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My First Bodybuilding Competition ...9 weeks out ...Aug 8, 2012


Saturday, August 11, 2012


I have crossed off some other firsts also.


On that list include zip-lining and snowboarding. Total endorphin rushes. Okay, so I pretty much went down the hill (snowboarding)on my butt, BUT I was laughing the whole way. So were my girlfriends, btw. It was a total blast. ...and zip-lining? If you have never done it, DO IT!!! (she said with love) ...this all done in the last two years. I turned 41 and realized their are a ton of things I have not done!! I am the happiest I have ever been and my life is almost half over!!! I need to do stuff!!!! Next, surf. Oh wait...


So I was at my gym (apx) 25 weeks ago and a personal trainer Lady (def knew of her, but never really talked to her... not a talker at the gym...outside the gym you can't shut me up...that's your warning) we will call her PTLJenn, she came up to me and said, "you could've won this year's bodybuilding competition at so-and-so."


ummm, "what?" (that was my reply)


"Symmetry", she said. "You have great symmetry"


again..."ummmm what?"


I'm not sounding very intellectual at this point, I realize. I was mostly humbled and honored that she would make such a crazy accusation. Fine, I admit hearing the word symmetry has never really been used to flatter me before either. Was she hitting on me? Oh Dear, I have turned into a man ... maybe I should do more cardio.That's where this all started. ...and she is married...to a man.


I was told by her and others that have been in competitions to blog about the journey and I wish I would've listened sooner because their are many things I wish I would have in writing (I find fonts, spreadsheets & clip art completely titillating but not to share about myself), for instance, these veins that are popping all over my body. ...wt???? I always thought women complained about the road maps on their legs? OMGawsh they are so cool!!! 'Oley smokers they are poppin' all over my abs and my arms and who knew!!!


Before I go on about how kewl it is to watch my body transform into some really cool Alien~esque~She~man I need to be honest...please don't hate...


I always thought women bodybuilders were...well...a lil...ummm...too (being nicey~ness) manly *ducking to miss flying objects. BUT I have a totally new perspective. I have never felt more feminine or strong at the same time. I can totally hang with the BigZ on the bench press and throwing those weights around makes me feel sho shexy. Those chics are hawt and I have total respect for their sickness. Now that I've cleared the air. Total respect, got it.


I have always been disciplined with exercise. I got hooked on the cardio when I saw a Turbo Jam info and have since been Turbo certified and been in the Fire infomercial for the wonderful changes that it paved for me leading the way to this next level of fitness. When PTLJenn told me to do less cardio and more strength I was like, "but...but...really?...less Turbo?...but..." yeah, listen to your PT's they are smart lil houligans. I have lost 15lbs 7 weeks. (*side note: I am losing weight in the strangest places. ...a little lower. ...not that low...) Although, I have kicked up my strength and spending about 2 1/2 hours a day at the gym (and for all you who say you can get it done in less...more power to you...I love the gym and if I CAN stay there and kick my ash, I will) my food intake is where I really struggle. I used to lead a weight management class. Nope, not even close to what this diet consists of. A whole different world.


I know I am not much different than most (except for PTLJenn it seems!!!!) with the food addiction. Reeeeeeaaallly reeeeeaaaalllly hard for me. It seemed the first 15lbs were easy compared to now!!! I am sooooo sick of chicken. Until of course, I start eating it, then I become entirely grateful for it. I miss my cake. I want cake. I thought with out having it for so many weeks I would not WANT CAKE. ...but I do. I just want cake. At this point I would even take a flavor other than chocolate. Oh and my Froyo with Smuckers Natural and Dark Chocolate Chips mixed perfectly with the right amounts left in the last spoonful...


see what I mean.


Another reason it is good to blog during your journey is if you start later the blog gets very lengthy and your readers will soon tire of the obvious.


So this is where I will free you and sincerely thank you for taking the time to read this.


I will close by saying I have NEVER felt this healthy, alive, determined, energized, strong, lovely, pretty, kickashish, never before been complimented more by total strangers about my arms, shoulders, legs, butt, abs etc (hate to admit how motivating that is) ...this is the shizzzz and I will annoyingly recommend it to all who are interested in feeling all the good.


Jessica XoX
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ALICIOUSPINK_86 11/25/2012 2:12PM

    what a great read! you are such an inspirational person and you've worked damn hard for that body - eat up the motivation of being complimented, it's calorie free and certainly doesn't hurt!! :)

I'm 180lbs and would LOVE to bodybuild and have a tight, rock hard bod like yours! Thanks for showing us ladies that we can do it! emoticon



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THENEWMANDA 8/21/2012 6:56PM

    You are such an inspiration.. I wish I could do the bodybuilding thing. I give you MAJOR kudos, and btw you look AMAZING!

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2BHOTNTONED 8/16/2012 2:07PM

    Love this blog Jess, you have always been my inspiriation and motivation.

You are FaBuLoUs!!!!

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BOBINVA 8/11/2012 10:28PM

    You were getting compliments before the competition.

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JESSICA0431 8/11/2012 7:43PM

    Thank you so much Ladies for taking the time... emoticon

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TIME4CARRI 8/11/2012 6:34PM

    Thank you for writing this! You are an amazing person and honestly, I'm grateful that you share some of your struggles too. Believe it or not, I find that the most motivating because you are doing it girl. That is really cool that you were approached by this trainer because wow, what a compliment and testament to all of your hard work! Thanks for blogging

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AKA639 8/11/2012 1:00PM

    Rock on! Keep telling your story, I'd love to hear more!

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