Ever thought about competing in a fitness competition? There are 1,000s of blog posts on this topic and so many mixed opinions on why someone should or should not compete in a bikini or fitness competition. So I’m not going to give you advice because I’m sure it will just confuse the hell out of you (or at least that’s how I felt the more I read online!) Instead, I’m going to share my story and you are welcome to form your own opinions based on your own experience 🙂
I’d dreamed of competing and put it on my bucket list 7 years ago. I was in my early 20s, working out and feeling good. At that time I had started showing symptoms of Crohns Disease but it would be another 6 full months until I was hospitalised and diagnosed (that’s another story all together!) But my symptoms at the time held me back from pursuing it further and after my diagnosis it fell off my radar all together.
Fast forward a few years and in 2016 I realised I was unhappy. Despite having a great relationship, home life and job, something was missing on the inside. I felt my life lacked purpose and intention and the scary part was that I had no idea where to start in finding it again.
Thank GOD for Instagram because I came across The Daily Greatness Journal and after thinking it totally my kind of thing , I snapped one up with the mindset that I would make 2017 all about finding my purpose in life (super easy task, right!?).
Step 1 of the “8 Daily Greatness Steps” is daily meditation. When I first saw this advocated in the book I was NOT happy. I can barely keep my mind clear for 5 seconds let alone 30-60 minutes! But I figured, if I am going to do this, I’m going to do it 100% and so I began meditation, starting with an ambitious 30 minute session.
Then my life changed.
I began to realise, through the process of guided mediation (hey I’m still a newbie!), that any goal I wanted to achieve in life was possible if I fundamentally believed in myself that I could do it. It was that simple. And so my 7-year itch to step on stage in a fitness competition came back and this time, I was ready for it.
Overnight my mindset went from “I wish I could be one of those fitness girls” to “I am one of those fitness girls” and my 12-week journey to Pure Elite stage began.
This series of “My Journey to Stepping on Stage” will chronicle my 12-week experience – highs, lows and all. No stone will be left unturned!
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