Six months before my first competition, I told friends that I was training to be in the center position at pre-judging. (That’s where the likely division winner is placed by judges when there are several competitors to compare.) There were only 2 women in my Class B and 1 in Class C, so they brought all three of us out together in numerical order.  There was no need to move anyone since I was already standing next to my only competition. She was #71, I was #72, and the Class C competitor was #73. So I was in the center. Exactly where I told the Universe I wanted to be. I was not the likely winner, but it took me three years to get to that stage and I was in good condition – that’s a big win for me.  Never took that for granted.  I left that stage with a trophy, and as soon as I drank some water, I was elated.  Completely hooked on the experience.  I love being a bodybuilder!  I love everything about it.  The training, the food, the contest prep – expect the water deplete – that sucks.

Tahoe Show 216 is a message board site for female competitors in all divisions.  Huge presence in the sport from my novice perspective.  During competition season, I relied on Siouxcountry’s Facebook status updates to report the contest results.  Everything they do there is so respectful towards the competitors and because of that, I have a ton of respect for that site.  Being a part of that community was also something I wanted to have happen.

Today, I found out there is a thread on about my transformation. I AM THREAD TOPIC ON SIOUXOUNTRY.COM???  I did not win my division in this local show.  And now there are pro’s commenting on what I’ve done on  (This is such a cool sport.)

What did I do? I was 47, fat, sick, and scared. Scared of an early death like my mother’s. I fixed it. I set a big, scary, goal so I would stay motivated when it would get inevitably hard.  There are thousands of people who lose weight and get their health back.  I don’t understand the attention I’m getting.  I hope it’s not just because I’m 50 and that’s considered “old”.  (50 is not old.)  But I’m grateful for the attention.  It’s an ego-boost, that’s for sure.

But mostly I’m grateful.  I believe with all my heart that God put me on this path for a reason and He must have been the source for the internal strength that seemed to come when I needed it.  There must be a reason this is happening.  It’s so overwhelming and life changing.

What’s next?  Who knows?  I really want to win my division in the next show I do.  And then an overall.  And then I want to be mentioned on when I win that overall in a national qualifier.   And then?  Oh, I don’t know.  World’s oldest IFBB Womens Physique Pro?  A girl can dream, right?

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