What got you involved in figure competitions?
I was having a hard time staying consistent working out at home so I joined a body camp….my trainer asked if I had ever considered competing. I hadn’t but I have a background in gymnastics and loved the way I felt when I competed, and I thought what better motivation!
How long have you been in fitness?
I have been active my entire life, fallen off the wagon so to speak, had a couple kids, etc but I enjoy how I feel when I’m living a healthy lifestyle.
What is your competition weight and off-season weight?
Competition weight was 113, off season I was 128
What motivates you to keep in shape?
I want to feel good and have the energy to keep up with my kids and be able to be active, healthy and have fun.
How do you stick to your goals?
Weekly progress pics were amazing to keep me going!!!!!!!
What is your nutrition like off-season?
I try to eat healthy most of the time, with the occasional treat.
What is your contest preparation dieting protocol?
Mostly lean protein and veggies….oatmeal & sweet potatoes for most of my carbs.
What is a basic cheat meal for you?
My favorite cheat meal was an apple with peanut butter! Sounds crazy but apples are amazingly sweet and taste like a great treat when you can’t have them all the time! 🙂
Are there any sacrifices? If so, how do you overcome them?
Sacrifices would be no treats, or going out, having to plan for every meal of the day & taking them with you at all times. Overcoming them wasn’t real hard, some times were harder than others….but you just have to keep your eye on the prize and realize this is actually an incredibly short amount of time out of your life, and you will look and feel amazing when you reach your goal!
What do you find to be the hardest part about getting into contest shape and how do you overcome it?
The meal planning….it was a real chore in the beginning, but it became automatic after awhile, it was just part of my routine. I figured out ways to make it easier, like cooking batches of chicken, fish, cutting up and measuring my veggies so they were ready to go, etc.
What is your training split like?
Upper body and lower body each twice a week
What forms of cardio do you do, and what do you think works the best for fat loss?
Elliptical and running mostly, some bike. I found that my body really responded well to these 3….I lucked out, it’s what I started with and kept with because it worked for me.
Do you track your personal best lifts and if so, what are they?
I didn’t track them, but I might next time!
Do you have any future competition plans?
This was my first competition….planning on fitness next year! 🙂
Do you use supplements? If so, what are your favorite supplements?
I really like CLA for fat loss, and caffeine towards the end.
Does your family support your fitness endeavors?
Absolutely….it would be hard to do without the support!
What hobbies do you have outside of fitness?
My hobbies are playing with my kids and teaching people different ways that they can be healthier and happier.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to get in such outstanding shape as you are in?
Consistency is key….you will feel amazing and never want to go back!
How has competing in figure changed your life?
I have learned so much about myself through this experience….my strengths and weaknesses and how to balance the two. I found out how strong I actually am both mentally and physically, this prep was amazingly challenging but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. There is nothing like the feeling of working that hard and accomplishing what you set out to do.
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