Saturday, June 11, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose -- Day Seven: Tyler Nelson

For backstory on what #PrepWithPurpose is all about please read the blog entry and/or Instagram Post.

Hello Friends,

Another day of contest prep is done! It was cardio only yesterday, however I did train Glutes at home for 20min using my new Glute Builder!! Go to my Instagram and check this bad boy out! It is UNREAL! Talk about a booty burn!!!! Training glutes I didn't mind … but sprints .. no!!! I didn't want to do sprints at all yesterday. Who am I kidding .. I NEVER want to do sprints. But I can't make myself do indoor cardio unless it's a fun class .. so sprints it is .. for now :) When I felt like I couldn't make my little legs move faster … I continually repeated Nikki's name and prayed for her harder and harder. Nikki has problems breathing because of a rare form of CANCER … why the heck would I complain that I am out of breath because I'm sprinting!! It really puts things into perspective when you think about it that way. It distracted me from what I was doing in the moment and hopefully God heard me loud and clear :) During my 6th sprint (I only do 6) .. I said the name of EVERY person I've prayed for so far on #PrepWithPurpose. It felt really good!! But you know what DOESN'T feel good? How few people are on board for this project. Maybe I was crazy to think people in this sport would actually shift even SOME of the focus to someone other than themselves .. but either way it's disappointing. But the good news is there are TONS of NON athletes that are reading the blogs and praying … and I'm praying .. so I know God is listening and at least WE are making a difference .. even if only in a small way :)

On to DAY SEVEN of PREP WITH PURPOSE!! Today's person we are praying for takes me back to my roots … my hometown of Campbell County where I have SO MUCH support. I am so grateful for some of the people "back home" … I appreciate you all sending me requests and joining me on this journey. TYLER .. today is for you and your family!

Prep With Purpose -- Day Seven: Praying for Tyler Nelson

I ask that you join me today in praying for Tyler Nelson. Tyler just had to spend his 17th birthday at St. Jude where he is undergoing treatment for cancer. He lives in Kentucky but his family is from my little hometown in Campbell County (east tn).

From what I am told by a former classmate, doctors found a tumor on his knee and in May he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He just completed his 3rd round of chemo. This certainly isn't the way a 17 year old is suppose to be living :(

I can only imagine how rough this is on him and his family and I know they would appreciate our prayers.

Today I will lift in honor of TYLER! Every ounce of energy I put into my workout will be because I am GRATEFUL that I CAN!!! I have the ability to be active, while Tyler sits in the hospital only wishing he could feel well. I will pray for Tyler with every rep and he will be my motivation!


I hope you are joining me on this prayer journey as I prep for #TeamU on July 1st & 2nd! If you are please post/share and use the hashtag #PrepWithPurpose! Let's get a huge prayer chain going and in the process maybe make the sport of bodybuilding less about "me, me, me" and a little more about helping others! Our motivation doesn't have to come from ONLY ourselves!


If you know anyone that needs urgent or ongoing prayer for any physical reason please email me all the information and a picture (or a few) to

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