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Heleen's diary  β˜† Captured in photographs: this is my life πŸ—Ί the Netherlands πŸ† Fox Gym Rotterdam 2nd JBC 2017 πŸ‡±πŸ‡Ί 4th Siggi's Open 2017 🌍

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#throwback to zhe shredded days pre-contest! I would be lying if I said I didn't miss this shape, but I'm currently working on a bigger, better physique.

Wearing the @gym_repvbblic jumpsuit here πŸ’– Love the quality!

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Families are like branches on a tree. We all grow in a different direction yet our roots remain as one.

And when the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

#lovemyfamily #familylove #mostimportantpeople

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Smile often. Think positively. Say thanks. Laugh loudly. Love others. Dream big. 🌺

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Left: March 2016, 6th place ⏩ Right: March 2017, 2nd place πŸ† Damn proud of the progession we've made in just a 5 month off-season inbetween.
Now it's time for a new chapter, a new approach. Currently off-season for an unspecified time, ready to come back bigger and better when the time is right!

Coach: @maartenfvos

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#throwback to a little ab checking 2 weeks out for my first competition of 2017! #rockhardabs #sixpack

At this point I was blind to my own progression and convinced that I needed to shred a lot more. Looking back at this I really don't understand why I was so insecure about my shape. #foolish That's the prep mindfuck kicking in, right there. I'm lucky to have a coach whom I completely trust and who just plain tells me to stop bitching and trust the process. At that point in prep, that's exactly what I need and he knows it. I know he would always tell me the truth about where I stand, so I can tell myself it's just all in my head when I feel insecure.

I guess what I'm trying to say here is: contest prep is not only about physical progress. It's also about overcoming your insecurities and fears, challenging yourself mentally in various ways. Going through contest prep can help you grow mentally as well, if you allow yourself to!

Coach: @maartenfvos (Fox Gym Rotterdam)
Legging: @gym_repvbblic (two-tone Merak)

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And one day, she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.

Coach: @maartenfvos
Picture credit: @byash.photography

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Off-season main goal: SHOULDERS. Had a great, intense, painful shoulder sesh today, merely consisting of giant sets. Grow babies, grow!

Coach: @maartenfvos

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Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

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#womancrushwednesday @swanndelarosa 😍 I just love her physique and her overall presentation, she's so gorgeous! #shapegoals #agirlcandream

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You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don't see you?

Be brave. Believe in yourself. Do what feels good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud.

Coach: @maartenfvos

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She could take care of herself just fine. Still she only wants a man who is willing to lay it all on the line just to make sure she is okay. But she will never ask for that. Because when it is real, she knows she won't have to.

Picture credit: Maarten Vos Photography @maartenfvos

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INVEST IN YOURSELF. It pays the best interest.

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