My "Story" and what is motivating me to be BodyProud:
About 3-4 years ago I was told by my physical therapist at the completition of my therapy that I would have to exercise routinely to keep my upper back healthy. I started going to a local gym and doing Bodypump 3-4 times per week.
At first, I really had to make myself go and the whole workout was painful. After 3 months of this I really started enjoying the workouts and could tell a difference in my strength and had maintained the health in my back. After 6 months I started noticing that I "had" to go to the gym. I didn't have to force myself to go it had become an absolute need. The intensity of my workout had increased and I could tell a difference in my arms and abdomen the most. I started wanting to watch what I was eating more and more. If I was working out so hard I didn't want to spoil it with my bad diet.
A couple of trainers had come up to me and told me that my shoulders looked good and that I should consider doing a fitness show. I laughed out loud at the thought of doing a fitness show. However, the idea started to burn inside me. "Why not" is what I kept asking myself. Of course, I had all sorts of reasons and excuses. I'm too busy. I'm too old. I don't belong on that stage. I can't do it. What if I fail? What if I make a fool of myself? Then I got tired of all the excuses and started asking questions. I knew nothing about fitness competitions or how to eat and train at that level.
A trainer and dear friend, Jeremy Morrision, gave me Michael Elias's name. I contacted him and started training in August of 2009 for my first show in October 2009. The process was tough. One of the hardest things I have ever done but one of the most rewarding. You really learn a lot about yourself both mentally and physically. My first show was a large show here in Oklahoma. A national qualifier for the NPC. I placed 4th and was very pleased. Now I had a new addiction and a new goal. How much better can I be?
I am still working on answering that question....
I have experience as a:
Health & Lifestyle, Healthcare
People I'd Most Like to Interact With, Learn From and/or Inspire
Competing in my first show. Winning at my second show. Going to the gym and completing a tough workout even when I don't want to.
If I tune into my heart's desires, here is what I feel is my purpose and life dreams
I am a petite little flower! 5'4" tall. Contest weight 100-103 lbs and off season weight 120lbs. My future goal contest weight is around 105 lbs.
Something deep about me or my beliefs that I believe others should hear:
I am a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. I work in a health and wellness medspa. We have a medical weight losss program and hormone replacement program. I have 8 years of experience in bio-identical hormone replacement in both men and women. I also perform some of our laser procedures, sclerotherapy, botox, and other injectables. I love helping people take ownership of their lifestyle, change the way they think and feel about food, and improve their quality of life. I like to see myself as a promoter of not just health but quality of life.
Self loving actions I take and good4me decisions I make
My Father God. My friends and family. My boyfriend. My health. My upbringing. My career. All of the opportunities life has given me.
Here are gifts I am willing -- as of Now -- to give myself to pamper my body, nourish my cells, and pleasure my mind.
Stick with it and be patient. It is a process. Be forgiving of yourself and others. Push yourself but don't be too hard on yourself. Yes, it is worth it!!
Reflecting on who or what makes me feel grateful, I am grateful for
Michael Elias is probably the smartest person I know when it comes to supplements. If it weren't for him there is no way I would have been able to do one fitness show.
Cliff Guthrie has believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. Pushes me in my workouts and makes me eat all of my chicken. If it weren't for him I probably would not be doing this Vegas show. He is absolutely one of the best men I know and makes me want to be a better athelete and person. Thanks baby!!
Jeremy Morrision has lovingly put dream tan on me more times than I can count. He has trained me and become a friend to me. He gives me honest feedback and lets me cry on his shoulder. He has an intellegence about training and life that I appreciate. He approaches fitness in an artistic manner that I love. He has had a huge and positive impact on my life.
It takes a villiage to do fitness competitions!
Why I choose to experience the rest of my life bodyproud