Name: Jessika Izenberg
Nickname/Stage name: Jessika Whitney
Competition Weight: N/A
Off Season Weight: 135 lb
The first time I saw pictures of a competition I knew it was something I wanted to do. I’ve always had an interest in bikini modeling but never knew that it existed in this way. I only knew about the runway type modeling and not the bikini world geared toward the health and fitness conscious woman.
My motivation for competing was, initially, only about an interest in modeling and having a better body. Now, after going through the process of prepping for a competition and backing out a few weeks before I have learned a lot. Being back in the routine and getting ready for a show in July it holds a new meaning: following through with goals for myself and knowing that I am capable of anything I put my mind (and body!) into.
Before deciding to compete I definitely ate way too much sugar! I think I was an addict. Now, I know that if I stray from my diet too much I am only making it that much harder for myself to reach my goals. The most challenging part of competing is keeping a balance between training, school and work. Luckily, it only gets easier with practice—like anything worth doing.
I constantly remind myself of my goals. When I am feeling like doing anything and everything other than working out I have to just go through the motions of putting my gym gear on and heading to the gym. By the time I begin my workout my mind gets into the right place and I am happy knowing that I didn’t flake out on myself.