Chasing a dream: Toned Figure 2017
About me: Full time teacher, mum of two (10&6), ex triathlete, turning 40, quest to chase a dream of becoming a figure competitor.
I was very much a fat teenager. My uncle introduced me to the gym when I was about 13-14. I watched and learned from others. It was a proper dirty old gym with big bodybuilders and then me. A girl. Very much out of place but they took me under their wing and took me to bodybuilding shows etc. I knew nothing about dieting properly. I think I just naturally stretched out.
The aim of looking like a lean mean machine was programmed in my brain (magazine after magazine of muscular development and flex helped).
I tried to achieve this whilst at uni. I became a personal trainer (as well as getting a chemistry degree) and helped to train others in return for a programme from a gym in Birmingham.
Then I met my husband to be and I put my dream on hold.
How am I going to achieve this? What's different this time? Things are so different now 20 years later. It is more socially acceptable to be a female bodybuilder. The competitions have changed. There is much more support available and tools to help. Sometimes a bit too much advice though doesn't help.
So I've turned to a coach. In fact I had a bikini coach and managed to change my body composition significantly, but bikini competitions didn't interest me as much as figure. I have signed up for at least a years coaching last May with a figure coach. As well as being lovely, knowledgeable, experienced, and tough when necessary she also understands the need of balancing family life. I have learned when searching for a figure coach that they are quite rare compared to bikini coaches but more on that next time.
I have turned to hypnosis, self help books and everything else you might think of under the sun. However I am a clean figure competitor and plan to stay that way. I am so lucky because my friends and family support me even though they think I am crazy. I don't hang around with anyone else in this industry. I think Instagram and Snapchat helpful to build connections. I am starting this journal because I hope this will help others in a similar situation and help inspire others to chase their dreams.
I love feeling and being strong.
I have learned to love cardio (a marathon and 2 half ironman distances later)... Female triathlon club champion to boot.
I lack time.
I sometimes lack belief
Controlling what I eat can be an issue. I'm either 100% or nothing. It's hard to find a balance.
I'll upload a photo....
Prep starts January. 1st competition April.
post edited by lilolyl - 2016/12/17 17:10:39