Monthly Archives: August 2012

Patty Zariello IFBB Figure Pro

Patty Zariello is one the the most disiplined and hardest working women I know. No surprise she earned her PRO card at the 2012 Team Universe show on July 8, 2012. I asked her to share with our readers what keeps her motivated. Read below for more

My family motivates me to live a healthy lifestyle. We have a history of health problems in my family including heart disease and diabetes, which can be avoided by taking better care of our bodies by eating right and exercising. It hurts to see loved ones suffer especially knowing that there is something they can do to help themselves. I want to be able to live life to the fullest, to be able to enjoy an active lifestyle with my kids for as long as I can, and to set an example for them. I’m also motivated by my awesome husband who always supports me.

 

As far as what motivates me to complete I would say that comes from within. There’s something inside of me that just pushes me to work harder. I love the feeling I get from setting a goal and going after it with all I got! I have a very competitive side of me that feeds off the challenge. The more impossible it seems the more I need to find a way to do it. I absolutely fell in love with this sport and I’m having so much fun. I truly just enjoy it so much that it doesn’t take much to motivate me. I just want to become better and better at it! I also want to help others. I enjoy giving support and encouraging others (especially other moms). It inspires ME even more when someone tells me that I inspired them or helped them in any way. To receive letters of thanks or being recognized by other women with the same dreams is an amazing feeling! I love the feeling of making someone else happy.

To read more about Patty check out her sites http://www.pattyzariello.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pattyzariello

Rachelle Dejean – Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model


Briefly share with us your background (Education, Interests, etc.)?

I LOVE being active and feel weird sitting still. I am actually a two sport Division I athlete.
I was active all of my life, but started focusing on one sport once I got to high school. I went on to play Division I volleyball at Bradley University with my twin sister (She actually plays the same position…but we always loved & thrived on the extra competition!).

I am (my twin sister, too) short, but have a HUGE heart and passion for the sport. That’s all you need to play BIG in a tall sport:) My volleyball career at Bradley was definitely roller coaster of experiences with volleyball. I had 2 head coaching changes and 4 assistant coaching changes in a matter of 4 years, not to mention so many girls coming and going on the roster.

I was never given the full aid I was promised by the head coach that recruited me; I didn’t let this defeat me though, and went on to break and set a new school record for Bradley Women’s Volleyball Career Digs! I love being an underdog and still pushing to succeed. I learned hear that “Success is a journey..!”

My last semester when volleyball eligibility already concluded, I decided to join the Women’s track team and sprint for my final semester keep me in shape! I also had my eyes on my first body building competition in the bikini division just a week after graduation!

I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself…and I knew diet would be my toughest bet..So I found a friend to advise me with workouts & put together a meal plan and WENT FOR IT!

I graduated in May with a BS in Advertising, and minors in marketing and graphic design. I LOVE graphic design and would love to eventually merge the two of my biggest passions together: being creative & living a healthy lifestyle. Whether that means magazine design, or marketing design, I don’t know just yet…. 🙂

Who has inspired you the most to succeed as a Fitness Competitor?

The summer before my final year as an undergraduate was when I realized that I wanted to join the fitness world. Icons like Jamie Eason & Amanda Adams became huge motivators for me as well as resources to change my mindset and keep improving my lifestyle! My parents and family have always supported me through years and years of recreational and competitive sports, so their support always inspires me to keep challenging myself.

What competitions have you made appearances in? From these, what were your
placements (titles won)?

Kevin Noble’s NPC Grand Prix – May 19, 2012 where I placed 4th out of 12 competitors in Bikini Short Class; Tim Gardner’s NPC Extravaganza – July 7, 2012 where I placed 1st in Bikini Short class out of 4 competitors, and also took the overall Title (Short vs Tall Class). I was also in the July 2012 Online Flex Bikini Model Search as an online contestant.

When is your next upcoming show? What will be your competing class?

My next competition is in 18 days! It is Gary Udit’s IFBB North Americans in Pittsburgh, PA. I will be in Bikini Class A (5’2″ and under). I am excited to step up on stage for my first show! I gave two very different looks at my first two shows, and I have been working hard to bring an even more refined package!

Where can fans find out more about you?

Fans can learn more about me here on my blog- Success is a journey–> successismyjourney.blogspot.com or on Facebook.

I am working to keep my competition prep interesting…by making a ‘ “Bare to Bake” One Girl, One Meal Plan and a HUGE Sweet Tooth’ Challenge. I take ONLY the things in my meal plan, and create recipes fit for a top chef in it!;

Fans that are interested in marketing themselves/services or promoting events can also look to my online portfolio. I offer great rates for promo designs! –> rachelledejean.weebly.com


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