My Favorite Quotes

“Your biggest limitation is your reluctance to move forward. Get over that, and you can get over anything.” -Ralph Marston

“What seems impossible is only impossible from your current perspective. Just beyond impossible is the chance to jump to a higher level.” -Ralph Marston

“In all those things that stir your passion, there are valuable achievements waiting for you to bring them to life. In what you love, in the way you like to feel, there are pointers to your next great achievement.” -Ralph Marston

 “Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey.” - Hassett

“It’s not where you are from, but where you are going. It’s not what you drive, but what drives you. It’s not what’s on you, but what’s in you. It’s not what you think, but what you know.” -Author Unknown

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” - Zig Zigler

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2 Days Out From Team Universe: My thoughts and feelings

I am on my final flight heading to Jersey for Team Universe. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by and that I will be stepping on the National Stage again in just a couple days. I couldn’t feel more ready or excited! I feel that I have definitely made the improvements I needed to make and that I will be bringing a tight, complete package to stage!  I have done the work, it is time to have some fun now. It has definitely been one of my more difficult preps thus far, but I feel that great achievements are worth fighting for and I definitely fought to get here. I had some rough patches and always pushed through them. When I started my prep I wrote about balance and maintaining your life through preps, I followed through with this although it was hard at times, I made the best of every situation. I did, however go back and read a few of my own blogs just to refresh my memory as to why I do what I do. I know now why, but during the process I have my days where I literally felt paralyzed, yet somehow I did my 80-90min of cardio and ate my ¼ cup of oats that always left me hungrier. It is the hardest moments that make us appreciate the great ones! So Here I am now, 2 days out from my next attempt at IFBB Status, I feel great and confident and can’t wait to show the judges what I’ve got!


Jessica Jordan

2 Weeks Out From Team Universe and Post GGS Victory!

As I sit here on the plane heading back to Orange County from New Orleans, where I just placed 1st in my class at the Greater Gulf States, I am pondering a bunch of questions I have been asked over the last few days.  I can’t tell you how many people have asked me why I went all the way to New Orleans to compete in an Amateur Comp when I am already qualified for Nationals. Well, just like any sport or profession it takes practice to be your best. I always like to have a practice run before the big National Stage. It works really well for me, my body always comes back stronger for the second one. My next competition being Team Universe where I will have the possibility of achieving my goal as an IFBB Professional Athlete!

So, why did I choose NPC Greater Gulf States? Well, I really like the promoters of the comp Luke and Robin Tesvich, but also as a competitor you need to know your judges. In this sport, especially at the National level you HAVE to stand out and if you don’t you will get lost in the crowd. There are so many wonderful competitors and you need to be able to set yourself apart someway. The best way is to get in front of your National Judges as much as possible and work the stage.  Also, you have to go into every comp as if it is Nationals because you have to make a statement! So there ya go, that is in short, why, I made the trip to New Orleans and competed this last weekend. I had an incredible time and I am also coming home with another 1st place trophy, not too bad! I was also able to speak with and receive feedback from the head judge Sandy Williamson. She is absolutely incredible, she is a full time nurse, but also judges, mostly Pro and Nationals level shows and you can tell she is absolutely passionate about it and has so much respect for each and every competitor on stage. She gave me great feedback and I look forward to getting back up on stage in 2 weeks and achieving my IFBB Status!

I have to thank all the wonderful girls that are apart of the Oddo Angel clan, we have such a blast together! If you aren’t an Oddo Angel, I highly recommend you become one! In this sport you have to have fun, yes there are times when it is not fun, but if you can’t find any fun in it, then it is probably not for you! The day of the competition is always the best, especially for me, I tend to come in to comps a little too lean and so I typically get to eat some good food before going on stage. It makes the leaning out process so worth it because I really appreciate little things in life, like a tablespoon of peanut butter in my oatmeal before bedtime and a burger with sweet potato fries!  All in all, everything about this sport is a process from day 1 of prep until walking off the stage at finals! You have to be ON at all times, you never know who is watching or how your body will react to certain things and the last 2 weeks before competition are so crucial. In less than 2 weeks I will be boarding a plane to my next destination and that is my Pro Card, after that, well who knows J other than the fact that this girl has a goal of being on that Olympia Stage or Arnold Stage someday soon! Hey we have to have goals, right? We are nothing without them.

Thank you for following my journey!

Jessica Jordan

This is from my GGS Victory in NOLA June 25th:

1-Day Out From Greater Gulf States

I arrived in New Orleans this morning. It has been a wonderful day thus far. I have had a chance to catch up on the sleep I lacked during my red eye flight here and I will be checking in with my coach Kim Oddo very shortly. This evening he is holding a seminar with the one and only Nicole Wilkins, who will also be holding a private posing seminar for all the “Oddo Angels.” I absolutely love being a part of such a wonderful group of women with such a wonderful coach! The show begins tomorrow evening and then finals will take place Saturday evening!

This prep has definitely had its ups and downs and honestly has felt like one of the more challenging preps yet.  I have been challenged with many things, but I am here in my hotel room, 1 day out from the stage and let me just say, I made it! I have a couple more weeks until my next National experience, but I feel like my body is right where it needs to be.  After this weekend I will be able to get the feedback I need to make any appropriate changes within the next two weeks, before Team Universe in New Jersey! I feel strong, confident, happy and ready to strap on those clear heels! ;)

I have to send out many thanks to my family, which just welcomed a new addition on Tuesday June 21, 2011. My sister had a baby boy, Jaxen! I am such a proud auntie of a beautiful 18-month-old girl, Brooklyn and now my 2-day-old nephew Jaxen! They are perfect and have added so much joy and peace to my life. (Pic Below) My parents are amazing and I can’t wait for them to experience a National level competition, they will be traveling out to Jersey in a couple weeks to support me and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I have been blessed with such an amazing group of clients, whom have all become friends; I can’t wait to make them proud! Not to mention all of my other family and friends, there are so many of you that have made such a huge impact on my life and helped me through the challenges that life has thrown in my path along the way. Thank you all for being there and helping me during this ongoing journey!

Following Through

Following through is probably one of the most important traits to pursue.  So often we start too many projects and we either forget to finish them or things happen, like life, and we become sidetracked very easily.  It is easy to look past the little tasks at hand to get other things done, but it is all important and like I have stated before we need to have balance in life to get all the things done and still have time for the people in our lives that need us as well. All of these things are difficult because they all take a fair amount of prep, time and attention.  Follow through will help you stay on track and finish what it is that you are starting, in order to feel that sense of accomplishment, which is what motivated us to get started in the first place.  Sometimes life can throw us a bad hand and it is up to us to deal with it, however, we do best.  Sometimes it is easiest to throw them back and ask for all new cards, but in the game of life we can’t do that. 

 I have been challenged recently with this, I have always had bad knees, but in the last month my right knee has given me more grief than ever, it keeps me up at night and buckles on me at times, not to mention the pain it causes me just to walk.  I am currently 3.5 weeks out from my first comp of the season and like most competitors know, this is the toughest part, mentally and physically! I went to a knee specialist and he has order me to have an MRI, he believes it is either a meniscus tear or tendon tear in my knee, which will both result in a minimal surgery that will only put me out for maybe 10 days, but this close to competition I can’t be out for 1 day.  So if I do need surgery it will have to wait until after my season. In the meantime, I am just dealing with it and pushing through.  I feel good today, but yesterday I felt terrible. I definitely have my ups and downs. This is just going to make my Pro Card that much sweeter ;) So there you go, as bad as things can seem at times we still have the choice to follow through with what we started or throw in the cards and give up! I WILL not give up, my knee is just a small setback, but it will not hold me back!  If your goals are truly important to you don’t let anything or anyone keep you from reaching them.

 Three and half weeks before competition and at times I feel tired, hungry and stressed. Stressed about whether I will be ready in time due to my knee, but then other times I feel like the strongest girl in the world, everyday is different, but getting through the lows are definitely hard! But this is all part of the journey and the destination would not be as amazing without it! I am almost there and can’t wait to step on that stage!


Jessica Jordan

Holding Your Composure

I have made it through the first 5 weeks of prep! I am currently 7 weeks out from the Greater Gulf States in New Orleans, I have my flight and room booked! I had a very rapid start to my prep and then of course a bit of a hurdle, but that is ok because without life’s downs being called “hurdles” there would be nothing to get over! My body was being a bit unresponsive for about a week and a half, but this happens every prep. Now I am going through the low energy phase. I am pushing through and still killing it in the gym.  This is the time where we, competitors, have to be able to hold our composure. Every prep has its ups and downs and when you are going through a down, you can’t wear it on your face!

This is especially important if your job forces you to be motivating for others, which is what I do on a daily basis.  I LOVE my job and I LOVE my clients! This makes it easier for me to hold my composure when all I feel like doing is laying down and getting off my feet. I am not going to sit here and talk about how long my days are and how busy I am.  We are all busy and honestly I can’t stand when people tell me how hard their lives are and expect me to sympathize, remember we choose to live our lives the way we live them. If you aren’t happy then it is time to make some changes.  Always remember, someone else has it much worse than you!  So the next time you feel like ranting about how many hours you put in at work, then the gym and whatever else it is you are doing, think about changing your tone and words into something more positive.

 I take life one day at a time. I am overall a very happy person, very social and energetic, but there are days where I am a little quieter than others, however, I still wear a smile and keep a very positive attitude during prep and my off-season.  People don’t care if you are tired, they want what they are paying for and my clients need me to have energy, excitement and pep in my step, at all times! I had a member approach me today and commend me on being one of the few trainers that always, and yes, he said “always” appears very in tune with my clients and their needs and is also energetic! Little does he know how exhausted and sluggish I was feeling, but I keep my composure, regardless of the situation! Trust me, I have not always been this way, I have practiced this for some time and finally, I am understanding this important concept and it seriously makes life much more enjoyable!


Jessica Jordan