My love affair with bodybuilding only gets more intense with each competition. I placed 3rd at my first national show, and I couldn’t be happier. With each day that has passed, I long to lift heavy, eat healthy, and grace the stage again. Nothing is more important than the support and love I receive each and everyday from my husband…who is the constant fire behind my goals.
I am in constant pursuit to make him proud. After it is all said and done, as long as I am #1 in his eyes, I am a winner.
This is who he sees when he looks at me…
He took these pictures of me after the show.
I love him more than words can describe. He works long and hard to support my dreams. He takes me to the beach because he knows the soothing sounds of the water brings me peace. He helps me to be a better person, not just a better bodybuilder.
If you want to grow…bigger muscles and a bigger heart, surround yourself with love. Happy lifting.
Since I started competing in the NPC, there have been many benefits. But one that stands out is the friends that I have made. It is so refreshing to meet and connect with like minded people. I love to hear the story of their journey; what led them to the stage, what keeps them motivated, and just who they are as a person. Inspiration is found in many ways, and all of these women, who I know follow on Instagram and Facebook, are very inspiring to me. The advise and encouragement they provide warms my heart…no cat fights here. Just beautiful women with goals, great physiques, and big hearts.
Recently at the NPC Stewart Fitness Championship; during the Athletes Meeting; an experienced body builder gave a pep talk. I loved his main message, which was
People are going to look up to you. So know what you do matters because people are watching you. But remember that what you do when no one is looking is equally as important.
I have the luxury of having full days to myself. Today is one such day. No one is here to see what I do, what I eat, whether or not I work out. As I was working on contracts for my business this morning, I thought about the above statement. No one knows I was up at 7am working, or that I ate my meals when I was suppose to, or that I cleaned the kitchen and did laundry; no one was here to see me leave for the gym and return home swimming in my own sweat. But when my clients receive their contracts in the mail, they will know that I worked hard. My stomach knows it was fed yummy food because it has not growled all day. My husband will know that I did housework when he has clean clothes. The people next to me at the gym know that I don’t take working out lightly when they see me running at a 15% incline.
Whether we realize it or not, everything we do affects those around us, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. So be the positive energy in the room. Even if you are the only one there.