Posted by: Jaena | March 18, 2016

Keeping My Eyes on the Prize

“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.”-Og Mandino

These are words I have tried to live by these past few months on my journey to compete again. Although it has been over twelve years since I last competed, I thought I kept myself in somewhat decent shape over the years. Needless to say, it has been a very humbling experience training for a show. I thought that coming out of retirement wouldn’t be so bad.

My reason for coming back was to prove to myself that I still have what it takes mentally and physically. I have learned that the body doesn’t always want to cooperate. Since turning 50, maybe a little before, my body doesn’t bounce back quite the same way. I am not one to give up or give in but it has been very challenging at times. I have had to train smarter and harder. My body is a little beat up at the moment but my spirit is not. I am determined, along with my team, my biggest supporter my husband, my coach, my Pilates instructor, chiropractor and nutritionist to take home the prize and prove that anything is possible. 




  1. Go, Jaena! I have faith in you–

  2. Awww, thank you Debra! 🙂 🙂

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