Fitness Amateur Of The Week: Bikini Breakthrough!
I went to my first fitness competition to support a friend at age 17. Every competitor who stepped onstage amazed me. I loved watching and observing the different body types. I knew right away it was something I would do one day. As soon as I graduated from high school, I started training. Two years later, I started prepping for my first show.
I knew I needed help in the beginning. I was going to college at the time and couldn't afford a trainer or nutrition advice, so I started reading and doing lots of research. When the show came around, I felt ready. I was a new person; healthy and fit. It was such an accomplishment for me. I ended up placing third out of 12 girls. I knew it was only the beginning for me. I couldn't wait to step onstage again.
I always had a passion for fitness, but it grows stronger as I grow stronger. Fitness isn't just about being in shape. It's also a mind game. Bodybuilding is a selfish sport and if you want to do it right you have to sacrifice a bit. It will change you. It changed me for the better. My passion for the sport is hard to explain. I live for it.
I motivate myself every time I make an effort to get up, prepare my meals, and bust ass in the gym to live healthy. If I have to choose one person who I truly look up to, it has to be Jamie Eason. Her work ethic is unbelievable and she stays humble and kind, which I admire.
I go to my iPod for inspiration. Music helps me though a lot, especially in the gym. All I have to do is put on a song I love and my mood changes 100 percent.
I hope to step onto a pro stage one day. I'll get there someday. I just have to keep staying positive and healthy.
Bikini competitors should work hard, smile, eat right, and drink water. The only person you need to beat is the person you were before.
My boyfriend. He's so much fun to watch when he's onstage. He just shines. He's competing with me in April and I can't wait.
I love receiving emails from Bodybuilding.com. The articles help me in many ways from exercise to dieting.
April 2011 - 3rd Place Bikini - Metroland, Albany, NY
October 2011- 2nd Place Bikini - Rochester NY
November 2011 - 1st Place Bikini - NYS Natural Syracuse, NY
June 2012 - 1st Place Bikini - INBF Hercules, NYC
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