I am a NASM certified personal trainer and a nationally certified counselor, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in School Counseling. I compete in the Bikini Division of women's bodybuilding in the NPC. It is my passion in life help others, and I am so fortunate to be able to combine my career as a counselor with my love of health and fitness. Finding my love for bodybuilding has helped me to live a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle, one in which I hope can help and influence others to do the same.
Growing up I struggled a lot with body image. I remember all throughout elementary school feeling embarrassed because of my body. I think it was because I grew up playing sports, but I developed stretch marks all over the inside of my thighs, and I tried everything to hide them. In middle school I thought under-eating would solve my body image issues, however, it only made things worse. In high school I gave up on myself and just ate whatever I wanted without thinking about it. I ate tons of junk food and didn't care what I put into my body. I felt like every diet I tried didn't work so I just kind of gave up.
By the time I got to college I was determined to find a healthier lifestyle. I started by making small changes with my nutrition here and there, things I thought were healthier, like switching from white pasta to whole wheat pasta or whole milk to skim milk. I followed what I saw in big fitness magazines. Eventually I started getting more obsessed with the idea of being super healthy and started running all the time and restricting calories. I tried to eat super "clean" but would under eat during the week and overeating on the weekends or at night when I was around "bad" food. Then I would run to burn it all off. It was a vicious cycle. I would go to the gym and lift some weights here and there but never had a very consistent schedule or training program. I always made excuses that I was too busy.
Through social media I eventually discovered "IIFYM" or If-It-Fits-Your-Macros and began tracking my food intake. At first I was SO skeptical, how could people eat carbs after 6pm or cookies and still look good?! I remember the first time fitting an ice cream bar into my diet and feeling a sense of disbelief, that I was “dieting” and still able to eat some fun foods. I was tracking and lifting, however, I still wasn't very consistent with my training or diet. Early 2015 I hired an online coach and finally started making my health and nutrition my number one priority. After truly being strict and consistent with my programming and diet I started to see results I had always wanted! I finally found balance through #moderationnotdeprevation. Soon after I started a bikini prep and competed later that summer. During that time I started researching and learning as much as I could about nutrition and bodybuilding. I fell in love with the health and fitness lifestyle and everything a bikini prep entails. Growing up a competitive softball player, I was ecstatic to continue my time as an athlete and continue to fuel my competitiveness.
August 2015 – NGA Potomac Cup – 2nd place Bikini Open
August 2015 – NPC Jay Cutler Classic – 1st Place Bikini Novice,
3rd Place Bikini Open
June 2016 – NPC Xcalibur Cup
June 2016 – NPC East Coast Classic – 5th Place Bikini Novice,
4th Place Bikini Open
October 2017 - NPC Phoenix Europa - 3rd Place Bikini Open,
2nd Place Bikini Novice
November 2017 - 3rd Place Bikini Open
November 2017 - NPC Nationals