I have to repost this from @t8kdwn to show we have not always been “stage-ready”. No, we’ve not had an extreme weight-loss journey like many people out there, but it has still shaped who we are. We were both fit in college w/ dance & wrestling, and gained after. Left is on our honeymoon in 2011 and we gained ~15+lbs each after (no photos bc frankly I was too embarrassed). We decided to make the lifestyle change mid 2012 & it was a slow process, but we eventually got addicted to the muscle & empowerment of taking action.
The biggest transformation has been on the inside. Fitness has a way of changing how you think- we are more dedicated to everything now. When a hurdle is in our way we fight instead of giving up, just like when we hit a fitness plateau. When someone tells us something is impossible we prove them wrong, just like when ppl laughed at me showing them pics of bikini girls. When work has a task for us we do more than expected, just like we train our physiques more strictly than is necessary to “maintain”. It has changed our entire outlook on life and that has given us the most fulfillment beyond the physical changes. Never settle for average.
"Think of all the opportunities lost bc of the choice to take the ‘easy path’. The path that requires more effort has far more reward". -Andy Frisella
It’s from dedication, discipline, self-respect, and dignity. -Ashley Horner
The difference between a dream that doesn’t come true and one that does, is that in one case there is a person who refuses to give up and one who did.
#LegionOfBoom #dreambig #strength #motivation #inspire #neversettle
After this weekend, you better bet that I’m having the new Quest bar as one of my mini meals today! My fav one yet! #CheatClean #DontTellMark #onaQuest #cookiesandcream #dietstartstomorrow
Thanks for coming to my show to cheer me on @ktfanger & @patricia_marie29! These girls are two of my lifting partners that help motivate me in the gym each week- I appreciate the support you both give me more than you know and I can’t wait to keep pushing to see what else we can accomplish together! I am truly blessed for all my friends who support me in my journey, both those that are directly in this industry and those that are not. I know there are many more that couldn’t make it to the show due to family or being out of town, but you know who you are and I feel so blessed to have such a great system behind me to light a fire under me when I need the extra shove and to listen to me babble about my prep problems without killing me 😉 love you girls and idk what I would do without you!
#bikiniprep #girlswholift #fitchicks #npcbikini #bodybuilding #npc
Yep, I did it… Dunked my Cookie Dough Oreos in the Cocoa Swirl Speculoos Cookie butter. And then I died and went to chocolate heaven @fitlcmomoftwins
#sugarhigh #postshow #npc #oreos #speculoos #cookiebutter
With our amazing coach after the show- it was a loooong weekend but it’s always so worth it! This guy takes care of us to make sure our diets and training is always on point to bring us in where we need to be. I always get shaky at the end wondering if I will dial in on time, but it always happens never-the-less! Glad I can put my full faith in him to have our backs! Thanks Mark- you definitely deserved that Trainer of the Year award! 🏆
Had a blast and @t8kdwn took 5th place! So proud of him! He jumped into this in November to prep for his first show and took home a medal his first time. I can’t wait to see how much better we can come back for our May show!
#MOmuscle #10weeksout #NPC #CoachOfTheYear #physique #bikini
✨400 competitors at this show so we had to go quick, but here is a little of my stage time! ✨
#NPCmidwest #sassystrut #1stPhorm #bikiniprep #stage #npcbikini #fitchicks #showday #npc #bikini #LegionOfBoom
Couples that lift together stay together! Okay, so just the commonality is the key point, but for us fitness is what really brings us together. We are polar opposites in core personality, so doing the training together has given us something to bond over- skipping the popcorn at the theater we usually get, hitting each other at 5am to go do cardio, spotting each other for that last rep, and celebrating each time one of us hits a new goal. I have found my true PIC and I wouldn’t trade what we have for anything.
#NPC #fitness #fitcouple #passion #muscle #physique #bikini
#nofilter 😂 can you say “get yo tan on!” Hilarious- the family didn’t recognize us when we walked in! Show day tomorrow!