jodileigh 79 days of contest prep...but a lifetime of "me" prep.

I am excited!

I head to New Jersey today--representing NPC Texas, @destinationdallastexas, and @vipsupplementwh--to compete this Friday and Saturday in Women's Physique at the NPC Universe.

I look back at last year and am thankful for how far I have come: mentally, emotionally, physically.

I felt so freaking alone last year while getting ready for the NPC North Americans. I have no clue how I squeaked my way into a top five slot there, and ever since that weekend, I vowed to not put trust in those who don't deserve it, to instead put that energy back into me and learn that support will come when I respect myself and accept myself.

I have had such a positive, uplifting, fruitful, and productive journey into this show. No matter the outcome, the growth I've experienced and the re-emergence of my true self sets me at the center of my own personal livelihood stage.
Last year, I went begrudgingly to the stage.

This year, I embrace it.

Visit here for details regarding the show: http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-universe. ️ #npc #npctexas #npcuniverse #teamu #teamuniverse #journey #goals #readysetachieve #fitover40 #wpd #womensphysique #shortiesrule #girlpower #destinationdallastexas #betterbodies #vipsupplementwh
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  •   globetrotting_guppy SO EXCITED!!!! You're going to crush it!! #walkforthepuppies! ️ 1d
  •   ydiogenes Good luck my friend, you deserve this PRO Card and I'm certain that you did your best to earn it. Time to rock! Have a great trip. 1d
  •   katclark21 You are SUCH an inspiration, you have no idea!! Go kill it!! 1d
  •   erinrebeccasheehan So grateful to get to know you this year. Sweet, fierce, smart and steadfast, cannot wait to see you shine! 1d
  •   jmcornettpride Good luck to you Jodie! I'll be rootin for here at home!!! 1d
  •   kgsims Woo hoo! Go get 'em Jodi!!! Xo 1d
  •   her_buffness Can't wait to see you kick booty up there!!! ️ 14h

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jodileigh What a wonderful way to start a peak week day...by seeing my delt training video featured on Muscular Development's website ( http://www.musculardevelopment.com). In this video, I am 3 weeks out from NPC Universe. Thank you so much, @deltoronick, for filming this! But a special thank you goes to @destinationdallastexas, @greg.w.mccoy, @michael.johansson.98, @officialbetterbodies, and @officialgasp for providing an environment and resources that allow competitors like myself to be surrounded by talent and opportunity. And an additional thank you to @vipsupplementwh, a sponsor of mine, for putting this collage together and helping to encourage and support me. (Leggings are #betterbodies grunge tights.) #npc #npctexas #npcuniverse #teamu #teamuniverse #peakweek #contestprep #musculardevelopment #fireworks #fourthofjuly #pink #girlswithbiceps #biceps #girlswhopowerlift #girlpower #journey #fitover40 #strength #pride #peace 2d

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jodileigh It is peak week for me, and though I am my own coach and have done my own prep (off season and this contest prep), I am not alone. Dror (on the left) has been a valuable sounding board, friend, and second set of eyes throughout this journey. It was great to visit with him and @randi974 (whose friendship I'm thankful for as well ) today and to see @vancevturner, who is also in his peak week for the Independence Day Classic this weekend. We may stand on the stage alone and may be responsible for getting ourselves to the gym and prepping/eating our food, but we don't have to feel alone. And Vance, you look awesome! All the best to you and to @ifbbprokevinofurum who somehow didn't make it into this picture but has also been instrumental in my support system. I can't believe how long I've known these guys! #npc #npctexas #npcuniverse #teamu #teamuniverse #friends #gymbuddies #hardwork #journey #support #independencedayclassic #fourthofjuly #fireworks #contestprep #peakweek #nopeeking 3d

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jodileigh Showing my hair within a week out from NPC Team Universe because we all know that it's hair and not muscles that win a physique show. Kidding! But seriously, so much gratitude exists in my heart for the two women who have done my hair for about 8 to 10 years: @missys1979 (cut) and @hairstylistmel (color). Without them, I would wilt (and have to accept those strange metallic, glittery hair strands sprouting from my head that some like to describe as gray hairs). I went a bit darker for the show this year...and a touch shorter in the back. Let's wait and see what the whole package looks like on Friday. Oh gosh...butterflies in the tummy! #teamu #teamuniverse #redhairdontcare #redhead #purple #purplesunglasses #sunglasses #saturdayselfie #hairdo #hairdid #npc #npctexas #wpd #womensphysique #grateful #gratitude #hairstyle #assymetrical #bobcut #hairtrends #hairstylists 4d

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jodileigh Do you realize if it wasn't for @greg.w.mccoy and if it wasn't for ...destination, @ydiogenes and I may never have crossed paths and may never have collaborated on an 18-month project that culminated in our officially published book?

We now have a small number of paperbacks of Ready, Set, Achieve! in hand before they appear on bookshelves this November, and we ready for a special book signing at the next ...destination Wednesday posing session, featuring a rally for Branch Warren competitors as well as posing instruction from several IFBB pro athletes, including Sheilahe Brown, Trish Warren, and Tawna Eubanks.

Come out July 8th to get your copy! #writenow #writers #authors #books #amazon #barnesandnoble #readysetachieve #goals #goalsetter #goaldigger #brainsandbrawn #posing #posingcoach #npc #npctexas #ifbb #gym #signing #Repost @destinationdallastexas with @repostapp.
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Join us for another …destination Wednesday!! July 8th it’s time to rally for the NPC Branch Warren GASP Classic! We have a stacked posing class with Top Pros @tawnareubanks, @flexxybrown, @trishwarren1, and @stephenjmass! And a book release and signing for Ready, Set, Achieve! with @ydiogenes and @jodileigh! #destinationdallastexas #gasp #betterbodies
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jodileigh Okay. Done looking back for now. This is this week. I kind of stand and stare in awe at the rivulets of veins meandering along my body. It doesn't matter that I've prepped for over 40 shows or that I have worked out for a quarter of a century. Witnessing this in my own body still truly amazes me...and humbles me. I feel powerful and fragile all in the same instant, knowing how hard I have worked to sculpt my body and remaining aware of how quickly it can disappear. #girlswholift #npc #npctexas #teamuniverse #teamu #nofilter #contestprep #delts #shortiesrule #girlpower #power #sixpack #girlswithabs #fitover40 #journey #strength #motivation #casper #notdoneyet #ariverrunsthroughit 6d

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jodileigh Because whatever I have, Roxi seems to need or want too...a #tbt to when she was an eeeety beeeety baaaaby. 7 weeks old and 1 1/2 lbs. Makes the heart melt and the face light up. And can't you see the mischief already brewing in those eyes?! #dachshundsofinstagram #dachshund #doxie #minidoxie #minime #puppylove #cutepuppy #puppiesofinstagram #ilovemydachshund #puppydogeyes #floppyears #throwbackthursday #puppydays #furrkid #furrbaby #ittybitty #mischiefmaker #snugglebug #cutiepie #cute #love 6d

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jodileigh #tbt Back to when @destinationdallastexas trainers took a visit a few years ago to The University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater, my old stomping grounds, my weightlifting birthplace, my powerlifting start, my education, my history (or "herstory"). I am a Longhorn. #hookem #ut #austin #longhorns #universityoftexas #education #clocktower #texasexes #bleedorange #almamater #pride #proud #strength #nofilter #sunnyday #throwbackthursday #powerlifting #girlswhopowerlift #herstory #history #collegedays #destinationdallastexas #roadtrip #memories #thankful #whereitallbegan #smile 6d

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jodileigh #wcw As I head closer and closer into my peak week for NPC Team Universe, I cannot express enough gratitude to this young woman. I am so glad I reached out to @tawnareubanks over half a year ago and asked if she would want to get in a glutes and hammies workout at @destinationdallastexas. I didn't realize then, but it swiftly became apparent that we are bombastic bodacious booty training partners. We have diligently trained together at least once, mostly twice, and sometimes thrice times a week. I am thankful for Tawna's spirit. She has been one of the many ingredients of my successful contest prep by being a creative workout partner...pushing me, motivating me, and making me laugh. And we definitely built our butts! Thank you, Tawna, for being you! #smile #npc #npctexas #ifbb #workoutpartners #teamuniverse #success #support #journey #goals #glutemotivation #girlpower 7d
  •   jwoww56 I miss you babes 7d
  •   tawnareubanks Well I wasn't expecting to shed some tears tonight @jodileigh but happy tears! I too think to myself how much fun we have whole absolutely KILLING out bootys and workouts. I am very thankful to have such an amazing training partner but most of gaining an even better friendship! You are one helluva woman! Strong in the gym, strong minded, and strong willed! You inspire me Jodi thank YOU!!!! 7d
  •   geo.markham Always lovely Jodi 6d
  •   hardfitnessmag @jodileigh glad ur doing team u! I will be there! 6d
  •   jodileigh Thank you, @warhawks4!! I aim to do my best next week! Awesome, @hardfitnessmag! 6d
  •   jodileigh Awww! Now you'll make me cry, @tawnareubanks! Maybe the tears will come from my quads, where the water still needs to disappear. 6d
  •   erinrebeccasheehan I love this! 6d
  •   mz_jazzmine Nice! 1d

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jodileigh My grocery cart at @wholefoods carries just the basics these days. I'm on auto-pilot when I visit the store. I can look at chocolates and breads and cereals and pastries and chips and not feel a thing. No heart pounding. No sweats. No shakes. No mouth watering. No irritation. Nothing. Numb. It's amazing...to not have to fight urges or cravings because they simply don't exist and are instead replaced by a laser-like focus on my goal at hand...like a sprinter seeing the lane she is in and staying in her right stride to the very end. #focus #drive #driven #motivation #wholefoods #shopping #healthy #healthyfoods #basic #myway #water #h2o #autopilot #cantshakeme #cantbreakme #contestprep #journey #goals #goaldigger 1w

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jodileigh I remember the days when I'd go through an entire pack or two of gum per day. I'd literally eat it like it was popcorn. I try so hard now to limit myself. Orbit Bubblemint is my absolute favorite gum in the whole world. So I left this pack in the car so I don't chew it all like a cow in the pasture tonight. My rule of thumb: chew one piece directly after a meal and don't go back for more until after the next meal. I don't always follow my rule, but I certainly try. Plus, it's an easy way out of having to taste a bite of something when with friends or at a party: "Sorry, I'd love to taste that, but I just popped a piece of gum in my mouth. Maybe later." Try it! It works; no one is offended, and you don't hear those ridiculous, "You already look great; you don't need to diet!" statements. #healthy #healthyideas #tricks #orbit #gum #audi #auditt #pink #favorite #myfave 1w
  •   erinrebeccasheehan I love gum when dieting! I have to be careful because the sugar alcohols give me, um, crazy gas, my belly fills up like a little balloon haha 1w
  •   annnie_6 Your nails are soooo cute 1w

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jodileigh #mondaymotivation I began this contest prep journey 71 days ago, weighing 123.8 lbs the day after a cheat meal.

I now weigh 115.8 lbs the day after a "low-carb" day (95 g of carbs). That's a loss of only 8 pounds in over 10 weeks...at a 4'11" height. But the changes are quite noticeable. My goal weight for peak week has been 114 to 115. This photo shows me last year, the morning of North Americans, in which I weighed 117.4 during peak week.

My foremost goal has been to beat this girl. I may stand on a stage surrounded by others, but I am in a competition of one...and I am ahead.

Onward with the journey. (Reminder: this photo was from last year...not now.) #npc #npctexas #npcnorthamericans #teamuniverse #motivation #memories #journey #progress #dedication #lifelessons #redhairdontcare #redhead #showday #fitover40 #wpd #womensphysique #competitionofone #goals #goaldigger #goalsetter
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jodileigh It has been 69 days of contest prep thus far, and I am officially two weeks out from the 2015 NPC Team Universe, where I will compete in Teaneck, New Jersey, on July 3rd and 4th in Women's Physique.

My quads are starting to recognize that they are getting ready for a show. It's a real battle to get them to come in. I have to wait for the rest of my body to be completely ready before my quads begin to behave. So, my fingers are crossed that they continue to behave properly for these last two weeks.

I am doing rack pulls in this video...275 pounds with no straps. I chose rack pulls at this point instead of full deadlifts since I knew I would be training glutes and hammies the next day, and I wanted the focus on my back.

This song by Depeche Mode, "It's No Good," was the song to which I did my outdoor walking lunges each week during my 2007 Team Universe prep, where I won the lightweight bodybuilding division. That is one of my most meaningful trophies, and this song brings chills to my skin when I hear it and think back to that moment on the stage. #teamuniverse #contestprep #npc #npctexas #imovie #girlpower #girlswhopowerlift #strength #fortitude #motivation #dedication #memories #depechemode #betterbodies #betterbodiesclothing #destinationdallastexas #pink #lululemon #lulushorts #backattack #hammies #booty #glutemotivation #shortiesrule #wpd #womensphysique #fitover40
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  •   skiplineberg Love that song. 2w
  •   dmondo22 So I guess when you hear the mentioning of New Jersey you have good thoughts because of your 2007 victory there. Hope 2015 brings you the same. I am from New Jersey and I plan on attending. You look ready Jodi. Stay strong these last two weeks. 2w
  •   geo.markham Good song, better woman 1w
  •   bodycoachcanada Very cool! 6d
  •   benisonboy @lanning_ashley we need to get you a belt 12h

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jodileigh Roxi doesn't endorse or like every product out there. Okay, that's not true. She'll lick just about anything. But I can be pretty picky with what I eat and drink, especially during contest prep time. My good friend, @allisonfrahn, recently came out with @opt_flavors, an all-natural, water flavoring product that doesn't rely on chemicals to trick the taste buds into thinking they are getting something sweet. I happen to love plain water, but adding a little squeeze of Opt into my water this morning was a nice addition, and I didn't feel an onslaught of cankle-itis like I do with other flavoring products like Crystal Light. Out of the three flavors, I chose Tart Cherry. #howdoyouopt #allnatural #sweettreats #healthy #healthyideas #healthyrecipes #optflavors #shamelessdoxieuse #doxie #dachshund #dachshundsofinstagram #ilovemydachshund #hotdiggitydog #wienerdog #puppydogeyes #floppyears #myfirstimovie #cherry #yummy #purple 2w

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jodileigh Happy #humpday! My booty may be fully covered, but you can still see it's one of my more notable "assets." @vipsupplementwh captured a still shot of me while @deltoronick filmed my shoulder workout for Muscular Development. The video will hopefully air on their site in about two weeks. Pink and gray seem to go well for a rainy Texas day at Destination! #betterbodies #betterbodiesclothing #vipsupplementwh #booty #glutemotivation #gluteenvy #pink #rainyday #npc #npctexas #md #musculardevelopment #wpd #womensphysique #fitover40 #hardcoregym #hardwork #motivation #dedication @musculardevelopment 2w

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jodileigh These nails and an episode of Mad Men kept me going through my Friday night cardio session. There are a lot of times that I read a novel during cardio, but in the final "trimester" of my cardio prep, I sometimes need to just let my mind wander freely and avoid having to focus my eyes on tiny print. Tonight was one such moment. And these nails make me smile. Thank you, @allisonfrahn, for being such a sweet, creative, fun nail buddy! We come up with awesome ideas! #manipedi #girlsnight #spaday #nails #nailart #zebra #zebraprint #animalprint #zebranails #blackandwhite #sofreshandsoclean #creative #creativenails #contestprep #madmen #smile #bling #rhinestones #blingnails #glitter #sparkle #glitternails #whitenails #cardio #fridaynight 3w

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