Blunt Dissection Ep 26: How Bad Do You Want It? With Veterinarian and Bodybuilder Dr. Jessica Wilson
On today’s show, I am joined by Dr Jessica Wilson. Jessica is a veterinarian and professional athlete. In fact, as of now, she holds a new record - being the first pro-athlete to appear on Blunt Dissection.
Jessica’s journey into veterinary medicine began early when she decided (age four) to become a vet. But from that moment the odds seemed stacked against her and she had to overcome many obstacles. Growing up the daughter of a single mum who migrated to New York from the Dominican Republic, neither money, nor culture was on her side. And she had to find a way to cope with the double rejection from vet school that nearly stopped her dream in its tracks.
Jessica’s resilience was further put to the test in her early career as stress began to cause some major health problems. But while she may be small in stature, Jessica possesses a drive and determination to overcome obstacles that are formidable and have helped her to achieve success not only as a veterinary dentist but also as a professional athlete in the world of bodybuilding.
Initially, Jessica took up bodybuilding as a way to manage her stress level as a vet, but quickly fell in love with the sport and started to move up through the ranks to her current level competing as an athlete on the IBB professional circuit.
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Back to Jessica. This native New Yorker has crammed a lot of living into her years on this earth and she shares openly both her struggles and triumphs in equal measure. Her’s is a tale of building not just her body, but also her mind as life kept on dishing out challenges.
There’s a lot in this episode for anyone who wants to gain insight into finding balance in life through sport, getting clear on what matters and being laser-focussed on your why. I hope you find some wisdom and inspiration in her message.
So, without further ado, I present to you, my conversation with Dr Jessica Wilson.
Outline of This Episode
[0:33] Why Jessica is a water nazi and why water improves health [4:43] Dr. Jess and how she wanted to be an “animal doctor” as a child [16:58] What Jess did when she didn’t get accepted to Vet school - twice.
[23:01] Jessica’s desire to be good at “one thing” - and the consideration of dentistry
[32:01] The stressful life that drove Jessica to make changes
[46:11] How body building became a life outside of Veterinary medicine
[50:31] Jessica’s first competitive bodybuilding success
[58:54] The difference between an amateur and pro in bodybuilding
[1:01:20] Jessica’s daily health routine: then and now
[1:13:30] What does it take to want something badly enough?
Resources & People Mentioned
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Dr. Jess on Instagram: @JessFitVet
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