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Jodi Leigh Miller IFBB Pro  ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปIFBB Pro-WPD ๐Ÿ‘™Competition Posing Teacher ๐Ÿ’œPhlare Physiques LLC ๐Ÿ†Ms. Natural Olympia '11 โœAuthor/Educator ๐ŸˆUT Longhorn ๐Ÿถ@roxidoxie ๐Ÿ‘šBetter Bodies

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I remember the days when getting 3 to 5 hours of sleep was a norm for me rather than a rarity. I was a high school English teacher and in later years worked 60- to 70-hour work weeks in nonprofit education reform...all while competing. I don't know how I did it. It wasn't so much that I had an attitude of, "I can sleep when I die." It was more of a question of, "How in the heck am I going to get everything done AND sleep?" Either way, I do my best now to get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is necessary. It allows for better brain function, lower cortisol levels, better use of calories, ideal recovery, more normalized hormones, and an overall recharging that gives closure to one day and allows a new day to rise successfully. Don't think you're being a bad๐Ÿ‘ by going without sleep. Understand that your decision to skip sleep can be the very factor keeping you from losing weight, gaining muscle, cultivating creativity, and elevating your happy emotions. Now, don't bother me. I'm going to bed in an hour. ๐Ÿ˜ดโœŒ๐Ÿป #sleep #recovery #bodybuilding #advice #rest #restday #peace #peaceful #calm #zzzz #dream #dreams #snooze #bedtime #sleepyhead #fitness #health #goals #healthy #happy #fitfam #tuesday #ifbb #contestprep #busy ๐Ÿ’œ #Reposted from @thegirlwiththebutter.

From 2002 NPC Junior Nationals, my first national NPC show. With only one national show under my belt (or bling), I still had so much to learn. Quite frankly, even with four national shows the following year, I still had tons to learn. Heck, I'm an IFBB pro with four pro shows completed and I am still learning (though I'm definitely now in a solid position to be the teacher to others). Here's what I didn't know then: a) how long it would take to transform my physique; b) how difficult but rewarding of an emotional and mental journey this would be; c) how life takes us full circle. On that last one, I was an English teacher. I know EVERYTHING in life is cyclical. Everything becomes what it once was. Trees start bare, grow leaves, end up bare. Bodybuilding is similar. I see how far I've taken my body from this point in 2002 to now in 2017. But I bet when I'm 70, I'm going to be more like this 2002 version and even smaller, less muscle, more wrinkles (please please please not that last part...take my muscles, not my youth! ๐Ÿ˜‚). It's inevitable. We start at ground zero, we gain, we lose. Understand how fragile your body is while appreciating its resiliency. Balance the two. For one feeds into the other and staves off an overblown ego. ๐Ÿ–ค #motivationmonday #motivation #goals #focus #journey #lifelessons #achievement #girlswithmuscle #quads #womenwholift #fitwomen #fitgirls #oldschool #bootygoals #glutes #abs #ifbb #ifbbpro #hardwork #balance #strength #advice #experience #dedication #inspiration #fitness #bodybuilding #bikini #npcjuniornationals #npcfigure

One can't have too many biceps pictures, right? ๐Ÿ˜œ I took this last night after I finished a successful cardio session. I did not want to lift, did not want to do cardio, did not want to do a thing except sit on the couch and doze off after spending a full, eight-hour day interviewing high school seniors for scholarship earnings. But I fought the urge to skip the workout. I trained chest and did my cardio and felt better (albeit more exhausted) for it. No. I don't expect a cookie. Duh. I'm on prep. But I do expect for this post to help someone else decide to pack their meals, pack their gym clothes, pack their motivation and push through when they know deep down they can and should. I truly believe in rest days, and I subscribe to the idea of not being stupid with your training (if you're running on two to four hours of sleep for three nights in a row, sleep will do more for you than a gym session). But I also agree with pushing yourself to reach goals that are important to you and making that path as easy and simple as possible. Know what deters you and how to put up barriers to those deterrents. Know what supports you and open the gates to let those systems in. And know how strong your mind and heart are and reach inside to be your own best friend. Here's to achieving what you seek and gaining big biceps peaks. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’œ #ifbb #ifbbpro #goals #motivation #shelflife #glutes #bootygoals #curves #sundayfunday #purple #contestprep #preplife #fitfam #fitness #girlswithbiceps #strength #fitwomen #girlswithmuscle #biceps #sunsoutgunsout #focus #inspiration #fitover40 #dedication #encouragement #gymselfies #girlpower #likeagirl

A Diet Coke and a . . . well, a smirk and a biceps pose. I'm spending my Saturday working as a volunteer for the UT Texas Exes scholarship committee. We're interviewing high school seniors who have applied for thousands of dollars in scholarships for The University of Texas at Austin, my alma mater. I loved UT--earned my English degree there--and would go there again if I had to do it all over again. ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป The Diet Coke is my vice. I have one or two a week and needed it today--even after two cups of coffee--after losing sleep from the massive hail storm we had in north Dallas last night. Thankfully, my car has a garage space. So, here's to caffeine to keep me going after only five hours of sleep because I still have my workout to do after this all-day commitment. ๐Ÿ˜ณ #ut #texasexes #longhorns #hookem #bleedorange #texas #bevo #storm #texasweather #burntorange #selfiesaturday #greeneyes #girlpower #biceps #girlswithbiceps #fitgirls #girlswithmuscle #womenwholift #fitness #volunteer #volunteerwork #darkhairdontcare #fitover40 #ifbb #ifbbpro #contestprep #dietcoke #soda #caffeine #saturday

#flexfriday ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป I teach guys how to pose too. Don't laugh, but I go into "guy mode" and make sure guys move like guys while still maintaining fluidity along with exhibiting the right hint of swagger. Daniel Treat is one of my bodybuilding posing clients (he drives two hours from Tyler to work with me and his prep coach, @jon_izzy ๐Ÿ˜ณ). I am very excited to see him back on the stage at the upcoming Phil Heath in a week. Swipe right to see one of his side poses from a couple weeks ago. I've had the opportunity of training @danieltreat and giving back to him what he dished out to his clients: a hard, technically sound workout with a lot of smart๐Ÿ‘ attitude from me. He deserves it! ๐Ÿ˜‚ In all seriousness, this guy is awesome! He is the king of Tyler practically and I've had the pleasure of being the posing instructor for many of his athletes. ๐Ÿ–ค Outfits courtesy of: @officialbetterbodies and @officialgasp. ๐Ÿ–ค #posingcoach #posing101 #bodybuilding #biceps #flex #friday #txbodybuilding #texas #extremeironprogym #workout #personaltrainer #gurlswithbiceps #npc #ifbb #ifbbpro #girlswithmuscle #betterbodies #betterbodieslifestyle #betterbodiestights #gasp #gymlife #fitfam #motivation #goals #shredded #tattoos #inked #phlarephysiques

Control. A farce? A fallacy? A false concept? Really. What do we have control over? Name the things. Count on your fingers. 1. Our thoughts. 2. Our actions. 3. Our words. Do you have more? Can you reach four? We are born. We live. We die. The things we think, do, say will guide our way. I shape my mind, I shape my gait, I shape my outline. I chose "body"building because I had a desperate desire to match my body to my personality, connect the dots between my outer shell to my intellect. I grew up with a self esteem that was lower than the roots of trees buried deeply in dirt. Nothing I did was ever good enough for me. I chastised myself for mistakes and the shape of my face. It took years of consciously re-chiseling my words to myself to escape the chains of poor self esteem. My body is a representation of my strength. It took years to build my outside and years to paint my inside with prettier colors. I don't always succeed every day. I am human, after all (shocking!). But I remain conscious of those three things I can control and do my best to stick to those. Here's a throwback to a chiseled me that @bradkooiman captured several years ago. I remember being self conscious of how I looked that day for the shoot. I bet you look at this photo and think "wow!" It's me taking time to see me through other people's eyes that helps me to remove my overly critical eyes for a few moments and appreciate how my actions helped me control my thoughts which allow me to control my words to you. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป #throwbackthursday #girlswithbiceps #biceps #art #bodybuilding #loveyourself #girlpower #likeagirl #blackandwhitephotography #confidence #control #tbt #throwback #girlswithmuscle #goals #motivation

Half goddess, half queen...and ALL wizard! ๐Ÿ”ฎ But seriously: my top is courtesy of @goddessglamsuits, my tights are courtesy of @bootyqueenapparel, and my attitude is courtesy of me. If you know me, you know I'm snarky, a real smart๐Ÿ‘. I have a very dry sense of humor and can deadpan with the best of them, but if I think you're doing something weird or if you have pissed me off, my face will show it quicker than your heart can skip a beat. My dad likes to tell me my eyes are going to get stuck in my head since I roll them so readily. I actually get my quirky, quick-witted sense of humor from him, though my mom likes to remind him I'm actually funny and he is not. I'm a Scorpio, so I both laugh easily and shoot anger lasers with my eyes like Star Wars in the skies. These days in the gym, I waver between having a little fun and being ready to shun one and all. I like having support and encouragement, but at the end of the day, I am my best motivator. When I crawl into the strongest spaces of my mind, I find fodder and fortitude that no one else has ever been able to provide me. I'm crawling into those spaces more each day and fitting better each time. Come show time, I expect to have myself set. ๐Ÿ–ค #shelflife #bootywizard #bootyqueen #bootygoals #taxday #goddess #goddessglamsuits #queen #wizard #starwars #biceps #girlswithbiceps #ifbb #ifbbpro #blogger #nike #nikewomen #extremeironprogym #gymlife #humpday #contestprep #royalhighnass #tights #flex #fitover40 #womenwholift #gymselfie

I get asked a bunch if I have video of my routine at last year's IFBB Arctic Pro, promoted by @alaska_muscle. The behind-the-scenes, back view (the one y'all probably prefer anyway ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘) was captured by @ifbbprokevinofurum, and I posted that awhile ago. But now, thanks to @louiemaldonado, I have the front view! I hope y'all enjoy the routine! I choreographed it myself...and yes, I am a posing instructor for all divisions. โญ๏ธ Anyway, it will be tough, but I hope to beat this whole package--suit, body, routine--this year. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป #motivationmonday #motivation #posingcoach #posing101 #ifbb #ifbbpro #fitover40 #biceps #girlswithbiceps #shine #goals #girlpower #shredded #fitness #bodybuilding #smile #confidence #performance #bootygoals #glutes #darkhairdontcare #arcticpro #alaska #womenwholift #womensphysique #contestprep #showtime #ninasimone #remix #feelinggood

Sunday vibe. ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ’œ #greeneyes #sundaze #dachshund

It is easy to get caught up in prep and lose track of time and friends. As an introvert who verges on ambivert status, it's even easier for me to remain in a cocoon. But I try hard to get out and spend time with others when we can get our schedules to coincide. I feel lucky to have seen and caught up individually with both of these beautiful ladies in the past two days. ๐Ÿ’œ This picture is from about two years ago, but it feels like it was taken just yesterday. And of course, none of us aged a bit. And I know for a fact I haven't grown taller...not one bit. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Anyway, we're each wearing a different color of the @officialbetterbodies grunge tights, which are one of my faves from Better Bodies. What makes these tights even more special than their fit and fabric is the fact that they are 25% off this month. So...visit www.gaspbb.com, visit the "promotions" section, and get you some! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ–ค #friends #Saturday #social #qualitytime #dealofthemonth #deals #dealsandsteals #delts #tights #betterbodies #betterbodieslifestyle #betterbodiestights #ifbb #ifbbpro #figure #bikini #wpd #womenwholift #girlpower #likeagirl #fitgirls #fitness #nike #nikewomen

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