Gettin’ Fit……One Day at a Time!


Week 1    Week 18

Week 1                              Week 18

Week 1       Week 18

Week 1                               Week 18

I have now completed 18 weeks of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition.  I am counting down now with 5 weeks of training to go!  And, yes, only 5 leg workouts to go—unless my trainer throws in some extra in the next few weeks!  I am down over 21 pounds with a weight of 122 pounds.  I have to say—I just can’t believe I have made this kind of progress. Even having done this before (5 years ago), it just still amazes me what you can train your body to do once you train your mind!!

When I started this blog at the end of December, as you can see, I titled it “Gettin’ FIt at Fifty:  One Day at a Time”.  This subtitle has actually carried me tremendously throughout my training… day at a time.  I have been able to train my mind to “chip away” at my goal day by day.  Everyday is a new day and a new goal for that day.  By doing this, the overall goal doesn’t seem so overwhelming.  For me, looking at my training in this way has helped me stay on track and lead me down the road to success in achieving my goal.  No matter what your goal, I encourage you to break it down and not let yourself get overwhelmed, which, many times, can lead to getting off track or giving up altogether.  Just keep moving forward, one day at a time!

I would like to invite all of you to come see me compete in The Carolina Supernatural SNBF Pro-Qualifier on Saturday, June13, in Spartanburg, SC, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.  The Finals start at 6:00pm with prejudging that morning at 10:00am.  I would love to have you there to cheer me on especially at the Finals!!!

Here’s a great quote I saw on Pinterest: “Your body can stand almost anything.  It’s your mind that you have to convince”!

My blog post was a day or so late because we were out of town this past weekend.  I want to give my oldest son, Ben, a huge shout out of congratulations!  He graduated this past Saturday with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textiles Engineering and a Minor in Spanish from NC State University.  I am so proud of him and all of the hard work he has put in the last four years!  This Fall he begins the next phase of his life in the Teaching Abroad Program to teach English in Madrid, Spain—Best of Luck Ben! I also would like to congratulate my middle son, Matt, who just finished his Freshman year at NC State with a 3.9 overall GPA—I am so proud of him too!

NC State University Class of 2015

        NC State University
              Class of 2015



Gettin’ Fit with…….Inspiration and Positive Results!.


Week 1          Week 14

Week 1                                     Week 14

Week 1     Week 14

Week 1                                      Week 14

I have now completed Week 14 of my 23 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition on June 13 in Spartanburg, SC.  As you can see, my body is getting leaner and I am seeing the positive results of my hard work.  I have lost almost 16 pounds and have lost over 12% body fat.  And, I have 9 weeks of training to go!!  It helps so much when you start seeing results—it really helps to keep you motivated.  So, my advice to all is to be patient and trust the process, and the results will come.  Trust me, if I can do this, I know all of you can too!!!

I appreciate all of the positive comments and support over these last 14 weeks.  It makes me so happy to know that I am inspiring many friends, acquaintances, and other interested parties, which was one of the main reasons I decided to do this blog.  We all need inspiration!  So, I want to share with you who inspires me.  Below are photos of my trainer, Anthony Tiller, and three lovely ladies and fellow bodybuilders, Tina Bell, Lauren Wood, and Meredith Stone, who also train at my gym.  All of these folks are so inspiring to me!   Anthony, who has competed for many years, competed this past November in the ANBF North Carolina Natural ProAm where he received his ANBF Masters Pro Card.  We all are so proud of you Anthony!  This weekend, Tina and Meredith competed in the SNBF Georgia State Championships and did very well.  Tina won the Women’s Open Overall and Women’s Overall Best Poser–way to go Tina!!  Meredith came in 2nd place to Tina in the Women’s Open Overall—great job Meredith!! Tina also received her SNBF Pro Card–Wow, that’s awesome! Lauren competed in March and placed 2nd in the Women’s Masters and will be competing also in June with me–looking good Lauren!  Great job Team Underdog!   I am so proud and honored to be a part of this wonderful group at Team Underdog!!

Stay tuned, I’m entering uncharted territory for myself physically, and am excited to see what the next few weeks bring!  I look forward to sharing it all with you! And, now, I leave you with what I think is a very inspiring quote: “If you never try you’ll never know”.


Anthony with his 3 sweet children




Tina & Meredith

Gettin’ Fit…….By Setting Goals!


Week 1                Week 12

Week 1                                          Week 12

Week 1                Week 12

Week 1                                   Week 12

I have just completed 12 weeks of training for my bodybuilding competition….only 11 more weeks to go!  I have lost 15 pounds with a weight of 128 pounds and a body fat of 11%, which is down from 23% on January 5th.  Hope you can see my progress from the photos I have posted.  And, of course, I will once again repeat myself—-I have done this without doing any cardio–just lifting weights 5 days a week and hitting my daily food macros (protein, carb, and fat grams).  I am still on 2 higher carb days and 5 lower carb days.   I am definitely getting adjusted to the lower carb days, but it really helps that I am not doing any cardio yet.

This past week, I was thinking about my next blog post and really wasn’t getting inspired at all.  So, on Friday I had a discussion with my trainer looking for some inspiration.  I originally discussed with him that I was thinking about posting a “day in the life” of my life right now by posting a typical food day and a typical workout.  He steered me away from this because he felt it really wasn’t the right data to post.  Macros are so individualized and so is my food.  What works for me and the foods I like to eat is going to be so different for everyone else, because we all have different tastes in food.  Also, he bases my macros on my progress with both my weight and how my muscles look.

During our discussion, he helped me realize that it really didn’t matter what foods I ate, which is what I was going to share with you on my blog.  What really matters is hitting my macros every single day and doing the workouts that my trainer provides.  I also realized that training for my bodybuilding competition is a really simple process–do what your trainer tells you to do.  You have to trust the process and just DO it!!  No excuses accepted!  By setting a goal, like competing in a bodybuilding competition, EVERYTHING you do day in and day out should support you in obtaining your goal.  I am not saying that it is easy, but it is simple.  For me, it is about the process and trusting in the process.  By viewing my training in this way, it makes the process much more enjoyable, less stressful, and keeps me focused—I don’t have to worry at all about my end result because I am confident that the process will get me to my goal!   If I do everything that my trainer tells me to do in preparation for competing in June, I expect to succeed.  And, for me, success doesn’t  necessarily mean winning the largest trophy—-it means that I have done MY very best!  At my competition in 2010,  I felt successful just by having the ability and opportunity to get on stage and compete—and I feel the same about this competition.  Although I won 4 trophies in 2010, I felt like I had already won before ever stepping on that stage.  For me, it’s about keeping your eyes focused on your goal and investing yourself in the process that will ultimately lead you to obtaining your goal.  Folks, it’s that simple—-you just have to DO it! And, you CAN!!

I leave you with this quote:  “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”