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Saturday, March 01, 2008

When I was in college, I sometimes envisioned myself competing in some form or body building contest. I've always been amazed at how exercise and particularly weightlifting transformed the body. I both personally knew and heard stories of individuals who took performance enhancing drugs in order to gain a more competitive edge, especially in sports; however, that was never an interest of mine and still isn't. For me, if I can't get the macro and micro nutrients I need to develop my body the way I'd like to see it through healthy eating and whole food supplements (multi-vitamins), then I don't need it. Just prefer not to take any unnecessary risks.

Well I am 38 years old now, and I find myself wanting to fulfill that long time aspiration of mine. I'm considering setting a goal for myself to compete in an all natural body building competition for men this year. I haven't searched out dates and locations yet, but I've heard that they do have a few summer competitions nearby (within 50 miles of my home). It will certainly take some serious discipline on part, but I'm confident I can do it. Even if I'm not ready by this summer, I think I can be where I need to be by/before the end of the year.

I've got a lot of work to do between now and then because if you seen some of the competitions, those guys are ripped!!! There's not softness about them and everything is well-defined. I really want to give it a shot. Hey, at a minimum I will have hopefully gained an improved physique out of it. At 5' 8" tall, I currently weigh 192 pounds, which at face value is considered overweight for my height. I think I'd like to be between 190 and 195 pounds when I compete, but much more and better developed all over than I am at present.

Have I lost my mind? Has the boat left the dock without me on it? Is this just a phase I'm going through as I near the big "40"? My fellow Spark friends, what do you think?

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    Did you go for it? If not, I hope that you do. I know two females who did. They both trained very hard and had strict diets. One placed 1st. and the other placed 5th. in their categories. When they were done, they said they would never do this again. Not surprising to me, they both will be competing again this April. From what I hear it's addictive . . . in a good way.

    All the best to you. emoticon
    4509 days ago
    Hmm.. I know this is an old post, but I hope you decided to go for it. This is also a long-term goal of mine.. just so that I can say, I DID THIS!! I had a friend do it in the past year, and I think she was very happy with the experience. I'm sure you will surprise yourself with how far you can go!!
    4715 days ago
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    Age isn't anything but a # ...if u want to achieve that goal then do it ..press your body to the limits and the sky is ur limit ..GOOD LUCK
    4801 days ago
    I'm in Bartlett. I was working with a personal trainer here named Roland Genesey who also used to body build. I have gone since 12-22-07 because of full time in college and part time job @ night. I am returning to his gym 4-16 after tax season. I mean he may be able to give you a few pointers about body building. His website is www.transformingbodiesfit.com. He actually has a picture of me on the site under testimonies. Check it out. Ps the pic you see on my profile was after the pic on the website because I lost more weght after he took the picture. AS far as body building I'm sure you n do it
    4815 days ago
    Hey Tim....No I honestly think that this is an attainable goal of yours, Why Not? I think that you can do it. You don't look like you have all that far to go....Take care and keep me updated.
    4816 days ago
    You are such and encourager and always stop by to motivate me and even took out the time to drop a few lines to my daughter who was new to SP. Since joining the BBQ, you have always challenged yourself and inspired us when you accomplished your goals. Go for it! Aim high and GOD will cause you to soar! You know that you can do all things through CHRIST!
    4824 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/31/2008 5:22:03 PM
    Oh, my heavens!! You know what I'm thinking, right?

    YES!!! DO IT!!!

    I'm almost 37, Tim, and I want to compete in the worst way! I don't know why...maybe like you, I'm amazed with what the body can do when you train it properly and feed it well.

    YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Just tell me when the show is and I'M THERE! :)
    4848 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2008 9:49:33 PM
    Tim, I say GO FOR IT!!! You can do whatever you put your mind to.

    4848 days ago
    You mean, do I think you're having a mid life crisis? Well, you might very well be having one of those, but who cares if it will motivate you to get your body into the shape TIM WILLIAMS wants it to be in, then by all means, do all you need to do to get there. I'm proud of the fact that you want to do it naturally. So, you go, Sir! You can do this!!!! Oh, and congrats on your certifications. So does that mean I can ask you questions and stuff?
    4853 days ago
    Hey Tim, You know when I hear about the 80 year old woman who graduated from college or the Grandfather who climbed mount Olympus, I never think "Man that person was too old and should not have attempted that." I usually think to myself, wow I want to remember the courage and joy of life that makes those types of triumphs possible.

    If you go to my web page and look in my gallery, you will see a picture of my father. He is sitting on a power boat that he bought at age 79. He is now 80. Now he knows that he has more years behind him than he has ahead of him, but he would never, i mean never say that he was too old to do anything. I admire his attitude and passion for life. The truth is that you should do what makes you happy regardless of age. We are only here for a limited number of years and regret is an ugly word. Go ahead and do your thing! And your kids can learn from you the lessons that I learned from my dad. Passion in life is everything!

    Happy lifting

    4853 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/2/2008 4:32:34 AM

    It will take a ton of time and a ton of discipline, but if anyone can do it, you can!! Talk to some folks that have competed to learn about what it's gonna take... a lot of folks hire coaches for posing, folks to give them an eating plan as competition date nears and so forth... it is not a casual goal to undertake. However, if it is something you really want and something you want to commit the time and energy to, I really believe you can do it!! Once you talk to some folks about the time commitment, you can determine if it will fit in with everything you have going on in life already... work and that beautiful family of yours... :)

    I have a couple spark friends on my page that have competed... NancyB and Jannie1...both do figure. I also have a friend on my Myspace page that was mr Natural Olympia believe it or not... really nice guy out of Chicago... and, I know another guy here in Mpls that is still competing & he might be willing to chat...

    You KNOW I am ALWAYS in your corner... let us all know what you decide on this...
    4853 days ago
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