I have always been someone who went to the gym, worked out, and ate healthy. But I NEVER looked it. Being fit, was always part of who I was, and I always have worked hard. But I wanted to see my abs! I had no idea what I was getting into when my dear friend invited me to join her on her second bikini competition. I just knew she looked amazing! The timing of bikini competition wasn’t the best, if I thought about the posing classes, the spray tan, the actual bikini, I would have talked myself right out of this competition. Immediately on day one at the kick off, I knew this was the exact environment I needed to be successful on this plan.
I have LOVED this journey, and the people I have met along the way. What I feared about posing class, became the best asset of this prep, being surrounded by such supportive women, who amazed me each week with their own transformations while also cheering mine on. The Facebook group let me know there were 99 other women working as hard as me for the very same end goal, even when the outside noise was too hard to handle at times, I knew doing something out of the ordinary was going to be extraordinary, and those people were the ones who were missing out. This challenge was both physically and mentally tough, and the challenge seemed daunting at times, but the only way I was truly going to fail was if I quit. I have never been more proud of myself. I feel stronger than I have since my playing days, I feel happy, and it feels darn good to see my abs in a mirror. To be fit, and to actually look fit, is a feeling no one can take away from me. If you want something you’ve never had, you have to be willing to do something you’ve never done.
Thank you to Bonnie and the Fitness Asylum for providing a place and a program to help women achieve their fitness goals, a place where support of one another is cultivated, and for helping me see my potential to go big or go home. I could not have done any of this without the love and support of my family, and am truly blessed by this experience. As in life, the toughest things end up being the greatest things, and the struggle is what makes the journey so worth it!