Limelight Lessons

Today I had an absolutely new experience. I am rather wary about new experiences, mostly because many of them have turned out rather poorly in the past.  I don’t think I will ever get over trying to ski…

Today I was the subject of a photo shoot with the Edmonton Journal.  They are going to do a story on my journey of becoming a Figure Competitor.

The idea of a photo shoot made me SO NERVOUS, but then I realized that I had a perfect excuse to go out and purchase a brand new outfit. So off to Lululemon I went. After they heard about what I was doing, they not only spent an hour giving me feedback on the outfits, they GAVE ME the outfit for the photo shoot.  I didn’t even ask.  They just wanted to support me and my dreams. Truly amazing. I dropped off a thank you note an some fabulous baking from The Duchess and gave them a speech on how special their support was. Then I may or may not have burst into tears while talking.

This afternoon at 1:30 I met a man named Ed from the Edmonton Journal and he started taking pictures and video for the story.

I didn't know if I should smile or not...I am not usually smiling when squatting 100 pounds...

He wanted me to do about my workout as I normally would and he would take some pictures. Rather unnerving to have pictures taken of you while you’re doing really hard exercises.  Hard to look cute all the time.  I am sure that my brow was creasing!

Chin ups are always fun in that horrible, torture kind of a way.

I had to do exercises over and over again! After my 35th chin up I told him no more chin ups!  There is only so much that one woman’s shoulders and back can handle!!

Very paparazzi-esque at times!

It was hard to wonder if this was interesting or not, but I just kept going!  The other people in the gym didn’t quite know what to make of the woman in the hot pink tank top…but I just loved every moment of it.  This was FABULOUS training for October 16th, learning how to be in the limelight.

The very last thing we did was video tape me talking about what I am doing.  I didn’t know that this news article required a speech!  Had I known, I would have written something up, so I had to wing it.

I think I rambled…no, I am SURE I rambled.

What I wanted to say is this: “Everyone has a dream in their heart, but rarely do they follow it. My story isn’t just about losing weight and competing in a Figure Competition, it’s about chasing down my dreams with determination.  If you are bold and start to chase your dreams down, there is no telling what you may accomplish.  Things you only thought possible for a fleeting moment in time will become your reality. Step out and jump off the cliff, once you let go and start to free fall you stop being scared!”

Today only comes today. Do the very best with it that you can, be proud, and then do it again tomorrow and just see what kind of greatness you have hidden away inside of you!

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  1. Kathy Harris says

    Awesome and very inspiring!

  2. OMG That is SO very awesome – you must be thrilled !!!! A photoshoot for the local newspaper!!!!!! I am SO thrilled – you must be on cloud 9 – send us all the link when it’s available. You are such an inspiration, keep up the good work, and again, how cool is it that you’re featured!! Way to go!

  3. You go girl! You are amazing! It’s been fun to keep track of your dream chasing! You rock!

  4. Donloree – Way to stick with your dream and make it happen. You are an inspiration to me.

  5. VERY cool! Congratulations! And I love your message about chasing a dream.

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