Sunday, June 26, 2016

#PrepWithPurpose -- Day Twenty-Two: Chelsea Clark

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

Hey Friends,

I am only days away from boarding a flight to New Jersey and competing in my first NPC show of the season. I'm nervous, anxious, stressed, etc. This week is usually when doubt starts to pop up. Am I physically ready? Am I sure I want to compete? Am I ready for the possibility of bringing my best and not placing where I should? Am I ready for the reality that ANYTHING can happen with my body and I may NOT dial in after all this year round hard work? So many factors .. so many emotions .. but I'm actually unusually calm! I swear it's this #PrepWithPurpose. My heart is just so full every single day.

Yesterday was the 2nd of two days I was scheduled to do no lifting and HIIT only (but a couple extra circuits each day that I typically would do.) In addition to the extreme heat, we had air quality alerts each day here in Vegas. Normally I can see the beautiful red rock mountains as I run but they were hidden behind haze the past couple days. I am sure it made it harder to breathe .. but you know what .. I didn't even notice!! Yesterday I was running for someone who may not be able to run and enjoy "playtime" much longer if she doesn't get the cancer treatments she needs. PREP WITH PURPOSE yesterday was not a person .. but a fur child. Hey .. not every "person" that needs prayer is human!

Be it a human or a fur friend ... when I am at the gym or on the field running ... I know my motivation is coming from some really brave people fighting huge physical battles and I really think God is giving me extra endurance these days in order to really push myself in honor of these folks.

Moving on to DAY TWENTY TWO!! The person we are lifting up and for today has been battling cancer since she was 11 years old.

Prep With Purpose -- Day Twenty-Two: Chelsea Clark 

Chelsea was diagnosed with Osteoscracoma in her left humerous when she was eleven years old. She went into remission, but 9 months later at age 15 ... the cancer returned.

Chelsea has a facebook page called Praying For Chelsea. This is where I'm finding all of the details surrounding her diagnosis and cancer battle. By scrolling her page it looks like earlier this month she had surgery to place a stent. It appears she has had more bad days than good and from what I see has since had undergone chemo and has also had a blood transfusion.
An update on June 24th mentioned that she wants to eat, but has no appetite because of the chemotherapy.

So many things about her story make my heart ache. When I read the line about her being hungry but not being ABLE to eat ... my stomach was growling. On prep I have lower macros (carbs/fats) than I do in my non competition season ...  so I was hungry. Then I imagined not being ABLE to eat .. like physically .. not because of some bodybuilding show I am preparing for to try to obtain pro status. I felt selfish. I prayed that her hunger pains would pass or even better that she be/feel well enough to be able to eat soon.

Today I do both a long lift at the and sprints on the football field. So Chelsea will get DOUBLE "lifting up" from me today! I hope she feels the love.

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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