Ines Subashka: Tell us a little bit more aboutyourself!
Mariya Georgieva: My name is Mariya Georgieva. I am 26 years old and I am from Dobrich, Bulgaria. I graduated Law School in Ireland and nowadays I am studying Philosophy in Sofia University. This year I started competing as a bikini competitor.
IS: How did you get involved in fitness? Have you done any other sport before that?
MG: I got involved in fitness, because of a severe stomach disease, which was cause by my terrible eating habits and lack of sleep. When I was in high school I was really keen on playing basketball, but with my height- 159 cm. , I was too short. I had the ambitions to become at least 170cm., because people used to tell me that if I play basketball, I will grow taller. But I reached just 163 cm.
Казвам се Мария Георгиева,на 26г. от град Добрич. Завърших Право в Ирландия преди 2 години и в момента уча Философия в СУ. От тази година съм и Бикини състезател.
IS: Do you follow a nutrition plan? If yes, what is it?
MG: Yes, I follow a really strict nutrition plan, when I am preparing for a competition. And when I am out of season, I have one cheat day. Of course, I do not allow myself to eat too much. During the week I do not eat carbs and fats in one meal. Two days I eat proteins and fats and one day proteins and carbs. In my “carb day”, I eat about 200-250grams of carbs. I drink about 4-6 liters of water, a coffee in the morning and at least one liter of tea. Every now and then I spoil myself with a cup of wine.
IS: Have you ever had disordered eating habits?
MG: I had a serious problem while I lived in Ireland. I used to work in night clubs as a bartender and after work we went to eat in some kind of fast food restaurant- McDonalds,Burger King,Subway. I used to drink a lot of coke and juices. Drinking was an exception, when there wasn’t anything else around. I suddenly started feeling sick all the time. I was constantly throwing up. I came back to Bulgaria, when I realized that ,my lifestyle has to change. I started following a nutrition plan, and later on I got involved in fitness.
IS: In your opinion why do so many women have eating disorders? What would be your advice to them? How could they get out of the lonely world of eating disorders?
MG: People as a whole have disordered eating habits, not just women! Starving yourself, won’t help you lose weight! It’s not healthy! I know that it is easier, but it’s not the solution. It is a proven fact that every bad habit, with more will and dedication, could be changed in 40 days. Our mind is trying to trick us. How many times have you said “Tomorrow”, but in reality “tomorrow” never comes…? I can’t say anything to these people, besides that “tomorrow” should be NOW- immediately! They will get over their disordered eating, when they want it bad enough!
IS: Do people in your surroundings, accept your lifestyle or are they being judgmental?
MG: I don’t really care what other people think about my lifestyle, because back in the days I was in hospital because of “the normal way of living and eating”. My parents don’t really accept it, but at least we don’t argue about it anymore. They gave me the chance to live, as I choose!
IS: Have you ever been afraid of lifting weights, because you might become too muscular? What would be your advice for women who are afraid of heavy weights?
MG: No, I have never had such fears. A couple years ago, I used to go to the gym for a short period of time, but I did not know how to perform the exercises with proper technique and I did not follow a nutrition plan. There is no need to mention that I had absolutely no results. I’ve always liked women and men with muscles. I think that most women are not afraid, they are just looking for another excuse. Everybody has internet and they could see the difference between fitness and bodybuilding!
IS: How would you describe your training philosophy?
MG: I am really hard working and motivated. Everything should be done with positivity, a smile, love and a gratefulness to myself and the effort I make.
IS: How has your life changed, after you started working out and eating healthy?
MG: I am happy and I feel complete! Back in the days I used to get angry a lot. Not only my appearance changed, but my inner world also underwent a positive change. I am thankful every time I have a meal. I am healthy and that is what matters!
IS: Do you remember a moment in your life, when you wanted to be like everybody else- to stay up late, go partying all the time and eat whatever sounds good, instead of working so hard in the gym and in the kitchen?
MG: There was a moment when I not only wanted to do it, but I actually did it! Now I go partying just twice a year. I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t smoke. I quit smoking three years ago. I don’t miss it. I’d rather cook dinner, watch a movie with my boyfriend and get a good night sleep. After all on the next day I am having a tough workout!
IS: How would you finish the sentence “ I work out, because…”?
MG: I work out because it gives me everything I need!
P.S. If you liked this post, please take a minute and share it with your friends! I’d greatly appreciate it!