What made you decide to get into a fitness competition?
I have always been extremely active, from gymnastics and equestrian when I was young to weightlifting in high school. Three years ago, a friend of mine suggested I enter a fitness competition. At first I laughed out of the insecurity that I would have to be on stage in a bikini, but after thinking more about it and doing some research, I booked my first show. It was time to conquer my insecurities and push myself.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Helping people realize they can push themselves and change their lives. Ever since I started posting about fitness, going to multiple gyms, and becoming involved in the fitness industry, people tell me they have been using my experiences to fuel their own personal drive to change. It is beyond rewarding and half the reason why I continue to be a part of the industry.
What do you find most rewarding about the competitive experience?
Meeting new people, connecting with old friends, and feeling a sense of belonging. When you are backstage at a competition, the energy is so high. Everyone there did the work you did, cried the tears you cried, and went through the same hours of cardio and prep, so we can all share our journeys to the stage together. It makes the whole prep worth it.
What makes your story different from others?
My story is a bit different then most women due to the fact that I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) in 2014. It meant that my body was not producing estrogen or progesterone, ultimately stopping my ovaries from working. I was told that I could possibly never have children and if I was to try to have children it wouldn’t be easy. I was also at a higher risk of uterine cancer if I wasn’t able to get my ovaries to function. This news broke my spirit and my self esteem, I had to de-stress my entire life and become centred, and I had to become more aware of what I was putting into and onto my body. I need to get my head back in the game, so I took some time off of competing. Once I got a handle on my emotions and worked with a holistic nutritionist, I started supplementing properly for my PCOS and I decided it was time to compete again. I had gained more than 25 pounds trying to get my body fat percentage up to help kick start my ovaries, and it became my motivation to get back into the gym.