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Jr USA 2014 – My First National Show

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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.  image

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.

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This is who he sees when he looks at me…imageimage     image

image He took these pictures of me after the show.

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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.

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Fearless Instinct

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Today’s bodybuilding inspiration for the day, comes courtesy of my sweet chihuahua, George.  Yesterday he got in a fight with a lab trying to protect me; and as we waited in the vet emergency room for the results of his X-rays, I struggled with possibly loosing him.  I sat there desperately looking for a lesson to learn from this awful situation.

Then last night while laying in bed, with him in my arms sleeping soundly, it came to me.

George knows know fear.  He does not take his 5 lb small size into consideration.  He thinks with his heart. 

He saw what he perceived as a threat to his master and without hesitation or thought, protected me; his most prized possession.  He paid no regard to the size difference between a lab and himself.  His fearless instinct kicked in and he did what he thought he had to do .

Why don’t we take on life like George?  Risking it all for what me love…not caring that our opponent is bigger, taller, or stronger than us.  Just knowing that our heart rules our mind.  If you have a big heart and believe in yourself…you can will into existence that which we seek.

So I will take George’s lead, I will apply his actions to my training.  

My fearless instinct will be silent no longer.  

I will know no fear.

 

I am glad you are feeling better George.  I love you…and thank you for your loyalty and inspiration.

“coming in last”

It’s ok.  I’ve been there.  And I am sure I will be there again.  The first triathlon I did, I came in almost dead last in the swim portion among all the competitors, male and female, young and old.  At the Arnold Amateur, I came in 31st among 34 competitors.  It was not a good feeling, but it was a feeling I embraced.  

After getting out of the water at that first triathlon, I was so disappointed in myself I could not think straight.  I got on my bike and rode like my life depended on it,  and then when I hit the road for my run, I ran the whole run not even paying mind to the physical pain I was experiencing.  In the end I was one of the fasted bikes and runs in the women’s division, and over all was pleased with my performance.  Vowing to improve my swim.  In June, I will do another tri, and you can bet I am practicing on my swim.  

After leaving the Arnold Amateur stage, I thought of all the mistakes I had made.  All the things I didn’t do right. And all the ways I would never let myself be so unprepared again.  When we returned home after that trip, I looked to see when there was another competition, and started planning my workouts, my eating schedule, and my posing practice.  I will be doing the North Carolina States and the Charlotte Cup this month.

You can do one of two things when you come in last…one you can quit. You can say, well maybe this just isn’t for me, maybe I should pick another hobby, maybe I don’t ever want to feel like a loser again.  Or you can say, I am ready to honestly look at myself, my physique…my performance…my weaknesses, and improve them.  You can say that you are the under dog that will come out on top at the end of the movie, because you have heart…you have dedication…you have desire.  You have the raw fire, that instead of scares you, fuels you to be a greater version of yourself.

So don’t ever let “coming in last” keep you last.  

Be the last to leave the gym.

Be the last to quit.

Be the last to give up on yourself.

Be the last one standing.

Asking for Help…

People are our greatest resource.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Most of us in the bodybuilding/fitness world LOVE to share our knowledge and experience.  I have a close friend that recently asked me to help her, and I can’t tell you how happy it made me.  Honestly, I had been waiting for her to ask, or secretly hoping that she would.  Now we are working together, and I am very excited for her.  Wednesday we met at the gym, went over her goals for the week, and she did her first upper body workout.  I was so proud of her, after my initial workout with her…she asked for more exercises.  Great things are going to happen for this person, because her heart is open.

I am helping out another friend this evening with her posing.  Very excited!

In this world, filled with people, it is very easy to feel alone.  But you don’t have to, we can be there for each other, help each other, support each other, encourage each other.  Sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly.  So don’t be afraid to ask for help…

Spread the love.  xo.

FAILURE

Don’t ever quit. Don’t ever stop believing that you are stronger, faster, crazier. Don’t ever let the victories that aren’t yours, keep you from achieving your own. When life tells you this is not day, use that disappointment to MAKE THE NEXT ONE YOURS!

Peak Week

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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.

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Find Your Biggest Fan

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In a world full of criticism and self doubt, there is nothing more important than surrounding yourself with those that believe in you and your dreams.  In that group of supporters, there is always one that is your “go to”.  For me, that is my husband, Jon Everson.  He has always been the heart beat of my many dreams, and without him, I would not be where I am today.   He shows support not only through his words, but very much with his actions.  As you can see from the photo above, he sports a Mexican cap.  Not because he is Mexican, but because he is proud that I am.  He goes to the gym with me the day after he runs a 50k, not because he needed it, but because he knew I needed him.  He tells it like it is, not what I want to hear.  He will be the first to tell me my strengths, and how to work on my weaknesses.  I have learned over the years, to put my stubborn nature aside and listen to his advise; 99% of the time he is right.  

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He knows how to handle the crazy and obsessive parts of my character, and despite the “el diablo” that comes out in me from time to time, loves me for it.  He likes to call it passion.  He has been the constant in my life since the day I met him.  And he views my successes on stage as His successes.

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A building would not stand, if not for a good foundation.  He is mine.  Find yours.