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Laurel Canyon music, vibe moves to Grammy MuseumTucson band wins Ellington jazz competitionEurovision winning drag queen returns in triumphRep. Rogers hopes for ‘smart debate’ on radio showAustrian drag queen wins Eurovision song contestSum michael kors handbags mer movies highlight 20s to 30s shiftLed Zeppelin’s Page honored at Berklee graduationDynamic duo: The success of Jimmy Iovine, Dr. DreNow, too tired to shower or groom, they hung out in the gym’s business office with baseball caps covering michael kors handbags their unwashed hair. On Nov. 2, they would compete in the Fit Stop 2013 Northwest Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini Physique Championships National Qualifier at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash.Three of the women Three Rivers owner Tracee Hansen and gym employees Madeline Lovingfoss and Keri Verhei had competed in fitness competitions years earlier. But it was all new for the youngest in the group, trainer Shawnda Kerr, 27, who’d wanted to give competition a shot for awhile.For all of them, the metamorphosis from being in decent shape to having a killer body was a full time pursuit.A bodybuilding competition isn’t about the genetically blessed marching in off the street, oiling up and posing in a swimsuit at any random time. It’s a grueling physical and mental journey to achieve an ideal body that’s almost impossible to maintain more than a few days.”It’s all consuming. You live, breathe, eat, sleep the competition,” said Lovingfoss, 32, who has a shock of short platinum hair. “So I miss my family and friends a little bit, and not everybody gets it.”The Longview team hired a professional bodybuilding coach, Keri Ann Heitzman of Portland, to train them on diet, posing on stage and general preparations for competition. Each had an individual plan based on where she carried her extra weight.Since beginning their regimen in July, the women trained up to two hours a day in cardio and an hour of weight lifting. They eliminated processed food, sugar, alcohol and bread from their diets.No pizza, no cupcakes, no eating the crusts they cut off kids’ sandwiches. Needing to eat every three hours, they planned meals ahead of time and packed coolers for work with fish, egg whites, sweet potatoes, pickles, rice cakes and oatmeal.”You can eat but it’s not satisfying,” said Hansen, 40.The deprivation has paid off by today, Oct. 25, the women were visibly leaner and more muscular, each having shed an average of 22 pounds and about 7 to 10 percent body fat.In the final days before the show, the screws turned even tighter, with a focus on restricting calories and retaining the muscle they’d built. After weeks on an increasingly restrictive and monotonous high protein, low fat diet, the women were cranky and exhausted.Because so many people at their gym struggle with weight and body image problems, the women declined to get too specific about their eating plan.”When people try to pin us down on a diet, I say, ‘Why, are you going to do a show?'” said Hansen, 40. “Because it’s not some place you can live. Nor would you want to. . It’s an extreme.”Making their fitness saga even tougher, the women had just competed Oct. 19 in the NPC Seven Feathers Classic at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Ore.The good part was they all brought home trophies. The bad part was they couldn’t have a celebratory binge afterward because they had another show to prepare for in two weeks.Now, they were obsessed with what they couldn’t have. Lovingfoss was making lists of all the food she planned to order from restaurants as soon as the competition was over. Kerr was collecting photos of delicious looking food on her Pinterest boards.”Here, I got a present for ya,” Hansen said as she walked into the office nine days before the show, handing Verhei a Mrs michael kors handbags . Fields cookie catalogue.Verhei, 33, paged through it, lingering on a photo of a giant cookie edged with thick, white icing.”It’s like food porn. 2, at the Little Creek Casino’s cavernous event building: at the morning pre judging, and in the evening, when the winners would be announced. The winners would go on to compete at the National Physique Committee Nationals on Nov. 24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The national winners would earn their pro cards with the International Federation of BodyBuilders.The Longview trainers had two coats of spray tan applied the night before and this morning, leaving their skin a deep cocoa. Under the bright stage lights, the dark tans would make their muscles michael kors handbags look more prominent. In addition to the spray tan, Lovingfoss’ bulging arms were slathered in brown paint so the judges would look at her physique and not her colorful, full sleeve tattoos.