{Less Than} 3 Weeks Out til Junior Nationals!

Hi friends!

I’m a mere 19 days from stepping onstage at the NPC Junior Nationals in Chicago, IL.  I fly to the Windy City for the first time in my life on June 14.  This is a big deal for me because it’s my first time competing at the national level.  National competitions provide an opportunity to earn your IFBB Pro Card, which allows you to then compete at the PRO level!  Very few pro cards are handed out.  You’ve got to be the best-of-the-best, and it usually takes competitors several attempts at national shows before they turn pro.

All I know is:   I’ve put my heart and soul into training and prepping for this competition, and I my only goal to look better than ever before.  

Final exams for my 1L year wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, but the fun didn’t end (*sarcasm*).  I breathed a sigh of relief after submitting my last final… then started preparing for the Write-On Competition.  This competition is an attempt to earn a spot on one of the three prestigious journals at my law school, and it is a beast.  Fortunately it must be turned in tomorrow night so the pain is almost over, but it’s been challenging to find any leftover motivation after a grueling set of final exams.

On a brighter note, I did a really fun fitness photo shoot with James Patrick (check out his website;  he’s very talented!).  In the past I have done a couple of “just-for-fun” shoots, and I didn’t love the results, but I was amazed at the shots from James.  Here are some of them:

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I hope to slowly begin creating a portfolio of fitness images to submit to magazines.  As my friends know, I’m pretty shy, so putting myself out there in this way isn’t easy for me, but I’m workin’ on it!

Training is going great.  I love being at the gym for so many reasons:  seeing familiar faces of the trainers who work there, stress release, thinking about only my workout (and not the Write-On Competition!), seeing new muscle definition in the gym mirrors, increasing the weight I use each week as I grow stronger… I cannot live without these sensations.

I know some of you are thinking, “Are you serious…?” when I say this, but being in the gym, sweat pouring into my eyes, is a meditative and beautiful experience.  

Well, speaking of the gym, it’s time to go lift some shoulders (my favorite!) and do round 2 of cardio.  I hope everyone is having a happy Memorial Day weekend.  Shoot me a message on Facebook or comment below with what you’ve been up to in terms of reaching your fitness/health goals.