Six months before my first competition, I told friends that I was training to be in the center position at pre-judging. (That’s where the likely division winner is placed by judges when there are several competitors to compare.) There were only 2 women in my Class B and 1 in Class C, so they brought all three of us out together in numerical order. There was no need to move anyone since I was already standing next to my only competition. She was #71, I was #72, and the Class C competitor was #73. So I was in the center. Exactly where I told the Universe I wanted to be. I was not the likely winner, but it took me three years to get to that stage and I was in good condition – that’s a big win for me. Never took that for granted. I left that stage with a trophy, and
as soon as I drank some water, I was elated. Completely hooked on the experience. I love being a bodybuilder! I love everything about it. The training, the food, the contest prep – expect the water deplete – that sucks.
Siouxcountry.com is a message board site for female competitors in all divisions. Huge presence in the sport from my novice perspective. During competition season, I relied on Siouxcountry’s Facebook status updates to report the contest results. Everything they do there is so respectful towards the competitors and because of that, I have a ton of respect for that site. Being a part of that community was also something I wanted to have happen.
Today, I found out there is a thread on Siouxcountry.com about my transformation. I AM THREAD TOPIC ON SIOUXOUNTRY.COM??? I did not win my division in this local show. And now there are pro’s commenting on what I’ve done on Siouxcountry.com? (This is such a cool sport.)
What did I do? I was 47, fat, sick, and scared. Scared of an early death like my mother’s. I fixed it. I set a big, scary, goal so I would stay motivated when it would get inevitably hard. There are thousands of people who lose weight and get their health back. I don’t understand the attention I’m getting. I hope it’s not just because I’m 50 and that’s considered “old”. (50 is not old.) But I’m grateful for the attention. It’s an ego-boost, that’s for sure.
But mostly I’m grateful. I believe with all my heart that God put me on this path for a reason and He must have been the source for the internal strength that seemed to come when I needed it. There must be a reason this is happening. It’s so overwhelming and life changing.
What’s next? Who knows? I really want to win my division in the next show I do. And then an overall. And then I want to be mentioned on Siouxcountry.com when I win that overall in a national qualifier. And then? Oh, I don’t know. World’s oldest IFBB Womens Physique Pro? A girl can dream, right?