BodyBuilding Strength

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When I was 16, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. In my twenties, I did a couple more shows. I was a lightweight, all natural and never the star of the show, never won first place, but loved every aspect of bodybuilding. Working out, watching my diet, having a community of friends, and competing on stage and in the gym gave my life meaning.

As with all sports, the bodybuilding way of life takes a lot of discipline, and I learned wonderful life experiences. I learned self-confidence, how to believe in myself, but most importantly I learned how to be physically and emotionally stronger.

Today, I still love fitness. I workout regularly, watch my diet and continue to challenge myself. As a certified personal trainer and an author of novels about strong female characters, it’s important to me to merge my experiences and knowledge of fitness to help others achieve their own fitness goals. (You’ll always find a little fitness inspiration in all of my novels)

Though I’m no longer a bodybuilder, I’m thankful for the experiences bodybuilding gave me.

10 thoughts on “BodyBuilding Strength

  1. I like that you managed to enjoy bodybuilding for the benefits it provides you now. The few people that I know are seriously into it unfortunately tend to be a little … obsessive about it. I get that one has to be very controlled about diets and the like, but when all you can talk about is bodyfat percentages and centimetre gains – when you’re not a professional – it’s a little offputting.

    (Hello from a fellow A-Z attempter)

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  2. When I was little I always used to tell people that I wanted to be a body builder. I thought it was so glamorous.

    Body builder or a bin woman….. Hah.

    P.s You look beautiful.

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  3. I like your ethic on fitness of mind and body. I was 25, and had completed about eight years of my service (British Army) when I decided to take my basic fitness to a new level. I had smoked for about six years at that point. I gave up smoking and took up running (as a sport/hobby) a few days later. I had to do short fitness runs as part of my regular testing, but I wanted to push myself.
    Inside two months I was putting in a regular five miles a day. In six months I added a ten mile run on a Sunday, and then I went on to compete regularly in 10 mile, half-marathon and marathon.
    I was still running long distance at 45, which was five years after I’d left the service.
    Physical fitness becomes a way of life, and you look pretty good on it.

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