Yeah, I compete.
I decided to embark upon optimum health and a healthy lifestyle long before I even became aware of physique competitions and ever considered competing.
One of the main reasons (and one which remains firmly ingrained in my memory despite possessing a shocking short-term memory) was influenced by my mother. My mother is very dear and I am not quite sure she even realized the harshness of her words, but they went something like this,” You look disgusting! You’re skinny ….. (paused) and gaunt ….. (paused) and you tan your skin to resemble burnt leather.” I figured I have what it takes to be a competitor.
So why did I opt not to be coached? It would have made things a whole lot easier and cut out all the guess work, but I wanted to experiment for, on and by myself. I wanted to know first-hand what made me feel and look good; feeling and looking good coincide. “Looking good” is a relative term, I can only look good as far as my own genetic pool determines; it would be unreasonable for me to expect to look good based on somebody else’s standards. But when I look in the mirror, I know what I expect to see and I know when I am looking good.
I am of the opinion that when you engage a coach, you do your research properly and thoroughly, you place your trust in them and you adopt their advice. There are other reasons why I opted not to engage a coach :
I hate peanut butter
I prefer my beach bikini collection to my show bikini collection
I refuse to have an off-season (though I accept my body fluctuates)
Cheat meals are not something I wish to programme
Maybe also because nobody inspired me at the time. My lack of inspiration is personal and I am now inspired by many around me. The best way I can explain it is that the “competition look” was not really my favoured look (maybe deep down I shared my mother’s sentiments).
I think we all need to embrace our own body-types. Being a brunette and wishing to be a blonde, being voluptuous and yearning for a sporty physique, being married and envying the life of a single person, are all part of being human, but at the end of the day, being the best you can be holds the most appeal. Accept your shortcomings and focus on your strengths. This is probably another reason why I decided to compete – because I could. I possess a sporty physique and no matter how much I admire voluptuous and curvy girls, I’m never going to be one. Fact is, I look downright awful when I carry extra body fat, so I took a decision to enhance my strengths and go all out.