Julie Wallace: “From Out of Shape Mom to FIgure Competitor”
Written By: Julie Wallace
Hi most of you will not know me so I’ll introduce myself. My name is Julie Wallace. I am a figure competitor , Mother and vegan. I have had quite the colorful journey in the last 15 – 18 yrs. I was not always this fit or successful; certainly not as confident as I am now.
I used to be over 210 lbs. I ate to fill an emotional void in my life. I was struggling to accept I was gay, working through all the pain from my parents not accepting me and so I ate. I became depressed and struggled daily with depression. The weight continued climbing. Then I had my daughter and gained even more.
At one point I just realized after partner and I split up I needed to gain back control. I started by moving daily, a walk or fitness video. I cut out coke and cheese then set 20 pound goals for myself. When I reached my goal I would buy myself a pedicure or massage. Nothing food related.
My life was coming together and slowly thru perseverance and dedication I lost over 100 pounds on my own. No pills, surgeries or fitness camps. Just me and my strong will to be better for myself and my daughter.
I armed myself with a strong sense of self. I really believe that most moms don’t believe in themselves enough to put themselves first. This is a must as an individual to be who you are and to treat yourself right so you can do well for others. I have continued on my journey everyday doing better and reaching for more opportunities in my life.
3 years ago I decided to compete in my first figure competition at a local bodybuilding show called Iron Man . I placed in my class but more importantly I did it. I followed through and I stood there in front of my children to show them that they can do anything they set their mind too. There was times that I wanted to quit. It was hard to diet, it was exhausting and I didn’t feel good. I thought I can’t do this anymore, I can’t do one more set, I can’t do one more day of training! I did do it! I did it for myself but more importantly for my children. I continue this journey on a day to day basis. It is hard,at times I fall and I struggle but I know that I will never go back to where I was. I know that I will never compromise myself. I know that I will never compromise my values, morals or core beliefs and my love for fitness and health and wellness.
I believe everybody can do this. The mind is powerful and your body will go where your mind tells it to. When I see overweight people in the gym whether that be grossly overweight or just a little bit overweight, I say good for them. Everyone starts somewhere it’s their first step towards a healthy lifestyle. It is hard to go to a gym when you’re overweight, it is not the most welcoming place. That person made the decision to get up that day and go do something for themselves that is not easy. Don’t ever be afraid to do something for yourself! Take that first step towards a happy healthy lifestyle.