Inner Fitness for Bodybuilders and Athletes
In November of 2020 I set a goal to compete in the 2021 Mr. & Ms. Minnesota Pro North America
Natural BodyBuilding Competition.
I didn't know if I could do it, but as World Champion BodyBuilder Donita Knaus told me, "You'll never know if you don't do it." The truth is, I didn't want to compete if I wasn't "competitive" meaning, I wasn't getting on stage in a suit, if I hadn't earned my spot and if I didn't look like I belonged. I wasn't competing just to get a medal for showing up. I wanted to win.
I wanted to win for two reasons. One is I am pretty competitive against my own best, I like to push
myself and if I am going to do something, I want to be among the best at it.
Two, I have a heart for the fitness and health community, and especially for women, and mothers like me, who need encouragement and hope that they can regain their health and feel good in their bodies again.
I also am like Paul, who used a lot of athletic metaphors to explain spiritual concepts, and I wanted
to earn the right, the credentials, to speak to athletes about strength and health not only physically,
but also mentally and more importantly, spiritually.
1 Timothy 4:8 NLT "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
I did train and I did compete and I did win! I won 1st place in the Novice Physique class, and the 40 Plus Master's Physique class and the 50 Plus Master's Physique class!
How? Consistency, Prayer and Brain Retraining.
Consistently eating well and in obedience to my trainer's recommendations; consistently getting in my workouts and doing my best everytime; consistently getting in my cardio; consistently getting rest. However, all the competitors did that.
I also prayed over every workout, declaring that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I asked God to prosper the work of my hands, I asked Him to bless me and to use this victory as a platform to reach hearts and minds in the fitness and health community.
Each day, I retrained my brain. I asked myself, what would stop me from achieving my goals? How might I sabotage my own outcome? What would prevent my gaining more muscle, and doing my absolute best? Then I took authority over those thoughts, emotions, beliefs and parts of me, and I purposefully removed anything negative or disempowering. I replaced it with what would guarantee my success!
Based on the feedback from the judges, I excelled in every area over which I had control. I could not control the amount of muscle I could put on in only 6 months, but I could eat well, lift in the most scientifically proven effective ways, I could get as lean and conditioned as possible, and I could perfect my posing.
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Proverbs 31:10 I am built of strength and mighty valor. I am Khayil meaning mighty,
wealthy, excellent, morally righteous; full of substance, integrity, abilities and strength.
Proverbs 31:17 I wrap myself in strength. I grid my loins with strength and make my
shoulders strong. I have might and power in all my works.
An athlete who doesn’t play by the rules will never receive the trophy so remain faithful
to God! 2 Timothy 2:5