Day 16: Third Place
There are four main divisions in women’s bodybuilding: Bikini, Figure, Physique and Bodybuilding. Bikini is the leanest of the four divisions with bodybuilding being the most muscular. For my second bodybuilding competition, I competed in four competitions. Three of my competitions were in women’s physique. This level is just under bodybuilding and requires larger muscles, using the typical bodybuilding poses, like the double bicep and side triceps poses, to demonstrate strength. I had never competed in physique and it was my main focus for this competition. However, I also decided to compete in one figure competition. I had gotten fifth place in figure the previous year, so I thought it would be fun to try again. Figure is just under physique in muscularity and consists of quarter turn poses on stage.
I have tight shoulders and pectoral muscles, so the “X” form the body is supposed to take in figure has always been difficult for me. My shoulders won’t go wide enough, and I can’t get my latissimus dorsi muscles (lats) to flare out well. During the award ceremony, I received a 1st place and two 2nd places in the physique divisions. I remember being tired after two long days of the competition process, and I wanted to skip the award ceremony for figure. I doubted I would place, so I thought I should leave to eat and get some rest. Although I was tempted to skip the rest of the event, I forced myself to stay in line and get back on the stage. I knew I needed to finish everything I had committed to. To my surprise, I won 3rd place. I would have completely missed that win if I hadn’t stay to the finish.
Many times our hearts deceive us and try to get us to give up early, but we don’t realize that our victory is right around the corner. Just when we feel like giving up is when we need to dig in our heels and hold tight to our commitments. God knows how much we have worked, and He sees how tired we are. Our efforts do not go unseen, and He will bless us for staying the course and not giving up. We just have to trust that rest will come soon enough. When we feel emotional and physically compromised, we must cling onto what we know is right. We have to make the decision before hand that we will follow through everything we committed to no matter how we feel. A trophy with our name on in may be waiting for us if we finish to the end.
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” (2 Chronicles 15.7 NIV).
Lord, help me not to give up. I know there are unique situations when You want us to walk away, but for the most part, You tell us to stay strong and to never give up. I pray that I don’t let negative feelings and thoughts to cause me to quit. I know that I will struggle in this life to accomplish Your will, but You promise that there will be victory on the other side of my fight. It may not be a trophy made by people, but I trust that Your rewards are far superior to any that the world can give me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Are you in a difficult situation in which you want to give up?
- Is God telling you to let go or lean in and continue the course?
- How can you encourage yourself to stay committed to God’s plan?
Stay the Course and Win!