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Suzanne
11-08-2011, 07:55 PM
I posted here awhile back but have been mostly at Siouxcountry and RX. Ila reminded me this was a really good forum and I should come back and get involved.

A lot of you probably know me but for those who don't a brief bio...
My journey into bodybuilding began in 1995 when I was very overweight and joined a gym for the first time. You can read all about my transformation here. In 2002, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. I did two more that year and one in 2003. Having come from being overweight, I had a fear of getting "fat" again so I switched to figure for 2004 and 2006 thinking it was a way to continue to compete but also stay small. In 2007, my trainer (2006-2011), Jeremy Minihan, suggested I go back to bodybuilding and that is what I did for Jr Nationals that year. I couldn't be happier! I truly enjoy every aspect of bodybuilding: the heavy lifting, making necessary changes to my physique, watching the changes unfold as I diet for a show and being up on stage knowing I put everything I had into it. I have met so many wonderful people doing this sport. I knew I had obtained success in bodybuilding by winning the middle weight class and the overall at the 2009 NPC Jr Nationals. I was so excited and shocked! I could not believe that was me; the once fat person who didn't want to be seen was the overall winner in a national level bodybuilding competiton. Words can't descibe the feeling. This only added fuel to my desire to continue to strive for higher goals. And, most recently I reached another goal by bringing my best overall package to the 2011 IFBB North American Championships, a Pro Qualifier, where I placed first in open middleweight and 1st in over 35 middleweight.

I have been legally blind since birth due to a congenital condition called Achromatopsia (www.achromatopsia.info)(www.achromatopsia.org). Legally blind means that even with correction your vision is worse than 20/200 which is the biggest E on the eye chart. Due to this condition, I have reduced visual acuity 20/400-20/600, severe light sensitivity and am totally color blind. This has affected my life in many ways; for example, I have never driven, I never did sports or PE throughout my school years and I have a very difficult time recognizing people or being able to see if they are waving to me for example.

After 2011 North Americans I began working with NPC Bodybuilder Dusty Hanshaw for my off season and our next goal is USAs. I am also super excited and blessed to have joined iForce Nutrition as a sponsored athlete I will have the opportunity to speak to groups about weight loss and what is possible is we put our mind to something and commit to it.

You can read all about my transformation here http://www.suzannegermano.com/index.html

I also just began blogging
http://suzannegermano.blogspot.com/2011/11/mindset-makeover-fat-girl-to-athlete.html

I really enjoy answering any questions and helping others reach their fitness goals

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--GN8LQyNZAQ/To1bYqrGgrI/AAAAAAAAAB8/47hbpEIPjbA/s1600/FatToFit.png

Inatic
11-08-2011, 08:05 PM
suzanne!
I follow you on SC.. So glad you came back to LBC!

Scarl3tbutt3rfly
11-08-2011, 08:14 PM
HI SUZ!!! Welcome Back!!!! :hug:

:yayconfetti:

You should restart a journal! If you have time for it anyway. Lots of journaling going on around here! Very supportive forum. LOVE IT! :)

spa_68
11-08-2011, 08:22 PM
:wave: Suzanne!

So glad to have you here....it looks like you have lots of knowledge to spread. It's really fun here too! Ready, set, go!!!

Have a great day!
Steph

Suzanne
11-08-2011, 08:57 PM
suzanne!
I follow you on SC.. So glad you came back to LBC!


HI SUZ!!! Welcome Back!!!! :hug:

:yayconfetti:

You should restart a journal! If you have time for it anyway. Lots of journaling going on around here! Very supportive forum. LOVE IT! :)


:wave: Suzanne!

So glad to have you here....it looks like you have lots of knowledge to spread. It's really fun here too! Ready, set, go!!!

Have a great day!
Steph

Thanks

I am gonna look around a bit and pop in some threads

stephm2010
11-08-2011, 10:18 PM
:clap: more wisdom to absorb. Welcome back. I've seen you a litte bit on Sioux county and I'm so glad your hear. I'm sure you will have plenty of :stalker: lurking around trying to learn so please share :)

LocoPollo
11-09-2011, 06:38 AM
Super cool and super motivating! Congratulations on your success!

Debbie
11-09-2011, 02:46 PM
Hi :hi: Loved reading your story- very inspirational. Glad you are here!

cathymp
11-09-2011, 04:41 PM
Hi Suzanne!!! It's sooooo good to see you here!!!

Ladies.....I cannot say enough about Suzanne!!! She is huge wealth of knowledge and will totally give it to you straight!!!

irishfrcrkr
11-09-2011, 10:24 PM
Hi Suzanne,

I have followed you on SiouxCountry- love your videos! You are truly an inspiration and its great to see you here!

Lisa

tiffany
11-10-2011, 04:46 AM
Wow amazing story!! Thanks for posting!!

lesliemirinda
11-10-2011, 05:11 PM
Hi Suzanne...I too have followed you on FB and SC and I just have to say I have the utmost respect for you! Talk about NO EXCUSES! You rock girl!

Suzanne
11-11-2011, 07:51 PM
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Suzanne
11-11-2011, 07:52 PM
:clap: more wisdom to absorb. Welcome back. I've seen you a litte bit on Sioux county and I'm so glad your hear. I'm sure you will have plenty of :stalker: lurking around trying to learn so please share :)


Super cool and super motivating! Congratulations on your success!


Hi :hi: Loved reading your story- very inspirational. Glad you are here!


Hi Suzanne!!! It's sooooo good to see you here!!!

Ladies.....I cannot say enough about Suzanne!!! She is huge wealth of knowledge and will totally give it to you straight!!!


Hi Suzanne,

I have followed you on SiouxCountry- love your videos! You are truly an inspiration and its great to see you here!

Lisa


Wow amazing story!! Thanks for posting!!


Hi Suzanne...I too have followed you on FB and SC and I just have to say I have the utmost respect for you! Talk about NO EXCUSES! You rock girl!

Thanks everyone!

Cathy sometime that giving straight gets me into trouble

cathymp
11-12-2011, 11:50 PM
Thanks everyone!

Cathy sometime that giving straight gets me into trouble

Yes, I know. BUT, if I ask you a question don't you dare sugar coat it for me, ya hear? LOL!!

Scarl3tbutt3rfly
11-13-2011, 04:45 PM
Yes, I know. BUT, if I ask you a question don't you dare sugar coat it for me, ya hear? LOL!!

:thumb:

KAW795
11-15-2011, 01:37 PM
Nice to meet you, Suzanne. You look great and have inspired me to keep pushing hard for the body I desire.

DeniseT
11-15-2011, 03:36 PM
Hi :wave: and Welcome :) I loved reading your story. . .so inspirational !