Growing up, I always shied away from team games or sports - I wasn't coordinated nor brave enough to even try to fake being an athlete. I was the one who was always the last one to be chosen for a team. So I enjoyed solitary physical activity or at least activities where I didn't have others relying on my skill to win a game. In high school, I joined a gymnastics club (I wasn't that great but I was able to do a decent cartwheel) and loved the modern dance and "slimnastics" class. After taking those classes, I noticed my body getting stronger and looking leaner. My love for fitness was born and followed me into my college days. Fast forward into my 30's, I continued my love affair with the gym and worked out during my pregnancies as much as the doctor allowed me to do. After I was done with having children, I continued to exercise but my diet was horrible. Being a mom of 3 children with a full-time job, my go-to meals consisted of Wendy's, McDonalds and processed meals from the frozen food aisle. I couldn't out-exercise a bad diet so the extra weight began to pile on. Then it clicked, I needed to change how I ate and train to rev up my metabolism. So I hired a personal trainer who helped me change my diet and push me out of my comfort zone. I saw the changes in my body and was even motivated to compete as a bodybuilder at the age of 42. I earned 3rd place and since then, I competed each year finally earning my pro card at 51. My passion now is to inspire women to reclaim their bodies and put their health at the top of the priority list. You don't have to train to be a bodybuilder (unless you want to!), but you need to exercise on a regular basis and eat to live, don't live to eat. In this day and age, conditions directly related to poor nutrition and lack of exercise, like diabetes, hypertension and obesity are at an all time high. You only have one body - treat it like your most prized possession.
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