Originally from the small town of East Providence, Rhode Island. The woman I am today is a far cry from the timid, out of shape young adult that suffered from low self esteem that I was years ago. Like most women, I had issues with my body that I carried with me, affecting other aspects of my life. I lacked confidence and it prevented me from realizing my potential. My natural interest in helping others motivated me to pursue a degree in Psychology, ultimately pursuing a career as a counselor. Through my studies I quickly realized how important self-image is, and how crucial it would be for me to develop a healthy positive one for myself, before I would be able to assist others as a future counselor.
Over the summer of 2006 I prioritized learning as much as I could about fitness, soaking up as much knowledge as possible to ignite and fuel the change I so desired for my life. I lost 20lbs in those initial summer months and read several books to improve my mental health and self esteem. Since then I never felt better physically or mentally. I decided to take the changes I made over the summer and turn them into a permanent part of my life going forward. I finished my degree in Psychology in 2007 and went on to become a counselor working with adolescents. As I expected, I found great fulfilment in my position as a counselor, but I also wanted to incorporate my newly found passion for fitness in my professional life as well. This led to me becoming a trainer and enhancing the lives of others with my love and knowledge for fitness along with the skill set I developed as a counselor. Through my own personal experiences, education, and professional life I realized how important self-image is for everyone, especially for women. I know that the way we see ourselves greatly impacts the rest of our lives, affecting our work, relationships, and overall well-being.
I started fitness modeling in 2009 and was published in Oxygen magazine. I decided soon after to start competing. After placing 2nd in my first show in 2009 I was addicted. I loved everything about competing and watching my body transform.
I am now a mom to a beautiful 9-month old baby girl. After having my baby in September 2016 I was determined to get my body back and compete again. People doubted me, women told me I would never get my body back, I would get stretch marks, and it would be too difficult to train like I used to. After only 7 months postpartum I competed in 3 different shows placing 1st, 4th, and 6th place at a National NPC show. I chose the gym over sleep. It didn’t matter if I got 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I was getting up every morning to get my workout in. Naysayers are my biggest motivators.
I wanted to share with you my supplement regimen, I hope you enjoy!