In an interview Wed. evening, Oct. 30, at California Fitness Club in Elk Grove, CA, Jamie said that she became interested in physique competition while watching professional body builders compete in the 2013 Governor's Cup.
That was in March. Jamie weighed 89 pounds soaking wet. She said, “I didn't know anything about the industry.” Keep in mind, that was just seven months ago.
Jamie continued, “I followed the coaches on Instagram, and I met them later at a wellness clinic and they told me I needed to compete.”
The natural assumption is that at 5' 2" she was underweight but in shape.
Jamie continued. “I was really unhealthy. I was underweight. I ate fast food once a day and cooked a meal at night. I looked like a skeleton.” Her husband, Tyson, who is a men's physique competitor agreed.
Jamie was moved by the Handsome Muscle Team coaches encouragement and told them that perhaps she would be ready to compete by October.
The coaches insisted they could have her ready for a June competition so she reluctantly agreed.
What did "getting ready" entail?
Jamie said, “The coaches put together a meal and exercise plan for me. They calculated a diet for me. Six meals a day. I had to eat every three hours. I had to cut out Starbucks and all my sweet tooth cravings and I could only drink water. I had to drink a gallon of water a day.”
Determination and willpower saw Jamie through the intense eight week period she had to ready herself for the June competition with the help of her supportive husband. “When I want that Starbucks, Ty is that little voice in the back of my head saying 'you can do this'. He is so helpful. Like when things get taken away from my diet and I get edgy, he'll say to the kids, 'Okay, let's give mommy a little time alone'.”
The whole idea of diet and exercise requires focus. Add in competition and it becomes even more mentally taxing.
But Tyson, who is also brand new in the industry shared a method that has helped his wife overcome some of the anxiety. He said, “When you start to look at food as fuel your body needs to do what you want it to do, it gets easier."
Jamie readied herself for June and finished 6th out of 22 competitors. Despite her strong placing in her initial contest, her coaches said she needed more “attitude” on stage..
And with more attitude and well prepared in August, she stood on stage before a large crowd in Lake Tahoe in her competition bikini and took 1st place!
On Wednesday, the middle of Jamie's peak week she was working on her upper-body. She weighed in at 108 pounds with 15 percent body-fat and she looked great!
Today, Jamie should tip the scales at 105 pounds and after an intense period of discipline, diet, determination, and exercise, Jamie will stand before the judges and a crowd of onlookers at the Sacramento National Physique Committee's competition, her husband Tyson cheering her on from the sidelines, and with just the right amount of attitude, will add another win to her record.
Jamie Silva is an exemplary model that demonstrates what diet and exercise can do if you have the discipline and dedication to turn a healthy lifestyle.
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