Something I feel needs addressing.
Before I begin...
We are all entitled to our own thoughts and opinions.
This is mine.
This is where I'm going share my opinion and perspective about a few negative comments that were recently posted on a photo of my friends, fellow competitors and myself on the day of our Bikini/Fitness/Figure Competition dating back to July 2011.
This is the picture.
|A very memorable day!|
The commitment, dedication, discipline and hard work to get to where we were on July 16 was no doubt, present within all of us.
It was an amazing day.
A day filled with smiles, tears and laughter!
|Our amazing Trainer :)|
Friends were made, stories were shared and the camaraderie between each and every fellow competitor was undeniable.
We all knew (and know) the amount of work it took to get on that stage and this was our opportunity to say...
"Hey! I did it, I am here and I am PROUD of myself"
We all had a choice, and...
Each and every one of us had our own reasons as to why we made the decision to compete and begin our journey to becoming a Bikini, Fitness and/or Figure Competitor.
For those who were quick to judge and say that:
1. We are too tanned;
2. We are too skinny; and
3. We create imagine issues for other women (this hurt me a lot)...
I feel I need to offer some clarification and insight.
So, here is my response to those comments (all thoughts and opinions shared are my own):
1. We have to apply a cream or spray tanning product on our skin in order for our muscles to be seen under the bright lights. Without it, the lights would wash us out. Anyone who has ever been on stage or has gone to a show, knows you must wear stage makeup. This is ours. We do not parade ourselves in fake tanning cream every day. We apply this cream/spray tan specifically for competition purposes (or photoshoots). Of course, it is not natural looking. All of us know that.
|I personally like parading myself in my FUnky glasses.|
2. We are not skinny. We are strong. We ate 5, 6, 7 meals a day and trained our butts off to get on that stage. The way I looked on competition day and the way I look today are two different things. Almost 1 year ago since my competition, I continue to train hard and feed my body with healthy foods. I indulge and I practice moderation. I do what I love most and that is, living a balanced lifestyle fuelled with healthy eating, exercising and FUn! If I choose to compete again, then I will work towards a competition physique and enjoy every step of the way.
|We all know I love my cupcakes!|
3. Many of the men and women competing have their own personal stories as to why they chose to get on stage. For me, it was to prove to myself that I could commit to something, a goal, I had never once thought imaginable (and just so you know, I was only a few percentages away from obesity, according to the BMI chart, when I first began my journey to health and fitness ~ 1 year before I made the decision to compete). It was never to create an image for myself or others. My.Goodness. No. It was to show how committing yourself to your goals, whatever they may be, can be achieved if you simply believe in yourself.
|I did it!|
We did it.
You don't have to like the sport (or our tan). (Much like no one can force me to like cooked carrots! lol)
Having said all of this, what you can do is...
Respect that we all have a right to do what we love and a right to work towards our own goals without being put down and/or judged.
All in all...
The negative opinions and comments that were written only made me remember one of the most memorable days of my life.
And (generally speaking)...
Not everyone will have nice things to say about it and sometimes people will be quick to judge (in every aspect of life)...
And you know what...
Aside from what you see here, in this photo, at face value...
(behind the tan, makeup and glam)
Chemists, Business Owners, Event Planners, Writers, Managers, we work in the field of Dentistry
and we are Teachers.
Having said that...
I'm taking the negativity and the hurt I immediately felt after reading those comments and instead, I'm going to...
Reflect and think back about my journey to health and fitness and where it has led me to this day.
A great day!
No words can express how grateFUl and thankFUl I am for...
The continuous support I received daily from my family, my friends and YOU during my preparation! (And still to this day as I continue along in my journey!!!)
So again, I...
|My Dad helping me with my Fitness Routine.|
|SuperFit letting me practice on him ;)|
I will always cherish the memories from my competition day, and...
No one can take that away from me.
This is me...
Turning the negative into positive.
Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*