Lots of pieces went into my personal fitness story.
Lifelong effort. Okay. Not seriously even an athlete. Didn’t play sports in school. However, I had a desire to maintain a healthy weight. That’s about it. I was fortunate to be raised in a family that had regular meals and I learned to cook early in my 20’s.
Exercise. I discovered that I enjoyed step aerobics and it helped me keep my weight normal through post-childbirth and smoking cessation.
Diet. I had always tried. Lower calorie and skipping meals served me into my 30’s. By late 40’s my old habits for maintaining my weight didn’t work.
Weights with plan. At 47 I began weight training solely to lose the extra 30-40lbs I was carrying.
Morning cardio? That too. Stacked onto after work strength training.
Nutrition Lecture. My mentor in the gym, co-worker James Dawson, gave me a righteous nutrition lecture and it stuck.
More learning. After losing all the excess weight and adding on a modest amount of muscle, I began to fall in love with the look of figure competitors and signed on to coaching for my first show. I loved it and proceeded to do 10 shows in under 4 years. Finishing 5th at Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh in 2017.
Next steps. Meanwhile I achieved NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition level 1 Certification.
To keep it, keep it up. Physical health is not something to be achieved and then discarded. Physical health has to me maintained. I spent 2018 on keeping it real. My goal was to maintain a healthy lifestyle under more normal circumstances of moving, social events and travel.
Competition gives me personal goals and discipline. Plus, I enjoy it. This last year was not really about packing on more competitive muscle, but to live as a fit lifestyle role model. Not perfection, persistence. Competition this year is about showing that I can reach for it whenever I want it and still enjoy the experience. What I want of these two upcoming shows is to be the best that I can be.
Registration is done for hotels, competition, and tanning for both.
Wish me luck! #fitatfiftytwo #npcpalmettoclassic #npcnaturalcapitalclassic