These are the moments

You would think that October 16th was one of the most defining moments of my life. After all, it was the day I overcame the fat girl and boldly embraced who I am while being glued into a bedazzled suit.

This moment was amazing, fabulous, and empowering; but it did not define who I am. It was a culmination of thousands of defining moments.

The most defining moments of my life are the moments when no one is watching and life is hard. It is in these moments that I get to choose who I am and how I live. It is all the small moments that lead up to a huge victory like October 16th when I was able to stand on a stage and stick it to the fat girl that I find staring back at me in the mirror.

For 14 weeks I have been true to my diet, worked hard at the gym every single day, and not lost an ounce of fat. In fact I am up four pounds in the last 3 weeks. I could lose heart and just give up because this is ‘too hard‘, but I am not going to.

I know who I am and want to be 10 20, and 30 years from now. Knowing that I am going to be a strong, powerful, and fit woman that impacts the world helps me decide what to do when the going gets tough. It gives me perspective on how to deal with food temptations, lack of motivation at the gym, and the many tough life situations that arise.

Victory isn’t something you choose one day and suddenly have; it is something that you build over time when no one else is watching. I am choosing to be disciplined with the moments I have right now when no one is watching and have faith that on the day when the world is watching they will see a woman that defined all of her moments.

You don’t get to choose your moments, but you always get to choose what to do with them and you are going to be.

In this moment, I am choosing to be a champion.

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  1. I was speaking to the trainer at my gym the other day. She had competed almost two years ago. We were talking about Adrenal Fatigue, because I just finished (or mostly finished) healing from Adrenal Fatigue. She said that a lot of competitors move into Adrenal Fatigue after or just before competition.

    One of the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue is hanging onto the fat, no matter how hard you work or now good your diet is.

    This may not apply to you, but it may be worth looking at.

    As an aside, I’ve told a few people that I’m thinking about competing in October. I’m going to arrange to have a few training sessions with the trainer I mentioned above…to see…you know…if I can drop enough weight and take this idea of mine to compete seriously. I’ll have to rearrange my schedule some. I’m going to set up the training in the middle of February…get her help with the routine, take measurements (eep) and that kind of stuff.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you on the stage!


  2. You are already a strong, powerful, and fit woman. You’ve already overcome some pretty big obstacles and that already makes you a champion and a role model for all of us!

  3. I would say, don’t stress about it too much. From what I hear every competitor at some point in their training hits plateaus. For everyone they are equally as disheartening. You have a lot going on in your life. Keep up the hard work and your diligence will eventually pay off 😀 Your transformation is an inspiration! Just focus on how far you have come.

  4. Donloree…you are going to change the world.

  5. You are already a champion and a motivator! You are going to achieve your goals!! We all hit plateaus…however i true champion figures out how to get past it and keeps it movin ;o)

  6. You should notice a difference in your metabolism aboout 30 days after starting the Synthroid/Cytomel. I had the same experience at the before being tested for low throid. Weighing and measuring every morsel and gaining weight is very frustrating but hang in there it will get better.

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