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Iron Will Carrie Blanchard

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Carrie Blanchard

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Carrie Blanchard:

I always thought of myself as fit, in shape and athletic. I was a bigger person, "big boned" was the term. Then during the summer of 2011 I decided to entry a contest to win a free boot camp in my town. The goal was to lose some weight, inches and track what you did for the summer.... This was my new beginning. I won one of the free boot camps and this is where I realized that I was not where I thought I was. I was out of breath, couldn't do push-ups From my knees and I really looked at my before picture and saw myself for the first time as out of shape and unhappy. I continued on and when our instructor decided to compete in MABBA, we went to cheer her on. This is where my life changed. I knew I wanted to be on stage, competing and decided there and then to change my lifestyle. It wasn't easy, didn't think it would be. I worked hard, even though I work shift work, I have a family and enjoy other sports, I made the choice to make this huge change my priority. I needed to be happier for myself and for my family. I wanted to be happier and healthier for myself and my family. So, in 2012, I lost close to 50lbs, changed my eating and lifestyle and I competed in my first MABBA in bodybuilding, exactly 1 yr after the "big decision". The next year, I faced major surgery, tendinitis that left me on crutches for over a month, and figuring out how to get myself ready for provincials after my trainer and I went our separate ways the month before 2014 provincials. I pushed myself knowing that I could do it, and to prove that thru everything I would do it!!!!

This year I am getting ready to compete in the physique category and I know I am bringing my best package yet!! Thanks to my husband, my son, my best friend and darla from Dtermined training for always believing in me, pushing me to my limits and never letting me give up!!! I'm far from done, you'll see!!!

 

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