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1st call outs captured by @tristanmanas at @wbff_aust GC 2017 show. Thank you for capturing this moment! And what a line up!😱I couldn't have given this prep any more than I had and I'm so happy with how I presented on stage. I put my posing in part, down to the incredible @creativebikinis I was honoured enough to wear πŸ™ŒπŸΌ how gorgeous is it?!

#FLASHBACK to strutting my stuff on the @wbff_aust stage in an itty bitty sparkly @creativebikinis πŸ˜β €
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Confidence doesn't come from trying to achieve a 'perfect' body. It comes from you owning the one you've already got πŸ™ŒπŸΌβ €
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#happyhumpday πŸ‘β €
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#motivation #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #ketogirls #skinnytofit #skinnytostrong #fitgirls #ketosis #ketofam #gymmotivation #girlswholift #fitness #ketodiet #keto #ketogenic #shelleydarlington #weightloss #booty #bootybuilding #bootyworkout #healthylifestyle #bodygoals #transformation #lchf #lowcarbliving #ketoandweights #cleaneating #workout

STRONG BODY. STRONG MIND.β €
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Not a hobby. A lifestyle.β €
Not a chore. A passion.β €
Not for him. For me.β €
Not to look good. To FEEL good.β €
Not because I have to. But because I WANT to.β €
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These are the makings of a woman in control of her destiny.β €
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Are you with me?β €
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Join my tribe. (Link in Bio)β €
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#motivation #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #skinnytofit #skinnytostrong #fitgirls #strongbyshelley #musclesaresexy #girlswithmuscle #stronggirls #gymmotivation #girlswholift #fitness #ketodiet #keto #shelleydarlington #bodygoals #transformation #lchf #workout

#tbt to exactly a year ago! Wow how time flies. Can I just say... holy mother of glutes!! πŸ˜±πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΌ I remember I was strong af here. Thick, fit, bootylicious AND hitting PBs left right and centre πŸ’ͺ🏼 THIS IS HEALTH RIGHT HERE LADIES! I had a little belly pouch, my cellulite may have made a little comeback, jiggly bits galore but goddam I FELT SO GOOD... and that's really all that matters πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Let's talk #KETO
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Where my #KetoQueens at?? πŸ‘ΈπŸ» .
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I know this way of eating probably seems completely whack to some of you and just plain scary to most but honestly, it's the #1 contributor the way I look and feel today (aside from lifting weights, obviously) πŸ˜‰
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I have never had so much energy, felt such incredible clarity or found it so eeeeasssyyy to stay in shape all year round. Keto elevated my health to a level beyond what I thought possible. Truly, once you go keto, you NEVER go back! But the hardest part (and the thing that deters most people) is adapting.
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There is so much BS out there about this AMAZING lifestyle annnd a lot of haters... I get it. It's not the norm, right? But just because something isn't considered normal or mainstream, doesn't make it wrong.
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Keto forced me to open my mind to other possibilities, it taught me to question the mainstream and learn what TRUE health really is! 😌
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F*ck the norm. Open your mind. Be frickin awesome πŸ™πŸΌ
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Would you like to see more vids like this?? Cus there's plenty more where this came from πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Let me know in the comments below πŸ’œ

In honour of #Humpday here is a #bootyworkout that I wish I could right now πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΌ but I've been battling the sniffles and feel dizzy every time I stand up 😷😩🀧(I caught bae's man-flu, hence why I've been MIA)
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The theme is a compound move superset with single leg to reaaallly get those buns firing! πŸ‘πŸ”₯😡 As always, spend at least 10-15 mins warm up with glute activation. All praise the #bootybands πŸ™ŒπŸΌ.
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πŸ‘HEAVY HIP THRUST 5x10
πŸ‘SINGLE LEG BODYWEIGHT HIP THRUST 5x12-15
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πŸ‘HEAVY CONVENTIONAL DEADLIFT 5x10
πŸ‘BODYWEIGHT SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT 5x12-15
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πŸ‘HEAVY DUMBBELL ROMANIAN DEADLIFT 5x10
πŸ‘LIGHT SINGLE LEG HAMSTRING CURL 5x12-15
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πŸ‘KETTLE BELL 1/4 REP SUMO SQUAT BURNOUT πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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Mind muscle connection is πŸ”‘ Don't forget to drive through heels and squuuuueeeeze! πŸ‘πŸ˜΅πŸ‘ Tell me how you like it in the comments below! πŸ’œ
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πŸ“Έ @jamesjoel πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Practice makes perfect πŸ™πŸΌ
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There is a fine art to posing and that's why I love the stage! You can see from this time lapse that I wasn't always graceful and confident πŸ˜‚ I mean, what is up with those flicky hands and pointy fingers (bikini girls, who can relate?!) 😳
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June 2015 - when I first entertained the thought of actually competing for the first time. No coach, no guidance. Just my feeble attempt at copying other competitors that I'd watched at shows and online.
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Aug 2015 - when I actually committed to competing by joining a federation and had one 1hr posing lesson with a bikini pro who gave me a nudge in the right direction.
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Feb 2016 - when I was a month out from my first ever comp and had been working with a posing coach for the previous 3 months.
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March 2016 - my first state show where I placed first in bikini short (I still cringe at those jelly arms though πŸ™ˆ)
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April 2017 - when I started working with a posing coach again in preparation for my next show.
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May 2017 - the night before competing in my last show with the @wbff_aust πŸ’πŸ»What a diva!!
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This just goes to show that we all start somewhere! If you are thinking about competing, don't just wing it with your stage presence. I wouldn't have improved as much as I have or won shows, if it wasn't for all those hours of practice.
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And even if you aren't thinking of competing, posing builds confidence, it gives you a far better awareness of your body and muscles... and is quite a workout in itself! Oh, and its hella fun to unleash your inner goddess 😜
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I will be taking on posing clients very soon! So if you want to learn from a champion and perfect your technique CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO πŸ’œ

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"The eyes are the nipples of the face." πŸ˜‹πŸ™ˆπŸ’―
- #ShelleyDarlington
#HouseBunny #AnnaFaris #Domesticated #AllEyezOnMe #KawaiiGang #BDB #BBD #slightlyfiltrated

STRONG BODY. STRONG MIND.β €
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Not a hobby. A lifestyle.β €
Not a chore. A passion.β €
Not for him. For me.β €
Not to look good. To FEEL good.β €
Not because I have to. But because I WANT to.β €
β €
These are the makings of a woman in control of her destiny.β €
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Are you with me?β €
β €
Join my tribe. (Link in Bio)β €
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#motivation #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #skinnytofit #skinnytostrong #fitgirls #strongbyshelley #musclesaresexy #girlswithmuscle #stronggirls #gymmotivation #girlswholift #fitness #ketodiet #keto #shelleydarlington #bodygoals #transformation #lchf #workout

Listen up ladies! I've opened up 2 more spots for my online training programs (link in bio) πŸ’ͺ🏼
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They say that starting is the hardest part, but I disagree. You know what's harder? Being consistent. Staying motivated every day. Being accountable for what you put in your mouth. Those things are frickin hard. I struggle with it too! 😩
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But nailing those things isn't just a question of WILLPOWER. Nope. Willpower has nothing to do with it! In fact, persevering with something that's not enjoyable because you think it will make you happy in the long run is frankly... well, INSANE πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™…πŸ»πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
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Find your reason WHY. Wanting a flat tummy or a bigger butt is not enough. Sure we all want to look our best, but what really DRIVES you??
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For me, it was wanting to regain my health after hitting rock bottom. I promised myself that I'd never go back to my chain smoking, junk food eating, late night partying ways... because I want to be strong and healthy and I only want to FEEL GOOD.
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Here's the magic formula: Find your WHY and do what FEELS GOOD... so if you don't like cardio, don't do it. Find a way to move your body that you actually enjoy. That's why I lift weights and eat keto (because hello, #bacon πŸ™Š) If I had to do hours on the treadmill and eat brown rice and broccoli all day, I'd be miserable too! 😒
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Has it clicked yet? Do you get it?? This whole health and fitness thing is first and foremost about being HAPPY and FEELING GOOD πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸΌ If you're not there, let me help you find a way that works for YOU πŸ™πŸΌ
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Happy Friday my beauties πŸ’œ

#throwbackthursday training some baby wings on the Gold Coast a few days before competing with @wbff_aust πŸ’ͺ🏼
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My back used to be my weakness. I used to feel so awkward doing back exercises, especially one arm rows. My little baby muscles just didn't know what the hell was going on! πŸ˜‚ I basically used to just go through the motion of the exercise with zero body awareness and be like, "um ok, am I supposed to feel something back there?!" πŸ€”πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚
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It wasn't until I started doing banded chin ups and really trying to focus on specific back muscles during every rep that I started to see progress. One day it just 'clicked' and man, did it feel amazing!
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I love feeling strong and discovering muscles that I didn't know I had. Who can relate?? πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

In honour of #Humpday here is a #bootyworkout that I wish I could right now πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΌ but I've been battling the sniffles and feel dizzy every time I stand up 😷😩🀧(I caught bae's man-flu, hence why I've been MIA)
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The theme is a compound move superset with single leg to reaaallly get those buns firing! πŸ‘πŸ”₯😡 As always, spend at least 10-15 mins warm up with glute activation. All praise the #bootybands πŸ™ŒπŸΌ.
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πŸ‘HEAVY HIP THRUST 5x10
πŸ‘SINGLE LEG BODYWEIGHT HIP THRUST 5x12-15
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πŸ‘HEAVY CONVENTIONAL DEADLIFT 5x10
πŸ‘BODYWEIGHT SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT 5x12-15
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πŸ‘HEAVY DUMBBELL ROMANIAN DEADLIFT 5x10
πŸ‘LIGHT SINGLE LEG HAMSTRING CURL 5x12-15
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πŸ‘KETTLE BELL 1/4 REP SUMO SQUAT BURNOUT πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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Mind muscle connection is πŸ”‘ Don't forget to drive through heels and squuuuueeeeze! πŸ‘πŸ˜΅πŸ‘ Tell me how you like it in the comments below! πŸ’œ
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πŸ“Έ @jamesjoel πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

#TRANSFORMATIONTUESDAY
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From #skinnytostrong πŸ’ͺ🏼
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Hard to believe that girl on the left was me 10 years ago. If you'd have shown her the pic on the right and told her that a decade later she'd be 13kg of muscle heavier, strong af, lifting weights on the other side of the world and helping others do the same... she'd outright laugh in your face πŸ˜‚
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But here I am πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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Never underestimate the unbounded potential that you have inside you. If you can dream it, you can achieve it πŸ™πŸΌ
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P.s. I still can't believe how tiny I was! Look at my noodle arm bracelet I'm wearing as an arm cuff! 😱

Let's talk #KETO
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Where my #KetoQueens at?? πŸ‘ΈπŸ» .
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I know this way of eating probably seems completely whack to some of you and just plain scary to most but honestly, it's the #1 contributor the way I look and feel today (aside from lifting weights, obviously) πŸ˜‰
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.
I have never had so much energy, felt such incredible clarity or found it so eeeeasssyyy to stay in shape all year round. Keto elevated my health to a level beyond what I thought possible. Truly, once you go keto, you NEVER go back! But the hardest part (and the thing that deters most people) is adapting.
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.
There is so much BS out there about this AMAZING lifestyle annnd a lot of haters... I get it. It's not the norm, right? But just because something isn't considered normal or mainstream, doesn't make it wrong.
.
.
Keto forced me to open my mind to other possibilities, it taught me to question the mainstream and learn what TRUE health really is! 😌
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F*ck the norm. Open your mind. Be frickin awesome πŸ™πŸΌ
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Would you like to see more vids like this?? Cus there's plenty more where this came from πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Let me know in the comments below πŸ’œ

This is my body. The vehicle that I move around in, made of flesh and bone. That is all πŸ’πŸ»
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What really matters, isn't whether I have abs or lean legs or toned arms. I know that time will inevitably change my body. No one can escape that! But what I do care about, more than anything, is FEELING GOOD in this vehicle that I call my body, because it's the only one I've got and the only one I'll ever have.
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I want to feel strong, I want to feel fit, I want to feel amazing every single day and push this machine to it's limits! So that I can swim in oceans and climb up mountains, so I can live a long and healthy life and experience everything that this physical world has to offer! πŸ™πŸΌ
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The human body is an incredible machine, capable of amazing things, if you'd just let go of caring so much about what it looks like and start treating it in ways that make it thrive! 😌✨
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And the beauty of it is, that when you let it thrive, all that surface stuff... you know, the abs and lean legs and toned arms... it just happens by default πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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So girl, if you could just wrap your head around that little gem, you'll be half way there 😘
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Sending you big love πŸ’œ

Jungle fever with @wolfs__spirit x @emmaattard ✨🌴
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Hair @hairbylaceygc .
MUA @erin.alana.mua .
Nails @ambergravesande

I trained back today but whatever, here's a #BELFIE ...and it isn't even #humpday yet. What a rebel πŸ€“
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Today's back workout is on my story! Go check it out ladies and let me know what you think! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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Good night IG fam πŸ’œ

#MONDAYMOTIVATION πŸ’œ
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There is 10 years difference between these photos and a whopping 13kg!! πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ˜±πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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Left pic: 23 years old, 40kg, on holiday, elephant trekking in Thailand! I had a blast on that trip but I remember how weak I was and how tired I got doing really simple things. I mean, look at those noodle arms!! πŸ˜‚
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Right pic: 33 years old, 53kg, on stage at @wbff_aust GC2017 show just over 3 weeks ago! Yes, I changed my body, I built some curves and strength. But the real change here is my MIND.
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Living a healthy lifestyle and lifting weights has changed my life! I am no longer a shy, insecure and lost girl who has no drive or direction in life. I now have purpose, I am confident and dare to reach for my dreams. And it spills over into every area of my life! My relationships are healthier, my work life improved and I can deal with problems when they arise (where before, the 23 year old me would just emotionally check-out and run away!) The fact that I'm in the best shape of my life is just the icing on cake 😜🍰 .
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Because remember, the body of your dreams is merely a byproduct of how GOOD YOU FEEL πŸ™πŸΌso focus your energy on being healthy and the rest will just fall into place effortlessly. How awesome is that?! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Happy Sunday my lovelies πŸ’œ
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LAST CHANCE - CLICK LINK IN BIO πŸ™πŸΌDon't forget to register for my online coaching programs. Limited spots available for this intake!
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This weekend has gone by in a blur! I had a mini break from social media but I'm back!! Did you miss me? πŸ™ŠπŸ˜œ I had a day off from training yesterday, I had acupuncture on my sore neck and an epic refeed meal yesterday. I'm doing my Cyclical Keto Diet Plan so I can build some muscle and work on my strength gains πŸ’ͺ🏼 it's working really well for my ectomorph body type πŸ™ŒπŸΌ So The Viking and I demolished a whole sushi platter to ourselves last night 🀀🍱 oh and a @lionellocookies smores cookie tooπŸ˜‹
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I put all those carbs to good use today with a booty workout. I'm really loving using bands right now. Ooooh it burns so good πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚
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I've put the workout up on my story. Go check it out! 😘

I've become ruthless with my emotions over the last few years. If something doesn't feel good to me anymore, I drop it like a hot stone. That sounds harsh, right? But... it's changed my life in so many unfathomable ways and only for the better! I encourage you to do the same.
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YOU are a creator of unlimited potential, capable of amazing things! That voice of doubt that tells you, you are not good enough, that you can't... is not real. It lies to you. How do I know that? Because your deepest TRUTH will ALWAYS FEEL GOOD to you. Listen to your emotions, they will guide you towards everything you've ever dreamt of.
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BE FEARLESS. BE OPEN. BE YOU.
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Goodnight my lovelies πŸ’œ
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πŸ“Έ @quby

Practice makes perfect πŸ™πŸΌ
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There is a fine art to posing and that's why I love the stage! You can see from this time lapse that I wasn't always graceful and confident πŸ˜‚ I mean, what is up with those flicky hands and pointy fingers (bikini girls, who can relate?!) 😳
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June 2015 - when I first entertained the thought of actually competing for the first time. No coach, no guidance. Just my feeble attempt at copying other competitors that I'd watched at shows and online.
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Aug 2015 - when I actually committed to competing by joining a federation and had one 1hr posing lesson with a bikini pro who gave me a nudge in the right direction.
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Feb 2016 - when I was a month out from my first ever comp and had been working with a posing coach for the previous 3 months.
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March 2016 - my first state show where I placed first in bikini short (I still cringe at those jelly arms though πŸ™ˆ)
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April 2017 - when I started working with a posing coach again in preparation for my next show.
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May 2017 - the night before competing in my last show with the @wbff_aust πŸ’πŸ»What a diva!!
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This just goes to show that we all start somewhere! If you are thinking about competing, don't just wing it with your stage presence. I wouldn't have improved as much as I have or won shows, if it wasn't for all those hours of practice.
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And even if you aren't thinking of competing, posing builds confidence, it gives you a far better awareness of your body and muscles... and is quite a workout in itself! Oh, and its hella fun to unleash your inner goddess 😜
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I will be taking on posing clients very soon! So if you want to learn from a champion and perfect your technique CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO πŸ’œ

#MONDAYMOTIVATION
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LEFT PIC: 20 years old, 40kg, bad posture, skinny fat, pimples, weak af, never stepped foot in a gym in my life! Ate Maccas and Subway pretty much everyday. Smoked, drank & partied hard. This is me on Bondi Beach when I first came to Australia as a backpacker 13 years ago. It's ok, go ahead, you can laugh out loud. Beaded braids Γ  la Monica from Friends Barbados hair circa 2003... Let's not even go there πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™„ #tamingthejewfro
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RIGHT PIC: 33 years old, 54ish kg, better posture, lifting weights 5 days/week, strong af (well, for a mini human at least 😜), keto diet, no alcohol or smoking. In the best shape of my life, the healthiest I have ever been and feeling amazing πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ (still love a good braid though clearly)
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Let this be proof to you that age is just a number and that you are never too old to turn your life around! Sometimes I look back at old photos of myself and I hardly recognise the girl in the picture. Never in a million years did I think this would be my life as it is now... strong, confident, healthy and inspiring YOU to be the same!
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Truly, nothing is impossible. You have incredible potential inside of you that's just waiting to burst out!! You'll be amazed at what you are capable of, if you just believe in yourself. So stop dreaming and start doing!
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CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO so I can show you how...
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I'm right here with you. Let's do this πŸ’œ

πŸ’œA SMILE IS A CURVE THAT SETS EVERYTHING STRAIGHTπŸ’œ
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I know this sounds cheesy as hell and I don't mean to come across like a FAKEness... sorry, I mean FITness model's "insert motivational quote here" post πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ but, did you know just how good smiling actually is for you? Seriously. It's like, really really health promoting.
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I used to HATE my smile. Now that's a strong word but I really did hate it. I was so self conscious as a kid, teen and even up until very recently. I wore a fixed brace and retainer for over 5 years but my teeth were still crooked after all that. I hated how my face scrunched up when I laughed. I was so insecure that I never smiled in photos. And let me tell you, I PERFECTED the resting b*tch face to a T πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ As a teen I was a skinny, shy geek with frizzy hair and questionable fashion sense. I used to get called names like, bugs bunny, witch, banana face and gappy tooth πŸ˜” Jeez kids are mean!!
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I've had 5 corrective surgeries on my mouth, gums and teeth over the last 20 years. I've had over 30 stitches in my mouth and I've spent countless months eating baby food through a straw. But now I can happily say that I love my smile, even if my face still scrunches up when I laugh.
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All that sh*t that I went through was horrible at the time but it taught me to be compassionate and strong, to always be kind to others and to realise that how you look does not determine your worth!
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Why am I even writing this?! I don't really know, I'm rambling. But the next time you hate on yourself or any part of your body, just remember, a diamond is just a lump of coal that did well under pressure πŸ˜‰ You are so much more than your body. You are so much more than this bag of flesh and bones that you walk around in. You are the universe looking back at itself. You are awesome, you are capable of amazing things and you are perfect just the way you are πŸ’ŽπŸ’«

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