Before I get started with today's post...
I wanted to send out a big thank you to everyone for all of your kind words and good luck wishes you sent me and my Teammates' way!
We all so greatly appreciate it!
In continuing with the Girls of Florida Fitness Aylmer highlights...
I wanted to re-introduce you to some of the ladies (whom you may have met over the summer time) who are...
Competing again this coming Saturday at the SAF and Physique Canada competitions!
As each and every journey to the stage is different...
I wanted to give these incredible ladies a chance to tell you why it is they chose to compete...again!
Here today we have...
Nookie as well as
Here's what they have to say about their prep to the stage!
Rose: I cannot believe it's already been 4 months since my last competition! This will be the 5th time I compete for SAF and the 2nd for Physique Canada.
I can honestly say that each and every competition has brought its challenges and rewards! To be honest, there have been a few moments when I wanted to throw in the towel. That being said, I gave myself a new motto which is "I don't quit, I move forward". Those words reminded me of all the positives in my life and all the great people I am surrounded by, which now includes my very first grand-daughter!
|Rose and her grand-daughter!|
Just a couple of weeks ago, I was able to assist in the delivery of my grand-daughter and I cannot describe the emotions I felt. The birth of a child is truly a miracle and a gift!
In my opinion, many of us women who go on to transform our post-pregnancy bodies is challenging but, mother's do it time and time again! That is one of the reasons I chose to move forward, because I believe all is possible given the proper guidance (which I was able to get from my Trainer and Coach Ken, the informative seminars I attended and constructive criticism I received from SAF and Physique Canada).
Being part of Team FFA has always been so inspiring to me. I want to wish all best to my Teammates! I'm now definitely looking forward to competing for the very first time...as a Grandma!
Nikki: Well, this will be my second time I compete which I have to say, is a totally different experience than my first! As FU posted in one of her posts, learning to be proud of all we have accomplished as well as appreciating all the hard work throughout our journey to the stage is soooooo, so important! Fitness competitions have definitely allowed me to grow in so many ways!
During my last prep, I was really living the dream and it felt just like that, a dream!
Throughout this journey, and taking from my last experience, I've learned to be proud and that I can really do anything if I put my mind to it! I have to say though, that this time around, I am so much more present and I feel like I'm really living and feeling each and every moment that brings me closer to the stage!
Being present and in the moment has allowed me to appreciate and be grateful for the amazing and supportive people I am surrounded by. It has also left me feeling even more grateful for my health. Quite honestly, I believe all of these things combined together can have empowering effects on others as they too strive to achieve their own goals!
Furthermore, this prep has taught me patience. And like everything else in life, time and patience are key to making any long lasting changes, no matter what it is you strive to achieve! I find that sometimes, if we succeed too quickly at achieving our goals, we don't fully appreciate the journey. In other words, we may miss the whole point of all the blood, sweat and tears that may have gone into making our goals a reality! I find this to be the most important lesson, for me anyway!
I want to thank my Coach, Ken! His words to the FFA Team last week really stuck with me. He said "remember girls, you are as beautiful today just as you were before you started your prep!" I can't tell you how lucky we are to have a Coach who always goes above and beyond making sure that we are all on track and okay, overall!
I'd also like to thank my Gazelles and friends for our long talks! They've kept me sane throughout this prep!
If there's one thing I could say to you today it's this: stick with it because there is no end, just an amazing and ever changing life ahead of you!
Nookie: I chose to compete because I fell in love with being surrounded by the Girls of FFA and because of all the fun we have when we're backstage, together!
I have to say that prepping for this competition has been one of my hardest preps to date (this will be my third show). The mental struggle for dieting was overpowering for me and I'm not sure if it's because I chose to compete too soon after my last (about 4 months ago now!). I can't explain to you how long it took me to get it right but, I'm here today thanks to the amazing help and encouragement of my girlfriends (you know who you are) and my beautiful family. I gotta say, I'm now more excited than ever!
Plus, my awesome friend and Trainer Kenny told me I was good to go! (So that really helped in getting my mind in the right place!)
If I had to put a quote or a saying to describe this journey to the stage it would be this: "Mind Over Matter". I've learned that if you just believe in your strength, both mentally and physically, and if you surround yourself by people that support you, you will inevitably start trusting yourself and everything you are capable of accomplishing!
I want to thank all my girlfriends, my beautiful mother-in-law, my awesome husband Matthew and my little pumpkin Mavrik for always being there right by my side!
Little M: Since my first competition (which dates back to this summer), so much has happened in my life! Such as, I'll be moving to North Carolina to be with my fiancé (yes, I got engaged!!!) in less than a week!
When it comes to my prep towards the stage, I have to say it's pretty different in comparison to my first one! I had a lot of things going on and let's just say, I had a few setbacks. As a result, my prep became more challenging, all around. That being said, I had a few people who reminded me of what this sport was all about and why I chose do it! That being...to challenge myself, stay fit and be surrounded by my amazing Teammates and Coach (who I will maintain as my Coach once I move out to the States!)!
To make a long story short, I was able to get back up on my own two feet (thanks to all the support I received) and charge forward! Honestly, no one can replace Florida Fitness Aylmer and all the great people and memories we continue to make and share with together!
If there's one thing I learned throughout this journey to the stage it's that you can't just focus on your body weight going down but, you have to focus instead on the weight of your dumbbells going up!
I want to thank my Trainer and Coach Ken for never giving up on me and for always keeping my mind on track. I couldn't have done this without him.
I would also like to thank my fiancé Jonathan (Turtles) for always believing in me, Team FFA and of course my family for their words of wisdom!
Thank you so much ladies for sharing your experience to the competition stage!
There's no denying that...
The preparations involved in getting ready for a competition (both mentally and physically) can and does have its challenges!
As you all have clearly stated...
It is the strength within ourselves that will enable us to achieve what it is we put our minds to! (The support system we have is definitely one to be grateful for and we are lucky to be surrounded by people who believe in us!)
Only 1 more sleep until we hit the stage my friends!!!
Question FU You...
What are some things you've learned when working towards your goal(s)?
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