How did you get started in bodybuilding and fitness?
My health was not good for some time until about 8 years ago. I started working out just to feel better.
Was there a defining moment that got you to start training at a whole different level?
Yes, after my first competition in 2006. As the NPC Eastern USAs Figure Class Winner for medium height, I realized at 42 years old that I enjoyed competing. It also inspired others to believe that one can achieve anything at any age with dedication and discipline.
What are the top 2 ways you keep motivated?
I start every day with the goal to improve me and be better than I was the day before. Then once achieved, I know that accomplishment should be used to inspire another person. I live every day this way!
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your fitness career goal thus far?
I have chronic asthma and Graves Disease (thyroid condition). They are always hurdles to overcome for me on a daily basis. However, I have made major improvement with my endurance training and cycling and that conditioning has helped.
In your opinion what is the hardest part about being a professional fitness model and competitor?
I would say not overtraining. I am always within 5-8 lbs of my competition weight and that requires a lot of work. So, I must remember to take breaks and rest.
If you had to ratio the importance of training, diet and rest, what would the percentages look like? (e.g. 20% training, 30% diet, 30% rest)
Training – 40%, Diet – 35%, Rest – 25%
Do you use supplements? How useful do you think supplements are?
Yes I do, they are a great way to supplement your meal plan.
What is your current top supplement?
MultiVitamin, fish oil, flaxseed oil and protein shakes.
What is your current training routine?
Now, I train 5 days a week, with 3 days split weight training and 2 day strength endurance training. Of course, all that changes when getting ready for a competition.
What is your current diet routine?
I always eat clean and that means high protein/low carb meals with lots of vegetables. My only beverages are protein shakes and water.
How did you get those awesome arms?
Lot of curls, pull-ups and also push ups. I also do lateral raise and reverse flys to improve my shoulders, as good shoulders compliment the arms.
Who is your favorite fitness model? (other than yourself!).
Describe what you see when you look at yourself in the mirror!
Someone I like…
If you could tell a fitness noob just one sentence of advice, what would it be?
Live every moment to it’s fullest!
Best type of cardio?
Cycling and Spinning are my top methods for cardio.
How do you feel about ketogenic diets?
They should not be done long term. I use them only when prepping for a competition.
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?
Wow… Natural physique and a women…. Hmmmm “7″.
What do you like to do outside of training and dieting?
I like bird watching and technology.
What is the dumbest thing you have done or witnessed in the gym?
Drank a gallon of water before a strength conditioning class and started with a 100 jumping jacks…lol.
What is your favorite body-part to train?
Your least favorite?