Wednesday, June 29, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose -- Day Twenty-Five: Lifting For A Legend

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

Well .. it's here. I'm on a flight to New Jersey to compete in my first NPC Bikini Bodybuilding show of 2016. If I were to win my masters class, or get 1st or 2nd in my open class, I will earn PRO STATUS! That is obviously the goal .. the dream .. what I've pushed, worked and paid my dues for. But if I don't earn it .. it's okay! The thing this sport has really taught me is how to be a good "loser".  Not that I'm a loser .. just getting on that stage and putting in the work makes me a winner in my eyes. But if this isn't MY time .. it just means it's someone else's time and as long as I continue to enjoy the stage I'll keep on trying until I'm sick of it or God leads me another direction. Right now I know this is where I need to be. As far as the big picture .. I'm not really sure. I just know I'm where I need to be in this moment and that this PREP WITH PURPOSE project has done that ... given me a purpose bigger than myself. Every day when I ran on that field or lifted in the gym (or even when I simply didn't want to get out of bed) .. I prayed harder for the person of the day. I'd love to say I've had thousands of other competitors join me .. but I know that isn't true. Maybe one day. Maybe with Pro Status my reach could be further and this little project could grow into something huge. Either way .. it's given me a different attitude and I'm going to keep it up as long as people send me requests!

Moving on to Day 25.

There isn't a day that passes that my heart isn't in Tennessee. It's where I was born and raised, my family is there, my friends are there. But today my heart is heavy for everyone who has blood that bleeds orange.

After seeing recent posts of her declining health, Pat Summitt was already on my agenda for today, even before she passed. Even though she is "gone" I still think it's important to honor her today and remember her family and the thousands of lives she touched during her 64 years. After all .. we are talking about a woman that was the definition of an ULTIMATE champion.

She lived life with a winning attitude. She pushed everyone she coached to their limits. She wanted them to be better on and off the court.

This morning before I jumped on my 5 hour flight  .. I got up and trained. The hotel gym is likely going to be closed by the time I arrive in New Jersey and I didn't want to have ANY EXCUSES to not get in THE BEST workout possible today. But I was exhausted. It took everything in me to get out of bed. I laid down at 3:45 and alarm went off at 4:20. Thank GOD I had my 1st Phorm MegaWatt (this stuff has super powers. You can email me and I'll tell you about it and get you free shipping.) In addition to no sleep, I did not sit down on Tuesday.  But with every step, every rep, every second I trained this morning - I thought about Pat, her family and her fans. I started to wonder what she would tell me today as I venture out .. chasing what seems like an impossible dream? I'm not sure what she would say but I know she would have pushed me to KILL my workout this morning. So that is exactly what I did. Though you are gone Coach .. you are the one that pushed me today. Thank you for that.

I had the honor of interviewing Coach Summitt several times when I was a news anchor in Knoxville at WVLT-TV. As tough as she was .. she was such a gentle and kind woman. I'll always remember that .. and her handshake .. she had a firm handshake. I like that in a person.

God speed coach .. you left a legacy that far transcends sports. I can only hope that when I'm gone one day ... I will have earned even 1% of respect you did in your short time here on earth.
You built so many strong women. Thank you for being a role model to so many.


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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