Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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8 WEEKS OUT

Well hello iron muscle followers, here is my update for my prep to Amateur Olympia.

I'm finally feeling better after about 5 weeks of feeling crap due to toxins from cat bite and my body not liking antibiotics. Feeling lethargic and off my food has been pretty hard. That being said, I have still ploughed on through and got the work done. Finally starting to see my hard work paying off, which motivates me to keep going. Although I have only dropped a little weight and still sitting about 5kg above my last stage weight, I am retaining muscle well, still on a good amount of calories and only 30 minutes of cardio has been introduced.

I have got such an amazing support network, even people I have never met, are messaging me. A beautiful girl called PJ Allen, who is also prepping for a show, has been amazing. We have never spoken to each other but we keep each other going with daily messages. She has so generously offered to make me a new bikini. I'm so overwhelmed. We make sure we message each other on a Friday morning, as that's the day we have to give our photos to our own coaches. She is digging deep and inspires me, just like so many of my friends around me. Elise Fargie, a truly amazing IFBB Pro League athlete is my back bone. We share those moments when we are feeling a bit low and just having someone to let off steam to, really does help. Having people around you that build you up, that listen and don't judge, is so important.

I have finally taken the plunge and booked my flights and hotel for Las Vegas. A great friend has offered to be my sidekick and mentor. Although she doesn't compete, she loves travelling and her being with me is a huge support. Am I nervous, hell yes! Competing for me, never gets any easier. Bendigo is the week before and I'm using that to get back on stage to practice. My anxiety is something I battle with everyday and approaching the stage intensifies it. Do I let this stop me, NO. That feeling of accomplishment is worth every moment of the 20 weeks of pushing boundaries. Me against me, every single day.

Now to just switch into robotic mode.

Much love

Joy x

Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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10 WEEKS OUT

10 weeks and 6 days to go, not that I'm counting!!

So what has this week been like? Training getting back to normal and I can now use my left hand. Had to adapt a few exercises but still got my strength, which I was quite surprised. I had my meal plan changed and no mashed potato at dinner time anymore. Interestingly, my sleep pattern was disturbed due to this, as I definitely need carbs to help me rest. It is what it is though and I just have to fight the battle at 3am when I'm standing staring in the fridge!!

My anxiety is a little higher than normal. I hate it. I grind my teeth at nighttime, I have butterflies in my tummy and I just feel agitated. I'm very much a planner and this goal to go to Las Vegas has really thrown me. To be honest, I just don't have the funds to follow my dream. I lie awake, playing around with maths and where I can get the money from! I never ever rely on our family money as this is MY hobby. The plan originally was for my husband and I to go together. He now can't get leave. Then my buddy, fellow competitor, was going to join me and compete too. Due to circumstances, she isn't coming. So, do I go by myself? Do I just book my flight and hope the rest of the money I can get by then? I just don't know. This is effecting my training as I consistently ask myself "why am I doing this?"

That all being said, I signed up for IFBB Bendigo Classic and have got cheap flights and accommodation. I will not let myself down by half heartedly doing this. I need to stick with what I set out to do. People at my gym are rooting for me and I can't let them down either. They show me so much support.

So here to battle through another week. I have to dig deeper than ever before. I got this.

Much love

Joy x

Amateur  Olympia Update

Amateur Olympia Update

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12 WEEKS OUT

Well I am officially just under 12 weeks until I get my sparkly bikini back on and try to fit my feet into those high heels. Bendigo Classic is just a warm up for me and my coach to see what improvements I need to make for Las Vegas. I also need the practice on stage as I still don't enjoy it and the more I do it, I'm hoping the easier it becomes.

So how am I feeling? To be honest, this prep has not been the best. Yes, I go through the motions, train and eat exactly as on plan. Why am I struggling? I think my heart is just not in it this time. Why? I don't actually know! Am I going to quit, hell no. I made a commitment to myself and I will not give up. I love the continuous challenge and this being more difficult, makes it even more exciting. I have to dig deeper, I have to find my inner strength, I have to fight the negative demons. Failing is not an option.

There has been hurdles but each time, I jump higher. I'm a 45 year old with an amazing life and nothing really to complain about. I have my dream business, my health, an amazing family and small group of friends. I appreciate what I have and never take anything for granted. Too many people that I know don't have half of what I have and they still manage to smile.

Competing is such a small part of my life, it's a hobby, my lifestyle. I have learnt so much about myself through the last 5 years and it has made me a better human and trainer. I truly believe that if you want something in life, you need to change what you are doing. For me, I needed to change. Competing saved me.

Mindset is everything. If you don't have that sorted, nothing will work. I practice positivity every day, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but I'm still over here ploughing on through. I have 13 weeks until I compete at Amateur Olympia, the biggest contest of my life and I for one, will stand up there knowing I did the best I possibly could. Win or lose, I did it.

Onwards and upwards and let's see how the next few weeks span out. Come on body, let's get lean!

Joy x

The Truth about Balance

The Truth about Balance

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I'm not going to say anything here that hasn't been said by others before.
I'm just going to add my voice to this topic.

If you want to achieve success to the absolute pinnacle of any given field, then balance cannot exist in your world. You have to be selfishly obsessed in pursuit of that goal. Not just talking about bodybuilding, strongman, power-lifting, cross-fit, I'm talking about any pinnacle of any field. You want to be the best you have to sacrifice the other aspects of your life. This is admirable for some, but the part that I find a bit sad is the number of people I see sacrificing the balance of their lives to pursue and obsess over an unrealistic pipe-dream of being a pro bodybuilder when it is painfully obvious to everyone except them that they just don't have that potential. Now I'm not saying that you shouldn't pursue your dreams. I'm just saying that by Odin's Beard you need to have some damn perspective.

What do you want in life?
Do you want to be 40, broke, job-less, child-less living in a room above your mum's garage? All the money you do manage to earn feeding your gear and supplement addiction?

Nope? Then find some balance.
I'm not saying don't compete. I'm not saying don't have massive goals. I'm just saying set some priorities. Start a career that you will find fulfilling, and that you can balance with training and if you desire comp-prep too. If you want children, don't blast stupid amounts of ped's until at least after you've had all the children you want in your lifetime. If you want to own your own house, set a plan in motion to make that happen, then budget what you can afford for the supplements and extras that your HOBBY requires. Because if this isn't your career and your primary source of income that is what it is, a hobby.

Don't let your hobby coast you the things that really matter in life.
Family.
Food.
Shelter.
Honour.