"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop
Hello... My name is Mary Lou below is my vulnerable TRUTH to show YOU
that if you have ever been thru or felt the same way... You are not
alone... WE are ALL going to CHANGE and GROW in this journey.
WHY AM I TRAINING FOR BIKINI BODYBUILDING COMPETITIONS AGAIN AFTER 11 YEARS?!
I was once a fitness competitor, professional
dancer, and stunt woman weighing in at 115 pounds. I thought I was invincible.
Until... injuries led to 3 knee surgeries and in addition, I became ill and
could not figure out what was wrong with me. My body changed for the
worse and I found myself weighing 176 lbs. I was lethargic, in pain, and
extremely depressed. This 'strong, bull-headed, nothing
can stop her girl' that felt invincible all her life had been struck down. I
tried to fight my way back and did so a little, keeping my weight around 151
pounds, but my ability to be strong and disciplined was not there and I kept
giving up on myself. And my body still felt ill... so much so, that I
just felt like giving up on everything.
Just when I
couldn't feel any worse, we found out WHY I was sick. I had a severe intestinal
parasite infection for 8 years! I have now been in anti-parasitic treatments and cleanses
for over a year and my body is feeling healthier.
Now the real hard part
kicks in. I need to rebuild my body and to do so will take extreme efforts.
Therefore, the motivation of competing in the Bikini Body Building world again
is helping me to once again become dedicated and disciplined because of
how committed I HAVE TO BE to diet and exercise in
order to reach my GOAL.
This time I am COMPETING as a VEGAN. I
have been plant based for two years. Becoming vegan is what saved my
life as I got more in tune with my body than ever before and was able to discover and triumph over what ailed me. (and don't ask me where I get my protein)
competitions are also helping me to get completely healthy again which is going
to benefit not only me but everyone and everything around me including my work,
my marriage, my friendships, my attitude, my self-confidence, etc. I am also
getting my body strong again to carry a BABY next year within a healthy body!
These past 8 years have been extremely rough but also enlightening. I spent a
lot of my "down time" reading and listening to self-help and
inspirational speakers and having mentor meetings. I've completely changed my
negative surroundings within myself and those around me into positivity and
beauty all around me. I have dedicated my life to inspiring people with daily
quotes, generosity, and giving people a smile a few times day without
fail. From just the weekly postings of my progress photos I have
received hundreds of postings and emails from people telling me that I am
INSPIRING THEM to get healthy and THAT is PRICELESS and worth everything I have
gone thru! In a way I feel like I was supposed to have all of these
challenges so that I could HELP OTHERS which really is my main purpose in life…
The more I can help others by overcoming the obstacles and pain I have been
thru helps me and others to become better humans.
It is my goal is to become a motivational
speaker and inspire others to be their BEST both physically and mentally.
To show that YOU CAN DO ANYTHING once you have a SOLID GOAL and DEDICATION!
Thank you for your support
As you can see... I set my goal very low for the expenses listed below. I will
try to cut corners where I can. Any funds contributed over my goal will go
towards getting health insurance, fertility doctor exam, and to The Beard Book
for cancer charity which still needs to be funded for publishing/printing costs. (www.indiegogo.com/thebeardbook)
Below is a list of competition and training expenses.
The below items are all requirements to compete in the NPC Championships.www.bodybuilding.com/fun/rules-and-regulations.htm
Personal Trainer 5 x days a week x 10 weeks = $3,500 Posing Coach = $200 Posing Suit = $350 Spray Tan x 2 Competitions = $300 Competition Fees x 2 =$200 NPC Card Fee = $100 Competition Shoes = $60 Mani-Pedi x 2 = $100 Food + Supplements x 10 weeks = $1800 Makeup/ Hair Artists x 2 = $300 Competition Photos + Video x 2 = $600 Tanning x 4 monthly memberships = $120 Misc. Supplies (e.g. Gear, Travel Sheets, Towels, Biking Safety Supplies)
TOTAL = $8,230.00
Athletes have brand sponsors... I have YOU :-) I can't do this alone. I need your help. In 2006 I had double knee surgery and this combined with my parasitic intestinal infection my body ballooned to
176 lbs. In my wildest dreams after having to learn how to walk again
for a year. I thought I would never compete on stage again. With your help that is once again a reality. I will show hundreds of people you can overcome ANYTHING! I am determined to make you PROUD.
cost of competing can be very expensive and any amount donated to help
on this journey is greatly appreciated. With your generosity I will be
able to put my focus on training and showing off my hard work on stage
instead of stressing about the finances. With your support behind me I
will make you all proud by achieving the goal of stepping onto the Stage
Some photos from my past fitness modeling and competitions from 1995 to 2004.
Your contribution makes an impact on many lives... Not just mine.
My dedication and body
transformation impacts and inspires others everyday to know they are not
alone in their fitness journey and motivates others to START a healthier
Being a former
fitness competitor and fitness cover model there is no reason why I can't
be one again at 42 years old. I would be expanding my inspiration market
to a wider market of more people in my age group.
Being that I am
a VEGAN you will be helping to educate the world that living a more
compassionate plant based lifestyle does not make you a skinny pasty
When my first
two competitions are over... It's baby making time! I will have a
and healthier body to carry our first child and keep up a healthy
lifestyle during the pregnancy. You can say... Hey I helped 2 good
people that help people make a baby that will grow up to help people!
Other Ways You Can Help
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your business please drop me a line.