I would have never imagined I’d be where I am today in my Fit Life journey. I am 59 years young and two weeks before that birthday, I competed in the NPC/IFCC Orland Figure Competition and WON! I took 1st place in Masters 50+ and 5th in Novice (all ages). I still can’t believe I did it!
I have friends that have done competitions and I had been thinking about doing one for several years. But I always doubted that I could. Do I have the discipline? Will I be able to get my body in good enough shape to actually compete? Am I too old to be doing this for the first time? Blah!blah! blah!
Finally, in October 2016, I decide I was going to do it. I had 4 1/2 months to train, which isn’t much time. Being fairly new to the area, I wasn’t sure who to use as a coach and I needed my training facility to be convenient, so I decided to use the coach that was at the gym at work. He had trained others so I thought I was in solid, capable hands. After two months, I was still questioning myself and I didn’t feel like the trainer and I were gelling. In December, I decided to change trainers. I emailed a local small fitness center (Physique Fitness Center) to see if they could help me. I instantly felt good. Julie Rizzo and the entire gym cheered me on during this process. When I doubted myself and couldn’t see the results they were my cheerleaders who stayed positive for me.
People and friends thought I was crazy and would always ask me “why are you doing this.” I told them it was on my bucket list and I needed a challenge. I did not want to look back and fail to achieve my dreams.
Staying motivated and being consistent in a healthy Fit Life is not always easy. The nutritional part was the hardest. By the last two weeks, I was saying “no more chicken, no more asparagus.” I wanted to give up. But I couldn’t. I had told everyone what I was doing and they had been a part of this journey. I was almost there!
This was one of the hardest things I have ever done. You have to be very disciplined in your workout and diet. I didn’t think I had it in me but I did and look what happened. At age 59, I had won!
I said I couldn’t write a story about me and with Shannon’s encouragement, I did! And I said I could never do another figure competition.. well I am training for in June.
Set goals, they don’t have to be big. It’s not going to be easy and it’s ok to mess up, we are not perfect! Whatever you do (and you don’t need to come in a first place)… Just accomplish it and be proud.
I Found My Fit and I am living the Fit Life motto, “I am making the rest of my life the best of my life by living the Fit Life.”