Well it’s all said and done now. I hope we start to see more “classic” shapes winning shows over muscularity. In which case that is better for me. I’ve never been a mass guy and would rather not push the envelope and become one. I hope we get closer to the 90’s look as a whole and start seeing posing be rewarded. Exciting times ahead.
Had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Robert Irvine @chefirvine ! I have watched and followed this guy since childhood. One of my closet secrets is my joy for being in the kitchen creating great dishes and I was always fascinated by Rob and his creativity and intelligence in the kitchen. To top it off, I always wanted muscles as a kid and to see a Chef with giant biceps I thought was the coolest thing ever! It was a special experience to speak with Rob at the expo and have him take time out to give me some ideas, tips, and suggestions with my diet and training for my next competition. One of the best things about this sport is meeting people like Rob and picking their brains over a wide range topics.
Comparison is the thief of joy....
But this comparison of me a year ago (to the date) makes me happy. Happy because I grew while I lost.. I lost weight and inches yes but I also lost a lot more during this transformation. I lost friends, who didn’t support the changes i was making for myself. I lost some parts of my social life where I knew my self control could waive and put me right back to where I started... where I never wanted to be again. I even lost hope MANY times. But I gained more than I lost. I gained muscle, endurance, determination. I gained a sense of purpose, motivation and INNER strength. I pushed myself hard the last year to become the person I wanted to be. Who was kinder, patient and more focused. Who reaches her goals instead of waving her white flag and defeat. Who fought to be not only physically healthy but mentally health at the same time. Of course my transformation is just barely getting started but DAMN am I proud of where I am now! I’m not done yet 💪
As always first and foremost I thank GOD for his grace awarding me the opportunity to do something I love at a high level. This 2019 season has had its ups and downs, but one thing that has remained is GOD.
I've went from professional to now Olympian and It feels great! I appreciate everyone that has been supportive of my dreams and reminding me every chance that they get to keep grinding. So what's next?
Goal is to get another Olympia qualification and early.. I won't be doing a marathon of shows like this past season lol(I think they know me now) I'll shift my focus more on other things like competing internationally etc.