Bikini and Fitness Models Post Competition
When someone asked “Does Nat now look like the girl in her poster again?”
CONSTANTLY COMPARING YOURSELF TO YOUR COMPETITI
ON PHOTOS? Over 2 years since I competed last and I still struggle with this everyday.
Upon my arrival home from my overseas training holiday last year someone (after complimenting him on all his hard work and gains) asked my partner so does Nat now look like the girl in the poster?
My heart kind of dropped hearing this…
The girl in the poster is not a reflection of me and what I look like everyday. The girl in the poster is months, weeks and hours of training and dieting add to that carbohydrate manipulation + sodium manipulation + water depletion. Add to the the perfect hair, perfect tan, perfect make up, perfect photography, perfect lighting and the perfect POSE all captured in that one perfect moment (that I thought would be a good idea to blow up and promote my business lol).
In this bodybuilding, social media, perfect selfie world it so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself not only to your stage photos but to all the other photo shopped, airbrushed, filtered, perfectly posed pictures consuming your facebook and Instagram feed…. So it’s only natural for them to consume your brain.
But what we need to remind ourselves of is that the girls in the photos don’t even look like the girls in the photos…. To a person who does not understand body building the physique on stage looks like the epitome of health and fitness but remind yourself it’s not. To put things into perspective remind yourself how hard peak week was, what you were eating (or not eating), how much you were training, it is impossible to walk around everyday carb and water depleted with that flawless tan and makeup…
I’ll be the first to admit I still struggle with this everyday and I always look back on my comp photos and compare myself to where I’m at now with my physique. But what ive learnt is that we need to disassociate our strong, fit, happy, carb filled and hydrated everyday body to the depleted photo of you from your competition day.
So this post is a reminder to all those girls who struggle with this post Comp ??
And let me let you in on a little secret (from the page FIO) that’s so important and I think gets forgotten in this industry where we are judged on what we look like…
“Your life needs substance beyond your reflection in the mirror and how you look”.
Associating happiness and success in your life to how close you are looking to your competition photos or how your body is looking is not going to make you either happy or successful. How you look has nothing to do with your self worth or how dedicated you are or how hard you train in the gym or how successful you are emotionally, mentally or within your relationships.
So once again… In this bodybuilding, social media, perfect selfie world I challenge you to look beyond those perfectly chiselled abs, separated quads and perky bikini bootys that we see plastered all over social media that’s you keep comparing yourself to and ask yourself- when you achieve external happiness will you really be internally happy?
So the answer to that question “does Nat now look like the girl in the poster?”
No she doesn’t, shes now stronger and healthier and fitter (and sooooo much more muscles ??)
To everyday work towards finding meaning and happiness from within and in every aspect of your life… Beyond the competition, beyond your training, beyond your body. Because life is so much more than a lean body and 30 seconds on stage.
And to conclude…. In the words of Anthony Robbins – “you can succeed like crazy but still feel empty on the inside.
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