42 years old
I started lifting in 2000-2001
I was over weight all through the whole first half of my life. I didn’t play any sports growing up, I had no idea there was an athlete living inside me. When I graduated from high school i was 170-180lbs, at five foot two. That might not seem like a lot now. But back then and at the age of 18, I promise you things were said about it and I was not comfortable in my own skin.
Durning college I started losing weight, But all I did was walk. Friends had asked me to join a gym with them, I did but never left the treadmill. In 1999 I graduated from college, got married and started a career all in a three month period. Life hit hard and fast! I was working nights and weekends and my husband was doing…other things. My life felt kind of out of control. I didn’t know then, but I know now that food became the one thing I could control and no one could take that from me. So I ate less and less and did more and more cardio. I got smaller and pain fully smaller. I was still never satisfied with how in looked. I was over weight anymore, but i still wasn’t happy with my body! I remember watching one of the girls in the gym who was getting ready for a show and wishing I could just be half as confident as she was. One of the trainers pulled me aside one day and said “you know if you would get off that treadmill you could look like her!” I asked her if she would show me some stuff, and we never looked back….but I can tell you stepping into that weight room was terrifying to me. I didn’t think belonged there. But I did it anyway. And everyday I did it, the easier it became.
I started on your typical show prep diet, going from eating nothing more than broccoli some days to eating six meals a day. I researched everything I could get my hands on about bodybuilding. I would buy every mens muscle magazine there was and do the workouts and study form. It changed the way I looked but more importantly how I felt and what I thought. Seeing how far I could push my body and seeing what it could do was empowering. I was proud of what my will and perseverance was pushing me through. I had found my passion. I didn’t have to live being just the chubby, funny girl…I was strong and it was the best feeling in the world!
Since then lots of life ups and downs have come and gone, but the barbells never change. Its my therapy, my sanity, my happy place
I competed in my first figure competition in 2003 and won overall. I did two more shows after that, one being a national show. I loved the stage but have no further plans to compete. I do this because i love it. I live a constant show prep life, the work and willpower it takes is what makes me feel alive.