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How did you first get started in the bodybuilding and fitness industry?

I first began in the fitness industry to help me in the process of recovery from an eating disorder. When I was 22 I was hospitalized with Anorexia. At my lowest weight I was 85lbs and on the verge of death. All I wanted to do was to disappear. My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time stuck my side through the whole ordeal and never left my side once. It’s him that I owe my desire to get better. I saw how much he was hurting because of what I was doing to myself. He feared for my life and begged me to get help. I didn’t want to hurt him any longer so I agreed. Once I was well enough and got my weight back to a stable number I wanted to add some shape back to my body so I decided to join a gym. At first I was intimidated, but stuck with it. I’m so glad that I did. Weight training has not only changed my physically, but also mentally. Its has helped me with my self esteem, self confidence, and has taught me that food is fuel and not the enemy.

What are the top 2 or 3 ways you keep yourself motivated?

I’m really a self motivated person and my desire to improve is what really keeps me focused. Each time I step on stage I want to beat my previous best and bring the best me yet to that stage. As for motivating me each day in the gym I always go into a workout with hopes of improving on something. Whether it be a new personal best on weight, reps, or sets on a previous lift I am always striving to beat my previous workout.

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)

I think that all three are absolutely necessary in building a physique. I do think that diet is the most important factor with rest next and training last. As training will only get you so far if you don’t use the proper fuel to feed your muscles to get them to grow. Proper amounts of rest is also needed to repair the worked muscles from the intense training. I have  to admit though that I’m still working on the rest part. Even though I know its very important I am still guilty of not taking enough or getting enough rest.

How useful do you think supplements are?

I think that supplments can be useful and do have their place, but they should do just that SUPPLEMENT your training and diet. Proper diet and training should be in place first then supplements added in to fill in the blanks so to speak.

In general what does your current training and diet routine look like?

RIght now I’m on a 5 day split. I hit every body part once week, except legs that I train twice a week. I am trying to build up that area so I hit them heavy with lower reps earlier in the week and then higher reps more sets later on in the week. I have just come off a contest prep so as far as diet goes I’m just starting to add calories and carbs back in. I’m slowly adding things back in as well as tapering down my cardio in hopes of not gaining too much too fast. I eat 6 meals a day that consisit of mainly eggwhites, chicken, lean beef, fish, sweet pot, oats, brown rice, nuts, and olive oil.

How did/do your family and friends feel about your training?

I’m lucky to have my husband behind me 110%. He is my biggest supporter and often believes in me more than I do. There is no possible way I couldn’t do this without him. I’m so blessed to have him and be so supportive of goals and is willing to do anything for me to help me reach those goals.

Can you give us a brief summary of your competition history?

2007:

4th place NPC Maggie Fit
3rd place novice figure and 5th place open figure OCB Cape Cod Natural

2008:

1st place novice figure and 4th place open figure OCB Cape Cod Natural

2009:

3rd place open figure and 5th place masters figure OCB Cape Cod Natural
1st place NGA Granite State Open

2010:

3rd place open figure and 3rd place masters figure OCB Cape Cod Natural
2nd place open figure and 2nd place masters figure NGA Granite State Open

2012:

2nd place open figure and 2nd place masters figure OCB Baystate Natural
1st place open figure and 1st place masters figure and My Masters PRO card OCB Yankee Classic

Where do you see yourself in 2013?

I hope to take the PRO stage for the first time next June. I plan on making improvements and I hope to bring the best me yet to that stage! My goal for this show is to just be at my all time best and look like I belong up on that PRO stage. I also would like to get my personal trainers certification and be able to motivate others and reach their goals. Another goal I have set is to have more self confidence in my abilities and believe in myself more. I tend to focus more on what I think that I don’t have rather than the things that I actually  do have. I want I want to be able to look in the mirror and focus  on the positive things and not always focus on the negative things.

Who is your favorite fitness model or bodybuilder? (other than yourself!)

My favorite figure athlete is Erin Stern. I have to say my favorite bodybuilder is my friend Diane Muller. She has been an amazing support to me from day one and has always believed in me. I can never ever repay her for all her encouragement and telling me not to quit or give up. I’m so blessed to have her in my life!.

What is your favorite quote?

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not…”

What is your favorite cheat meal?

I love pizza and steak tips!

What is your favorite body part to train? What about your least favorite?

I love training back and shoulders! My least favorite is calves

What is the one question you hate hearing the most? (e.g how much do you bench)

You must eat nothing to look like you do….or what do eat just salad?

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?

Thank you so much for asking me to do this interview. It was a great honor to be asked and I hope that your readers enjoyed it. Last bit of advice, is to never give up on your goals/dreams even when it seems like you are spinning your wheels and will never get there. It took me five long years of hard work and dedication to reach my dream of earning a PRO Card. I’m so glad that I stuck with it even though I wanted to quit so many times. So never never quit or give up, just keep on pushing and reaching for that dream!

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Categories: Interviews, Women