I have been an athlete my whole life. I started seriously lifting in high school when our coach hired a personal trainer for the team. I LOVED lifting weights almost as much as I loved playing basketball because I could feel my progress in my strength in the gym and performance on the court. Since I'm competitive, I wanted to be the best and strongest in the weight room so while most of the team was goofing off, I was paying attention to the trainer and pushing myself daily.
Since played sports my whole life, when I graduated college I was left with nothing to compete in! A local trainer introduced me to the sport of bodybuilding that year; the year the bikini division started in 2009. I contemplated training for my first show in figure, but eventually decided on bikini since I wouldn't be able to build enough muscle in my upper body in the short 8 weeks that I had before the show. After my first time stepping on stage and getting 2nd place, I was hooked and more motivated than ever to train harder and do everything possible to win the next time.
I had started competing on the national level stage in 2011 and was doing extremely well; however, I suffered crushed spine later that year which required immediate back surgery, which derailed my progress for several months. I was determined to not give up on something that I wanted so bad, and something that gives me so much happiness and direction in life so I kept training and made progress little by little. Although I tried a couple shows in 2012, I just wasn't at the level that I was before. I kept pushing and was back in full force by 2013 to compete in 6 shows placing top 5 in all of them. Then I finally earned my Pro Status in early 2014. You never know what you can accomplish until you put in the work necessary. I never expected anything or did I ever once say that I was going to turn pro before it happened. I just put my head down, put my headphones in, and put in the work and got rewarded for it. If there is a will, then there is a way.
I'm enjoying competing in my first full year as a pro and can't wait to see what God has in store for me next!
Favorite Food: Oatmeal mixed with Peanut Butter and Gold Standard Whey protein powder
Favorite Cheat Food: Steak burger and fries
Favorite Exercise: Side lateral raises
Favorite body part: LEGS
Hobbies (outside of training): Playing basketball, spending time with family on the lake, shopping, eating :)
Occupation: Sales Account Manager, Dell Inc.