Name: Morgan Campbell
Why I Got Started
Actually, I had every reason not to do it. I'm Narcoleptic, had a super rough upbringing and was, for the most part, lost and alone. I was everything I didn't want to be. So I made a decision. It really was as simple as that: I chose to become what I wanted to be.
The decision really came about in the form of a bad breakup. I was overweight and miserable for a year with someone that I felt would never let me go to the gym. No matter how much I begged and pleaded, it always seemed to get pushed off. When I caught this person being unfaithful, that was the last straw. I had decided that this life was simply not mine anymore and I wanted me back. I wanted to love me again.
I'm not going to lie; I thought it would kill me. I was alone, depressed and had no one in the world I thought I could talk to. I figured it was a good time to finally have a relationship with myself and become the best Morgan I could be.
Being overweight was painful. Not just emotionally, but physically as well. My thighs were so tight from the skin stretching that I would cry. I hated wearing clothes and often would leave any shopping trip in tears because nothing fit. I was angry at the world for no good reason, and I couldn't understand why I was so miserable all the time. Why did I just feel so bad?
I didn't know who I was, but this wasn't it.
How I Did It
After some (OK, a lot) of time locked away in my apartment with my 3 cats; yes, I was in severe danger of becoming a "cat-lady", I finally went back to the gym. I had no idea what I was doing, so I just ran a lot and ate little.
After a few months of not seeing the results I wanted, I finally got the nerve to ask one of the guys there for some help. The first thing he did was pull me off the treadmill and throw me into the free weight area (i.e. The Pit). I thought I would never make it; it just didn't make sense to me. Cardio burns fat right? So why was I lifting things?
Against my better judgment, I held my nose and jumped into the deep end. Then I got results.
Not just any results, but every morning was Christmas. I'd find a new muscle every time I woke up. It was fantastic! I found Bodybuilding.com and read everything. People stuck by me, encouraging and giving advice and I soaked it all in ...
Being Narcoleptic was especially hard when training like this, but I wanted to be better so I pushed through. Often taking 'micro-naps' in between sets, pretending to write in my workout journal resting against the wall but I wasn't giving up. I continued to lift heavy for about a year and continued to see results. I learned everything I could about dieting and nutrition, so I could feed my little muscles and watch them grow.
My confidence soared. I was in control. Me and no one else. I was becoming Morgan again. Then I got the crazy idea to compete. I chose a show a year from when I started, almost to the day.
I actually stayed crazy and went through competition prep. Eggs, oatmeal, chicken, blueberries, tuna, sweet potatoes, I did it all. I chose I little show out of state so if I did badly, no one would know. I was terrified, but I stayed committed. Every paycheck I would buy something new for the show. One week shoes, the next a piece of jewelry and so on just to keep me motivated. No one could understand why I was doing it. Sometimes I wondered myself, but I had made a decision and I had to see where it took me.
Turns out, it took me to First Place. I still can't believe it! The show experience was amazing. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The girls helped each other, and it was awesome. The thing about competing is the journey. No one just wakes up one day and walks on stage. There was a road to get there, a long road, but I had to walk it.
A year ago, I was lonely, depressed and heartbroken. So I made the decision to change. To have everything I wanted, a loving boyfriend, a happy home and to be the best Morgan I could be. You know, I think I'm pretty darn close. But then again, there is another competition in November ...
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The Thing About Competing Is The Journey. No One Really Just
Wakes Up One Day And Walks On Stage.
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 2 Eggs
- 12 Almonds or 2 tbsp of Peanut Butter
- 1 scoop of Optimum Nutrition Whey (with Soy Milk when not Cutting)
- 1/2 cup Dry Oatmeal
- 1 pack Universal Animal Cuts
- 1 pack Universal Animal Pak
- 1 serving Opti-Women Multivitamin
- 1 scoop of Optimum Nutrition Whey
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
Day 1: Back
- Bent Over Dumbbell Rows: 4 sets of 8-15 reps
- Lat Pulldowns: 4 sets of 8-15 reps
- Wide Grip Pull-ups: 3 sets of 12 reps
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Shoulders
- Seated Dumbbell Presses: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Dumbbell Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Military Press: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Rear Delts: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
Day 4: Arms
- Bicep Curls: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Triceps Rope Pushdown: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Barbell Curl 21's: 3 sets of 7 reps
- Triceps Dumbbell Kickbacks: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
- Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 10-15 reps
- Bench Dips: 3 sets of 25 reps
Day 5: Legs
- Smith Machine Squats: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Walking Lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Lying Leg Curls: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Seated Calf Raises: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
- Standing Calf Raises: 4 sets of 10-15 reps
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Chest
For all days, I increased weight for each set I decreased reps.
Suggestions For Others
Celebrate everyday! Seriously. If you don't learn to love it and yourself, you won't stick with it. Changing yourself is a long road, think about how long it took you to get where you are today. You need to stay committed to get where you want to be, because there is no magic pill and nothing happens overnight.
Sure, there were a lot of areas I wasn't happy with in this process, but I recognized them and decided what I was going to do about it and moved on. Being your own cheerleader is key. Celebrate yourself and keep positive. When it gets tough, remember that this is an investment in yourself: what you do today is who you'll be tomorrow ... So who do you want to be?
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