Weight: 165 lbs
Body Fat: 25%
Weight: 144 lbs
Body Fat: 14.5%
Why I Got Started
I grew up playing basketball and have always been athletic. Then, sometime during my senior year in high school, I became interested in muscles and I started getting really serious about it when I was 19-years old.
I worked out all the time (6 days per week), read Muscle & Fitness magazine religiously, had a great figure, but not much to it. I continued to workout and continued to dream about being a figure competitor.
Fast forwarding to today, my life is stressful and I had a tendency to use alcohol to cope with difficulties. I had received an email from a long-time friend titled "Before & After." We lived near each other, but lost contact. In her email she sent, in her "before picture" she was 235 pounds and 5-foot-3 and in her "after picture" she was on stage. I am so proud of her!
Why didn't I get up on stage after 16 years of dreaming about it? My biggest obstacle to competing was finding the right trainer and, admittedly, probably committing. But, it was mostly about finding the right coach.
I've watched so many trainers in my years of weight training in gyms, and I had concluded that I would never hire a trainer and I would only train myself. However, I knew I couldn't get myself to a competition but I didn't trust anyone to get me there either, maybe an excuse to not commit?
Then I got that email from my friend in September of 2008 and my dream stared me right in the face. It took me one month to convince myself to hire my coach, Dusty Kinley.
How I Did It
It wasn't easy. If it was everyone would do it, right? But, I battled my cocktail cravings and my "committing." Then one day, looking at all my charts (weight, body fat, lean muscle, etc.), I realized I was 9 weeks away from competition and still at 23% body fat!
I committed. I lifted twice per day and did interval training every day. That was brutal and the hardest thing I have ever done in my life with still trying to work a full-time job. But I was living my dream!
And the only way I achieved my goal is that I had the right trainer, someone who held me accountable and that I was working toward my dream. I cannot tell you how important it is having the right coach. Everyone is different, but a coach is what I need.
Suggestions For Others
- Every body is different. Not "everybody" but every "body." Listen to it.
- 1/2 commitment won't be enough.
- Find the right coach or trainer.
- Surround yourself with people who will support you.
- Face your fears and addictions head on and work through them.
- Define your goals and write them down: