24 weeks of prep.. 40 pounds down.. one of the hardest mental and physical journey I’ve experienced but I wouldn’t change even a single second of it ✨
Competing in a bikini competition was a goal of mine since I can remember. This year I decided to make this dream a reality and made it my 2018 New Years resolution to finally step on the stage for the first time! Looking back now 6 months seemed like forever to be in prep... all the meal prepping, 2x cardio sessions a day, limited sleep and constant temptation when it came to food definitely wasn’t always easy. I couldn’t be more proud of myself and what I have accomplished, not only did I grow as a person but I learned to love myself, my body and be in CONTROL of my own results 💯
Aside from the challenges and days where I felt like I couldn’t do it, my mindset became my most powerful tool that helped me push to the end 💕 on the days where I wanted to cheat on my meal plan or other life distractions that came my way... I did not let it break me, instead I used it as fuel to push even harder and continue to move forward.
Stepping on stage this past weekend was so empowering and I had the opportunity to meet so many other beautiful and motivated women who shared the same passion as me. This is only the beginning of my time on stage and I’ve learned so much about myself that I will continue to use for any goal I have in the future.
As for my fitness goals I will continue to work even harder in the gym and maintain a physique that will allow me to bring a better package to the stage next year 🙌🏼 Live your passion, find your purpose and continue to do what you love and makes you happy.
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I chose to post these photos today because they don’t actually depict who I am in person. I don’t normally dress like this and I certainly do not ride like this either. There is nothing wrong with women who choose to dress so, but I personally will not unless I have a reason to (i.e. girls night out, a photoshoot project, etc)
Going into that, I want to share my personal experience of being on social media; in the public eye. Last weekend I shared a pit with two gentlemen, Gary* & Brian* and had my bike parked beside theirs. I was told by my friend Lucas* to pit with them first since he was only going to come later in the day as he bought the evening trackday session. Lucas & I have been friends for a year. Before last weekend I did not know Gary & Brian.
When the trackday weekend ended & before they left to drive back to Singapore, this was what Gary had said to me:
“Yulina, I have heard a great deal about you. Mostly saw you on social media & chat groups. I have to be honest, the guys I thought you were a fake. You pose quite a fair bit & had so many crashes too, we believed you were nightmare of a rider & couldn’t handle a bike.”
I chimed in, “But... I’m always honest about my crashes with followers because I want them to know how hard it is.”
He continues, “Yeah but you see, we didn’t know you or your intentions then. After this weekend, I saw you ride for the first time and the way you managed that ZX6 of yours - which BTW is heavy, old & on the crappy side - Brian & I have so much newfound respect for you now. I cannot wait to go home & tell the rest of the guys. Yulina, you are the real deal.” Gary ended his words with an army salute.
I wasn’t at all disheartened by Gary’s words, in fact it is perfectly normal. People will think or say all sorts of things about you, but the truth is they will never truly know you until they come across you in real life. I never needed to prove myself to anyone. People would know how much I love this sport - if not now, then eventually 😊
*Names have been altered.
Wearing the same dress & a year apart between pictures. I love my body before and now, but I can say that I feel more confident and happy now. Changes take time, patient and a lot of dedication. Every day you have a new chance to improve and get better. You’ll be learning everyday and that’s what makes your journey interesting to continue. Always believe in yourself.
Next stop in SF is my absolute fav spot for #oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co in the Ferry Building 🙌 We got a couple orders of grilled oysters, the 24 piece oyster sampler, and the fried oyster po’boy too 😋 This spot gets really busy, so make sure u get there when they open or be prepared to wait. SWIPE LEFT to see all the dishes 👈👈 #foodninjaken
🍽Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Harissa, Oyster Sampler, Fried Oyster Po’boy