Happy Hump Day peeps! I'm still waiting for my official show pics so here's another shot taken by my photographer in charge @zzviedre
It's been a few days post comp and I am not as relaxed as I thought I'd be. But that's part of the learning process I guess. And I am definitely guilty of being too critical with myself and not giving myself credit for my achievements. Let's just recap: until 2012 I was in 24/7 pain due to a back injury, 0 social life and ready to give up on life due to the fact that I felt trapped in a body which caused me nothing but pain. First surgery later that year...18 months recovery and living a less painful life...boom! Relapse! Back to square one. But now I've had a taste of what taking part in normal activities meant so mentally it was harder to stomach than all those years of pain before...2014 next surgery...24 months recovery before feeling less in pain and confident enough to enter a gym for my first personal training session in 2016. Two years on and I took part in the @ukultimatephysiques
British Finals in my first year of competing. In a sport which has never been on my radar whatsoever. And now I can't imagine not to lift and work on my physique and see what else that former painful shell of a body is capable of achieving. Could I have made quicker improvements and got there sooner? Possibly! But it's not a race and what I realised was that mentally I had to work much harder than physically to overcome my past. Cos I did not trust my body nor did I give it any credit for how far we've come through sheer hard work, determination and discipline. So here's me taking credit for the work I've put in to look like 👆🏼 4 days ago. Obviously I wasn't alone in this journey and friends, family and the amazing @nina_s_ross_
who took me under their wings 7 weeks ago played a big part!
I don't write this for sympathy...I'm writing this cos I'm probably not alone when it comes to not giving myself enough credit for achievements. Raising kids as a single parent, overcoming illness or tough times, seeing positive over negative, finding new friends and finding love...give yourself some credit peeps! 💜💜💜