To the competitors that are in between that 4-6 weeks out period...hang in there.
This seems to be the hardest point for a lot.
You’re so close but yet seem so far away.
You’re questioning yourself.
You’re worrying about your competitors.
You’re worried you won’t be lean enough.
You’re wondering if you can keep going that much longer...
This is where the winners are separated from the losers. This is when the magic happens.
This is when you go from lean to shredded.
This is when you have to kick up the fire even more no matter how impossible it may seem.
Do not get on that stage with regrets.
Refuse to give these final weeks anything but your all.
If you go up there knowing you gave it everything that YOU’VE got, it won’t matter how the placings come out and you won’t care.
You’re doing this for YOU and no one else.
Make those last few months of sacrifices worth it.
Do. Not. Give. Up. 👊🏼
Photo obviously not current 🙅🏼♀️
But somewhere within the range above☝🏼just trying to keep my head above water 💦.
Starting to feel like I have some muscle again 💪 Back and arms are still the main focus to add size to for next season. Let’s grow! Sitting between 243-247lbs so up about 10lbs so far these last 5 weeks or so.
#tbt to one of my favorite looks this year at #npcjrnationals 💜
Each and every bikini competition I’ve ever done has taught me something.
It’s so important to take time to gather feedback and personally reflect on what you learned, what you did well, and what can be improved on along the way... with anything you do!
Always seek to be better but don’t forget to celebrate the victories (no matter how big or little) as they occur as well!
Sometimes my lessons learned from a competition are based on physical performance and placing and other times on how I feel and how I handled and reacted to the competition prep, travel, family, work, other obligations and projects, and friends along the way.
Jr. Nationals 2018 was the first time I’d competed in the same National show twice. I went into the show super confident bc I already knew the venue, was bringing my best physique yet, and had just placed 2nd in my class a month earlier at Jr. USA Nationals. I ended up taking 3rd place in my class.
Instead of walking away wondering what I did wrong, I walked away from the show thinking about what I was going to do to be BETTER. I addressed those things and in the next 6 weeks I managed to take home first place in my class and my pro card at USA Nationals.
In life we always have the option to throw our hands up in the air, play the victim, and ask, “why me?”
...Instead, I said, “try me.”
I’ve learned over the years that this applies to everything I decide I want to achieve in life. If it means enough to me I refuse to play the victim. I will do everything I can to rise to the challenge and to overcome it.
I dug deep and was able to improve on what I already thought was a winning package when I could have just said F it and given up. Instead I kept going. I competed in 14 shows, 6 of those were National competitions, before becoming an IFBB bikini pro. I worked hard for it. It was so sweet when I earned it. And I DID become better, more resilient, and stronger because of what I went through.
What are you working for and how bad do you really want it? Stop thinking “why me?” when things don’t work out the way you thought they should and instead say, “try me...” #fitfam#fitness