Wednesday, July 20, 2011
3 days out...
Soooo I am 3 days out from the Los Angeles Championships...
This time last year I was prepping for this same show. It was to be my second competition, and was a challenging competition prep for me. I was just learning how to do the competition diet without being too extreme and the fatigue of 70 minutes of cardio per day was beginning to wear me down. I remember that I worked so hard to be small for that show, I straightened my hair to switch things up, I was SO focused on winning. Funny thing is, even though I looked good, I placed the lowest I have ever placed at any of the shows I have done. I truly believe during that show prep, I was overly focused on the body issues that I thought I needed to perfect and somewhere in there stopped having fun. I think that I struggled with conveying confidence and excitement because deep down, I just didn't love what I was doing. It was an amazing experience for me because it showed me how I could get so caught up in how I think I'm supposed to be instead of just being the best me possible. Valuable lesson learned that day.
Fast forward one year later...I am prepping for my 6th NPC competition! I have more confidence than ever. Just to be clear, it is confidence, not arrogance...it's not about winning or beating out the other girl. It's knowing that I am bringing my personal best to the stage. I know I gave my best with each meal, with each cardio session, with each lift, with each stage posing session and because of that, I can go out there and absolutely shine! I believe that I will fall into an elite group of competitors that day purely based on effort, confidence and consistency. I have such a different mindset than I did at this time last year. I am so excited to be living this out at this time in my life, not only to prove to myself that I can reach beyond my goals, but to also show others a living breathing example of discipline and determination. While my goals last year were much more focused on getting to where I wanted to go, this year my goals and vision have expanded so far beyond myself AND IT'S SO EXCITING!!!! I give my best for myself but even more for the amazing people who train with me, read my blog, ask me questions, take my kickboxing classes, the list is endless. This isn't just about me. This is about living life at your best level and realizing how health and fitness tie in with your purpose!
I hope I didn't just get too deep for you! HA! I get so pumped up about these amazing opportunities that I have to share my passion for health and fitness with others. Back to my show stuff...so in 3 days, it's showtime. Expect me to shine, expect my best. And if you are competing, expect a challenge :)