Saturday, April 21, 2012

Almost there...

6 day countdown starts now...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Interview with Elliott Harris- One week out from NPC Showdown

Only one week and some change...

There is only one week and a few days remaining until I step on the stage to compete since NPC Team Universe 2011. It really feels good to be back in my groove again.
Reflecting back to 2011 competition year, I know that I come along way, physically but mostly mentally and spiritually. Last year was a whirlwind! My season started off by my first Overall placing at a NPC event in Iowa. My season peaked with a first place finish in figure class E at NPC Jr Nationals and finished with a 6th place trophy at Team Universe.
I was so wiped out after 7 long months of continuous dieting. My body had enough and I was ready for an off season. I knew I had to be productive for once. I had previously had off seasons where I would stay about 8-10 pounds from contest weight but never putting on the size I needed to really present a new package. I knew I wanted to do different this time around, so I did. I put on the size and had to learn to be comfortable walking around 25 pounds more that I would ever think I could grow used to.
Physically it was easy, mentally, not so much. None of my clothes fit and sometimes I couldn't even recognize myself. I questioned if it was worth all of this.  I asked myself why put myself through such torture. I had to learn to accept me, big or small.
I had a responsibility to do better, for myself, family, friends, clients, associates and everyone else who supported my journey. I never knew how much the win at 2011 NPC Jr National meant to so many people! There I was, one of six beautiful, amazing, African American women who were also winners of their figure class. For once, aspiring figure competitors had 6 women to look up to! So I knew then that I couldn't quit and that I had to do better. This was bigger than me...
So here we are, embarking on a new year of competitions. There will be highs and there will be lows, but I won't stop putting forth my best. It doesn't mean I will always be NUMBER ONE but it will mean that I will always be striving for a better me!
Here's to a great new season!

Photo courtesy of Black Women Do Workout

Monday, April 9, 2012

Congratulations to Kathy Johnson!

Round of applause for an incredible showing for first time competitor Kathy Johnson at the 2012 ABA Natural Illinois Championships! It was a HUGE show and she placed top five in all categories entered!
Katt or "Mighty Mouse" as some of her team mates have named her, received 4th place in Masters 35+ and 4th place in Open Figure Short.
Katt has big plans for the year so this will not be the last you will see of her! Way to making an EPIC first showing!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

3.5 week progress update photo!

So here we are 3.5 weeks away from my first in NPC show of 2012 season!
What a tough road this has been.

Dieting down hasn't been so easy this time around due to the weight I gained on my off-season. I purposefully gained around 20 to 25 pounds on my off season in order to put on some more size. So when you gave that kind of weight you have to diet down longer but slower and add a little bit of cardio.
I thought I was going to hate the cardio but I have to actually learn to appreciate it. Everything provided in a good prep has a place therefore I use cardio as a helpful tool. I do not over use it or I abuse it.

So I just wanted to give you a quick update. Everything is going well and I will be hitting the stage very soon!