Thursday, May 23, 2013
Over the next two months Iím going to be giving up a guest blog spot to a friend of mine. Sheís competing in her first bikini competition. I truly hope you enjoy her story and following her along her journey.
Hello, my name is Shana and Iím addicted to sugar. That might seem like a dramatic introduction, but itís true, sugar is my drug of choice. My diet consists of weekly doses of chocolate cake, butter cookies, blueberry muffins, Sour Patch Kid candy, etc..
At first glance you might not consider me out of shape. Iím 5í4íí and weigh 108 pounds; by any definition Iím tiny. However, behind this tiny exterior Iím hardly healthy. I suffer from a rare virus called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, otherwise known as POTS. In short, my body doesnít compensate for gravity. When I stand up my blood pools at my extremities, causing my blood pressure to drop suddenly, which in turn causes my heart to speed up to rates normally only seen during a typical cardio session. Most of the time it just makes me really tired (as far as my body is concerned Iím running a marathon everyday) but on rare occasions it causes me to faint, usually when I stand in one place for too long.
For the last 6 years POTS has ruled my life, Iíve been completely inactive and tired all the time. Iíve tried so many different medications but nothing as helped. To make matters worse Iím cardio intolerant. Any type of exercise exacerbates the issue, making me even more tired. Ironically the key to overcoming POTS is exercise! Iíve tried to get back into a regular gym routine more times than I care to admit but Iíve always lacked the motivation to push through the fatigue. That is until now!
You see, Iím a former pageant girl. Ignore all the stereotypes youíve heard, pageant girls arenít always brainless beauties hoping for world peace. The pageant girls I know are incredibly ambitious, articulate, intelligent and savvy women. I am who I am today because of my experiences in pageant. Iím also 35 years old and well past my pageant prime. Recently I noticed many of my pageant friends had begun competing in bikini fitness competitions. I am in awe of them, I couldnít even imagine getting my body into such great shape! It just seemed impossible! Until my friend Melissa convinced me otherwise.
Melissa is a proud member of Team Fit Girl and recently won her WBFF Pro card at the Fitness Atlantic competition held in Connecticut this past April. She began her transformation a year ago and she looks amazing! Somehow Melissa convinced me I too could whip my body into shape, in 10 weeks no less! Just in time for the WBFF Boston Championships on June 29th.
I made the decision to take on the challenge 2 weeks ago. My hope is that the competitive side of me will overcome the fatigue. So far it has worked. I donít want to be embarrassed; Iím in it to win it. The first week was miserable, I was tired, my sugar cravings were out of control and I was sore from the hard-core gym routine. Week 2 was easier but the results arenít so obvious and my body is still in detox from my sugar and processed food habits.
Over the next 8 weeks I hope youíll follow me on this journey from out of shape sugar addict to bikini fitness competitor! My hope is to bring you through the highs and lows, real time results and maybe just maybe Iíll inspire one of you to take on this same challenge, make what seemed impossible possible and become a healthier, happier person in the process!