For one, I am no longer “happily married.” I am happily single! Going through a divorce after 18 years of marriage has changed me in many ways, for the better, I think. I have found ME again. I have a voice. I have an opinion that matters.
Learning to stand on my own two feet has been an incredible journey, to say the least. I have “my people” who have supported me and encouraged me along the way. You really see who your true friends are when you find yourself in the tar pits… You really see who loves you enough to give you their hand or their shoulder to help pull you out of the muck. I am truly grateful and blessed to have such a terrific support system. I know I am exactly where I’m supposed to be right now.
I have taken a break from competing to focus on my little family. Competing takes my time, focus, and… money away from where it should be. I do not regret that decision!
I am still very much into fitness and working toward being better. There have been several setbacks over the last couple of years and I’m currently climbing out of a “nutritional crater.” I still struggle with motivation, not in going to the gym, that habit is there for good, it’s in the eating properly and staying on track that I have struggled. It’s all those darn emotions… I could continue to beat myself up over it… But what’s the point in that? It just makes me feel worse in already bad situation. I know I can do better… And I will! I get to choose how my story unfolds and I think it may be time for a little “reinvention.”
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Hi there! I’m Stacey Utley. I just turned 42! And have never felt better! I have been happily married for nearly eighteen years. We have two great kids and Ruby, our chocolate lab.
Fitness has always been a big part of my adult life. I have run several marathons…25 to be exact. A few years ago, I was diagnosed with DJD (degenerative joint disease) in my right knee. When I could no longer run without pain, I started focussing more on lifting weights. It has become my new OBSESSION!
I am now an NPC Figure Competitor. I have done a number of shows and am qualified for the USAs.
Follow me on my journey as I kick ass and take names…
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