Monday, September 21, 2009

Team Universe Results

Wow!! What a weekend in NY! My biggest show to date! It started out with a photoshoot on Friday morning! I can't wait to show you pictures! I had a blast and know we got a lot of great shots!
There were 11 girls in the tall fitness class! My routine went over VERY well on Friday night! I was VERY excited to get to debut the new routine! Saturday morning came and... well, we overshot the physique. We tried a new prep and I peaked too soon. By Saturday morning my muscles had smoothed over. I got 2nd callout in the physique round and had convinced myself I did not make top 5. When we got back for the finals and I walked off stage to learn the outcome, I was congratulated and told to get ready. I had MADE THE TOP 5 and was going to perform my routine again for the night show!! YEAHH!!! I did it!!!! I rocked my routine and pulled off a 4th place finish!!! I was VERY pleased!!! What an honor!
Although I KNOW I could've done better, and my physique HAS looked better... we know exactly what happened and exactly how to fix it! I'll definitely come back 200 times better next year and continue to knock your socks off!! Until then, I'm unpacking from NY and repacking to head to Las Vegas to see the Olympia this weekend with my girl, Lori! I'm going to be taking a million pictures, so be watching for them!
God Bless,

Friday, September 11, 2009

One Week Till Showtime!!

This time next week I will be getting ready to hit the stage at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in NY! Fitness routines friday night, 2 piece physique round Saturday morning, then finals Saturday night. It's going to be a very exciting weekend!!
It's even more exciting to think that this will be my TENTH show!!! That's right, the big 1-0! I started competing back in 2005 and have done 2 shows a year each year. I can't even begin to describe how much I've grown over the years.. physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! This has been an amazing ride and to me, it's still only just beginning! My goal each show is just to improve from the last, and that is what I've done! Constantly learning and growing and trying to be the best ME I can be!
Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted on how it all goes!!
Thank you all for the ongoing support and emails! Your words of encouragement are priceless!
God Bless,

Monday, September 7, 2009

Enjoy the Journey!

One thing I've heard a lot of people talking about lately is improvement. No matter what our goals are, whether it be stepping on stage or just working toward becoming healther version of 'you', we need to focus on improving ourselves on a daily basis. Set short term goals and work toward achieving those on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. As you reach those goals, think of yourself as the winner you are! You've taken a step in the right direction and are making progress! We will never be 'perfect' so it's the steps along the way you need to appreciate and enjoy! Don't overlook all of the small accomplishments you are making on a daily basis! Set realistic goals and give yourself a pat on the back when you achieve them!!
One thing I've seen get people discouraged in their journey is the comparison factor. We cannot go around comparing ourselves to others. This will lead to a constant feeling of failure because we'll never be 'that' person. We have NO control over other people's lifestyle, diet, training, stress level, and even genetics. Instead, we need to focus on the things we DO have control over. We CAN control what and when we eat. We CAN control how much water we're drinking throughout the day to stay hydrated. We CAN control how many times a week we do cardio and how intensely we lift weights. These are things we CAN control! So my challenge for you today, is take control of YOU! Don't allow the negatives to impact all the positives you've achieved! If you fall, get right back up again! Again... YOU are in control of YOU... when you get kicked, are you going to stay down or stand back up?!? I know for me.. at the end of the day... you'll see me STANDING!!!
"NEVER bend your head! ALWAYS hold it high! Look the world straight in the face!"

God Bless,

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Counting Down The Days...

It's almost showtime! I can't believe it's almost here! Time DOES fly by! I'm very excited and honored to step on another National level NPC stage! It'll be my first time competing at New York's Team Universe and I am very excited about the whole experience! I know, just like all of my other shows, it'll be one to go down in the books! This prep has been great.. filled with ups and downs.. but this sport is what I LOVE!!! Everything about it! I am sooo thankful to be given the gift to be able to go for it and to achieve my dreams!
I hope that whoever reading this also has the ability to go for your dreams as well... whatever they may be!!
God Bless & Happy Training!!!!