson competes in heels and must strike four poses.
The competition isn’t making the rookies sweat, it’s getting up on stage with 350 others in a revealing bikini that has them weak in the knees.
“When I went for my fitting, I freaked out,” said Williamson, a mother of three.
Once the shock wore off and there was no turning back, the two hunkered down this week to put the final touches on their bodies.
“It’s been a roller coaster getting ready for this,” Reid said. “The hardest part for me has been maintaining my focus. My family isn’t doing what I’m doing. I have to plan and organize my life to match their lifestyle. I wanted to make sure I could still eat dinner and spend time with them, while staying on point with my diet and exercise regime.”
Going into Saturday’s competition, both women said as much as they are doing this for themselves, a part of them wants to prove their doubters wrong. Reid said a good friend told her she didn’t have the body to compete and Williamson said she was told she was too small to compete. That was all the fuel they needed to go full steam ahead.
“I don’t like when people tell me I can’t do something,” Williamson said.
In preparation for the big day, the duo has been doing heavy lifting three days a week and toning workouts twice a week, but their strict meal plan never took a day off.
“We eat lean protein like chicken and turkey, no beef or fish, green veggies and lots and lots of water,” Reid said.
At the eight-week mark, the women started “carb cycling,” loading up on carbs on certain days of the week.
“We had to get very creative with our meals and switch up our seasonings,” Reid said.
With the competition just a day away, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the competitors.
“I can’t wait to eat a big bowl of spaghetti,” Reid said. “I’m Mexican and people were asking me why I didn’t want tacos after.”
Williamson has her victory meal planned down to the last detail.
“I want a box of 12 Krispy Kreme donuts waiting for me in my house when I get back,” Williamson said. “I also want a carrot cake cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory and a big fat hamburger, with both buns, topped with avocado, and sweet potato fries.”
Even after months of hard work and strict meal plans, Reid and Williamson said they would go through the arduous process that tested them both physically and mentally, all over again.
“It becomes like a habit,” Williamson said. “I like the results I am seeing and I don’t want to lose the results.”
Reid said she worked too hard to digress after the competition.
“It’s too easy to eat the wrong things and go back to where you started from, and I don’t want to have to start over.”