Tuesday, 23 August 2011


 After years of secretly wanting to compete but never really having the courage to go for it, I finally decided to train hard for figure category. So I went in with the highest expectations of myself not fully understanding or compensating for any set backs that may creep up along the way. For instance, having to go for surgery (albeit minor), it was still surgery that I had to recover from. That took a toll mainly with my diet because I could not eat for several hours before hand and very little following surgery. Secondly, overcoming the dreaded sinus flu that slyly seems to lurk in every gym corner was ultimately unavoidable for me. This one was much more difficult to get over. When the body is desperately trying to supply energy for the workout as well as heal itself, my training sessions resulted in a sloppy, sluggish ordeal.  Thirdly, migraines.  Nothing is worse when you're in the middle of a set and you get the awful aura that comes along with a pounding headache.  It inhibits concentration, coordination, speech and vision. Workouts are quite difficult when you cannot see or think properly. With all of these obstacles in my way, only one option occurred to me.... Keep plugging away. Do not let a few bad days determine the outcome of your goals. When you fall down, pick yourself up and keep going because you're the only person who can drag your butt back to the top.  When you have bad days you best be willing to embrace the unavoidable because it is not always smooth sailing (as we would prefer).  Make the best of what you can, stay positive and smile.  

"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances." -Aristotle 

Monday, 1 August 2011

My fitness journey


No going back

Today I ordered my suit for my competition and it was so exciting! I can feel October 22nd just looming around the corner and I can't help but feel nervous, excited, scared and proud all at the same time. This is something I have always wanted to do but never thought I would actually go through with. Purchasing my bikini today made me realize that this is going to be worth every penny, every ounce of sweat, and every piece of broccoli grudgingly eaten because I am giving my all. I am working hard every minute of every day and when I get on stage I want to know that I did everything in my power to be my ultimate best. Twelve weeks out from competition, and everything is slowly starting to fall into place. From my quad sweep taking shape to my nutrition remaining (mostly) balanced. At this point, there's no time for bullshit, or for half ass efforts. The only thing to do is to stay focused and keep plugging away. Enjoy this journey and embrace everything that comes with it. 

 ~Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin