"DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL"
"YOU CAN’T ALWAYS WIN BUT DON’T BE AFRAID OF MAKING DECISIONS"
At 3 weeks out from my Pro show debut with The WBFF I want to share with you my thoughts. My journey has not been an easy one and after being in this industry I have realized that the athletes that inspire me daily have not had an easy journey either, they just made it look easy. No one is superior or has a special ability that you or I can not obtain, all our results have come from hard work and dedication. I have learned my best lessons from the biggest ‘mistakes’ I have made. On April 16th, 2011 I decided that I would ditch my excuses for not making gains with health and fitness and I began my journey in this industry. I was determined, organized, prepared, and strong. I proved to myself that I could also be an athlete and bring the best body I could at my first physique contest in September 2011. Surprisingly I even won my first show. What I learned shortly after my show was that I was strong physically but my mind was not caught up to my body yet. After my first show I rebounded. Over the course of a month I enjoyed any treat that I wanted. In fact, I am certain I made a trip to Whole Foods every day and tried every pastry in existence. As a consequence, I gained 20 lbs back. This was depressing and devastating but shockingly I was very aware of what I was doing. Eventually I pulled myself together and began a whole other journey that focused on creating an athletic mind that would allow me to live a healthy and fit lifestyle on and off the stage. It was a grueling 8 months as I worked hard in the kitchen and at the gym to create a better package overall for my first WBFF show. The entire 8 months, I was upset with myself. Everyday and every workout, I reminded myself of the sabotage that I created and I told myself that I would never do that again. I didn’t fully believe that I could make a come back but my coach did. In fact, I felt that I had thrown my dream of becoming a WBFF Pro in the trash. Even though these were my thoughts and feelings, I continued to fight and workhard everyday. I still made plenty of mistakes along the way but I continued to get up every time life threw me to the ground. In the end, I brought my best body and mind to the stage and won my Pro card. This was a proud moment indeed and I cried many times.
So here I am 21 days away from doing something I never imagined I could do. In fact, as you may have previously read a couple of weeks ago I was ready to throw in the towel because of the dual stress of my show and wedding. But I am glad I fought through because today I am stronger. Winning for me is about feeling balanced inside and out and I can honestly say after over 2 years of fighting for my goals that I am in the best and strongest condition I have ever been in in my entire life BOTH physically and most importantly MENTALLY.
Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support. I promise to bring the best I can bring in 21 days and after my show a whole other journey will begin! Below are some of my favourite quotes that push me to fight and persist everyday.
"YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT CAN HAPPEN.’
"HE WHO SAYS HE CAN AND HE WHO SAYS HE CAN’T IS USUALLY RIGHT."
"PAIN IS TEMPORARY"
"YOU HAVE A DREAM, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT IT."
"YOU WANT SOMETHING, GO GET IT."
"OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE INADEQUATE, OUR DEEPEST FEAR IS THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE."
"WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?"
"WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?"
"MAKE A CHOICE, JUST DECIDE."
"GET UP AND DON’T EVER GIVE UP"
"WE CAN CLIMB OUT OF HELL ONE INCH AT A TIME"
"DON’T BE ABLE AT ANY MOMENT WHAT YOU ARE FOR WHAT YOU WILL BECOME."
"SKILL IS ONLY DEVELOPED BY HOURS AND HOURS ANG HOURS OF BEATING ON YOUR CRAFT."
"DON’T CRY TO GIVE UP, CRY TO KEEP GOING."
"DON’T CRY TO QUIT, YOU’RE ALREADY IN PAIN, YOU ALREADY HURT, GET AN AWARD FROM IT."
"I AM GOING TO SHOW YOU HOW GREAT I AM.’
"LIMITS LIKE FEARS ARE OFTEN JUST AN ILLUSION."
Theresa Jenn Lopetrone xo