IFBB Pro Felicia Romero talks about the importance of facing change in your life head on
I am writing from an airplane right now because nothing is distracting me from my thoughts. I look at this year as one that I am truly grateful for. I have made many decisions that tested my strength as a competitor, woman, business owner and friend. Having the courage to fight for your happiness is not always easy and like in years past, I have learned many life lessons. We all have decisions to make in life, and I imagine most of you reading this are making choices about your lifestyle, fitness and health. Struggling with yo-yo dieting is all too familiar to me. I help many women and men lose weight and become healthier every day... but I'm just a resource, and these changes must come from the individual.
Some decisions can be tougher than others, because they may require a situation to change or the road wanted might be a bumpier, more trying road to go down... but once there it feels so much better!
I decided to end my engagement, and it was a tough decision because: 1) people were hurt; and 2) it changed everyday routine. Sometimes you get comfortable in your situation, and even though it may not be the best for you, it still gives you a feeling of security.
I decided to compete again even though I had certain health issues. None of these health issues were cause enough for me not to compete, but it meant I had to work that much harder. I didn't place where I wanted, and I didn't blame anyone or anything... it was simply my body and what it was capable of doing at that time. It was one of the most empowering decisions I could have ever made for myself because I didn't let my fear of being judged rule my thoughts and keep me from not doing it.
So, I decided to continue to compete (for me!), but this time in a different division. This was a tough decision, because although I still want to compete it was hard for me to compete with all the new athletes coming into the sport. I'm a figure athlete through and through but I am also realistic. I can't do what I did in my mid 20's and I'm ok with that. I have been doing this a long time and am now feeling the effects of the years of dieting. So, I ask myself, should all of this keep me from not competing? Absolutely not! I enjoy it, it inspires me, keeps me focused, and it inspires others, serves as motivation and above all else it’s just fun.
This life is so precious—love and spend time with those closest to you. Do the things that make you happy and make those life changing decisions that are so hard to make with the utmost thought and care.
Thanks for reading,
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