Happy new year,  welcome Spring and everything else in between! So yes, my dear followers if you’re still out there hopefully, I have been on a writing hiatus since the new year began.  However,  never fear I am back!

A lot has changed in my life, improved, evolved,  etc.  hence even the website layout has and is still changing, not quite finished updating it yet,  but I am still the same crazy fitness fanatic and athletic health nut you’ve grown accustomed to hearing from every now and then!

So with that,  brace your timelines and newsfeeds over the coming weeks, this Chica has a lot to share! Yep about 3 months worth!

Until then. … I AM Candice Maria

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“Started from the bottom,  now we are here.” ~ Drake

I began composing this blog about a month ago,  and finally decided to publish it going into the season of giving thanks, I am grateful for this trip I am on.

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It has become more and more evident that my lifestyle has changed more than just my physical appearance and the responses I get from others. It has changed my outlook on life.

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Simple everyday decisions are life changing actions that lead to so many milestones at 30 something years of life with more to come!

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Just the simple act of shopping for clothes just a few months ago during my competition prep brought tears to my eyes.
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So when I finally decided to break down and go shopping, I was mortified by disbelief that I had managed to drop approximately 2.5 dress sizes during the beginning of my competition season.
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In choosing what to try on was such a proud moment. Not having to switch out sizes because the size I thought I could wear was too small, but in fact too big for my newly discovered frame.

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When size 10’s became 8’s, and 8’s became 6’s, and even 6’s became 4’s, I knew at that point, I was living a dream, and was in the best shape of my life.

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NANBF Figure Athlete - 2014

Never in my life have I been that slim built,  lean athletic girl. You know the track sprinting,  glee club, popular, cartwheeling cheerleader type.

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8th grade Basketball to 1st Figure Competition at 31

Nope, I was that shy, nerdy, kid on the chunky side of life, you know the one that the teachers loved, but the other students laughed at. My how the tables have turned!

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Childhood Days - The Chunky Side of Life

I’m still that nerdy, shy kid on the inside,  but on the exterior,  I’m a lean mean roaring muscle machine and I’m not done roaring yet, in fact I’m just getting started! To be continued. … I AM CANDICE MARIA

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Building Season

#AestheticallyAthletic #ActionFigure

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My final half marathon ever took place in my hometown of Tuscaloosa, AL . This has been determined my last 13.1 for several reasons:

1. I’ve changed my fitness focus. I love the results of bodybuilding better.

2. My body is no longer willing to put up with the stress of a half much less a full marathon.

3. For the love of God, I tripped and fell down during this very event due heat exhaustion, fatigue, and uneven pavement. 

I enjoyed the bonds shared and the victory of finishing all of my various run events over the years, but it’s time to say farewell to the pavement. 

Until next time…. I AM Candice Maria 

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