Team Universe, July 4-5, 2014. I may not have been sitting in a lawn chair watching fireworks in the sky…but you better believe I made some fireworks of my own on stage. I competed in the 40+, 35+, and open Figure Class A. I won my IFBB Pro card in the 35+ division. The entire trip was FABULOUS.
We drove to New Jersey from North Carolina, and in between my napping, Papi (my awesome Fireman Hubby) and I discussed the upcoming competition. I didn’t diet down as hard for this show, allowing me to come in a little fuller…which is what he said I needed to do to win, and he was right. I ate every 2 hrs when my alarm went off, despite not being hungry. I loved the road trip, with my 3 chihuahuas sleeping soundly on my lap, and my biggest fan at the wheel.
Prejudging on Friday went very well. I made 1st call outs in all 3 divisions. And I was in 2nd position for both masters divisions…with the same competitor in 1st. And it appeared I was in 4th for the open. I was super impressed with myself for that, because those young ladies were on fire! Stiff competition for sure. So anyone who competes knows how you play all this out in your head. It was my first 2 day show, so I had a whole evening, night, and morning to think about it. A pro card goes to 1st in each class…Melissa was 1st in 40+ and 35+…if I am in 2nd…she gets her pro card in 40+…I get my pro card in 35+. Papi did his best to keep me focused and happy.
The team meeting on Saturday wasn’t until 4pm. So there was no rush…woke up, ate, Papi tanned me, and I relaxed. As we drove to the competition, the excitement started to kick in. I’m not gonna lie…I could feel that it was my time. I had so much fun with the other competitors back stage. I even rapped my “get pumped” song to a room full of people…it made everyone laugh. So it was totally worth making a fool of myself. Then it was time for 40+ division. Standing on stage as they called out 5th, 4th, 3rd, and then in 2nd place – Jennifer Everson. It was at that moment I knew…in about 15 mins, I’m going to be an IFBB PRO!!! With the biggest smile ever, I walked to the back, put my trophy in my bag, and went back to get ready for 35+ division. And then they called top five winners, announcing your new IFBB Pro – Jennifer Everson. I was so excited I almost jumped up and down…but contained myself. As soon as we walked off stage, I ran out to find Papi. We embraced and he told me how proud he was of me…and then I had to get back in the line up for the Open Class A. I got 4th and was super happy with that…as I am old enough to have most of them call me MAMA.
As if becoming a pro was not enough, I got to meet my bodybuilding idol Bev Francis. And on Monday, we went to work out at her gym East Coast Mecca/Powerhouse Gym…and who was there? None other than the KIA GREENE!
— with Jon Everson.
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.
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.
January 1st – 1 pushup
January 2nd – 2 pushups
January 3rd – 3 pushups…you get the point. Everyday you add a pushup. (What ever the day of year it is that is how many push-ups you need to do that day. i.e. on December 31, 2014 you need to do 365 pushups). You don’t have to do them all at the same time, I usually do them in sets of 20 and then sets of 50 as the year progresses and I get stronger. JUST DO THEM. If you are not so good at push-ups, start with your knees on ground and work your way up to regular push-ups. If you complete the challenge, by the end of 2014 you will have completed over 76,000 push-ups.
I want to make this interesting. If you want accept this challenge, let me know, and that way I can keep up with your progress.
This week is Peak Week. Peak week is the week before a competition. And its name says it all. It is the week that athletes who have trained hard, eaten clean, and dug deep; prepare for their big day. It looks a little different for everyone. And some love it, some hate it. Personally, I love it. There are those last workouts, posing practice, carb cycling, make-up practice, hair and nail appointments, tanning, and rest. All of which make you feel like a kid before Christmas. I salute all those competing in the Mid-Atlantic Classic and look forward to sharing the stage with dedicated individuals who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams.
My Grandma (who was 4’10”) used to always tell me, great things come in small packages. As I am preparing for my next competition in October, I remind myself often of her wise words. I may be small, but there is nothing small about the way I train, the way I eat, and the way I pose. Bringing your best package to the stage, regardless of your size, should always be the goal. Aim for the sky ladies and gentlemen.
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.