Wow, so I only have 5 weeks to go until my competition and about 4 weeks until my photo shoot. At this point, I’m a little stressed! I’m still trying to get some last minute things sorted. When I stop to think about it, it’s crazy how much work and time I am putting into this. Apart from sticking to a religious training and nutrition schedule, which isn’t too much of a hassle since I do that regardless of prep, all of the time looking for makeup artists, suit designers, competition heels, tanning services, hair stylists really adds up. Many people have asked me why I am even doing this show and it has really got me thinking, why the heck do I do any of this?!
It’s such a lifestyle for me now that it seems like the norm. I look at other people’s habits and I’m like, why the heck are they doing that? In reality though, my lifestyle isn’t normal to most people. Most people don’t prep, measure and eat 5 times a day, most people don’t train every single day and lift weights until their eyes pop out of their head, most people don’t spend their free time reading articles on training, nutrition and business tactics and most people (my age) don’t handle three jobs while being a full time student. It’s tiring, mentally tiring.
But, why do I keep going back to it? Why do I keep doing it? I wish I had a cool, sophisticated or inspirational answer, but the truth is, I just love it. I really love it. I love the confidence I have because of my fit body and because I am proud of what I have achieved and am continuing to achieve. I have gained so much on the inside and out because of my fit and healthy lifestyle. Thinking right now, I can list so many things that are different becauase of my change in lifestyle:
1. I used to hate my body. Every single day was a struggle to look at myself.
Now, I love it.
2. I used to cringe at the thought of shopping and trying on new clothes.
Now, I can put on a pair of tight fitting pants and think “Damn, girl! That ASS!”
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3. I used to feel intimidated walking into a gym.
Now, I am always at the gym (training myself or clients) and I look forward to it every, single day.
4. I used to be that girl on the elliptical for 30-60 minutes and calling it my daily workout.
Now, I just laugh.
These are only a few, and boy, there are MANY more, but if any of you are living the ‘fit’ lifestyle or about to embark on it, ask yourself why? What is it doing for you?