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« Reply #425 on: July 20, 2006, 11:37:39 AM »

OK...here we go.  There are so many posts that TA and JEZ have started that I will not respond to because they ask the same questions over and over.  If I answer in one place another thread will pop up (same topic) and I have to recap the whole thing, this gets tiresome.  For the benefit of those who have not read my posts from the last 6 months I will start from the beginning and hopefully give a clear view of who I am, why I am here and explain some of the issues raised about me.

My background:
Born in Omaha, NE I was immediately drawn to sports and wanting to be part of the action.  My biggest hurdle when I was younger was my asthma, this really held me back.  Many times growing up I would end up in the hospital for as little as one day to more then 5 days because of my asthma-it sucked because I just wanted to be normal, to run without my inhaler, to pet animals at a petting zoo to not worry about being able to breathe.  The biggest savior in my life was my passion to be an athlete.

I started running track in 6th grade, I as always a short sprinter and jumper.  In junior high when we had to run the mile I couldn't run it under 11 minutes and even at 11 minutes I would end up in the nurses office with an asthma attack-again it sucked.  Not until high school did I really start to work on the strength of my lungs and begin to overcome this illness.  

My freshman year in high school I did not do a fall sport, I vowed never to run x-country because I hated long-distance and I wasn't a swimmer and had never played V-ball.  I was waiting for track and then I got the itch to be a part of something.  I really wanted to get in shape for track before the season began but the Winter sports were even less appealing to me., Basketball...NOT my thing, gymnastics-well I am the least flexible person I know and Bowling I didn't consider it a sport that would get me into shape.  My options were limited.

At this point a few of my girlfriends decided they were going to be wrestling managers so I went to the meeting with them assuming I would do the same to pass the time before track.  At the meeting there were 2 girls who said they were there to join the team...this got me thinking.  As a female I had always been strong, arm-wrestling and beating guys in junior high...plus I REALLY did want to participate in a sport not sit on the sidelines.  I decided to go for it.  

The school had guidelines for this and my mother and I were required to attend roughly 3-4 meeting with various people (principal, athletic director...) sign liability papers and basically try to get talked out of it.  I was the only girl who followed through with these meetings, my mother fully supported my decision.  Wrestling is probably the hardest thing I have ever done, I have no idea how I made it through 4 years.

The first year was definitely the hardest.  The guys didn't like me on their team, the coaches were skeptical and most of my teammates had prior wrestling experience.  I wasn't good but I had a big heart and I tried.  My asthma was an issue throughout all my years wrestling but every year it got better...and every year I improved.  Throughout this experience I did win, I did beat guys and wrestled 3 (maybe 4) girls and beat them all.  I'm not sure what my record was though it would be misleading and it would probably be close to 500, especially my senior year I received many forfeits.  I wrestled varsity maybe 1-2 times but I was normally on JV.  This meant I wrestled many freshman and sophomores-if a coach had a young guy who thought the match could go my way he would many times pull them because it would not be good for a girl to beat a boy and on JV it is easier to pull your wrestlers.  In Illinois we had a few very good females who wrestled at 103 on Varsity, Mandy Thompson made it to Sectionals (maybe even State) as did Jenny Zehr.

For those of you who think woman have no place in wrestling I strongly disagree.  I wish more high school and colleges had programs for woman-this is a sport about discipline, hard work, patience, strength-there is nothing that I think is harder then facing an opponenet one on one.  Also with Title 9 affecting men's wrestling programs throughout the school system having a female counterpart would take this threat away and the teams would support each others status.  I am proud to have been a part of the team and after that first year the coaches and my teammates were happy to have me there.  I will always be a part of that team and Coach OB's trademark statement will stay with me forever "Good things happen to good people who work hard."  These are words to live all areas of your life by, I try to do this everyday.

Back to freshman year-I wrestled got my butt kicked and improved my health.  From that year on I have yet to return to the hospital because of my asthma, not to say that it is completely controlled but it no longer holds me back.  In the Spring I ran track and had success.  Track is what I was passionate about, what I would dream about and what I loved.  My coaches informed me that I would be participating in X-Country in the Fall, I tried to fight it but they pushed hard and said if I wanted to be the best that I would have to do it.  From that point on I was a three-sport athlete.

JEZ-no I don't want to be a man, I want to take a path less taken.  I don't want to always take the easy way and have things given to me.  I make choices that are not "mainstream" and I am sorry if this makes you uncomfortable but I am so happy with the way that things in my life have worked out.  It could have been much worse.  This is who I am, I don't try to hide it.    

Onto my lifting and the ongoing discussions on if I am a liar, why I would lie about my lifting, how much I lift, why I won't prove it...
No I am not a liar.  I have found that it is much easier to tell the truth then to tell a lie.  Am I stronger then many females, yes I also have a very strong work ethic and have been at it for quite awhile.  It seems that everytime TA and JEZ question my strength and post pictures they undoubtedly post pictures from my comepetition season last year.  Lets go back to last year...I graduated from college and finished my track/sprinting and jumping career-I was lost without training and decided I would train for a marathon.  

During marathon training I basically stopped lifting and lost quite a bit of the muscle I had put on throughout the years.  I ran the Sunburst Marathon in Indiana in June and had been planning on running the Chicago Marathon with my ex in October.  My knees had other plans the running was too much and I was only able to run the last 10 with my ex in the Chicago Marathon.  After that I needed to find something that better suited my body-I started looking into Bodybuilding shows.  After speaking with trainers at my gym I found out about Figure competitions and decided that was what I would do.  There were a few shows in May and I started training Dec-Jan.  I really only had 1-2 months to try and regain some of that last muscle before I started dieting.  Because of this I was very thin after dieting down...I didn't have enough muscle and my goal for this season was to put on size (especially in my legs).  

Last year I competed at roughly 115, maybe a little under that-I got over 140 in my off-season.  I ate and trained and ate and trained-I loved it.  You question my strength but I was squatting 135 early on in college maybe as easily as high school.  It wasn't hard to regain my strength this past year especially when training with other bodybuilders.  When I squatted 315 the first time I was scared, I did 275 quite often but that had been my highest, the guys pushed me.  I learned to wrap my knees, I bought a belt, I chalked up and I kicked some ass.  It was motivating, invigorating and hard as hell.  Someone asked why I didn't videotape it, do you normally videotape your workouts?  I don't, not to mention no cameras of any kind are allowed in my normal gym.

Why don't I do it right now?  Well I have answer this numerous times as well.  I have been dieting since February.  Since May I have competed in 5 shows, not sure how many of you compete but that is a lot and is extremely hard on your body.  Right now I weight approximately 122, I've gained 7 pounds since last year and that is 7 hard earned pounds plus I believe I am slightly leaner this year.  Will I lift this heavy again-you betcha but it is not going to happen overnight.  My last show of the season is next week in Vegas-then I plan on taking a few weeks off to let my body heal and recover, then I plan on hitting it hard again this year.  Unfortunately it looks as though I won't be able to hit it as hard because the judges have stated I am too big for Figure and I will  have to tone it down a little if I want to do well.  At my dieted down/depleted self I still rep 185 easily and will occasionally do more but at this moment I am just trying to maintain my body and not injure myself.  

It is crazy to me that TA and JEZ have become so obsessed with me, actually I take it as a compliment.  You won't prove me wrong, especially in this.  People who know me well on these boards and in my life know that the thing I hate most is being lied to.  I can't stand liars, I understand to make a point in a story some people like to embellish-not me, I like to tell it like it is.  

This past year I have worked hard on my body and on the person I am becoming.  I have been so fortunate this year-one of my best friends just earned their Pro-Cards, I have made numerous friends with my fellow competitors, I have met great people in the industry who have been willing to help me and believe in me, and my life in this is just beginning.  I have made a commitment to myself to not use drugs and hopefully will encourage others to make this choice.  It really doesn't matter to me what others choose to do but I want to show others that it can be done the natural way.  I don't have big boobs or a perfect face or body but these things do not define me, my mind and my actions and my beliefs are who make me who I am and I am happy with this person.  Maybe I will never earn my Pro-Card but I would not give up the experience and people I have met along the way for anything.  Thank you to everyone who continues to support me and encourage me, one more week until I will finally be in my off-season Smiley    

TA and JEZ-I am sorry if I have done something to offend you.  The reason I am on these boards is to help others and not degrade them.  Training for a show or even dieting for that matter is not easy and I hope that people feel comfortable asking me questions or talking to me about their experiences.  Obviously there are competitors who have been at it for years longer then me and I still have a lot to learn but having people on your side is, in my eyes, immensely important.  The support I have gotten from the members on this board have helped make my dieting process a little easier and many have helped with my training by helping me correct problems in my physique.  Again I am not sure why you have chosen to continually berate and degrade me but if I must be your victim please know that you are wrong in this.

  

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« Reply #426 on: July 20, 2006, 11:48:57 AM »

Jennifer, you do NOT have to explain yourself to anyone here.    Smiley


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« Reply #427 on: July 20, 2006, 12:02:13 PM »


 Best part is she NEVER ever mentioned her lifts ONCE on getbig...never once. She had it posted on HER personal website in her blog but she NEVER felt a need to talk about it here...

 It was this BlockHead right here who just babbling w/ alexxx back and forth mentioned how she can press this or squat that...alexxx started a thread out of an inside joke to me and then TA took it to astronomical heights...he went as far as to call out her heels in her shoes giving her an extra two inches if she claims she is only this height and so on...

 Why the fcuk WOULD she videotape her workouts...thats fkn cheesy and unnecessary...when we would go train legs last winter...the LAST thing on our minds was 'Oh, lets bring a video recorder in case fcuk-nuts on getbig dont believe this so we have proof...'  Hell no...who has time for that siht? We just showed up and trained...thats it. Then go out and get double denver omlets and pancakes afterwards...damn those were good workouts/good meals...snap!
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« Reply #428 on: July 20, 2006, 12:15:28 PM »

M E L T D O W N ...sorry, but that shows how deep her insecurity & need to prove herself really is.

I'd like to know what's so hard about bringing a video camera to the gym and filming one lift.  Excuses, excuses...
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« Reply #429 on: July 20, 2006, 12:27:28 PM »

Best part is she NEVER ever mentioned her lifts ONCE on getbig...never once. She had it posted on HER personal website in her blog but she NEVER felt a need to talk about it here...

hahhaha for good reason!
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« Reply #430 on: July 20, 2006, 01:55:23 PM »

Yes Blockhead I did WIN the Gay Games yesterday!  It was actually a lot fo fun, everyone was so nice and the crowd was amazing. 

I was so nervous because this was my first bbing show.  There were 5 of us in our class and the girls looked good, 3 of us were from the Chicago area and I really wish them luck in their future shows.  The mandatories were more stressful then I imagined they would be, I am so use to having a mirror.  We got through those and then performed our posing routines.  Thank goodness my friend Nicole helped me with mine, it ended up being creative and fun.  She is a Fitness America competitor and was a LuvaBull so she had some cute ideas. 

After the night show I went out to dinner with the crew from The Roe Conn show.  They were so excited for me-it was their first bbing show and I think they were more nervous then I was when the winner was being announced.  At dinner Roe said at this point they were so pleased I could have anything I wanted...I knew he was exaggerating but I said that I wanted them to take me to the Bahamas with them in September.  They are doing a remote broadcast-he said done!  They are working on the details now and I am really hoping everything works out because I have never been out of the country (other then Rosarito Beach in Mexico and Niagra Falls).

Tonight, on the Glenn Beck Show on CNN Headline News there should be still pictures of me at 6, 8 and 11 PM (I think!) Check it out!!!  You can also look http://www.wlsam.com/PhotoWall.asp?id=23308 on WLS/Roe Conn Website to see them.  Ugh, my tan is horrible though, it was like 90 something and HUMID as hell and I was dripping, they had us in a fieldhouse with no air conditioning.
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« Reply #431 on: July 20, 2006, 02:05:29 PM »

Fark well done on the physique jennifer , wouldnt suprise me if you have a better back than half the guys on here!  Grin
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« Reply #432 on: July 21, 2006, 12:55:47 AM »

Yes Blockhead I did WIN the Gay Games yesterday!  It was actually a lot fo fun, everyone was so nice and the crowd was amazing. 

I was so nervous because this was my first bbing show.  There were 5 of us in our class and the girls looked good, 3 of us were from the Chicago area and I really wish them luck in their future shows.  The mandatories were more stressful then I imagined they would be, I am so use to having a mirror.  We got through those and then performed our posing routines.  Thank goodness my friend Nicole helped me with mine, it ended up being creative and fun.  She is a Fitness America competitor and was a LuvaBull so she had some cute ideas. 

After the night show I went out to dinner with the crew from The Roe Conn show.  They were so excited for me-it was their first bbing show and I think they were more nervous then I was when the winner was being announced.  At dinner Roe said at this point they were so pleased I could have anything I wanted...I knew he was exaggerating but I said that I wanted them to take me to the Bahamas with them in September.  They are doing a remote broadcast-he said done!  They are working on the details now and I am really hoping everything works out because I have never been out of the country (other then Rosarito Beach in Mexico and Niagra Falls).

Tonight, on the Glenn Beck Show on CNN Headline News there should be still pictures of me at 6, 8 and 11 PM (I think!) Check it out!!!  You can also look http://www.wlsam.com/PhotoWall.asp?id=23308 on WLS/Roe Conn Website to see them.  Ugh, my tan is horrible though, it was like 90 something and HUMID as hell and I was dripping, they had us in a fieldhouse with no air conditioning.

What was the prize?  A subscription to Beastgays.com, a Chocolate covered Dildo and a gift certificate to Musclebear Island Resort?

Gayer than winning first prize in a beauty paegant for Dykes.
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« Reply #433 on: July 21, 2006, 06:52:49 AM »

  At dinner Roe said at this point they were so pleased I could have anything I wanted...I knew he was exaggerating but I said that I wanted them to take me to the Bahamas with them in September.  They are doing a remote broadcast-he said done!  They are working on the details now and I am really hoping everything works out because I have never been out of the country (other then Rosarito Beach in Mexico and Niagra Falls).


WOW!  That would be a pretty good prize for winning an amateur show!   Cheesy
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« Reply #434 on: July 21, 2006, 07:43:34 AM »

hi
i just visited this forum
could u tell me what kind of questions i can ask u?
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« Reply #435 on: July 21, 2006, 07:54:05 AM »

hi
i just visited this forum
could u tell me what kind of questions i can ask u?

Hmmm, do you know what kind of forum this is and what Jennifer competes in?  Put those two answers together and wala, you'll know what kind of questions you can ask her.   Wink
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« Reply #436 on: July 21, 2006, 05:03:05 PM »

M E L T D O W N ...sorry, but that shows how deep her insecurity & need to prove herself really is.

I'd like to know what's so hard about bringing a video camera to the gym and filming one lift.  Excuses, excuses...

Im sorry, but how are you even blaaabing this to a Now National level competitor? Keep your online popularity contests to yourself, why would she want to give u the time of day to go out of her way to "film a lift for Jez".. omg, please. She busted her ass and worked hard to get to where shes at, and people like you just hate that and are jealous.

Btw, did you see her on CNN?  Cool
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« Reply #437 on: July 22, 2006, 05:48:35 AM »

Holy crap!  I heard it on the radio!  She gets a free trip w/them!  SWEET!  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eee! Grin

 Cheesy
Jennifer take us with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Cheesy

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« Reply #438 on: July 22, 2006, 09:41:52 AM »

hi
i just visited this forum
could u tell me what kind of questions i can ask u?

Welcome to THUNDERDOME, BITCH!!!!  WTF kind of question is that? Hump!

 Thanks for the shout-out on the radio show, Jen...and for the compliment as well.
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« Reply #439 on: August 15, 2006, 11:49:10 AM »

Its been a great few weeks and I'm getting really excited about the Bahamas.  This year I made some great improvements to my physique and I am looking forward to some time off so I can grow and get better (plus a little bigger Smiley ).  My off-season won't officially start until the end of September, once I get back from the Bahamas but I have started incorporating different training into my routine.

Thanks to everyone here who supported me through this season.  Though I didn't accomplish all my goals I learned a lot and am already excited for next year.  The girls I met at the shows are by far the best part about competing.  It is unfortunate more of you girls didn't do better and I really hope you stick with it next year, I like meeting new people and all but I would miss having you girls around.  This year the judging was difficult and I think it will be interesting to see what they are looking for next year.  At this point I can tell you I wouldn't have a problem switching over to bbing if I think my physique would present better there.  Jodi...GOOD LUCK I cannot wait to see what happens with your decision...I will be watching:)

Here are a few pics from my photoshoot with Gene...I would really appreciate feedback on the picture you like most (if you don't like any that is fine too).  I want to enter a few into Gene's competition for the cover of his business cards.


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« Reply #440 on: August 15, 2006, 11:51:45 AM »

Some more


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« Reply #441 on: August 15, 2006, 11:52:40 AM »

I like the second one and the last one Jennifer.  Smiley
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« Reply #442 on: August 15, 2006, 12:10:02 PM »

Thanks girls Smiley

I missed the show yesterday so I have no idea what Christine said but yes...however bad she made it sound it was worse!  We were gone by the end of the show and it got crazier as the night went on.  We were just on Rush and Division and made rounds to many of the bars...it was a lot of fun.  I wish they had replays of the show that I could download.

Other then the Bahamas I don't think I will be back on soon.  I would love for it to be a monthly thing but it is a hard angle to approach.  Oh and Blockhead was supposed to post on a thread that I was going to be on but he must have forgotten  Roll Eyes  Next time I will be more on top of things.  Thanks Stella  Smiley
 
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« Reply #443 on: August 19, 2006, 08:40:12 AM »

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Smiley
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« Reply #444 on: August 19, 2006, 12:04:37 PM »

Happy Birthday Jennifer!!!!!   Cheesy   



Gosh, to be 25 again.   Smiley



Enjoy your day!
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« Reply #445 on: October 26, 2006, 12:05:24 PM »


 Bump.

 Just blowing the dust off of this thread...
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« Reply #446 on: November 02, 2006, 07:27:37 PM »

Ohhhh, how sweet block.  I am still alive (though I have strep throat at the moment), just been busy with work. 

For old times sake, here are a fewof my favorite shots Mike and I took at the USA's this year.


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« Reply #447 on: November 11, 2006, 03:36:41 PM »

dammit dont ya hate it when a chick has a better 6 pack than yaself

jen do you fat burners by chance/ephd.
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« Reply #448 on: November 12, 2006, 03:32:44 PM »

I met Jennifer last night at the Nationals.  She is truly beautiful, smart and has a great body.

It was very nice hanging out with ya Jen.  Hope we can do it again.  Call me when you're down in FL again.
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« Reply #449 on: November 13, 2006, 11:27:12 AM »

dammit dont ya hate it when a chick has a better 6 pack than yaself

jen do you fat burners by chance/ephd.
I'll tackle this one if I may be so bold...

 THE BEAST doesn't use ephedrine or ephedra or anything possibly dubbed 'illegal'. Trust and Believe a BlockHead when I say this...I tried to get her to and reccomended it plenty of times but she wouldn't budge.

 From what I know the only 'fat burner' she uses is pre-cardio 2 DIALED-IN capsules and only 1 cap before breakfast on non cardio days.

 DIALED IN is made by Pride Nutrition. www.pridenutrition.com
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