This is a question I get asked almost every day so I thought I’d write a blog so you can all understand why I stopped competing.
This year marks my 20th year in the Health and Fitness Industry. After competing for 10 years Nationally & Internationally, receiving my WBFF Pro Card and 2 International sponsors I really thought that I still have a long way to go. That this is actually now only the start. For me the competitive aspect has really changed a lot since I started 10 years ago. If I look at the Figure girls back then as well as the bikini girls its a complete difference . Like day and night. The way I looked back then as a Figure competitor I could have competed now as a bikini athlete. So just like anything else the sport of Bodybuilding has evolved tremendously. I did my last competition last year November and worked extremely hard to get my muscle mass down and change my body so I could compete in the bikini division. Although I was really proud of the outcome, I had to be realistic that I could not get my body to change in 16 weeks time which I have built for 20 years. My muscle are just too matured.
I also didn’t want to stay in the figure division as I wasn’t happy with the look.
It’s defiantly a personal choice as I don’t take away any of the hard work those
woman put in to achieve that. At the age of 40 I really have to take care of my body & my hormones as I am moving closer to menopause.
I decided to step away from the competitive aspect and focus on helping others behind the scene. I didn’t quit, I just went into another direction.
God has been speaking to me in so many ways, opening doors I never would
have imagined, meeting people and creating opportunities all to prepare me for the next phase of my life.
I finally decided to listen and focus on the things He wants me to do.
You are now probably thinking why waste 10 years of your life competing? Well I was thinking the same. I realized that is was God’s plan for me to compete, because this was part of my journey. And this was one hell of a journey. Making my faith so much stronger and learning so much about myself in the process.
God always has a plan and one thing this journey taught me is that my time is not God’s time.
I still feel so blessed because I achieved 90% of my goals I have set for myself.
Never feel that you are a quitter if you decide to take another route. Make sure that stepping away from something and moving into something else is not because of fear of failure.
I made the choice to step away mainly because of other opportunities. God needs me elsewhere.
I am still a full time Personal Trainer and Online Coach as well as flying abroad to judge every now and then.
Fitness will forever be in my blood. I still run my CVL Fitness studio and not moving away from the industry.
So always remember that making a change does not mean you are quitting. Do what you need to do and stop worrying about what people think. In the end of the day its your life and nobody else’s.
I want to be happy and healthy and that’s what I live to promote!
I you wanted to join my CVL community of woman motivating each other, loosing weight, maintaining their weight or take it to the next level as an athlete feel free to drop me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org