Normal Jodi Leigh Miller
jodileigh I'm pretty sure I've posted this one before, but I refer back to it often to examine my progression (or digression). @danrayphoto took this 7 years ago when I won the lightweight bodybuilding division if the national-level NPC show, Team Universe. Only the overall female bodybuilder was granted a pro card, and now there is no female bodybuilding at the Team U. This is the show that qualified me for the IFBB World Championships, held in Spain that year. Later this year, I'll have a very different World Championships experience in Florida for powerlifting in the World Powerlifting Congress. I dunno. Maybe if I had earned a pro card for my first place finish (nowadays, 1st and 2nd placers in Women's Physique earn pro cards), then I wouldn't have later earned the Ms. Natural Olympia title, and maybe I would not have done a million powerlifting meets these past couple of years and brought my strength up to new levels. I know in my heart there are reasons for everything, and while I may not understand (or like 'em) at the time, I know everything reveals itself once enough dust has settled. To November and a powerlifting platform...where my heart (and quads) belong. #powerlifting #power #strength #strong #girlpower #demquads #quadzilla #shortiesrule #mondaymotivation #motivation #bittersweet #meanttobe #mondaymemories #npc#teamuniverse #danrayphptography #jodileigh #squats #squatswork #hardwork #defication #throughtheyears #improvement #progress 1d

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X-Pro II Jodi Leigh Miller
jodileigh This stuff is soooo expensive (a whopping $8.99 per jar), but a little bit goes a long way, and it's phenomenally delicious! No sugars added to the fruit spread, so a tablespoon dollop into my oatmeal (or even on ground turkey) provides enough character to the otherwise plain meal. This the black raspberry version. There is a cherry one also that I adore. Why, #wholefoods, why must your healthiest foods be so much more expensive than the not-so-healthy versions??? I hate saying this, but this country seems to have a conspiracy against those without money and their efforts to be proactive in their health and weight needs. #jam #jelly #fruit #preserves #fruitspread #yummy #delish #delicious #happymouth #healthy #healthyfood #healthyfoodideas #bunches #healthymeals #diet #dieting #loveit #adore #love #partyinmymouth #idontthinkyourereadyforthisjelly 3d

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jodileigh My feed is blowing up with "show stuff," and I can't explain it, but I personally feel like I want to explode. Or just shut off all social media and technology contact for the next 24 to 48 hours. Instead, I'll just post a picture of Roxi. @albertraggio took this photo of her demonstrating her #doxie model pose. @jodie11meza and I really believe she is smiling. She must see a bunny. Or food. Probably food. She is a living, breathing vacuum. #dachshund #ilovemydachshund #roxidoxie #dogsmiles #cutedogs #cutepuppies #puppydogeyes #purple #thatface #mybaby #lowrider #hotdog #sillygirl #sillyface #dogpics #mansbestfriend 4d

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jodileigh Genetics always plays a role in one's shape and size. There's no getting away from that fact. Both of my parents have huge butts, though neither of my grandparents had big butts. But genetics are only one piece of the puzzle. I know my powerlifting background and consistency with multiple forms of squats and lunges have also played huge roles in shaping and building my quads, glutes, and hamstrings. In my opinion (barring any knee or back injuries), nothing can replace a properly-executed squat (note the squat description: "properly executed"!). Add a technically correct deadlift with a reasonable rep range and quality weight on the bar, and overall mass to your backside is surely yours (barring any former back injuries). Take the time to learn to do these two moves correctly. #squatzone #shesquats #powerlifting #curves #booty #legs #fitlegs #thicklegs #squat #lululemon #nike #nikefit #nikewomen #strength #girlpower #power #strong #badonkadonk #shelfbooty #shortshorts #shortiesrule 4d

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jodileigh #tbt This photo was taken by Gene Carangal about ten years ago. Some of you might remember this photographer: founder of Images of Venus. Not much has changed in the past decade. I'm still pale, short, and thick-legged. My hair is a little longer and face slightly more creased. But I still have this dress sitting in my "photo shoot" dresser drawer. #blackstilettos #blackheels #heels #littleblackdress #blackdress #purple #casperwhite #paleskin #curves #thicklegs #fitgirls #throwbackthursday #imagesofvenus #genecarangal #memories #change #onedecadeago 5d

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Normal Jodi Leigh Miller
jodileigh I am very lucky to have a special someone in my life who does everything he can to make me smile and giggle, even when I would prefer to cry and scream. I haven't had an easy year inside of me, but it would have been a million times harder without him. In turn, I hope I've made a few people feel better inside their own skin...so that they can do the same for others that surround their lives. #special #mayaangelou #quotes #quotation #payitforward #smile #giggles #funtimes #boyfriend #thankful #motivation #motivationalquotes #support #thewayyoumakemefeel 5d

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jodileigh #tbt There is something so special about Jewish grandmothers. These two women were my grandmother's best friends for almost 70 years! Longer than she and my grandfather were married (they reached their 60th anniversary before he died; kind of unheard of nowadays). Anyway, I grew up with Dorothy and Shirley (pictured here), spending time playing cards, having dinner, hanging out in various living rooms during my summer vacations in Chicago. Even as an adult, I spent time with them and my grandmother. They felt like aunts--or even additional grandmothers to me. I miss that feeling. I have such a small family (I'm an only child and only grandchild) and often feel like I don't truly belong anywhere ever since my grandmother passed away in 2008. This picture was taken the day after I placed 6th in the 2003 NPC Junior Nationals in Chicago. We went to dinner that night for Italian food and went to an ice cream parlor afterwards. Such #fondmemories. #jewishgrandmothers #grandmothers #love #smile #icecream #memories #throwbackthursday #friends #longterm #myhowtimeshavechanged #waywayback #npc#juniornationals #family #goodtimes 5d
  •   metmanga Reminds me of my Jewish grandmothers as well. Like gold. I'm sure they were so proud. 5d

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jodileigh Lately, I've been making #roxidoxie wait before gobbling her food down. As most #dachshund owners know, little lowriders love their food and have little control over their vacuum-like appetites. Unfortunately, #doxie bodies just can't handle being overweight, and with Roxi being a #minidachshund, I have to monitor her food intake that much more strictly. Either way, the look on her face is one of pure disbelief and utter agitation. "Whyyyy, Mommy? Whyyyyy must I wait for my food?" It's okay, Roxi Pie. I have to wait for my food too and can't just gobble everything in sight whenever I please. Sigh. #ilovemydachshund #hotdog #hungry #hungrydog #dogsofinstagram #cutedogs #cutepuppies #mansbestfriend #floppyears #thatface #puppydogeyes #begging #food #waityourturn #meanmommy 6d
  •   carrera99 That face...priceless. 6d
  •   irsa76 I have a 200lb pyrenees and he is exactly the same. 6d
  •   yourdogcharlie Great pic! 6d
  •   jodie11meza Yes she does love to eat. Miss her sweet face. Abby wants play date soon.. 6d

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Normal Jodi Leigh Miller
jodileigh Sticking with #marktwain #quotes this Monday morning. And on this note, phone goes down and book gets picked up for my cardio session. Enjoy your day! #ilovebooks #ilovetoread #books #reading #readingmatters #booksareamansbestfriend #motivationalquotes #quotations #readtolive #livetoread #dontletbooksbecomedinosaurs #mondaymorning #cardio #booksforcardio 1w
  •   whitebelt4life Without reading, conversation becomes flavorless! 1w

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jodileigh I saw this and had to repost. I'll be 42 in less than three months. I started seeing gray hairs when I was 20 and in college. Little lines fanned out from the outer corners of my eyes in my 30s. My body is physiologically different in my 40s. And my mind and heart have had to go through a process of acceptance and appreciation of the phases of my physical life, especially when my mind and heart feel way better than they did on my 20s. And I honestly wouldn't want to go back to my 20s. Quite frankly I'm stronger, leaner, meaner, smarter, and freer now than then. (Repost by @bangerhead "Age ain´t nothing but a number. Right? #ageaintnothingbutanumber #bangerhead #quotes #expertsinbeauty #beautyonline #cosmetics #beautiful #feelpretty #marktwain #wasawiseman #monday" via @PhotoRepost_app 1w
  •   bangerhead Keep up the spirit! Healthy attitude! 1w
  •   christopherpmoore You should screen snap your comment & post it because it was great! That's exactly how I feel. 1w

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jodileigh #flexfriday I finished Stephen King's Doctor Sleep and am four chapters into #newyorktimesbestseller Empire of the Summer Moon. I've been working hard on flexing my muscles and bringing back the conditioning I had in my best competitive years: 2002, 2007, 2011, 2012. It's been a long journey and I still have a ways to travel, but focusing on hobbies like reading help to flex other areas of my body, mind, and soul and help to keep me from feeling like an empty vessel in shallow waters. Fueling the mind is just as important as fueling the body. #biceps #flex #flexappeal #brainfood #feedthemind #reading #ilovebooks #ilovetoread #books #history #nonfiction #americanhistory #comanches #girlswithguns #sillyselfie #journey 2w
  •   jenbaker22 I have that book @jodileigh enjoy 2w
  •   allenmiller2112 How was Doctor Sleep? I just finished reading Under the Dome, so I could compare it to the TV series. 2w
  •   reiniergamboa what did you think of the book? Check out my latest post about Quanah. All the best!-R 14h

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jodileigh #yellow I never do yellow. But I did today...on a total whim. And my trusty ol' #purple of course. I'm still getting used to the yellow, but it's growing on me. The yellow is OPI's I Just Can't Cope-acabana, and the purple is Essie's Sittin' Pretty. Both have a light glitter over them. #nailart #nails #creativenails #funnails #pedicure #manicure #manipedi #essie #essiepolish #opi #opipolish #crazynails #shortnails #nailpolish #funcolors #colorful #summernails #prettynails #nailideas #summertime @essiepolish 2w

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jodileigh Thank you so much, @jenkkendall, for inviting me to this weekend's @sephora event. I walked away with two @thekatvond eyeshadow palettes. I thought the #purple palette would be my #fave, but this #autumn colored one is actually becoming a new #favorite. I see a lot of intense #cosmetic looks out there, and #katvond's products will definitely bring #intensity to your eyes, but I've also been able to keep a soft, #subtle look with this palette. #love #loveit #makeupaddict #beautyqueen #sephora #greeneyes #butterfly #butterflies #makeupqueen #fun #funstuff #beauty 2w

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jodileigh I could show a picture of my destroyed delts after today's workout. After all, I could barely pick up arms at the end of a brutal 45-minute shoulder workout that I raced through. But I honestly didn't take a selfie. I couldn't even hold my phone up in the air. And when it came time to meet @remlaps at Painting with a Twist tonight, I found my shoulders constantly cramping while I was painting. But I did take pictures of my painting progression, and it was a joyous experience to do something #artsyfartsy and fulfill the creative side of me. Zero bodybuilding talk for three glorious hours! Woo! What a nice way to spend Saturday night that didn't involve eating or drinking. #painting #paintingwithatwist #creative #arts #artsy #yellow #dress #process #fun #saturdaynight #goodcleanfun #collage 2w

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jodileigh Happy Saturday! Doug Jantz took this picture last year when I was prepping for the Women's Physique Division at the 2013 NPC Europa Dallas--where I took 2nd in a stacked Masters class and 4th in an even tougher Open class. I have always had a tough time getting the cuts to really show up in my quads, but last year and this year have proven to be the hardest journeys with this quest. One day soon, I'll explain in a blog what I've been experiencing and why these past two years have been some of the toughest when it comes to this #bodybuildingthang. I feel better having the control of my diet and my training completely back in my hands, like I'm used to. But I still rely on a more objective second eye. He's the only one I take advice from regarding my diet and cardio, as I truly believe in the old adage of #toomanycooksinthekitchen. Anyway, when you look at this picture, I bet you see why I'm good at powerlifting. #blueglue #bluegluebikinis #thedriveclothing #thedrive #demquads #quadzilla #powerlifting #bodybuilding #wpd #womensphysique #greeneyes #redhair #redhead #iamsofreakingpale #casperthefriendlyghost #strong #strength #motivation #npc #europadallas #fitover40 #shesquats #squats #mystory #journey #girlpower 3w

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jodileigh #littlebylittle The picture on the left is me not flexing, and the ones on the right are showing my abs flexed. I wanted to quit yesterday. Just say, "forget it." I'm not having cravings per se. I just want the freedom to choose what foods I want--even if they are the "bad" foods. I know #IIFYM works for some people, and that's great if it does for you. But it absolutely does not work for me. Consistency of food choices from day to day coupled with a roller coaster of carb cycling from day to day (I go by gut instinct and how I look and feel on a particular day and previous experience, which I have a buttload of since I'm old...haha) are necessary for the slow transformation you see if you've been following my photos here for this year. I need the shock of a cheat meal, with the varied food choices and stark rise in dense calories, amidst the wave of consistency in order to achieve the conditioning I want to see--and have seen--in my body. This goes to show that a one-size-fits-all approach is a horrid way to coach people. What works for me may or may not work for you and vice versa. Just #foodforthought on this #flexfriday. #abs #washboardstomach #gotabs #gotlaundry #coral #lululemon #ilovelulu #ihavealululemonfetish #ishouldbuystockinlululemon #nofilter #nomakeup #bedhead #fitgirls #hardbody #lifelessons #macros #schmacros #mybodymyway #personaltrainer #coach #onlinecoach #ididntquit 3w
  •   zoelovesmomma Amen! 3w
  •   melmel_fit I really needed to hear that... Glad I'm not the only one who had the thought "forget it" a time or two. After all, we are human right :) thanks for keeping me going, coach!! 3w
  •   photobjork Could not agree more Great abs btw! 3w

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jodileigh Just call me #strappy...and addicted to #Lululemon. Both the strappy sports bra and the green leggings are #lulu. The tank top was a cheapy find from #foreverxxi. Gotta love those to offset the Lululemon prices. But I'll tell you this: my leggings and sports bras from there last a lifetime! No frays, no shrinkage, no stretching out over time. So I return for more when my #budget allows for it. #iloveclothes #clotheshorse #clothesaddict #fashionaddict #greeneyes #humpday #gymselfie #dirtyhairdontcare #nomakeup #backattack #sportswear #athletic #athleticwear #gymclothes #workoutwear 3w

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