Lark Jodi Leigh Miller IFBB Pro
jodileigh Yup...that's my pup. She loves make up just as much as I do. I missed posting this yesterday for #nationallipstickday, so I'll just use it for #throwbackthursday even though it breaks all the #tbt rules since the picture is only a day old. Anyway, good choice, Roxi! #KatVonD lipstick every time! #lipstick @thekatvond @katvondbeauty #beauty #sephora #puppylove #doxie #dachshund #minidoxie #adorable #sweet #purple #makeup #cosmetics #mua 8h

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jodileigh To truly be successful, one should know the direction she wishes to travel after accomplishing a goal. In this way, a person is not hanging out in the River Styx, wondering what to do after an achievement.

Since my initial foray into the fitness world, I had thought it would be the apex of a competitive career to earn professional status. But I also thought it would be equally amazing to stand on stage with other professional women, who I admire and respect.

IFBB WPD Pro Vicki Diaz (@vicki_fit) is one such woman. She earned her pro card via a successful 2014 NPC Team Universe finish, and I knew I wanted to follow in her footsteps. She has been at this for quite a long time too, and she is a beautiful, strong, kind, hardworking person. I can't believe I get to work out with her on a weekly basis...and will get to stand on a stage with her. I am appreciative of the helping hand, trustful spot, and overall care she extends my way at @destinationdallastexas.

Make no mistake: bodybuilding may be individual, but it is ultimately grounded in teamwork that builds the individual's heart and mind while the muscles take shape. (And we actually didn't plan to wear the same @officialbetterbodies tights; we are just that good with fashion!) #ifbb #ifbbpro #npc #npctexas #backattack #npcuniverse #teamuniverse #destinationdallastexas #betterbodies #betterbodiesclothing #greatmindsthinkalike #fitover40 #girlpower #strongwomen #teamwork #fitfam #pink
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  •   minde_geiger_johnson I really want to try that handle!! I may just have to purchase one myself...would that be weird if I lugged that to the gym? 9h
  •   jodileigh @minde_geiger_johnson, it's a "Mag grip," and the handles they make are awesome!! And it wouldn't be any more weird than the weird things we bodybuilders/fitness people do already...like taking our food and gallon jugs of water everywhere. Besides, who cares if it's weird, right?! 9h
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jodileigh Come out tonight! There are still so many competitions left on the NPC schedule, so get your practice in now! I am teaching tonight's Bikini & Figure class at 8 pm. See you there! #Repost @destinationdallastexas with @repostapp.
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It's Wednesday again and that means posing class is tomorrow night here at destination! Come polish your stage presence!
Instructors:
7pm: @ray_baker_ & @armonadibi83 8pm: @jodileigh
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jodileigh In 2002, I was told I would "go nowhere in this industry without breast implants." Seems I proved that somebody wrong, huh?! And noooo...this is not a knock against knockers at all. This is instead my own celebration and acceptance of me and my flatness. And hey...my booty makes up for whatever curvature my chest is lacking, which by the way was never big (not even moderate) to begin with

These photos were taken the Sunday before the NPC Universe. #nofilter #girlpower #mybodymychoice #provethemwrong #dontquit #beyourself #pride #strength #booty #glutemotivation #shesquats #curves #shortiesrule #girlswhopowerlift #powerlifting #bodybuilding #girlswholift #fitover40 #fitfam #progresspictures #npcuniverse #wpd #womensphysique #humpday#early
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jodileigh I really don't see myself as a #transformationtuesday. I feel more like an oak tree that has grown and transcended over time. This has been a little-by-little, inch-by-inch, pound-by-pound process.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed the back view of myself on the stage over the span of time. Here is a front view, with the left dating back to 2007 when I won the lightweight bodybuilding division at the NPC Team Universe, narrowly missing my pro card when I didn't win the overall award. The picture on the right is from this year's NPC Universe, 8 years later. I finally earned my IFBB pro status. It took time, patience, consistency, flexibility, persistence...just like an oak tree setting its roots into the ground and finding its path for stability and survival. We must learn to bend so we don't snap and break when winds don't go our way, but we must also stand tall and proud in any kind of weather...rain or shine.

Eight years difference. I weighed 107 in 2007 for the stage and weighed 114 in 2015 for the stage. Nothing drastic. Just slow and steady won my race. I'm 42 years old now and showing it is never too late to achieve what you set your mind and heart to accomplish. #npc #npctexas #npcuniverse #ifbb #ifbbpro #wpd #womensphysique #wpdpro #girlpower #motivation #inspiration #dedication #strength #persistence #goals #goalsetter #girlswhopowerlift #powerlifting #hybrid #smile #posingcoach #inchbyinch #littlebylittle #shortiesrule #fitover40 (Black and white photo credit: @powerpecs)
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  •   one_tallman So Beautiful at 42years old. So many years of dedication. congratulations on getting your IFBB pro card. @jodileigh 3d
  •   kabuchsm Job well done \=D/ 3d
  •   f.i.taholic Love the transformation even though u look awesome in both! 3d
  •   joaniey @jodileigh You look fabulous! You prove it takes years of dedication and passion to get to your ideal physique... And I applaud you for representing over 40 3d
  •   jodileigh @philipbosley, thank you for noticing! I've definitely put more effort into training my abs this last off season and contest prep. And I was drier for this show than I was in 2007. Note that stage lighting along with the photography angle can also make a difference in the appearance of conditioning details. 3d
  •   jodileigh @ifbbprodebbiegaccione, thank you so much, girly! And thank you as well, @f.i.taholic! I'm glad you got to be there with me! Thank you, @kabuchsm and @one_tallman! Very kind words! 3d
  •   jodileigh Thank you, @joaniey! Age is just a number! I appreciate your supportive words! 3d
  •   insta_pilgrim Great! 1d

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jodileigh As you know, whatever I get to have or do, Roxi does too. So here's her video for the week.
I bought a paper shredder at Target last week (I actually purchased the thing I went there for), and this was Roxi's reaction to the strange beast. Notice how she looks up at the camera for full effect and drama. And that look in her eyes at the end: "I've got this, Mommy! I'll hold 'em off. You run for your liiiiife!" #barketybarkbark #bark #barker #loudmouth #bigdog #napoleoncomolex #dachshund #doxie #minidoxie #hotdog #lowrider #wienerdog #sillydog #protector #littlething #guarddog #funnyvideo #dachshundsofinstagram
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jodileigh I saw a rear delt exercise on @danalinnbailey's IG, and put my own little spin on it. I'm short enough to hang like a sloth on the bench and do this rear delt pull with a dead stop added to each rep. Woah! I felt these! I did drop sets, using an 80-lb bar, then a 60-lb, then a 40-lb. With each pre-weighted bar, I did the lift until I felt my form go. Then I dropped the weight and immediately picked up the next pre-weighted bar. Thank goodness I did this on a Saturday night this past weekend (yes, Gym was my hot date) so I could hog all of the bars. By the by, it's really tough to film yourself! This might look a little crooked because I had to balance my phone on a dumbbell on the weight rack by the mirror. And I'm slowly learning how to use iMovie to cut my own selfie videos. The sky's the limit now...haha! (Music credit: Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know") #motivationmonday #monday #motivationalvideo #girlswithbiceps #fitover #fitfam #bouldershoulders #ifbb #ifbbpro #wpd #womensphysique #fitness #hardwork #trainingvideo #personaltrainer #shortiesrule #girlpower #girlswholift #shredded #exercise #exercisetips #jodileigh #baseball #imovie #arcticmonkeys #itunes #gshock #music #video #notladylikeatall 3d

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jodileigh I think Roxi and I look alike. It might be the snout. Just sayin'. Hopefully it's not the whiskers. #likemotherlikedog #doxie #dachshund #minidoxie #chickenonherback #attack #puppydogeyes #flippyears #cutiepie #bedtime #shenanigans #sillydog #ilovemydachshund 5d

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jodileigh After posing class and after chitchatting with my mom on the phone, I ventured out to the gym to train shoulders and abs. Yep, this is a biceps pose. I can't help it. I'll show my delts later in a video I took of me training. For now, you get a single biceps and a pair of pigtails...sans make up. #girlswithbiceps #fitover40 #flex #pigtails #nomakeup #nofilter #greeneyes #smile #saturdayselfie #baseball #wpd #wpdpro #womensphysique #ispyasplit 5d

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jodileigh After standing on stage at the 2014 NPC North Americans and feeling my body slightly freak out from being required to pose for a lengthy period of time under hot lights, I adamantly made a promise to myself to never just wing it and only rely on my ability and experience to pose and to teach posing to others.

And so, after a hiatus of about 8 years, I returned to a foundational posing coach of mine, @jmdwelle. I began attending his classes last October. I made a promise to myself to attend at least twice a month without fail. That consistent attendance, even in off season, held me accountable in so many ways. I listened to Jeff's small tweaks to my individual poses, focused on where I felt pressure and stretch and strain. I practiced on my own. I appeared in class even when I wasn't sure I wanted to show my watery, thick quads. I made myself wear bikinis...even in off season.

As a result, I learned to not tear my body apart with negative critique. I learned to watch other competitors' posing and movements. I learned how to build momentum. I learned to nail my poses on the NPC Universe stage without hesitation while maintaining my signature flair.

But most importantly, I learned to stand next to other women and appreciate their beautiful physiques and hard work without negating mine. I absolutely love the Women's Physique Division because it openly allows for three very different physiques like mine, @vicki_fit's, and @casidywelch's to work together on a stage harmoniously. We are different, and yet we are the same. All the best to Casidy as she journeys closer to North Americans. And all the best to Vicki as she guns it for her next show. I am a lucky girl to get to share posing practice with these two women. #npc #npctexas #ifbb #ifbbpro #wpd #womensphysique #fitover40 #fitfam #fitness #teamwork #posingcoach #posing #practicemakesperfect #flair #phlarephysiques
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  •   casidywelch @jodileigh you are so great with words my dear! I agree wholeheartedly! We 3 are the same but very uniquely different. We spoke earlier about standing on stage alone versus with others and this touches that topic a bit. In a group setting you can clearly see how different each of us is built. #WPD is very beautifully diverse! 5d
  •   jodileigh @casidywelch, thank you, girly! I'm glad we had that chat! And thank you for putting this video together! 5d
  •   geo.markham You look superb Jodi 4d
  •   jodileigh Thank you, @npcfigurenatalia!! 4d
  •   carbonfitness_ Nice 2d

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jodileigh So true! And how often I need my nails done and my hair colored and how many lotions and face creams I need and how annoying I am when poor customer service occurs--and I seriously doubt I'd get good customer service if I were taken hostage. So word to the wise: don't steal me! #humor #laugh #justforgiggles #firstworldproblems #fitgirlproblems #fitfam

#Repost @babytatten with @repostapp.
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Pretty sure this would be accurate.
#LetsHopeWeNeverFindOut #hangry #DrinkALLtheWater #PeeAllTheTime
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jodileigh I keep thinking the words will come to me so I may express the appreciation, gratitude, and care I have for Randi and Dror. I can hear @randi974 saying, "What?! McWordy Wordsmith doesn't have words?!" But maybe it's because the actions are louder and grander and express the feelings at a greater depth than words could truly relate.

I know people come in and out of our lives for certain reasons. And I enter in and out of other people's lives for their journeys to occur at a particular rate, in a special direction. This is a prime example of things just falling into place for friendships to build. Randi and Dror have become like family to me...and not just because of the roles they played in my off season, contest prep, and dial-in for the NPC Universe. They are like family to me because I can sit at the kitchen table with them like I do with my parents, like I used to do with my grandparents, and just talk.

Thank you for the quality time you provide to me, Dror and Randi. And I guess I did have the words. #gratitude #family #love #friendship #thankyou #smile #dependable #motivation #support #encouragement #betterbodies #betterbodiesclothing
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  •   randi974 Awww! It sort of took about 13 years, (no way, is that right?!) but now we're like family! 6d
  •   geo.markham Always beautiful 6d
  •   jodileigh @randi974, it HAS been that long! Sometimes, the best things in life take a long time to build and occur. 6d

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jodileigh Best wishes to all of the competitors at NPC USA's this weekend. Some of you have already stepped on stage, and others of you are still waiting for tomorrow. Either way, enjoy the experience. It doesn't matter if you are in the first call out, the last call out, or somewhere in between. Each competition is a stepping stone of your overall journey. And don't say, "easy for you to say; you turned pro a few weeks ago." It took me years upon years, shows upon shows to achieve this coveted goal. I experienced every type of callout and placing you could imagine. And I'm thankful for the collection of NPC memories.

I am especially thankful for the judges and photographers, who are glued to their chairs and must carefully observe and dissect competitors for hours upon hours. As competitors, we just have ourselves to worry about, and it's easy to forget that there are hundreds of others just like us who will walk that stage and must also be judged.

I vastly appreciate the tireless work that all of the NPC and IFBB judges put in. A special thanks goes to @garyudit for being the head judge at the NPC Universe. Sincere thanks is also extended to @npctexas for all of the work and efforts dedicated to Texas competitors. The Lone Star State is having an incredible year!

And a very special thank you to @danrayphoto, for always capturing my stage shots. Dan has been on my journey since 2003. See Dan, I didn't forget to give you two thumbs up even amidst my shock and elation at finally earning my pro card. #ifbb #ifbbpro #npcusa #npcusas #npcuniverse #npc #npctexas #itshowwelive #twothumbsup #gratitude #thankyou #wpd #womensphysique #stageshot #hardwork #dedication #competition #posingcoach #fitover40 #fitfam #inspiration #motivation #flexfriday #vipsupplementwh #betterbodies #destinationdallastx
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jodileigh And I don't just read books; I write them too! Have you had a chance to check out Ready, Set, Achieve!, now available on Amazon in e-book format? If you're in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Yuri and I also have paperbacks available if you don't want to wait for a pre-order to arrive. I'm blown away by the reviews and feedback we've gotten from readers. I know I'm biased, but you really need to check out our book. Both Yuri and I felt the actual act of writing it helped us achieve even more high-stakes goals. Case in point, I achieved my #iffbpro status! And one trivia fact about this book: Yuri and I opted out of the extra cost of using the publisher as an editor. I edited the whole book! That's a scary thing to me: editing even my own writing without third-party eyes. But we accomplished it! Get your copy today! #Repost @ydiogenes with @repostapp.
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#ThankfulThursday
Just want to say thanks for all folks that purchased our book and for the ones that spent an extra time to write these great reviews. Amazing reviews and for @jodileigh and I these words are priceless!

If you purchased our book and read it, please write your review at Amazon. Be ready to achieve!! #book #read #achieve #motivational #motivation #inspired #inspire #fitfam #readysetachieve #fitover40 #ifbb #goals #goalsetter #dedication #dontquit #motivationalquotes #lifelessons
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jodileigh I truly am what my shirt says: "geek chic." I am a fashionista geekette. I'd rather read than party. I sometimes like books (and glitter) more than people. Unless I'm running or performing high intensity intervals for my cardio, a book will accompany me on the treadmill, stepmill, elliptical. I'm almost done with my latest novel selection: Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette? I read for pleasure, but I read to study too: plot and character development, word choice, sentence structure, metaphors, symbolism, etc. As a former high school English teacher and now published author, examining these elements go hand-in-hand with my overall enjoyment of a novel. And this one is superb! A string of emails, articles, reports, and other forms of communication create a web of a story in such a way that you don't even notice this book isn't written in typical storytelling fashion. See...I'm giddy about this; hence, I'm a geekette. A muscular geekette. (T-shirt courtesy of #hellokitty and a former birthday present from @chanelnicole1017, @mthorpe79, and Samantha...three ladies I miss dearly.) #ilovetoread #ilovebooks #brainsandbrawn #multifaceted #books #bestseller #summerreading #cardio #tshirt #birthdaypresent #fitfam #fitover40 #mindbuilding #author #sillyselfie #geekonfleek 1w

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jodileigh I bought these. And they will sit and wait for me, like polite little children awaiting their time to speak. They will wait for me and be ready and willing when I am done competing and ready and able to enjoy them. No...I won't dip into the box at all...not even for a nibble. I have willpower that is stronger than steel when it comes to this stuff, especially when my goal is to be an even better me on the stage. And I don't mess with nut butters or cookie butters or nuts while in contest prep. In fact, since I have a slight allergy to nuts, I tend to avoid this stuff even in the off season, but cookie butter sandwich cookies?! These seem like Nutter Butters...but they seem even better! So I'd like the experience of tasting these one day. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Just one day in the future. And since I have my own box, I feel as though I can share the news and tell you about them. I'm an only child and kind of selfish like that. #cookies #cookiebutter #traderjoes @traderjoestexas #ilovecookies #cookiemonster #yummy #someonetrytheseformeplease #contestprep #treats #dessert #cheatmeal #willpower #strength #nutterbutters 1w

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jodileigh Better Bodies from the front...and Better Bodies from the back. And Bebe jeans because finding jeans to fit my butt and quads is a real struggle, but I can count on Bebe to have something that stretches just right. These photos were from two days after the NPC Universe, right before I left New Jersey and returned home. #booty #glutemotivation #jeans #shesquats #bebe #bebejeans #betterbodies #betterbodiesclothing #ponytail #flexing #flexappeal #girlswithbiceps #ifbb #ifbbpri #wpd #wpdpro #womensphysique #sillyselfies #npcuniverse #vtaper #fitfam #back #curves #shortiesrule #girlswhopowerlift #smile #ash #ashfootwear #hightops #fashion 1w

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