Angela’s Incredible Decision

Post By Angela Rivard

Hi Everyone,

Renee has asked me to write about a tough decision I made a few weeks ago.  I feel that sharing my story may help others (even if it’s in the smallest way).  So here it goes.

A couple of Sundays ago I was getting ready to pack up my son and head to the gym when something hit me;  I was going to the gym for the sixth time that week and was feeling extremely sore from Saturday’s shoulder workout.  I had been obsessing over my shoulders not being big enough that whole week, so had given it my all that Saturday.

As I was getting ready to leave, I asked myself if I had become a little addicted to competing in the fitness industry,  for me the answer was a firm YES.

I was so caught up in it I had lost the sense of who I was and it was taking over.  For those who have never competed in the fitness world, it may be difficult to understand why we put ourselves through this. For some it may be because we’re competitive or we have a goal, or even for self-assurance.  Whatever it is, it can be difficult to stop all together.

I had been training for an upcoming show in May, so I had already been dieting for several weeks.  Prior to this I had competed for pretty much the whole season last year.  I was starting to doubt how healthy this actually was, so I decided to ask myself “Why am I putting myself through this?” Is it my competitive spirit or my addictive spirit taking over?”  It’s was probably a combination of both, but I knew it was no longer healthy.

There’s an element that takes over whenever you’re prepping for a show – it consumes you. This may not be the case for everyone but for me, I was constantly thinking about the show day, my suit, when my next meal was going to be, where was I going to be at that meal time… So I finally made the decision to stop competing and simply live a healthy lifestyle as I had done in the past. This consisted of weight training, cardio and clean balanced eating.

Competing can be a lot of fun and the day of the show is so exciting and I would never discourage anyone who wants to get involved but beware and be smart.  Another word of advice hire a coach/ trainer who is knowledgeable, caring and who’s looking out for your best interest (like my good friend/coach Renee Primeau, she’s absolutely wonderful)!   Good luck to all and thank you for letting me share my story.


Angela xoxo

Angela is the wonderful one and is extremely smart and brave.

If it just doesn’t feel worth it to you anymore, if it’s causing more stress than enjoyment, if, when you really stop and think about it, it just doesn’t seem to make sense; it may be time to move on.

Don’t forget the real and important things, whatever that may mean to you.


7 thoughts on “Angela’s Incredible Decision

  1. Rita says:

    Thank you for posting Ange. Great article. What a fantastic woman and friend you are. Keep up the writing…excellent.

  2. Val says:

    Angela you are a Gift & your honesty & truth to yourself is Beautiful.

    You are & always will be an Inspiration to those who Love you.

    My Friend what ever you do your light will shine as you are a GIFT xoxo


  3. Maria says:

    Angela thank you for being my friend you are a true inspiration!I am so lucky to have you so closed to me!…like next door…:)

  4. Angela says:

    Thank you for your kind words.
    Ange xoxo

  5. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Philip Semakula, Renee Primeau. Renee Primeau said: Blog Entry: Angela's Incredible Decision […]

  6. Diana says:

    Thank you for writing this as this is how I feel.

  7. […] Angela Rivard had made her amazing decision to take a step back from competing when  the process seemed to be becoming too consuming at times and just not very great for what she personally wanted for herself and for her family. (More about Angela’s decision to step back and insights here.) […]

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