Amanda Ferlisi - Bikini Competitor

I started competing back in June 2015 when my best friend Courtney asked me if I wanted to compete in the NPC. I always exercised and cared about my appearance and my body, but I wanted to take it to the next level. I come from a background of severe eating disorders and extremes, so I need to regain control of myself both mentally and physically.

October 2015 ???? April 2017. (Left, right before my first NPC competition, right - right before my last NPC competition). Forgot to post this #transformationtuesday from yesterday so I decided to give myself my own #wcw. - Never give up on your dreams. No matter how crazy they may seem. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something. With the right mindset and the right guidance, anything is possible. - BE SAVAGE, NOT AVERAGE????. - #npc #npcbikini #bikinicompetitor #bodybuilding #selflove #happy #healthy #weightloss #weightlosstransformation #transformation #bpiathlete #wednesday #fit #fitspo #fitfam #fitness #fitgirl #fitnessmotivation #motivation #inspiration #gym #gymmotivation

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I have been competing in back-to-back NPC competitions since November 2015 and dieting since June 2015. I haven't had an offseason per say, but I currently follow an IIFYM approach. For my first 3 competitions I followed a strict clean eating diet. While there is nothing wrong with that approach, it hurt me more mentally. I needed to experience food outside of eggs and sweet potato. I needed that flexibility for mental sanity and since February 2017, that's what I've been following. It's helped me gain muscle and cut fat in a much healthier and happier way!
Clean eating failed me only because I didn't have the flexibility. If I want to eat a protein bar, I eat the damn protein bar! I still choose mostly clean food - about 95% but the flexibility helps me stay on track.

I currently am prepping for my 5th competition and lift 5 days a week and HIIT cardio 3 times a week. My lifts take around 60-90min and my cardio takes 30min each day. My diet stays the same most days as far as my macronutrient break down.

I built up the confidence to get on that stage in a bikini because I wanted to prove to myself and the world that I was capable of working hard and achieving my physique goals. I wasn't satisfied with my appearance until my 3rd competition when I qualified. Nowadays, I love my body and myself from the inside out which shows on stage!

That feeling of being on stage and showing off all your hard work and dedication. The blood, sweat and tears that I poured into this prep was indescribable. The smile on my face says it all. If I told you 2 years ago I was almost 50lbs bigger would you believe me? - Do what sets your soul on fire ??. - #npc #jaycutlerclassic #npcbikini #bikinicompetitor #ifbb #gymlife #motivation #fitnessmotivation #bodybuilding #fit #fitspo #fitfam #fitness #fitgirl #fitnessmotivation #fitnessjourney #happy #smile #healthy #goals #tuesday #transformationtuesday

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My experiences with competing have been very up and down. I'm very competitive by nature- I ALWAYS want to win. It's a great thing to want the best and want to achieve the best, but it can make you very depressed when you don't achieve something after all your hard work- all the trials and tribulations you go through. I qualified in October of 2016 and assumed that I would do better for my last competition in April 2017. I trained like a champion, had the mindset of a champion, and I loved (and do love) my body! I got first call outs in bikini open D! I was so excited! If you get first call outs at prejudging it's a 99% chance that you placed top 5- therefore qualifying. Unfortunately, this time I got bumped to 6th, missing that top 5 spot. I cried. I cried until I couldn't move. I was devastated. All my hard work, all the sacrifices, why? It took me about a week to realize that not everyone judge will like my physique. Not every competition will require you to be extremely lean. I was too lean and not soft enough- wait what? Isn't that the goal? Unfortunately with bikini there is no set criteria. It's very subjective. You're judged based off of the general population competing. With the feedback that I received, I will be slowly increasing calories and trying to maintain a less hard and lean physique in hope to fill out my upper body a little more.

Being an athlete affects my ENTIRE life. It puts a strain on every aspect of my life regardless of whether or not I want it to. My family doesn't understand what I do and some of my friends don't understand. BUT what I can say is that being an athlete has made me happy and healthy. I learned how to balance my life better, spend time with the people I love, understand that not everyone eats/trains like me. It's tough balancing being a competitive athlete and having a full time job, future career goals, family, friends, relationships, but, if you love something, you make it work.

My future plans are currently prepping for my next NPC competition in June, maybe try out the WNBF federation, and work on building my brand! I love helping people- I aspire to inspire!

It's happening! #913 ???????. bikini D! - #npc #bodybuilding #fit #fitspo #fitness #fitlife #fitnessmotivation #jaycutlerclassic

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