Monday Motivation ! Pics and Videos

Good evening, good morning or good afternoon.

I wanted to take a moment and send a huge shout out to all of our Team Poynter members who competed this weekend.
We had a ton take the stage, most of them for the 1st time , so let me say, it's been an honor working with you all and watching you all come such a long way in making this dream of yours come true.
You are all winners in my eyes, I saw firsthand what you went through, how you did it and what you overcame to get on that stage and rock it out the way you did.

Below are our competitors and class:
Jeff Decker: Masters Nationals: 4th place, mens Bodybuilding:  This is his 2nd bodybuilding show
Katie Durkin: Figure: 2nd place: This is her 2nd show
Nikki Morilak: Figure: 1st show: Did not place but looked incredible
Krystal Esling: Figure: 1st Show: Did not place but overcame so much and looked so good.
Stephen Siegel: Mens Physique: 3rd place: Did this as a warm up show leading into a national qualifying show: This was his 1st time on stage.........

I also wanted to share some progress that myself and Charlotte Quillen have made as she is 2 weeks out from her 2nd show in figure as she is doing the Kentucky State.
Note that at her 1st show, she took 1st place in her class .

Here you see Charlotte and Myka Clark hitting legs at 2.5 weeks out. Myka is also doing the Kentucky State show and competing in Bikini..This is her 1st show.

Thank you guys, I hope you found some motivation from this post.

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What I Have Learned So Far.......by Angelina Stewart.

This is a blog post courtesy of Team Poynter aka Fitnesspoynters.com member
Angelina Stewart.

You can find out more about Angelina at the following link which is her bodybuilding.com / bodyspace account.
Angelina's Bodyspace Profile

"I don't like to read long blogs so I'll keep it brief - was thinking about how I've changed this past year and thought about some of the things I've really learned about myself along the way - maybe this will help somebody else."

1.   It really is just Me against Me – I’m my biggest
       fan, my worst enemy, my biggest critic, my best motivator. Don’t laugh! You
know it’s true for you too! I’ve learned that the occasional outside motivator
is ok – but it’s who you REALLY are that’s gonna see you thru to the next

2.     2.  I’ve learned NOT to avoid the exercises that I
hate. I used to hate bicep curls – but as I increase in strength I feel like a
total bad@ss! I felt bad@ss curling 20 lbs 3 times – now I’m at 30lbs for a
full 3 sets – and still feel like a bad@ss! Now it’s shoulder presses – 20 lbs?…..
ugh! Getting stronger is a pure motivator – nobody did that but me. I always
try to go a little more every time I hit the gym. I’m only competing against
myself – and I know I have it in me.

3. 3. I am not like everyone else – I’m set apart –
there is something different about me. I let it shine thru my personality, my
walk – why not my body too? Why not my eating habits? I read a blog from
doinmiabs on here and he was talking about going to the store buying organic
strawberries and such – and people with their cart full of crap were looking at
him like he was the freak – the helped change my mindset!

4. 4.   I’m a person of influence. You never know who is
watching you – or listening to you. I like that by just being me I motivate
others. My daughter and son have now joined me in this new healthy lifestyle.

5.    5.  When I need TRUE motivation I listen to songs
that build me up on the inside. Like “Tonight” by Toby Mac. That song really
helps me to pull from within and set my mind. It reminds me of that “thing” on
the inside that so badly wants to see me make it to the other side. There are
other songs – Pantera ( A new level – of confidence and POWER!! – love that)
And then when I’m just in a funky mood there’s always Fergie’s London Bridge J

6.  6.     I’m past the “I just want to look good” mindset
or “I wanna be sexy”. I haven’t yet reached my goals but I already look good –
I’m already sexy! It’s how I walk, talk, and conduct myself. It’s in the
confidence I have – and that confidence is growing. And yes – I feel like
wonder woman most of the time – I don’t care what you think or what you say. I
am the best me I’ve ever been!

Those are just a couple things :)

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Lisa Powers Discusses "Obstacles"

This blog post is courtesy of Miss Lisa Powers who has made one of the most amazing transformations I have ever witnessed and we have had the honor to be by her side every step of the way.

In this post, Lisa talks about "Obstacles" that you have to be able to overcome in order to make the most out of what is available to you.

Lisa Powers Bodyspace Profile (Follow link)

Lisa Powers Facebook page: Figure Athlete

"Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there
is a series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles.
Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing
difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes
your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone

~ Brian Tracy

"My journey was full of
obstacles. The biggest one was my mind. I had so much hate and disgust towards
myself that is was overwhelming at times. SUCCESS WAS MY ONLY OPTION.

I made the decision to
change. I started being more active and cleaned up my nutrition a little. In 3
weeks, I dropped 7 pounds and for the first time in a long time I was feeling a
bit proud of myself. Then, I ruptured my achilles. I was starting my morning
with a nice jog on a trail and tore half of it off the bone. For two weeks, I had a pity party. I didn’t
understand how this could happen now. I was doing so good. I was on my way….and
now THIS?!?

One night I was sitting
watching tv and just thought I can’t be like this….I can’t NOT do anything. The
pity party was over. I headed to the gym with the knee high medical boot and
all. I lifted back that night (one of my favorites), giving myself a pep talk
as I left the gym. “That wasn’t so bad.
At least I didn’t sit at home. I can come back tomorrow and try some more. This
will be okay. I can at least do this.”

From there, I stayed
consistent. Through my 10.5 month transformation I experienced a strained back,
torn intercostal muscles, and then re-tore them 12 weeks later. This time is
was much worse. I couldn’t stand up straight for 2 weeks and ended up taking 4
weeks off from any exercise. I kept tight to my nutrition and my weight
continued to decrease even with the lack of exercise.

Once I started exercising
again, I was plague with a dull, chronic shoulder pain for 7 months. I pushed
through even with the discomfort. It finally became too painful to sleep and
went to get it checked out. It was an inflamed shoulder, suprasinats and bicep
. Physical therapists did an ultrasound and a couple rounds of a steroid
patch. Within in 1.5 weeks I was pain free. Still modified my workouts so as
not to inflame in again. I wish I would have gotten it check out much sooner.

I never set out to lose over
80 pounds. I had many false starts in the years before. The difference this
time was that the pain of all those injuries was nothing compared to the pain of being obese.
My journey was filled with mental and emotional trials as
well. I could have quit at anytime when those obstacles were set in front of
me. I just hung on and kept moving forward.

Success was my only option.

You can do it.

You are worth it."