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I am woman. Hear me roar.

by in Health & Fitness, Musings, Uncategorized May 20, 2013

I am woman.  Hear me roar.

I remember hearing that phrase when I was growing up.  To be so confident, so fearless, so powerful, as that phrase suggests…THAT is how I wanted to be.  I was far from it, however.  I was the super-shy, not-so-fabulous, frumpy bookworm, and afraid to talk to anyone.

I knew what I wanted to be, but I wasn’t sure how to get there…until I hit high school, and discovered weight training.  I am not even sure what prompted it, but in my junior year I put the Weight Training class for P.E. on my schedule.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I learned fast!

I learned that in the weight room, I was the only one who could push my limits, that my effort directly translated into my successes, and that I always felt better leaving the room than when I entered it.

During a period in my life when hormones were raging, family relationships were dysfunctional, and the Rest of My Life was looming on the horizon, I could always go train, lift some heavy weights, challenge myself to grow and improve, and know that I could achieve anything I wanted, if I put my mind to it.

Fast-forward over twenty years, and you will still find me training in the weight room.  Bodybuilding of one sort or another has been part of my life since that year in high school.  Training hard is the only way I know how to train.  Setting out to accomplish goals in the only way I know to stay focused and continually improve.

I began my “official” journey into the world of competitive Bodybuilding pretty late… but I’ve been building up to this for a lifetime, and at age 43, I am not done yet!  In the last two years, I have competed in numerous shows in Figure, and with each show my goal has been to progressively get better.  The dedication, determination, drive, and spirit of competition is what drives me to the weights on the days that I just don’t feel up to it, and those same qualities are what motivates me each and every time I wrap my hands around a dumbbell.  I want to win.  And I want to win on my own terms, through hard work and consistency, without the use of drugs.  I want to show the world that a strong woman is a sexy woman.  I want to display the amazing changes one can accomplish with their body – no matter what their age or their starting point – through smart training and nutrition, not drugs.  I want to motivate other women, to teach them that once they find their muscles, they will also find their confidence.

I am a proud, dedicated, drug-free female bodybuilder who just took the Gold medal in Figure at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Natural Olympia 2011, and earned the highly-coveted Pro Card.  I am honored to represent drug-free bodybuilding, and I step out into the world every day more confident, more fit, and more fabulous because of this dedication.

I am a role model.  I am a competitor.  I am a woman bodybuilder.

Hear me roar.