How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?
I first became interested in body building after I lost a lot of weight. I had been overweight all my life and after having my third child in three years, I knew I had to lose weight and get into shape to take care of them. Once I reached a healthy weight through diet and exercise, I wanted to take things to the next level. I had never really been comfortable in a swimsuit, let alone a bikini and decided I wanted to change that. When I started looking around for role models I noticed that the people I thought were in the best shape were all bodybuilders! That realization and the decision to get into bodybuilding was life changing for me. I lost 100lbs and have kept it off for several years, because of my bodybuilding lifestyle.
What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?
I keep myself motivated by thinking about my family and what our new fit lifestyle means for them. I also try to surround myself with people who have similar views on health and fitness.
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like. And why? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)
For me, diet is 90% and training is 10%. Training is really fun for me, so I don’t have to work as hard to want to do it. Diet on the other hand takes more work. Not only do I have 3 small children to appease, my Husband is a hard gainer, my Mother is diabetic, and I am extremely carb sensitive. All of that alone can be challenging, but add the fact that I have had to undo a lifetime of bad habits makes diet easily 90% for me.
How useful do you think supplements are? Do you use supplements? What is your current top supplement?
I think supplements can be important particularly when preparing for a show. Protein powders are pretty much a part of my life so that would be at the top of my list. ALA, Green Tea, L-carnitine, and Guarana are some of the other things I use but I cycle on and off of them.
In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?
I am not competing right now, but I always eat 6 meals a day. I start with higher carbs in the morning and taper to only veggies later in the day. I have fruit before a workout and a protein shake afterwards. I am lifting 3-4 times a week but have zero scheduled cardio. That doesn’t mean I don’t do any cardio, but it means I do it as needed depending on my weight. I am so much more active now, and so are my children, that I find swimming, scootering, walking, sprinting, etc. happens without planning it!
If you were to upload your arms to our muscle voting site (http://vote.ratemyarms.com/) right now, what do you think you would rate?
I think my arms are average or even below compared to those on the site. Having said that, I love my arms and proudly show them off! People compliment me on my arms a lot, and I love seeing the expressions when I share I lost 100lbs! It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!
How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?
My family is extremely supportive. My Mom and Hubby carry around pictures and articles about me to share with their friends and colleagues, and my children tell everyone! It is very motivating to see them so proud. Friends can be hit or miss with support. Weight is a common problem for people, so it is hard for me to feel comfortable about sharing too much about my lifestyle unless I really know someone. People can have a lot of judgements when they learn you get up on a stage in high heels and a bikini.
Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?
I competed 6 times in 18 months, and am taking time off. My best placing was 4th out of 9. Although I continue to work on that 1st place win, I am really proud to have gone from morbidly obese to a bodybuilder! To me that is winning!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 20 years?
In 5 years I see myself winning that 1st place title and I will also have my fit family friendly cookbook complete. In 20 years I will have my own talk show…oh I probably didn’t mention that I also enjoy doing stand up comedy and writing. People know me as the bodybuilding comedian!
Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)
My favorite fitness model is Francesca Dennis. She has my view of an ideal female physique. My favorite bodybuilder is Wyatt Foard. He coincidentally also had an AMAZING transformation himself, and also coincidentally is my husband. I love his arms!
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror every morning!
I see someone who takes care of herself and continuously strives to improve. I see a role model for her family and for others who struggle with weight. I am happy with what I see!
Do you feel that you are treated differently because of your physique and fitness goals?
Having been two different extremes, I know for a fact that I am treated differently. I could write a book on it so I will leave it at that, but I will say I always try to focus on the positive.
What is your all time favorite workout song?
Nicki Minaj-I’m The Best
What is your favorite quote?
That which does not kill you makes you stronger. I am living proof!
What do you feel is the best type of cardio for yourself and why?
Walking because I walk so much.
What is your favorite cheat meal?
Pizza with an ice cold beer and a couple bites of chocolate ganache cake.
Outside of training and dieting how do you like to spend your time?
I like to spend my time doing things with my family, writing or doing stand up comedy, taking pictures/video editing, and listening to podcasts.
What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite.
My favorite body part to train is shoulders. I feel so powerful when I train them! My least favorite is back because I have an injury from when I was overweight that I have to work with.
What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench?)
I get tired of people asking me about my favorite ab exercise. I want to say discipline!
The RateMyArms team would like to thank you greatly for taking the time to do this interview. Do you have any last words or advise for our readers?
I would want the readers to know that they can do anything they put their minds to and not to let anyone tell them otherwise. PLENTY of people told me I couldn’t lose the weight. Plenty of people told me I could never keep the weight off. Plenty of people told me I could never wear a bikini. Plenty of people told me I could never do stand up. Plenty of people told me I could never be a bodybuilder. Clearly, plenty of people were wrong!
Photo Credits: Wyatt Foard, Rebin, Terry
Rebin Roy was featured as the female transformation of the week on Bodybuilding.com: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/rebin-lost-100-lbs-to-become-a-competitor-and-role-model.htm