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Have you ever wanted to do something, but have never done it? You’ve told yourself you really want to do it, but there’s always been a reason not to follow through.
So… let’s discuss making things happen, amazing support and how important mindset really is.
I (Lorna) have always wanted to enter a Figures Competition (like bodybuilding – with a little less muscle definition). For a few years I’ve been saying I wanted to do it, but there has always been something that “got in the way”. There were scheduled activities for the kids, injuries, didn’t start training early enough, etc., etc. Basically, plain old excuses.
However, this summer I committed to the training and the diet (death by chicken) and competed in a Figures Competition.
It was a phenomenal experience… and the coolest part of it was the amazing support I got from my sweetheart, Pat. I’m pretty sure the audience appreciated how much he supported me as well. Watch and listen to this very cool moment…
So now I wonder why I waited so long to do this. And it brings awareness to this question: what things do we put off, things that would be amazing experiences if only we would just make it happen?
Not only did I have an amazing experience, but a fourth-place finish was like icing on the cake. Being the first competition I entered, and considering the massive amount of things I still needed to learn, that result was great!
In Alberta the association that holds these competitions is the Alberta Bodybuilding Association they are a class act all the way and are run like most associations with volunteers. Here are the 2010 Muscle Beach Fall Classic Results and I placed fourth in Tier 1 Figure Short.
The other competitors were all friendly, helpful, supportive, nervous and very hungry 😉
Some big learning experiences for me were:
1) Even though I thought I was dark, I was still very white!
2) There were no egos backstage
3) Bring food to competitions
4) The volunteers were amazing
5) Even thou the event was a “Judged” event, I entered for the experience
Here is a piece of inspiration about never giving up no matter what the odds and how the support of a tribe can make a difference. So NEVER > EVER give up on your challenges. Watch what is possible with determination and some help from your tribe.