A bit of a history of my journey with pictures from different points in my journey. It has not been overnight (as you can see) and I wanted to compile a journey through pictures with the various highs and lows :)
High school runner, aiming to run on a college scholarship but was injured my junior year. This lead me to find weight lifting, but to also have a lot of ups and downs with food. My relationship with food struggled during this time: I thought that the lighter I was during my track days, the better. As a result, I found myself constantly trying to see the scale go down as opposed to fueling my body and running and my eating issues initially started. I did not have any sort of disordered eating until this time.
Beginning of my prep for my first show in 2014. I weighed about 162lbs here and started prepping with Layne Norton. I followed a Power / Hypertrophy program until June of 2014, when I started Daily Undulating Periodization powerlifting training to train for my first meet in November of 2014.
I was a wittle crazy ;) and decided to do my first USAPL powerlifting meet the following weekend after my first show. This meet was in Florida. Ended up winning my class with a 320 squat, 165 bench, 352 deadlift, and 402 wilks. Who says strength and aesthetics are mutually exclusive? :)
My first ever photo shoot that winter.
2015 National NPC Shows. I competed two times and placed in the top 6 in my class, but knew that I needed some time off from competing after Team Universe.
By January 2016, I was up to 150lbs, got my period back, lifts exploded, and I was focusing on being HEALTHY first and foremost with my sights set on the Arnold 2016 and that 400lb squat ;) For the first time in my lifting career, I was focused on powerlifting solely and not dieting for a bodybuilding show at all.
2016: The year of gains and travel :)
2017 has been an amazing year and where I have come to in my journey... Focusing on both powerlifting and bodybuilding. But more importantly, having a life NOT centered around my looks and my body, but rather the person I want to be and the impact I want to make.
I have maintained a body weight of approximately 158-162lbs since mid 2016. I most recently competed at the Arnold in March, where I hit an all time PR of 1003lbs with a 396 squat, 182 bench, and 424 deadlift.
This has been my journey. I hope you learned, enjoyed, and feel a bit more hope if you are lost and want to make progress. One day at a time. But remember, you already have worth in the form you are TODAY. No end point will bring you happiness. Seek satisfaction in the PROCESS > PRODUCT :)