Happy November and Happy Pre-Thanksgiving to you and yours! I know I’ve been a little out of the loop, but here’s a Thanks for Giving workout that will challenge you while you’re celebrating the holiday festivities.
This is an Intermediate Workout, but for all of you!
All we needed was a cup of coffee to make this feel like a regular chat between girlfriends. That would probably be the most realistic way to look at and describe my exclusive one-on-one interview with 4-Time Ms. Figure Olympia Nicole Wilkins in Mississauga, Ontario, at Battle Arts Academy, where she was hosting a full-day seminar with Richie Keirouz owner of RichBody, for new and experienced competitors looking to take to the stage. No topic was off limits, no question went unanswered and no one left the event without a hug from Nicole, a smile and renewed sense of self. If the smile and sigh of relief from Nicole was any indication, I would say that she was pleased with the outcome of the day.
When I set out to compete from the beginning I had my eyes set on ultimately competing at the Olympia but I knew I had a long road ahead of me that is certainly going to take time and hard work. To help me stay on track as work my way there I set smart goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely. I apply smart goals throughout a variety of aspects in my daily life & from show to show.
January 2013 is when I made a choice to live a healthier lifestyle. My birthday was Jan 2, that following week I bought my first gym membership at Tommie Harris Fitness Center. I trained 3 days per week and did morning cardio 5 days per week. I entered my first 5k race that February and after that I fell in love with being healthy and active.
My coach is Terrance Williams. Our first show was a local show. From there our plan was to obtain both a National and Team Universe qualification; we did it! I earned my pro card at Team Universe along with my teammates Natasha Davis (Class A) and Kendra Beasley (Class F).
Motivation and confidence are critical to achieving any goal in life, whether it is a personal or professional goal. In fact, a combination of the two makes any goal possible. In order to achieve success, in any capacity, self confidence, determination and drive are critical. But these traits need to come from within. They are not learned, borrowed or obtained from knowing the right person. Sure, sometimes doors open by being at the right place at the right time and opportunities are given to some people who are fortunate to know someone and have that connection. For me… it was different.
Every single day is a journey in itself, and you have to take it one step at a time. Life gets so crazy and stressful sometimes, and if you are always looking ahead and worrying about the future, you will miss so many wonderful moments of everyday life. I absolutely LOVE to cook and experiment with prep friendly recipes, but my favorite so far has to be sweet potato protein pancakes! Pancakes are my absolute favorite food, and I made up the recipe for the perfect cake-like pancake, that is almost 100% carb free.
Sculpting a world class physique is an art form. And the great artist and the great athlete have one very important thread interwoven throughout their tapestry of success: efficiency. The great artist uses the same pencils and paint brushes, and makes the same straight lines on a canvas as you and I; only they do it more efficiently. They’re able to blend those lines and brush strokes together while creating a message and a masterpiece capable of speaking volumes, while our picture might only be worth a thousand words.