Well, I did it! With the help of my Coaches at Team Bombshell and the support of family, friends and clients I accomplished my goal of training for and competing in a Women’s Figure competition at the Music City Muscle!
I competed in the Novice Division where I was expecting to compete in a class of maybe 4-5 other other first time Figure competitors around my height. They usually will have a short, medium and tall class, but ALL Novice competitors ended up in one big class together where the competition was fierce (including Niki G Instructor Whitney Barnhill who placed 4th!)
This contest was a very important first step for me and I did not necessarily expect to place in a top position, especially started from the condition I was in this past spring. I did not place this time, but I gained so much more from this journey and found myself again! Check out my last post about the transformation and before/after pic here>
Overall this was a great experience! Since my husband was competing too, I spent a lot of time backstage just enjoying the atmosphere and taking it all in. My husband and I loved training together (lots of 5am cardio dates!), cooking together, preparing all our food together and supporting each other through this process. He competed in the Men’s Physique Division and placed 3rd in the Master Division. This has been quite a transformation over the last 6 months for both of us and I can’t wait to see what happens in another 6 months!
While it’s embarrassing for me to share my “before” pic, if I can inspire at least one other busy mom who is unhappy with how they look and feel (or really anyone!) to get serious about fitness, make better choices and make time for them selves, it will be worth it!
Earlier this year I may have been considered “healthy” and even “fit” based on my abilities (like running half marathons, etc) But, I was not happy here in my before picture. Even though I promoted fitness everyday and was passionate about helping others, I had gradually lost my passion for my OWN personal fitness and the goals. After confronting my unhappiness head-on, I made a personal goal, acted on it EVERYDAY through exercise and dietary changes and I found my drive towards my passion again.
So far, I lost over 25lbs, have more energy than ever and defeated the “funk” that was determined to continue bringing me down. The best part really is that the rewards go WAY beyond the physical appearance. I am so excited to be able to pursue my passion again everyday of challenging myself through fitness and continuing to pursue my goal of inspiring others.
If how you look and feel is keeping you from pursuing your own passions in life, it’s time to make some BIG changes. I would love to help you, so feel free to email me.
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