It’s never too late to live your dreams.
My client Joani proved that to herself and so many others when she realized a months-long goal of taking the stage in her first Bodybuilding competition.
And she has a pretty big trophy to prove it!
At 52, Joani is a mom, grandmother, business owner, entrepreneur, and one of the hardest working women I have ever met.
Joani is a Licensed Massage Therapist (voted Toledo’s best!) and she works extremely long days dedicated to serving clients. Joani often takes appointments nights and weekends because she never wants to turn away someone who needs her help.
That dedication to her clients actually sparked Joani’s decision to start working out a few years ago. At 200 pounds, she realized she was preaching healthy habits, but not practicing them.
Joani started working out and making healthier choices and lost an incredible 80 pounds! Through that journey she fell in love with weight lifting, and that sparked an interest in bodybuilding.
After watching a friend compete in 2013, Joani made it her goal to one day be on that stage herself.
Joani and I started working together months ago to get her ready for her big debut. This chick is not afraid of hard work. She hit the gym every morning at 4:30 a.m. to get her training in before an often 12 hour day working with clients.
Training for a show is an arduous process, but Joani was ready for the challenge and made no excuses. If it was on the “don’t eat” list, Joani didn’t eat it. She soaked up everything she could about nutrition and food, wanting to learn as much as she could about the process.
When the big day finally came, Joani walked that stage with the confidence of a woman who knows who she is and is proud of how far she’s come. It was her moment to celebrate her own hard work and dedication, and it was touching to witness.
When the messages of congratulations and support came pouring in, Joani was humbled knowing how much she has inspired friends, family and even strangers.
In true Joani style, before the day was even over we were already discussing what’s next for her, how she can improve and grow and bring an even stronger package to the stage next time.
When this woman puts her mind to something, nothing stops her. She embodies hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Stay tuned, because this is just the beginning. I can’t wait to see her continued transformation!