Growing up, I was always very active. I danced for 17 years taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical, competing in dance competitions and performing in recitals. I also worked out religiously.
I often found myself getting frustrated as I got a little older because for the amount I was working out and thought I was eating “clean” I felt like I should have been seeing better results. I was never overweight, but I have always been the curvier one and losing weight never came easy to me. I always needed to “watch what I ate”.
After I graduated college, I knew I wanted to make a change and really take fitness and push my body to the next level. I wanted to see the results I knew I could have. A friend introduced me to team Body Ambition and told me to sign up. I was hesitant to contact my coach, Janelle Nicolo; because I didn’t think I would be ready to do a show.
Finally, I stopped making excuses and connected with Janelle.
I was very nervous at first, but once I got the hang of meal prepping, counting macros and my workouts, it came easier to me. My first show was April 12, 2014. I competed in the WBFF Fitness Atlantic. I always knew I had drive and ambition, but I really did not realize how much I had until I started prep.
In prep we are faced with challenges both mentally and physically. Every day as I got closer and closer, prep got harder and harder. I was tired, hungry and although my energy was low, my drive never stopped. I always envisioned myself on the stage and envisioned how I want my body to look. If I set a goal for myself, I will reach it. I have the mindset that I will not stop until I get there. I am determined to get where I want to be.
I have been competing for a year now, trying out different federations and divisions along the way and placing Top 10 in the WBFF.
Every prep I learn more about myself and my body. I am nowhere near where I want to be physically. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, and I will never be satisfied because there is always room for improvement.
I am not the fastest, I am not the strongest, I am not the leanest but if I am one thing, it’s that I am proud and confident.
I know how far I have come and I have learned to love the body I have, while working for the body I want.
I want to continue to live a healthy, well balanced life style in my prep and off season. Embracing my body in every stage it is in.