Gana is an incredible new figure athlete preparing to hit the stage for the very first time. Though not a novice in the gym following the birth of her son, she stepped up her training intensity in January 2014 to meet her goal of showcasing an amazing physique in her first figure competition. Gana will be revealing her hard work and perseverance in just a few short weeks at the 2014 Met-Rx Rocky Mountain Championships. In the following installment, Gana shares her story with you.
Beginning my Journey
Ever since I was young, there was something about bodybuilding that always ignited that spark within me. I used to go through lots of fitness magazines and websites and think to myself that I wanted to look like those women with amazing physiques. In 2012, I was lucky enough to meet with Jamie Eason at the Arnold Festival in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been a big fan of her for several years and finally meeting her in person and being in that atmosphere really made me realize that making bodybuilding my lifestyle and to be in that atmosphere more often was something that would truly make me happy. As I was heading back to Colorado, I remember feeling so motivated to start training to step on stage someday. As I was getting ready to work on my dream, a blessing happened. I became pregnant with my beautiful son. Even when I was pregnant, my dream and my goal was still in my mind. The goal of training and stepping on stage was still there. Therefore, I tried to be very active during my pregnancy and got right into it after I gave birth to my son. I concentrated on losing all the baby fat during the initial few months in the gym. Then, the real training began.
Goals and Motivation
My short-term goal is to step on stage as planned at my very first show. I will follow my diet and training strictly and do the best that I can to finish what I had started. To me, being able to finish this journey is a huge accomplishment. During the past few months, there were several times where I felt like it wasn’t the right time to do what I was doing. However, I pushed through all the circumstances and here I am, only few weeks away from the finish line. As for my long-term goals, anyone who is familiar with the sport and lifestyle of bodybuilding would say that there is always going to be an area where you can improve. Therefore, I will really work hard to improve my overall physique and build more muscles. I consider myself very lucky, because I get motivated and inspired by the simplest things. It doesn’t take a lot to make me feel motivated to really push myself. I get my motivation from all sorts of things, such as meeting up and interacting with my coaches, seeing my own progress, the feeling of accomplishments after finishing my workouts, my family, my friends, and my gym friends. During this prep, I am really motivated by the person that is coming out of me. It feels like I am discovering myself for the first time.
Obstacles and Overcoming Challenges
I don’t know if I should call it an obstacle, but for me one of the biggest challenges that I faced throughout my entire prep was having a balance with my life. Whatever I do, I like to do it well. As a mom, my son is my number one priority. At the same time, there are many times where I have to give my whole time and dedication to my training. Therefore, it is hard to do everything at the same time and be good at all of them. If I’m progressing in one area, there is always a different area which needs more work and attention. In addition, prepping for a show with a young kid makes everything much more challenging, especially towards the end where I have to be at the gym even more so than before. I can’t just go to the gym whenever I want to. I have to plan everything, so that everyone is happy and taken care of. Even if I am having intense cravings during prep, I have to make sure to cook for my family. I am doing the best that I can to really plan everything and make everything work.
The Lady Lifters
I am forever thankful for finding the Lady Lifters at the beginning of this year. The support and love that I get from the Lady Lifters is hard to describe with words. Everyone is so understanding and supportive of one another. Plus, it is so motivating to be around the other ladies in our group. It is a place where I feel accepted for the things that I love and am passionate about. It is a place where I feel so inspired and motivated to grow as an athlete. I just want to thank everyone who supported me throughout my journey from the bottom of my heart. Although it is “my” journey, so many people have helped me along the way.
Gana’s Inspirational Advice
“Push through the bad/hard days. The good days will follow.”