Shelley's Story, The Journey


Woman doing a barbell close grip bench press

‘The universe rewards action not intention’

I stopped procrastinating, the commitment was made and I started doing my thing at the expensive gym nearest to my house. As luck would have it a new 24 hour budget chain gym complete with a large free weight area, 5 minutes from my house was  announced and would open in a couple of months.


It’s true, my approach at the start was a bit shaky, my attendence at the gym a bit sporadic. I wondered if anyone notice I didn’t exactly know what I was doing with the weights. I felt if I was going to make this really happen I needed someone who I could ask questions and get beginners advice from and maybe even train with on the odd occassion. Who better then the bodybuilder at work after all, he was the only bodybuilder I know.

The next time I saw him next and asked and to my surprise he said,  he would be happy to help. He offered to put a weightlifting plan for me and at some point we could train together. I had hit the jackpot.His first tips were to begin to exercise early in the morning to boost my metabolism and to drink plenty of water. OK, I can do the water thing but exercise around 4 am or 5 am, didn’t sound particularly appealing to me.

So the weeks went by and no plan materalised just constant promises to do!

“It was my responsibility to find out the information I needed instead of relying on someone else to do the work for me”


This is where you would think I would start to lose faith and giving up on bodybuilding, right? Well, you would be right… Only for a second then something came over me.   I asked myself again if I want this or did I want to give up because I felt I had failed to make it happen again instead of going ahead and making it happen. It seemed I was always falling down at this, I came to a conclusion.

 “I was hungry for information on bodybuilding”


If I wanted to succeed at this and it was my responsibility to find out the information I needed instead of relying on someone else to do the work for me. I wasn’t going to wait anymore, if I fell I would get up and keep going.  So I made the internet my new bodybuilding friend.

I was hungry for information on bodybuilding, my spare time began to be taken up with watching and reading anything and everything I could find.  I researched every angle until I understood what it was going to take me and yes, that 24hr gym opened and I’m going 4 – 5 times a week. This girl is on fire, so watch this space…