I aim to inspire people to be healthy and happy and I know the rest will fall into place.

Writing blogs can be time-consuming and draining at times. I felt the need to give up some of my time today to write this due to an amount of emails I get from girls.
 
I generally want to help people and assist them with their journey. The easiest way I can do this is to inform others how to eat for life. Not for a day! I network with like minded people in the industry who are more connected than others.
 
I see that they invest time and money into clients and businesses, which have made a big difference. It is there that passion and intention are great. They are not interested in doing it for themselves.

I always try my best to see the good in people, not judge, knowing we are all in a different place on our own journey. It does upset me at times to see people assist others for nothing but their own good, then make fake statements as to what goes on.
 
Ever look at someone smile and know it's not genuine? I see that a lot. A true smile can't be faked. Like the smile of a child.
 
In 2010, I competed in a body building show. I have blogged about this many times. For me this was a learning curve.
 
 
Although I looked lean and "fit", I did not feel my best. My hormones and body were out of balance and my emotional health was not it check. I did not want to take advantage of being a trainer or a competitor to assist others to get up on stage or go on a "diet". I am not saying that you can't do it the healthy way or that everyone responds the same way but I was not interested in "helping" people get to comp condition.
 
I actually felt the need to start Natural Naughties to inspire people to be fit and healthy. Not obsessed with body fat, abs or diets. Just to know they could look healthy and feel great all year around. This for me as been a blessing, as many people have reported to me that they felt happier, healthier, and fitter.
 
Read some of their testimonials here: 
 
With an increase in "post comp blues", yo-yo diets and post comp health issues, I see that coaches are starting to make changes in the way they assist clients to get to stage. Some coaches are assisting their clients more with mind work or making the eating plans more realistic.
 
For a while I did think that they had their clients' best interests at heart, but it's hard to think that when I get so many clients (all female) send me emails post comp. I have MANY friends who have competed in the sport and I can tell you the following are NOT UNCOMMON:
 
  • BAD SKIN
  • HUNGRY ALL THE TIME
  • STRESS
  • ANXIETY
  • LACK MENSTRUATION
  • RAPID WEIGHT GAIN
  • LOW SELF ESTEEM
 
The list goes on. If one thing is out of balance,  it may lead more things to be unbalanced.
 
 
Things to keep in mind:
 
  • Using competition photos to inspire others with words is a lie.
  • Confidence: Honestly, when your health's that down, I doubt you're feeling really confident.
  • Fit is better than skinny: How is it "fit" if you're feeling like crap?
  • Using photos to inspire others when you look nothing like that now: I have seen coaches "blow up" and still use old promotion photos. Wonder what happened there?

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I've been feeling so run-down, stressed, and not myself lately. It's like I'm running on adrenaline. I think doing competitions this year and putting my body under so much stress has thrown my body way off balance. I don't menstruate, my skin has been bad and I am up at all hours of the night absolutely starving. I think it's adrenal fatigue. I don't know where to turn or what to do. Would you suggest or recommend anything or anyone for me to see? Any advice to get me on track would be appreciated. Thanks heaps xxx
 
I had a client report to me she paid $250.00 for a plan from a "sports model." The model selling this plan was claiming she felt so fit and energetic (who knows for how long or if it was true). This same plan was sent to her friend. The plan was basically a keto diet with no carbs, fruit or variety. The girl decided she did not like the plan, felt like she had low energy, and was unhappy with the food, so she ditched it.

Two or so years later, she started eating carbs and fruit. She started feeling better, has more muscle, weighs more and is actually leaner. This proves that you can do it a healthy way.
 
However, she admits that prior to that, she had no menstruation, was depressed, had no energy.  
 
Look, I could rant about this all day. I would rather not. It's too upsetting, draining and I feel like I am gossiping. But the note above is similar to many emails that I get. It does not surprise me as most athletes or competitors get to a really low body fat.
 
At the end of the day, if I wanted to push myself, that's the risk I take. I deal with the consequences and side effects. If anyone else wanted to do the same, I would be there to support them, but obviously with a warning.
 
If you are experiencing issues post competitions it may take some time to get back on track. It was a long, and may I NOTE, expensive journey restoring my health. For that reason, many coaches just suggest that clients eat more, rest more, or see some one else for help. It can be draining and time consuming to assist one, especially when we all have different bodies. Unfortunately, to reverse the issues, it may take time. 
 
I read this article on adrenal fatigue and a few others suggesting the time to overcome it. Sometimes it takes up to two years.
 
I want girls to know that they are not alone. More people are starting to speak up. Girls should not be afraid.

On a positive note, know that you can survive those hard times and it will make you a stronger person.
 
Through this journey, I was inspired and felt the need to host my next workshop on adrenal fatigue, so people know what is going on.