Saint Petersburg, FL
I started working out at the age of 15. Lifting and weights that I could find around the house and running. My home life as a child was unstable and full of chaos. There was substance abuse, alcoholism, drug use and abuse.
Exercise was a way to escape and go into my own world where I felt control over my body. It made me feel strong.
As I got older, I continued my journey through exercise by trying out different classes at the gym, getting into lifting more. I loved the challenge of trying different workouts and helping friends find their way into the fitness world. I had a dream to compete in bodybuilding in my 30’s but lacked the self esteem and confidence. I hadn’t dealt with trauma I experienced as a child. I got into therapy and revisited those olds wounds and healed the little girl who was hurt so badly.
At the age of 42 I decided to go for it. I didn’t want to look back at my life and not allow fear to hold me back from doing things I wanted to do. I signed up for my first bikini competition and placed well. I did another one and placed even higher. From there, I went on to get my Pro card and win my first Pro show.
I never thought I could accomplish most of things I have accomplished in my life. The love for fitness has changed my life and saved me in so many ways. I hope this story will inspire others that it’s never too late to go after a dream no matter where you come from.