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.
I need your help! I am a contestant in the Rock Star Bikini Contest and I need your vote to make it to the next round. All you have to do is go to Facebook and go to Rock Star Bikini, look for their album
2014 Online Voting! One day only 1/31/14,
and like my picture. Liking my photo is a vote. We all have dreams and goals in life and we CAN help each other reach those goals. For the love of the lift, help this girl reach hers.
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.
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.
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.
A building would not stand, if not for a good foundation. He is mine. Find yours.
This will be the 3rd year Jon and I attend the New River Trail 50K ultra run. The first year, without much training, I did it in 5:54:50. My strategy was how many 10 minute miles can I do. I followed a simple formula: every 1/2 mile drink water, and every half hour eat (I alternated between bean burritos and gu). Below is a picture of my homemade burritos.
The 2nd year I trained, and my marathon split was 4:28:07, and overall time was 5:22:46. I followed the same simple formula described above. Jon finished before I did, and made sure George was at the finish line to greet me.
Unfortunately, due to an upcoming NPC Competition, I will not be running this year. But I will be there to support Jon and volunteer. I am also making 2 of the Awards for the Category Winners. I love silversmithing and running, so was very excited to make these. I start with sheet plate sterling silver, stamp and cut pieces, then solder, drill hole, add jump ring, acid, and then polish.
For those of you who have never done an ultra run, it is quite a thrilling feeling. Not just finishing, but embracing your inner strength and conquering 32.2 miles in a single bound. Like all goals accomplished in life, it fills up your “I can do anything I set my mind to” tank, and spills over into all areas of your life. Happy Running.
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.