Friday, November 20, 2009

One Year as a Team O'Brien Girl

It was exactly one year ago today that I decided to go ahead and pursue one of my  life goals to compete in figure.

I had just returned from Amsterdam where I ran my 4th marathon and decided to contact Team O'Brien.  Marathons were good for goal setting and travelling but it was time for a change. Time to tackle a new goal!

I was at a wedding in September when I heard that Mindi had a studio in Burlington and was quite excited about the possible opportunity to work with thee Mindi O. I met with Mindi and Dennis on November 20, 2008 and haven't looked back since. 

These took these photos...

Pretty scary!!!

But after 4- 5 months of following Dennis' nutrition and Mindi's training programs I stepped on stage like this...


I left that first show with 2 trophies and the opportunity to move on to level 2.

The 2nd show was planned for September so I had a bit of an off season. There were some bumps in the road and I wasn't focused on my training but lessons were learned and I came back even more determined to succeed at the level 2 show in Ottawa in November.

Again I left with 2 wins!

And qualified to move onto level 3 ...Provincials!!!

I can't thank Mindi and Dennis enough for helping me to reach one of my life goals. I always said I wanted to do 'one show' ...and here I am 1 year and 4 wins later :)

 They are an amazing team of fitness professionals! So amazing in fact that I have since gave up my job at a fitness club and have joined them in working at their studio :)

It's funny how much can change in a year... I walked into that studio for the first time one year ago and now I have my own key!

Thanks again guys....looking forward to another year!!


  1. First - your before pictures are amazing, don't discount that. I'd pay cash to look like that.. then again I'm the girl counting the days til poutine fest, only 134 to go!

    I've watched your transformation since Jan 2009 and all the hard work you have put in both in your training and all that cooking and sacrifice! You absoultely deserved every single one of those wins (more if you ask me but you didn't). I truly admire your dedication, you are an inspiration.

    You rock! I can't wait for Montreal!

  2. awesome pics girl thanks for sharing they are motivational!

  3. Thanks Adena! You have been a HUGE support in this journey...couldn't have dome it without you! Here's to many more Friday nights of cooking and tea!

    Ana, I definitely thought twice about posting those pics...I am glad you were able to find some motivation in them ;)

  4. yes,totally agreeing with ana here!LOVE the pics,both before and after...
    you are such an inspiration and have proven that anything CAN happen within a year....
    keep it up chica!!

  5. Thanks Melissa! What's next for you?

  6. Tawnya,

    We are sooooo happy to have you on our TEAM & part of our family....
    You have come along way and will continue to make huge improvements..You are a true inspiration to sooo many....keep working hard girl.