stephmahoe

#flashbackfriday Arnold ‘12
SIX SECRETS TO SUCCESS
1⃣Trust yourself
2⃣Work your ass off
3⃣Break the rules
4⃣Give something back
5⃣Don’t be afraid to fail
6⃣Ignore those who doubt you
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Right before prejudging…ya know just roaming around in my #sneakers! Lol just got off stage…first callouts!! 😊Very happy!
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Good morning #fitfam !
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Pop a hip. Throw a shape. I’m still looking for some in leggings, back of leg definition like @kimnana_43 and @stephmahoe have in their blue @celestialbodiez. Nope, not yet but I’ll get there.
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“My strength did not come from lifting weights. It came from lifting myself up when I was knocked down.”
Bob Moore
Photo Credit: @imiragephoto
Model: #stephmahoe

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💗Let your success me measured by the happiness in your heart. 💗
Photo credit: @djnerdypants
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YOU KNOW MY NAME, NOT MY STORY
(This is long and I apologize in advance. If you take the time to read it, thanks and I hope you enjoy it)

Im sharing this condensed version of my story because there’s so much more to Stephanie Mahoe than the girl you see in photos via our social media society. This by no means is my complete story. It is only a glimpse. It is a glimpse into my transformation that led me to the physique you see in pictures as I became a fitness model and bikini athlete.

There really is so much more to “sexy” and “beautiful” than pictures alone can convey. It is my belief that drive and determination in a person is extremly sexy. Most people in the fitness and modeling industry possess this quality, otherwise they wouldnt look the way they do. Few are lucky enough to be naturally lean, but even then a certain level of effort in the gym and the kitchen is required to maintain shape in the right places.

Ive always been a fitness fanatic and I used to see girls in fitness magazines and say, “i want to look like that.” I was never “fat” and I ate “healthy” and trained “hard.” I was happy and comfortable with my body even in my before pics, but I have this insane need to push myself to my limits. I desired more for myself. So one day I decided I was going to get that body I saw in the magazines and I was going to start by giving myself a goal of stepping on stage in a bikini competition. I was never a “big” girl by any means, but I was soft and lacked the tone I posess now. My body put up a natural fight in shedding fat, and also in gaining lean muscle. I kept at it, and kept at, knowing that as long as I kept moving in a forward direction, I would reach my goal.

Over the past two ½ years I have been diligently working on building the body I always wanted. This has required strict dieting, cardio, and patience. Many people ask me for my diet and training regime. And the one thing I can tell you is that consistency and dedication is what got me what you see today. Yes, I had great coaches who got my nutrition dialed and trained my ass with no mercy. But when it comes down to it, all of that would have meant nothing if I didnt have the inner motivation to stick to it. I dont write that to pat myself on the back, I write that to give hope to those who find themselves like I did…wanting more for themselves. The physiques that get admired werent created by a piece of paper that has ounces and minutes of cardio written on it. They are created because that person had a desire, and committed themselves to fulfilling it.

That inner drive cant be taught. It has to be found within the individual. If it isnt already present in the individual than only time can help find it and strengthen it. The point is ….i wasnt ready to transform my physique until my mind decided I was.

It is important that I clarify one thing; I believe that inner beauty is the true form of beauty. However, I don’t believe that its wrong to also take pride in my outer beauty; my physical transformation. Many people who see my current pictures assume that because I am a fit woman I must be shallow and lack any other form of beauty. This used to offend me but now I just brush it off because people who pass judgment ignorantly are usually very unhappy with themselves, and therefore incapable of celebrating the success of another person.

I think one of the biggest benefits of improving my outer appearance has been the vast improvement to my inner self. I was never unattractive, but I was also not very comfortable in my own skin, for reasons that require an entirely different blog. To summarize, my inner spirit had been broken along my journey, multiple times, by those who were supposed to love me the most. From a rocky childhood to living with an alcoholic grandfather in the house, to an abusive short-lived marriage that left me with my beautiful son but also significant emotional and mental damage, I developed a distorted perception of who I really was; inside and out.
I was always the girl who covered up and left things to the imagination. This wasn’t because I had anything to hide physically, but because my inner self was broken and wasn’t ready for ANY attention. I hated attention actually. It made me very uncomfortable. I learned to blend in. I was quiet. This is a defense mechanism learned by children raised in volatile situations and women in abusive relationships. You learn how to not stir the pot so to speak.

Two years after my divorce finalized, my sons father passed away at a young age from cancer. I was 22, broken inside, and I had the life of a 4 year old completely left in my responsibility. I was a single mother for years to follow. I was a single mother working full time and still working out. More importantly I was a single mother balancing a job and school when I began to train for my first competition. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I MADE time to workout.

As a I pursued my fitness goals my body became stronger and so did my spirit. I hate to use a trite analogy, but I feel my transformation was similar to that of a butterfly. I finally came out of my cocoon with confidence, self-esteem, self-assurance, and an entirely new appearance. Stepping into the fitness world and onto the stage helped me to HEAL. It changed the way I saw myself. It showed me I was strong. I was resilient. I was capable of change. It showed me I had control over my life in everything I did. And physically it changed the way I looked.

Yes, I take pride in these physical changes, but I am most proud of who I am as a person, not just the reflection I see in the mirror. In fact my CHARACTER is my favorite quality about myself, ecspecially in this industry that is so obsessed with outward appearances. My body may have changed, but who I am inside has remained the same because of humility. I think my personality surprises people who finally meet me. They expect me to be stuck up, arrogant, bitchy, etc., because I look a certain way. Yes, thats frustrating, but its ok. I know it’s only because they know my name and not my story. So now you know a little part of it. You know a little more than just the name, Stephanie Mahoe.

***NOTE: I truly hope this helps to prove that YOU too can overcome personal obstacles and achieve your goals. YOU can change anything with the right mindset and persistence. Heartaches, children, physical challenges, they can all be overcome. Don’t give up on YOU!
I also hope it reminds you to be careful when judging someone you don’t know until you do know more about them than just their name. There’s so much more to a person than you think.
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Sorting thru proofs from my shoot with ✨@inline_photography ✨
I have so many favorites. The difficulty of choosing images is usually how I gauge the success of the shoot and this one was most definitely a success! 💗
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Focus on where you’re going but don’t regret where you’ve been. Every pain and scar shaped you into the person you are today.
Photo by: @rosetti_photo
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The secret is…..there is NO secret!

Photo credit: @Minghphotography
Model: #stephmahoe
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