Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

Estela Rios Inspirational Award

introduce myself I am Estela Rios also known as StellaJourney for my social sites I set up to inspire people like me. I used to weigh 405 pounds 3 1/2 yrs ago I am a single mother of 5 handsome boys ages 13 to 4yrs old I work couple jobs and I have 24 brothers and sister same mom and dad my father is a pastor by the way. Mom passed away on mother’s day this year will be 3 1/2 yrs ago I decided to make a decision to either give up and wait for death or wake up and chase my mother to heaven😳👀💋💋 that’s my mom😳 so here I stand today with no coach no trainer just God and my true friends I have made Lou and Levi at sports nutrition store in Tigard, angel sauce, Dominic current senor mark Mason these people have been true to the bone as friends. I recently went for Pittsburgh and Miami in August ended up 10th in the nationals in both Miami and Pittsburgh so I scheduled my surgery tummy tuck and breast done just 6 1/2 months ago the doctor just released me to workout so I got ready for the emerald cup placing 6th to start my season. I recently jumped into tanji Johnson show received 2nd and 3rd I believe now I have this show then o fly to Brazil to compete there.I’ve had no surgeries beforehand to lose weight or skin I did it all by Gods grace and strength and if you ask me.. this is better then living like a heroin addict for 11 years this I thank God I experienced before ANY OF MY CHILDREN were born nor have I relapsed since God healed me I take it and run!! So that is why I am overly excited to be here today for God I am nothing. I hope this has given you a little insight about myself am not here to bully or flaunt nothing I am here to grieve and move on with my life and everything in it so hi hehe. An honor Guys! See ya soon and thank you so much!

Placing.. titles..
Titles 1st show seven feathers 3rd,3rd,4th 2015, 2nd show Oregon state championship 2016 overall champion, 1st,1st,1st, fitness achievement award, 3rd show 2017 Cascadian classic 1st,2nd, 4thshow 2017 northwest championships 2nd,1st,5th show Pittsburgh championships 2017 10th,16th, 6th show Miami champions 2017 10th place, 7th show emerald cup 2018 6th,12th and most Inspirational award, 8th show 2018 Pacific coast 2nd,3rd,9th show Tanji Johnson classic 2018 2nd,2nd, physique and 8th #figure second time in 3 yrs. Now getting ready before I fly out to your show on the 9th of August my 10th show is for npcwastateopen national qualifier that is my 11th show would be you guys Brasil!!

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Candyce Sexton Inspirational Award

Candyce Sexton Inspirational Award

Most people who meet me now, would never know or guess that I weighed 231lbs back in 2012 or that I suffered (and occasionally still do) from chronic pain. Most people wouldn’t know or guess that I was once one of the most negative or depressed people to talk to. I took ZERO ownership over the person I was. I blamed everything on the car accident I was in 11 years ago. It was an easy excuse, it was easy to pass the blame. After I hit my goal of 81lbs lost, I needed a new way to channel all of my energy. Insert a brief love of cardio. I feel in love with running for about 6 months. Then had a small setback needing my gallbladder removed. After that surgery, I was looking for other ways to stay active but didn’t cause my recent surgery to impact my ability to move. I loved Zumba, RIPPED, insanity, T25, and boot camp classes. In 2014 I was offered my own opportunity to teach and inspire others to push themselves out of their comfort zone through a HIIT class. It was an amazing feeling. While my start into teaching was a little bumpy, I definitely felt passionate about helping others become or transform into the best version of themselves. I have been on this journey of self-love and development for 6 years. 3 years ago I was introduced into weightlifting, and I have been blessed to have some amazing people work with me on training, and diet over the last 3 years. It’s amazing that when you feed your body what it needs vs. what you want how quickly you can grow and build muscle. Hours and hours food prepping, measuring your food, calculating and counting macros, for me, it’s been a worthwhile journey. I am now in the middle of competition prep and have 2 weeks to go. I have loved and hated parts of this journey. But looking back to where I was 3 years ago, 6 years ago, and even 10 years ago…I never thought I would be in the place I am today. I never thought I would be in a place where I can motivate and inspire not just myself but others around me. I am lucky to be able to wake up every day and get to do something I love not for anyone else, but for myself. This allows me to be a better wife, mom, co-worker and friend While I know…trust me I know…taking the first steps is hard, making the commitment to yourself is hard, keeping the promises you made to yourself and others are hard. But I am living proof that if you believe in yourself for just a little bit, that you can do anything you set your mind too.

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Jon Knight Inspirational Award

Jon Knight Inspirational Award

Jon Knight Transformation Contest

Jon Knight Inspirational Award

After years of up and down weight fluctuations, I grew to the weight of 370 pounds. This led to several problems such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol. Bending over to tie my shoes got me winded. Of course, I always loved lifting weights, but never got my nutrition on point. One day in 2014, I decided I had enough and made a decision to take my body back. My goal that day was to change my lifestyle and compete on stage to celebrate my 50th Birthday. I didn’t quite accomplish my goal at 50, but I did at 51 and am not looking back. I don’t believe I am special, I just decided to do whatever it takes.

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Inspirational Story, Chritina Mangan

Inspirational Story, Chritina Mangan

Christina Mangan, Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine

Christina Mangan, Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine

Every single person in this world is destined for their own greatness, some it comes easier than others some harder, but every single one has their own struggles and hardships trying to stop their own personal greatness. Mine, well it has been a bumpy road from a younger age but I always seemed to rise above, but as of the last 5+ years those struggles became harder and I am now at the point I am trying to rise again.
My name is Christina, and I am 27 years young! When you look at me you see normality but little do you know I am nowhere near normal, titanium is more like it. After getting accepted into College on a Track scholarship and was studying Athletic Training and exercise science! Things were looking up! I got a great opportunity where I traveled with cheer and dance camps during the summer and was their first aider! I was almost done with my first summer doing that and about to

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

head back to my Sophomore year in college, when I was traveling to one of the last camps for the summer from Denver to Nebraska and was struck from behind on the highway by a semi Truck. I ended up braking my neck and needing spinal surgery and suffered brain damage. I attempted to finish college regardless, but the brain damage and accident ended up affecting me and I had to drop out and get surgery. It was a rough road to recovery and I was finally getting clear and being able to cope with my brain damage in a way that seemed to work with me. I ended up moving here to WA and started to finally get the courage to try and grasp my life again and make a name for myself again. I joined the Seattle Mist, apart of the Legends Football League (women’s armature football league) and was getting in there and feeling like a new me again when a few months into the season I was going to a Seahawks post season game and was hit head on by a drunk driver. Here I was again sitting behind the wheel feeling my life shatter in my lap. I re injured my neck on multiple levels and fractured my knee. After recovering my knee I returned home to Denver where my doctor was to get another spinal surgery. After everything was heeling great I was going into the Dr for my doctor appointment to clear me back to physical exercise and possibly the Seattle mist again, we found out that the work we just did broke and I was rushed back into surgery. I am now 3 spinal surgeries and whole neck full of metal in, and needing a lower back surgery to finish everything up, hopefully, I decided that instead of being the “disabled” girl everyone sees me as

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

and treats me as, I am going to take my life back. I am going to stop letting my life be dictated by doctors and surgeries and car accidents and I am going to run it. As we all can tell I love being fit, but after gaining over 40lbs from all the surgeries, I knew I had work. So I joined the Safe fitness team with Tanji Johnson, and stayed apart of the Seattle mist as much as I can while I recover. I am now 30lbs into my weight loss and though I am not there fully yet, I will be getting on the stage for the first time this June to start my fitness competition life. Is it easy no, would it be easier to accept disability and spend everyday on my couch and bed hardly leaving it, yes, but that’s not me, that’s not my destiny. Now I have always be able to help people and I pray that chasing this life and taking it into my hands I show people that they CAN do anything they want to do as long as they try, as long as they take their life into their hands and use the excuses that could be say I can and I will regardless of what life throws at me because we get one shot and lets make it worth it! I am here to show everyone that says I can’t, I wont, its too hard, I should just be in a bed…..SAY I WONT….AND I WILL! No burden is too strong for me, I am strong, I mean I am made of titanium! 😉 Bring on the new obstacles I got this! WE GOT THIS!

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - WilliamsProductions

Christina Mangan. Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – WilliamsProductions

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Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story

Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine

Shari Lynn - Inspirational Story - NW Fitness magazine - Williams Productions

Shari Lynn – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness magazine – Williams Productions

Despite the Fact that Shari Lynn is Deaf, she finds creative ways to inspire others to get the shape. Shari is passionate about inspiring as many people as she can to take advantage of the opportunities available to them and take charge of their health and fitness.  She is an National Physique Committee (N.P.C) competitor and hopes that she continue inspire other people to strive for their dreams. Shari utilizes social media to share workout tips as well as motivation.

Shari Lynn

Shari Lynn

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Ben Yada – Inspirational Story

Ben Yada – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine.

Ben Yada - Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada – Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

As told by Julie Sheldon, Bens Mom…

Ben Yada, Inspirational fitness story

Ben Yada, Inspirational fitness story

“I want to introduce you to an extraordinary young man, my son, Ben Yada.  Ben’s mission in life was to become a member of the Navy Seals.  Unfortunately, that dream was not to be due to a peanut allergy which kept him from enlisting in the military. On April 6, 2003, Ben crashed his CBR 954 motorcycle on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, WA.  He went off the upper level falling approximately 30 ft. to the freeway below.  Fortunately, he was near Harborview Medical Center where he remained for nearly 3 months.  Ben was in a coma for weeks and his recovery required him to learn to breath on his own, swallow, speak, walk, all over in addition to polytrauma (ankles, pelvis, sacrum, ribs, jaw, internal bleeding, multiple infections, blood clots, ventilator, etc.) including injuries requiring a dozen surgeries.

 

Despite what doctors can only describe as a miracle (expected to be in a permanent vegetative state), Ben has completed an

Ben Yada - Inspirational story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada – Inspirational story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies from Central Washington University.  Ben has always been very involved in physical fitness, particularly weight lifting and body building, and was a certified personal trainer with Powerhouse’s Gym in SeaTac, WA at the time of the accident. His motivation to recover and getting back to the gym gave him his life back.  The photo of Ben by the red Mustang was taken approximately 18 months after the accident.

Ben decided to train for the Emerald Cup which has a long history in the Seattle bodybuilding community.  He bulked up to 285 lbs. and on the day of the competition, he weighed 196 lbs.  The competition was held on May 8 & 9, 2015 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.  There were over 500 competitors in all

Ben Yada, Inspirational Story - NW Fitness Magazine - Williams Productions

Ben Yada, Inspirational Story – NW Fitness Magazine – Williams Productions

categories.  Ben received the Most Inspirational award in front of a packed house and received a standing ovation.  The NPC WA State Men’s Physique is Ben’s second competition and his goal is continual improvement.

Ben has been an inspiration to me.  I saw him fight his way back from the brink of death.  Ben continues to attend the brain injury support group at Harborview Medical Center, as his work schedule allows, to help others facing similar circumstances.  He gives hope to families and friends of loved ones facing the uncertain world of recovery.  Ben is a member of the Power Team at Life Change Church and is an inspiration to all who know him.  He sets goals for himself and he achieves them.  Ben’s goal in life is to help others.”

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Inspirational story awards

Inspirational fitness story award

Do you have an inspirational story or know someone that does? Share your story with us and we will share it with others to inspire them through learning of the adversities that you have overcome. Submit your story and images through the form below. We will post a link to your story this page. The story that receives the most votes online will receive a special award at the N.PC WA State Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness, Bikini Championship Night Show, July 15th 2017  Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 4th Street N.E. Auburn WA 98001

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Kamela James Inspirational Award

Kamela James Inspirational Award

Kamela James Inspirational Award

Kamela James Inspirational Award

In May of 2010, I participated in a sprint triathlon in Tempe, Arizona. I’ve always been active relatively speaking but I had not been involved in any type of organized sport since I was a child. In the last three weeks before the race I started to feel ill, and I was having trouble breathing during training. I did the race and flew home but still did not feel much better. Two weeks later I got up for work and my left leg was dark purple. Later that evening I was hospitalized with a ten inch clot in my abdomen. Through a series of unfortunate events I was accidentally discharged the next morning. I was happy at the time, I was never sick and I didn’t want to be in the hospital. But 3 days later my leg was essentially black and I was dragging it. I called my doctor who saw me the following morning. As soon as I arrived he was explaining that he had been in contact with the hospital, that they were expecting me immediately and that I was having surgery. I was arguing with him, there was no way I was going back. He said “You may not make it to the hospital. I’ve already called your family.” I left for the hospital and was still in denial. But when I got to the hospital and I could see how frantic my surgeon was it changed. I will never forget the nurse popping her head in and telling my surgeon there were 3 people in front of me. He said “She goes now, she may not make it.” And it finally set in. I was in the OR within ten minutes of arriving and the surgeon had me say goodbye to my then husband. He told me if I was not going to make it, my family would be able to come in and say goodbye, they had yet to arrive.

That day forever changed my life. I have an extremely rare condition called May-Thurner Syndrome. That day they removed the clot and place a stent in my iliac vein. A stent I need to live. It sits directly on my spine and is compressed by my artery. It was my surgeon’s first one. Unfortunately, I had severe complications with the stent. I was hospitalized at the Mayo clinic for a month in October of 2010 and two months in March and April of 2011. Fortunately they were eventually able to remedy the issues I was having. When I left the Mayo Clinic I was 89 pounds. I am 5’8″. I was on 8 different medications. I had and will always have severe post thrombotic syndrome in both legs but much worse in the left. They said I would always need to be in compression socks, my vascular system is so compromised. They said my left leg, which had atrophied to less than half the size of my right, would never recover. They said I would always have a severe limp. I was sent home and placed in an aggressive physical therapy program.

This was unbelievable to me. I started researching ways to rebuild muscle. I learned that as you build muscle your vascularity improves and your body will actually develop collateral veins. After several months of physical therapy, I decided to leave and just start going to the gym. It was so hard, everyone stared at me. People made comments directly to me about how underweight I was. And I didn’t feel good when I went, I was still very sick. But I ever so slowly started to improve. As I built muscle my pain became less because my blood was flowing a little better. I found that if I manually got my blood pumping a good two hours a day, I had much less swelling in my legs. I don’t have time for that, but I make the time regardless because it’s how I make it each day now. It’s the difference for me of functioning normally with manageable pain, and barely functioning on numerous medications.

During my journey, I learned this whole fitness world existed. I thought if I have to be in the gym every day, I might as well do something fun with it. In July of 2013 I hired a coach. He told me I would need a year of training. I committed to that and a year and four months later I competed in my first show. I now I’m about to do my fourth.

I no longer take any medication at all. My left leg is almost the same size as my right now.  It’s probably only noticeable to me, and maybe on stage. I rarely need to wear compression socks and my pain is extremely manageable as long as I get into the gym for at least two hours each day. I can take a day off each week and I do OK. But not more than that. I don’t always love being there but I always go. I don’t love spending most of my Sunday cooking all of my meals for the week but I do it. Because I want to keep moving forward. I decided to share my story in the hopes that even just one person is inspired and keeps moving forward as well. Fitness literally saved my life.  Thank you for letting me share.

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