When did you start living the healthy lifestyle and why did you choose to do so?
I’ve always considered myself relatively healthy. I didn’t start going to the gym regularly until I was 27. It was then that I learned the basics of weight lifting. I fell in love with it right away after I realized how much better I felt and looked.
When did you decide to compete?
I’ve never been in terrible shape but being over 35 and the mom of two kids my body wasn’t perfect. I ate relatively healthy but had my moments of eating junk and admittedly drinking way too much beer. I continued to exercise, and lost a few pounds but saw no real results even when I tried. I was snooping online one day at fitness girls and came across a few IFBB bikini pros in phenomenal shape. My first thought was- Dayum! I want to look like that! My 2nd thought was- I thought that women body builders all were the size of men. What IS this sport? Heels, bikinis, barbells and boobs? Sign me up!!! I knew it would be tough but I had my husband’s support so I set my mind to doing it. Three months later I was on a stage wearing a suit the size of a Kleenex and strutting my stuff in front of hundreds of people.
What shows have you done and how did you place?
I have competed in 5 shows to date- date order as follows. From the start I have been with Team Knockouts and under the wing of Michelle Johnson. She has always brought me into my shows looking my absolute best and has continued to make improvements to my physique each time I step onstage. I’m already looking forward to the 2016 season with the team.
- NPC MD STATE AND EAST COAST CLASSIC
- 1ST MASTERS BIKINI
- 5TH NOVICE BIKINI F (out of 50 girls)
- IFBB NORTH AMERICANS (NATIONAL SHOW)
- 2nd MASTERS BIKINI
- NPC PITTSBURG CHAMPIONSHIPS
- 2ND MASTERS BIKINI
- 2ND OPEN BIKINI F
- NPC UNIVERSE (NATIONAL SHOW)
- 6TH MASTERS BIKINI
- NPC MASTERS NATIONALS (NATIONAL SHOW)
- 2ND MASTERS BIKINI
What motivates you?
I am driven by deadlines, structure and a sense of accomplishment. Watching your own body change for the better and knowing all the hard work is paying off makes for a huge motivator.
What is your favorite healthy recipe (can you provide the recipe below)?
I am a big fan of shrimp tacos. I don’t have an actual recipe but I season the shrimp chili and chipotle powder. Sauté’ the shrimp in coconut oil. I will put plain/red cabbage and red pepper as the filler along with some cilantro. I use Mission spinach wraps and add a little guacamole or plain avocado on top.
What is your favorite exercise?
Glute Bridges, cable kick backs, butt blasters and shoulder presses. It’s funny because shoulders and glutes were two exercises I never did before I decided to compete…. Michelle introduced me to a world of exercise that made me love working those body parts.
Who are your role models?
I can’t say I admire one person in particular. I find admirable qualities in different people and incorporate that into the person I am. I’m far from perfect but I try to be the person that I would want my children or others to admire. I’m always honest with myself and with others. I’m kind to all living things and I try to be patient, understanding and forgiving. I truly believe you can’t be whole, unless you are happy with yourself. So I do my very best every day to be proud of who I am and to be able to say I respect myself as a person.
What is your favorite quote?
Competing can be a rollercoaster ride and at times more mentally exhausting than physically. There have been countless times during my preps that I wanted to walk away…..but I tell myself you can’t quit when things get hard. If you quit, what message does that send to your children. Those things kept me going so when I saw this the other day it hit home. “Remember the girl that gave up? Neither does anybody else.”
Tell us one random fact about you.
I was once a cover model for Tattoo Magazine.