As the new year is upon us, I find myself (like most) thinking about what I’d like to change, goals I’d like to set, and new challenges I’d like to take on. I’ve become a very ambitious person throughout the last few years. I am not letting anyone stand in my way. More importantly, I am not letting myself stand in my own way anymore! It’s been a long journey to get to the happy, more confident place that I’m in today.
Over the years, there seems to have always been someone (whether it was someone else or myself) telling me I couldn’t do something. “You’re not good enough…you won’t succeed…don’t even try” Who wants to listen to those voices day in and day out? Not me. Not anymore. I don’t know why I’ve placed limitations on myself in the past, but I sure am making up for it now. I am living life to the fullest, taking on challenges that I never thought I’d attempt, and SUCCEEDING. I must say, it is a good feeling.
Being the perfectionist that I am, it is tough sometimes to take on big challenges because there is always that thought of “What if I’m not the best?” “What if I fail?” To this, I answer, “Perfect doesn’t exist…you can only be the best YOU” Have you ever heard the term, “Compare and despair”? Why waste your time comparing yourself to others when it’s just going to leave you feeling down on yourself? If you are going to go that route, use it as motivation to push yourself. It’s fine to use other people as guides…but not as something that you want to become yourself. You should focus on how you can build your OWN self up. That is the route I’m taking, anyway!
I’ve conquered some MAJOR goals in the past couple years…getting married to the BEST husband a girl could ask for – Chris O’Malley. 🙂 Getting my Master’s Degree, running a full Marathon, and the best one yet – Having a BABY. My pride and joy, Carter Cash. He brings so much light to my life on a daily basis. It just blows my mind. I was meant to be a mama. I have no doubt. I have so much love to give. <
Alright, so what is the point of me starting a blog? Well…I am about to take on a MAJOR challenge and to be honest, I am scared shitless! I will be competing the WBFF (World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation) Bikini Diva Competition on May 25, 2013 in Kansas City, MO. I will be blogging about my journey…posting pictures of my progress…and posting about other random stuff along the way 🙂 I figured that a blog was the best platform to do this. I know that not all of my Facebook friends want their News Feed filled up with this kind of stuff. So – that being said…I’d love some support along the way. If you’d like to spread any kind of negativity – TAKE IT ELSEWHERE. I am doing this for ME. I am looking to make a statement in the fitness world. Just because you’re a busy mama doesn’t mean you can’t have a rockin’ body, too! This will not be easy.
How did I get into all of this? My lovely, talented, inspiring, and beautiful personal trainer, Aundrea Annin.
<She is going to be kicking my booty into shape throughout the next several months! She competes herself – but in the Fitness Diva arena….a little more extreme than bikini like I'll be doing. She has taught me to believe in myself, and her spunky, confident attitude is rubbing off on me – which I don't mind AT ALL! I love her SO much, and am extremely lucky to have her as my friend and trainer throughout this process!
Well…here we go! More beginning pics and my beginning stats to come!<