𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗡𝗼𝘄? 𝗪𝗵𝘆 𝗡𝗼𝘁 𝗡𝗼𝘄? 𝗕𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗸𝗸𝗶 𝗟𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘀
Over the next three months, I will be sharing with you all the in’s and out’s of my journey towards my first figure competition. I will be competing at the Mighty Muscle on the Mississippi Bodybuilding Show.
Often when someone sets a lofty goal for themselves the first question we ask them is, “why?” I have asked myself that same question many times. My response is usually a condensed list of my personal reasons for choosing to do the show. However, as I am typing, perhaps a better response would be, “why not?“
Why would I choose to do something that seems next to impossible?
Knowing this journey would alter my life in many ways for the next few months seemed daunting at first. However, once the fear of failure passed (it’s still there..a little) it was pretty easy to commit. Before I get too in-depth about my goals, I will share a little bit about myself.
I am a wife and a Mom to our beautifully blended family. Having a blended family with 5 kiddos keeps things pretty interesting when it comes to schedules and planning. It is an added challenge with amped up workouts and my new eating schedule. As most mothers and wives do, I tend to get wrapped up with pleasing everyone else. This goal is going to force me out of my comfort zone and put myself first more than usual.
I also work full-time as a victim advocate and volunteer coordinator for a domestic violence agency. Working in this field is a passion of mine and although it can be stressful, I really enjoy helping others. My love for helping others is probably why I am doing this.
My Journey Starts Here
I started working out at Suppz Gym in January when they started their weight loss challenge between gyms. I started working with a trainer once a week. It was hard for me to justify all the time away from my family. But then I remembered a conversation with my Pastor Mark Hoene a few weeks before that. We were talking about parenting and different things Moms feel guilty about.
The Pastor asked, “If you and your children were in the woods and you had only one candy bar to feed them and you weren’t sure when you were going to eat next, what would you do? How would you divide it up?“
Then before I could answer, he said, “I know you and you don’t even have to tell me, I know you would feed your children first and not yourself.”
I smiled and said, “yes, of course I would.“
That’s when he explained to me that is where I was going about it wrong. He explained that as a mother and the caregiver for my children I should feed some to myself first, then divide up the rest between the children. He explained that if I didn’t take care of myself, I wouldn’t be able to be the best caregiver for my children.
So, with that piece of advice, I pushed forward and finished the challenge. I didn’t win the challenge, but I did win some confidence back after losing the last few pounds of baby weight I was carrying. Furthermore, I learned that I’m a better Mom when I take time to take care of me. After the challenge, I noticed my motivation was waning and I really needed something else to keep me on track.
A figure competition may seem a little extreme to some and I would have to agree. In fact, after only 5 days in and following my competition diet, it’s definitely more challenging than even I imagined. Mostly the eating part.
All the Food
I knew to go into this I would have to follow a strict diet. However, actually making that happen is a true test of how dedicated you really are. There are 4th of July BBQs, long car rides, and days out on the pontoon. Not to mention, the Doritos and Scotcheroos. Two things that I’m not sure if I’ve ever willingly passed up..haha.. Seriously, after making it through that weekend successfully, I feel like I can conquer the world!
There Is So Much More To Do
I have ordered my posing suit and shoes and lined up a nutrition coach that specializes in competition prep. I have added more training sessions with my trainer at Suppz Gym, Justin McLimans. The most important thing though is a great team of supporters behind me which is awesome!
I look forward to sharing my journey with you with the next two blogs. I plan on sharing my progress, challenges, and successes with you all. I look forward to sharing my experience with you all and hope to help anyone who is thinking about this journey too!