I fell in love with lifting weights in 2012 and knew then that I wanted to compete in a bodybuilding competition. One of my friends complimented me on my progress and told me that I was a natural. It’s amazing how one little comment can spark a large fire in someone’s life.
She said I looked great and that I could probably win and I believed her. There were other people in my life echoing similar sentiments. When enough people tell you something good or bad, you start to believe it.
In 2014 I remarried my ex-husband. I tried to continue working out, but it was easy to leave that behind for cooking, cleaning, and blog. I don’t handle change well and going to a new gym always gives me anxiety. Thankfully I’m getting better at dealing with that. I tried to work out from home, but I couldn’t stay consistent. I tried the YMCA but the gym was too small, and I hate feeling “watched” at the gym (and waiting for equipment).
Finally at the end of 2017, while my husband was deployed to Bahrain, he pushed me to join Planet Fitness. Of course, I didn’t want to at first (the whole new gym thing), but I did it anyway. I knew I was ready to get consistent again and the gym seems to be the only place I can make that happen.
I know so many bodybuilders hate PF, but my gym is pretty awesome. The people are super friendly. The lunk alarm has never gone off. Annnnd most importantly, you do NOT feel judged there. After working out on my own for two months, I decided to join the Ketogains boot camp. At the time I had been on Keto for three years so doing a Bootcamp based on my diet made sense.
During my time with Ketogains, I started to read, study for my personal training cert., and I was obsessed with all things health and fitness. I must have been about three weeks into the six-week boot camp when I decided to start eating carbs again. The workout they gave us was amazing, and I saw results. I knew I couldn’t live the rigid keto lifestyle forever, so I figured out my new macros and kept doing the boot camp workout.
By the end of boot camp, I knew I wanted to compete. I was seeing amazing progress (which was most likely due to muscle memory) and was training too hard not to compete. Once again someone in my life asked me about competing. A guy in the gym came up and asked what I was training for, and I said nothing. The more I thought about it I wondered why I would waste 2 hours in the gym each day for no reason. That’s when I finally had a serious talk with my husband about competing, and he agreed that I should. After that God was faithful and provided me with the perfect opportunity to train.
Mike Israetel (co-owner of Renaissance Periodization) announced that he was working with three interns who were each taking on five clients for the affordable price of $150 per month. That was much less than I had paid for the non-personal Bootcamp, so I was stoked.
I started working with my new trainer Julia Kirkpatrick this week, and I am so excited to work on my body. I know this is what I was meant to do (not just compete but help others get healthy and reach their dreams).
I will update this blog often to keep you up to date with not only my progress but posts that I think you will find helpful on your journey to a healthier life!