Dear Jenna (2012),
You have wanted to compete as a fitness model for some time now and you will compete, in the very near future. You will also have great success from your competing, but you won’t believe in yourself until its written black and white, crystal clear on that plastic trophy.
As much as your coach, friends and fellow competitors tell you, you just can’t comprehend that you ARE good enough.
Upon your move home from the Gold Coast, your competition preparation will introduce you to a whole new world in Adelaide. The fitness world appears to be a glamourous and desirable place to fit in, giving your interest in training and nutrition; it makes sense to be a part of this scene. You will meet some amazing people, the support from your close friends will be second to none.
Competing will bring you a wealth of knowledge and experiences, some great and some of these experiences are going to be the toughest experiences of your life.
Be kind to your body, let yourself relax and enjoy life. Seek out assistance post competition, the sooner the better- I cannot stress this part enough. Stay with your friends, don’t isolate yourself.
Remember, there is more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. Burning yourself out mentally and physically will prove detrimental to your health and well-being, do your research before putting yourself a rigorous routine. Ask more questions from your support network, speak up and seek support where it’s needed.
The most important thing you can do for yourself is to focus on your long term health, career and relationships. As much as competing is your world right now, you will soon realise there is so much more and your goals CAN be achieved without it.
For some reason, competing gives you an identity and a sense of importance. With this new found identity, you can be fooled into thinking it is ALL you are, placing unrealistic expectations on yourself can lead to self sabotaging behaviours.
As tough as things may feel, you will be fine. You will pull through and continue to chase your goals.
Just remember to take your time, life is a marathon, not a sprint! Back yourself, you are capable of a lot more than you give yourself credit for and finally keep smiling.
Go Kill It!
You can find out more about Jenna at Living Fit Health and Fitness