"I’m Alex, addict and alcoholic, with the power to choose recovery, making it my highest priority these last 4 years – one day, one rep, one meal at a time. When I entered recovery in April 2017 I was 225lbs, a woman who represented a culmination of 28 years of substance abuse, a complete disregard for her health and wellness, safety and security, and overall wellbeing, a total lack of self-respect, stripped of any dignity she may have ever had, and by then end, not even a care in the world for basic hygiene. However, I had a burning desire to change my life’s course, finally surrendering and turning it over, flipping the script, getting woke and levelling up.
Recovery is a workout, so work out your recovery. It’s a lifestyle, my life and style now, adopting clean living down to the food I consume. Fitness and nutrition have proven viable approaches to my recovery, complemented by my 12-step program. At 42 years of age, I’m in the best mental, physical and spiritual shape of my life.
Reborn April 22, 2017, my Higher Power truly gifted me with my calling, since obtaining my health and lifestyle coach certification in fall 2018. I’m not only addicted to bettering myself but helping others better themselves, effecting habit change in other recovering addicts and alcoholics looking to reach their optimal health and wellness goals.
For me, it’s about bringing fitness to the next level – brain fit, body fit, spirit fit, can’t have one without the other. The reason for which after having shed 95lbs of excess weight figuratively and literally in my first year of recovery, I entered the world of competitive bodybuilding, placing:
- Second, Novice Fitness Model – IDFA127 (July 18, 2018)
- Second, Open Fitness Model – IDFA134 (April 20, 2019)
- Second, Masters (40+) Fitness Model – IDFA134 (April 20, 2019)
- Third, Bikini Fitness – Quebec Classique naturelle (November 10, 2019)
- Third, Masters (35+) Bikini Fitness – Quebec Coupe espoir (November 10, 2019)
- Second, Transformation – Musclemania Canada (November 8, 2020)
- Second, Bikini Fit – Musclemania Canada (November 8, 2020)
- Second, Fit Model – Musclemania Canada (November 8, 2020)
Currently in off season, following my last show as part of Team Fitness Canada at Musclemania Universe, in Las Vegas, November 20-21, 2020, I'm going to be gearing up in a couple of months for a pro card run in late-2021.
I always reiterate I’m not on a diet but a lifestyle change, and it’s not about the weight lost, but the life gained. Half the size, but two times the woman, mother and individual I ever was, reaching my optimal health and wellness goals to be the best version of me for myself and my daughter. My journey towards healthy living life large (healthyXXL) is about me being the mother she so deserves, creating a quality of life for us in which we can both grow, prosper and thrive, being our best possible selves and actually living our absolute best lives.
Today, I am also head coach and founder of Sober Active Canada, a national non-profit recovery-based commUNITY for those addicted to bettering themselves, providing a judgment-free zone open to all A's, all ways — any addiction, any pathway to and stage of recovery. HealThySelf is its guiding principle. It effects lifestyle change and management, fostering health, hope and healing from coast-to-coast-to-coast and across borders through its locally based and online events, beginner workouts and group physical activities coupled with 12-step style format meetings, programming, information and offerings."