I remembered when I first started bodybuilding 10 and a 1/2 years ago I had set goals leading up to the Ms. Olympia. After 4 years of hard training I started out on the competitive stage to pursue my goals. Little did I know that my first goal would have been accomplished 4 years later.
When 2002 opened up I decided I would take on the challenge and compete at the NPC USA which is a very competitive show in that you have to win the overall in order to become a professional. I set out on my path and on April 22, 2002 started my dieting and bumped up the training and cardio for 12 weeks. I had only 20 pounds to shed so I gradually cut back on my calories and choice of food intake. I supplemented my diet with Glutamine, BCAA, OKG, HMB, Creatine, Vitamin C and E, Calcium, ZMA, Omega 3 Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil. I was very determined to become an IFBB Professional at the USA and was mentally, physically and spiritually focused on my journey. As the days grew closer and closer and I saw the transformation my body was taking on I felt it deep in my bones that I would accomplish my goal at the USA.
On July 27, 2002 in sunny Las Vegas at 100 degrees I left the hotel room very focused and headed over to the venue where the show was being held. At prejudging when I was called out in the top three it gave me a very strong feeling that I would be the next IFBB Professional. The buzz around the arena was that I was the winner but I had to be realistic and could not take anything for granted. At the evening show it all happened... I was announced the middle weight winner which felt great but I still had to go for the overall title so after the heavy weight winner was announced I was 100% sure that I would be awarded the overall title and my PRO status.
It feels great to be a PRO and the fact that I have a mind and body connection, I am not anxious nor do I put timing on my growth, and my body, which is my temple, is a gift from God that just keeps on growing spiritually, mentally and physically.
Stay focused and train hard. God Bless!