All of my life, my dad would remind me about how he took 3rd place in competitive bodybuilding - and that it was one of his most proud moments. He made it clear to my brothers and I, how important it was to exercise. I was first introduced to weight training by my Dad over 10 years ago, when he and my Mom put a home gym in their basement. Prior to the home gym, I had previously followed programs like P90X and Shawn T's Insanity, but it wasn’t until I started weight training that I started seeing major changes happen with my body. I fell in love with fitness, and it helped me in more ways than just physical appearance. It increased my energy, I was getting more quality sleep, my stress levels decreased, and it helped manage my mental health. It made me feel strong, empowered, and confident – and I still feel this way today!
Fast forward to the summer of 2017, I married the love of my life – and the newly-wed, newly-moved out, hosting and outings, junk food eating began. The weight gain started, and exercise was soon to be non-existent. This lead to decreased energy, sleepless nights, increased stress, no confidence/low self esteem, and unmanageable depression. Oh, and not to mention 25lb weight gain in 4 months!
In February 2018, after 6 months of marriage, I reached my lowest of lows and something had to change. If I continued living the way I was, the weight gain, low energy, stress, and depression would continue, become much worse, and would lead to other issues down the road. It was time for a lifestyle change and get rid of some bad habits!
I spent the next few months getting back into an exercise routine, changed my eating habits, and was starting to feel much better. In May 2018, after watching my incredible sister-in-law compete (www.stouffvillebootcamp.ca), I decided to sign up for my very first fitness competition with the Ultimate Fitness Events (UFE) which would take place in October. The 5 month prep challenged me not only physically, but mentally and spiritually. It changed me from the inside out, and sparked a passion for health & fitness that I didn’t know I had. By show day, I had lost 30lbs, was the most confident I’ve ever been in my life, and truly learned and understood the transformative effects of exercise.
On competition day, I placed 1st in each of my categories: Novice Bikini, Novice Fitness Model, Open Bikini, & Open Fitness Model. I earned Elite status in Bikini, and won 1st overall in Fitness Model granting eligible PRO status! I went from a novice to a PRO in one night – this is something that doesn’t happen very often and was a HUGE surprise! I was able to do this completely on my own - I was my own coach, trainer, and nutritionist. I made my own plans, had my own weekly check-ins with myself, and put everything I had into this. My placing in this competition qualified me to compete two weeks later at the UFE World Championships where I represented Canada in the PRO Fitness Model and Elite Bikini categories. I placed 2nd in Elite Bikini granting me a second PRO status. I placed 11th out of 15 in PRO Fitness Model, and I couldn’t have been happier to have shared the stage with so any experienced professional competitors.
My fitness journey is never ending as I have learned to be my best and strive for progress. This means being better than I was yesterday, doing something every day that will make me a better person. My purpose as a Certified Personal Trainer, is to help others achieve their goals by using my own personal, transformative experience. I really do believe that everyone is worthy of reaching their health & fitness goals, and happiness – if I can do it, so can you. And I’m here to help you get started!