Bikini Momma, Abigail Comstock Rocks The Stage Five Months After Having Her Baby!
Interview By IPL Pro, Tawnya Cline | Michael Brooks Photography
TAWNYA CLINE: What are the names and ages of your children?
ABIGAIL COMSTOCK: I have an amazingly sweet 7 year old boy, Kaden and our newest beautiful girl, Harlynn who is 7 months old now. They are the best children, and I am one incredibly lucky mom.
CLINE: Along with being a mother, do you have another job outside of the home?
COMSTOCK: At this time my partner is currently in the middle of starting up a wholesale company. I am in charge of keeping up with all the books and the accounting side of the business. My true passion, however, is in the medical field. I have been an EMT, Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist. I recently finished all of my prerequisites for our local Registered Nurse program and will be putting in my application for acceptance.
“Don’t let one bad day ruin your mood or your momentum.”
CLINE: You rocked the stage five months after having your baby, and stole the Bikini Mommas title. I can honestly say, as I sat on the judging panel, that we were all amazed at how incredible your physique was. I have two children of my own, and I definitely did not look anything close to that so soon after I gave birth. I know there are many women that would love to know your secrets. What can you share with us about your journey to inspire other mothers to bounce back so soon after starting or adding to their families?
COMSTOCK: Aww, thank you so much! What I can say is don’t compare yourself to other moms. Just take it day by day. Don’t let one bad day ruin your mood or your momentum. Yes, competition is about comparing yourself to those next to you, but every mom is at a different stage in postpartum. As long as you are giving it your best and progressing, keep going.
Nutrition is the biggest key. Not only is it important for physical health, but also mental health. For moms who breastfeed, it is extremely important to fuel your body in order to fuel your baby’s body too. I had the best nutrient plan to follow and it made my life easy to know exactly what I was supposed to eat and when. The H24Fit Smoothies team made the transition so easy! My coach, Caroline, was extremely attentive every week to help make sure my progress was on point and let me know any areas I needed to work on.
CLINE: Did you work out regularly during pregnancy, and was fitness always part of your lifestyle?
COMSTOCK: Fitness has always been an active part of my life. I competed in many sports in high school and carried that activeness into adulthood. I can’t say I worked out much toward the end of my pregnancy, but I had a great start.
“I can’t say I worked out much toward the end of my pregnancy, but I had a great start.“
I found out I was pregnant a little over a month and a half into my 16 week prep. So, I stepped on stage for my first show at 11 weeks pregnant, and it was infectious! I knew I had to do it again once I had my baby. Let me tell you, having bikini pictures from a professional, as your pregnancy announcement is the best way to announce the great news! I think having such a healthy and active start to my pregnancy really helped keep things going smooth and made the post baby transition even easier.
CLINE: What was it that initially inspired you to compete?
COMSTOCK: The prep for my first competition came at a time I really needed something that was just for me. I had received news in August 2015 that my current pregnancy was ectopic and within a week I was going into emergency surgery. Not only did I lose my child, but I also lost my right fallopian tube, hindering my chances of conceiving in the future. I was lost, hurt and wasn’t sure what my next step was going to be. I needed an outlet, some me-time to just get lost and out of my own head. It wasn’t even a month after my doctor had given me the all clear to resume my normal life that I heard about the competition. It was too perfect to pass up.
The cost of competition isn’t a cheap one, but my boyfriend backed me 100%. He could see that I needed this and how much I was falling in love with the whole process. He made sure to help in every way he could.
CLINE: Can you share with us, as a new mother, some of the obstacles you faced during your competition prep?
“My family has lived the IPL life for the last year and a half and I can’t wait to see the lasting impact that makes on our overall health.”
COMSTOCK: One of the hardest obstacles I faced during this prep was “finding time.” Finding time for everything, for working out, for meal prepping, for sleeping, and staying on a schedule. My boyfriend was amazing. He would stay up at night after our kids finally went to sleep, so I could sneak off to the gym. I came home a few times to find out our daughter had woken up while I was at the gym. Instead of calling me to come home and feed her, he would spend the hour I was gone bouncing on the exercise ball. And, trust me, an hour of bouncing on that ball is exhausting. If I hadn’t have had the great support system at home giving me the opportunity to have some me time, I don’t think I would have exceeded as well as I did.
CLINE: You did exceptional in the IPL California Championship. Not only did you earn that title in Bikini Mamas, but you also received a medal in Bikini Open and Sports Model Open as well. Being included in the judging panel is always an honor. I think I can speak for all of us that you had an incredible physique and a contagious smile! Very well done, Abigail! You are a natural on that stage. When can we look forward to seeing more of you?
COMSTOCK: Well, I must say, I loved being able to look down at the table and see your face smiling back at me. It helped put me at ease. It won’t be much longer before I step back on stage. I’ll be competing again in the Nor-Cal Pro/Am show in September. I’m not going to stop until I get that Pro card, and even then I’ll probably keep pushing! I know I need to build my symmetry, so I’m focusing more on building my shoulders to help match those birthing hips I have.
I love what this competition has done for my family. I have a healthy happy baby girl, who we were blessed with so soon after a terrible loss. My son spends his morning doing workouts on the living room floor with me. We have a bet to see who can get a 6 pack first. Then, there is my boyfriend who is always right there to support my decisions when I tell him I’m entering yet another competition. My family has lived the IPL life for the last year and a half and I can’t wait to see the lasting impact that makes on our overall health. BIKINI