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'Are You Planning on Competing Again?'


#1

I constantly get asked if Iâ??m planning on competing again. I say "no." I also might get asked why I maintain my physique the way I do in my â??off-season,â?? or get labeled as a â??gym-ratâ?? and a â??cardio whore.â?? I donâ??t see myself as any of these.

I do not plan on competing again. If I do, it will just be to get that feeling of being on stage again. But, I do not need to prove myself to anyone. I do not need to get a trophy for how I look or my achievements. I would do it for fun, just like Juliana Malacarne.

Juliana is definitely the only IFBB Figure Pro in my opinion who constantly gets overlooked. I love her physique, and I aspire to have a body like hers. I am happy with my body the way it is, and I refuse to change anything about myself to win a trophy. Sure I can make improvements, but to reduce or change something altogether is something I refuse to do.

I train, workout, exercise, eat clean, and enjoy this lifestyle for one person only: ME! No one else but me! I do this all for myself so I can be proud of my own achievements and build my own trophyâ?¦my body! I sculpt, chisel, and use the right tools to get what I want.

Thatâ??s what itâ??s aboutâ?¦what I want and what will make me happy!

Now, of course, there are always people who try and belittle your efforts, or judge me because I look this wayâ?¦there are always those that want to say something negative, and try to bring down my achievements. You know why? Itâ??s because some people are envious that I have the strength, will-power, determination, motivation, and discipline to do this all for me and no one else. I am not gaining anything out of all I do except my own happinessâ?¦.should anything else or anyone else matter? Hell motherf-ing NO!

I am living my life the way I want and I am the happiest Iâ??ve even beenâ?¦and itâ??s unfortunate when others see that, they try and bring you down by making negative comments.

So, I will say this with a quote I love:

â??You have every right to say what you want about me, but that doesnâ??t make it TRUEâ?¦andâ?¦ I have every right not to give a ratâ??s ass about what you say or about YOU.â??

â??Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.â??


#2

Cool story bro.

Just kidding. Wise words there, and very nice quads! More pics to be posted in SAMA immediately :wink:


#3

Thx! I have more pics in my profile :slightly_smiling:


#4

Good post.

AND

Want to touch ass and legs plz!


#5

Competing again or not - either way, you look AMAZING!

Seriously, you've always had a great physique, but those new pics are insane - amazing legs and glutes....

Just silly how bricked yet shapely you are....


#6

Do what makes you happy.

End of story.


#7

#8

That's pretty much the way I feel as well. Most people who train never plan on stepping onstage anyway, they simply want to look a certain way. Something as subjective as bodybuilding and figure competitions has to be viewed from a healthy standpoint, or else you'll make yourself crazy trying to measure up to other peoples' standards. Sure I've done a few shows myself, but I'd like to think I have a good outlook on matters,... I use the contest as a motivator, and if I place horribly, big deal, Look what I accomplished with my training and diet. Just by getting into 'contest shape', you did what 99% of the people in gyms across the country can't do (doesn't matter if they want to or not, it's beyond most peoples' discipline levels). Be proud.

S


#9

Seconding Stu.... Train for you and enjoy your life. You seem to have a great outlook on prioritizing YOU, not other's expectations. Cheers!


#10

Thanks for the replies...though I wasn't asking if I should...I know I am not interested in competing again. I wrote this after attending a BB show and saw how many dissapointed people there were...if it's not for fun and for you then why do it? So, my point was that I do not feel I have to compete to be rewarded for how I look; even more so when I do not agree with the new SOFTER figure standards.


#11

Yes, I like my bricked and shapely look...BUT...that's because I am trying to attain a certain look of what I beleive a perfect FIGURE body is, i.e., Juliana Malacarne. Although, I do not have genetics, I aspire to have a bofy like hers with what G-d blessed me with.


#12

Yeah, I'm usually puzzled at the figure divisions' placings when I go to shows. I think Bodybuilding is fairly easy to understand the criteria, but I could never judge the other categories.

S


#13

So Lori Braun from female muscle loved my note and posted it on her site and gave me a column...lol