Category Archive: Competition

How to Quit Needing to “Be on a Plan” Every Second

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Stepping off stage after winning my first figure competition in 2006 was an amazing feeling. Months of hard work, sacrifice, tighter nutrition than I ever thought possible and more miles logged on the treadmill than ever. Ahhh, sweet accomplishment: leanest body ever, killer photos to commemorate the experience and the knowledge that I had done something that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/09/17/plan/

Confessions of a Former Cardio Queen

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“Dear Jill, I want to tell you a story because reading your blogs finally, FINALLY gave me permission to do things a different way and I am so glad I found you!!

A couple years ago, a pro fitness competitor was holding a seminar near my house. I followed this woman and so I was …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2014/03/19/former-cardio-queen/

11 Reasons You SHOULD Do (the Right Kind of) Cardio

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Lately, there’s been a lot of hating on cardio among fitness pros. Let’s get this straight–the idea that cardio makes people fat is absurd. Is it the best way to lose fat? No. Can it be detrimental if overdone? Of course. But to say that any kind of exercise is “bad” for you, especially if …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/06/10/do-right-cardio/

The First Step to Quitting the Deprive-Then-Binge Cycle

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I make it a habit to ask people who sign up for my newsletter what their #1 struggle is with nutrition, exercise, mindset, etc. This is important for me because it gives me insight into what JillFit gals are working to improve and how I can help. The answer I get the most is this:

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2013/05/02/quit-deprive-binge-cycle/

Reflections on 2012 Part 2: PHYSIQUE

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In Part 1, I revealed some of the key insights I had in 2012 about mindset. Today I want to talk about body, and how I learned so much more about physique change, willpower and the desire for “The Perfect Body” in 2012.

Between the years of 2006 and 2009, I did a lot of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/12/24/2012-physique/

Metabolic Damage, Digestive Health & Fat Loss

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By Dr. Jillian Teta

Digestion certainly is not the most elegant topic to discuss, yet discussion becomes necessary and warranted when we consider that digestive health plays a major role in body composition, overall health, whether you are prone to be overweight, and even if you are having difficulty losing fat in “problem areas” like …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/12/19/digestion/

29 Reasons Living the Fat Loss Lifestyle Rocks

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This week, I am traveling for business, and was thinking about how awesome it is that once you learn how to live the Fat Loss Lifestyle, you can literally do it anywhere. It’s only about choices. In fact, it hardly ever depends on circumstances–as many times we claim it does. One of the tenets of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/06/14/29-reasons-live-fat-loss-lifestyle-rocks/

Competition Expectations and Why You Can’t *Really* Have Any

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So I know the title of this blog is not the most uplifting thing, but I wanted to write about this because oftentimes the most prevalent emotion after a show for any competitor is CONFUSION. Yes, you may feel elated, or sad, or disappointed, or accomplished or hungry But often, if a competitor did not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/03/16/competition-expectations/

Fall Down Seven Times; Stand Up Eight

By Jillian Teta

The Arnold was this past weekend, and wasn’t it awesome to experience it, whether in person or just through the pictures? Seeing the pros at the top of their game can be inspiring, and for some people it can stir up feelings of inadequacy as they stack their own physique up against …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/03/06/fall-times-stand/

Jill, should I compete again?

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Just got this email (printed with permission):

Hi Jill, 

I really love your blog and have been following you for a while now. I finally found the courage to reach out to you and ask about a situation I have been dealing with for the past year.

Last May, I did my first bikini competition, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/02/27/compete-again/

Back on the Contest Prep Train: Getting Your Mental Game Right

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By Jillian Teta

It’s almost March here in NC, and that means a few things: we are starting to have some warm days, the daffodils and hyacinth are popping out of the ground, the days are getting longer, and I’ve started my contest diet for the first few shows of the season.

I’ve been competing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/02/25/contest-prep-mental-game/

The All-or-Nothing vs. The Balanced Mindset

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Does this sound familiar to you?

Eat perfectly Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (“Ok, maybe I have 1 glass of wine on Wednesday night, it’s just to get me through until the weekend.”) Thursday start to indulge in some light cheating (“I deserve this, I have been eating perfectly all week!”) Friday night go out to dinner, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2012/02/10/all-or-nothing-balanced-mindset/

Testimonial: Jamie’s Journey from Bar Hopping to Stage Prepping

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I had the honor to meet Jamie Sobolewski many years ago when she was a student at Wake Forest University, and she was a student worker of mine. Always a gym rat like me, Jamie learned to teach fitness classes and was always a sweetheart. A few months ago, out of the blue, Jamie reached …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/12/12/testimonial-jamies-journey/

My First Contest Prep & 10 Lessons Learned Since

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I posted a few of my old competition prep photos to the Facebook page a couple days ago after coming across them in an old file. From 2006, let’s just say I have learned quite a bit, not only about contest prep, but about perspective, balance and moderation since then.  To set the stage, below …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/11/18/contest-prep-lessons-learned/

Finding the Right Competition Category for You: Bikini/Model vs. Figure

By Emily Saunders

Happy Fall to all my Jillfit Peeps!!  I hope everyone is enjoying beautiful weather and activities and spending lots of time outdoors!  Last time I wrote I was busy traveling for weddings and preparing for my final competition of the year and it is here!  In two weeks I will be competing …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/10/24/find-right-competition-category-bikini-vs-figure/

Why the first couple weeks of dieting suck (getting over the hump!)

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Don’t you love my very technically-and-scientifically-sound title? But fortunately for you competition gals, you know exactly what I am talking about. This weird thing happens where starting a new diet is a thousand times harder than simply staying on a diet. Once you are on, you are good to go, yes? (Well, with the exception of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/09/27/getting-over-the-dieting-hump/

Emily’s Goal Setting & Physique Development for the Fall

By Emily Saunders

I can’t believe that Summer is almost over and it is September! Labor Day weekend creeps up on me every year and here we are again!  The last few weeks have been incredibly busy in the Jillfit world as many of our clients are training for their first competitions this Fall and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/09/05/emilys-goal-setting-physique-development-fall/

5 Lessons Learned In My “Off-Season”

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By Jillian Teta

A few months ago I blogged about staying lean in the off season, gaining muscle and adding size without compromising my look in skinny jeans and while still maintaining my “eat, drink and be merry” persona.

Originally I thought I’d be taking the whole fall and winter off from shows to train …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/08/29/5-lessons-learned-off-season/

Kelley at 5 Weeks Out: There’s More to Life than Flank Steak & Tuna

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By Kelley Vargo

Hi guys! Been a while since you’ve heard from me but I am super-excited about the new daily categories of JillFit blogs.  When Jill contacted me about writing on this topic, I thought it was perfect.  It’s been a little over a year since I have been on stage.  With the move …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/08/22/kelley-5-weeks-out/

JillFit Testimonial: Deb Goes From Skeptical to Stage

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I remember the first email I got from Deb…she was skeptical about signing up with a new trainer/coach because she had had so many experiences in the past that did not go well for her nor her physique. I love this testimonial because it clearly shows the goal of every JillFit Program and that is …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jillfit.com/2011/07/19/jillfit-testimonial-deb-skeptical-stage/

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