Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey so far!
About six years ago I had back surgery on my L4 & L5 disk. At the time, I was a runner. I used to run a lot, I loved running, but that is all I did. I did not lift a weight in my life. I never did core exercises. I did not do any hip strengthening. Nothing like that. I just ran and it lead to me having back surgery. I do not know if that is the reason why I had back surgery, was running, but I believe it differently played a role in it. After back surgery, I was able to bounce back pretty fast. I saw my sister-in-law had an amazing physique that I kind of admired. She told me that she was a personal trainer and she could put me on my first workout program. So she did that, and slowly, but surely, I kinda started to fall in love with it. I watched her do a bikini competition and I got really motivated to get in the best shape of my life. And do a fit bikini competition as well. So, that was really like the peak start of my fitness journey. Me really getting really serious into it.
How did you get into fitness?
Was about two years ago when I decided to do a competition. I realized too, that the more and more I started working on my core strength, I started strengthening my glutes, working on my hip flexors, doing all that stuff, I started getting less and less back pain. And so, you know, fitness has really helped me so much decrease that back-pain and become stronger and more confident. A healthier; happier version of myself. But really, she is the reason why I got into fitness.
What's your fitness specialty?
I am the queen of making eating healthy taste good. And if anyone who follows me Instagram can definitely back me up on that one. I always snap delicious pictures of the food I eat. I even created a maco hack cookbook that has 25 recipes. Very easy things to make, but all your favorite foods like donuts, pizzas, and burgers. I have found ways to make it ten times healthier. While still tasting very good.
What's your preferred style of encouragement?
I am all about positivity. Again, anyone who follows me on Instagram and social media will know that. I think, you know, the best way to encourage yourself and others is to be positive and really hyping each other up. Getting yourself excited and having big goals to strive for. Team motivated and make each day the best.
What would you recommend to someone that is new to the city, or working out, in terms of meeting and connecting with others?
Don’t be afraid to slide into people’s DM’s. I have done this so many times. I have seen this done on Instagram, and you know, you can get a really good feel of who someone is on their social media. They post things that they like, what they are doing, their mindset, and all that. So, if you see someone that you can relate to, and you have a lot of things in common, go ahead and DM them. Introduce yourself and tell them you are new to the city. That you would love to meet up sometime to get a workout in or whatnot. I think that is a great way to meet people. Also just looking in your city. There are so many events that are popping up around especially in big cities. You can go around and go to some of these events so you can network and meet people.
How do you track fitness goals?
This is going to vary on what your fitness goal is and how you are going to meet this fitness goal. I personally, I track my macros through MyFitnessPal so that definitely helps me track my goals and whatnot. Make sure I am consistent with what I should be eating, making sure I am getting my protein in, and that I am not going over or under on my carbs and fat. That is the biggest way I track my fitness goals. But also through strength, I know through my clients I use a program called Trainerize that allows them to really track their fitness goals, and for me to see it, so they can put in the weights they are using. They will put in any exercise and then throughout the weeks you are able to really see their progress come.
What is the best way to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram Community: @positivelyfitcommunity
Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
I would say, you know, my sister-in-law was definitely my, like the reason that I got into this as well. I guess I also followed Nikki Blackketter, and Heidi Somers when I first started. For the start, I really did not follow any huge fitness icons. I kinda just followed people that would comment on my stuff. That I would see that were into the fitness world. I would say too, you know, some of my inspirations are my friends as well. I have had a few mentors. My friend Chase has definitely been a mentor to me and has helped. He really pushed me to get my personal training license and create my own business instead of working for a corporate gym.
What is your favorite food?
Well, that also depends on if I am eating clean or if I am eating like a big cheat meal. I would say as a cheat meal, my favorite cheat meal is to get burgers, fries, and ice cream. I LOVE ice cream. Um, but on a daily basis, I love eating lean beef, and I love making big bowls with it. Salad bowls and whatnot. Also, love white jasmine rice.
What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
To be honest, I do not have all these top artists and songs that I listen to, but I do listen to EDM. EDM always gets me pumped. Usually, it's all about positivity and good vibes and I love that.
What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I had back surgery six years ago.
2. I always try to be the sunshine. Try to leave people with a little bit of happiness. 3. I grew up with three brothers.
What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
My greatest achievement has been overcoming my back surgery. Made me stronger through that and competing in the bikini competition too. That was a huge achievement. That was definitely a lot of hard work. And again, I was so proud of myself when I did it as well. Another thing is taking that risk. Moving across country, starting my own business, and becoming an entrepreneur.
If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
I would say, I am reading this book right now called, “The One Thing”. I definitely slack at that. Talking about how we need to have one big goal, one thing you are working towards, like the one thing you have to do every day. That’s something I struggle with. I am a go-getter, and I want to do it all, but that’s not realistic. So, I definitely try to do everything sometimes at once and it just gets me overwhelmed. Something I am doing is narrowing it down and trying to focus on that one thing.
Why does fitness mean so much to you?
I am a huge believer in the body, mind, and soul. I know it all connects and I definitely know that with my clients, I myself, am putting health first and working on us being our better selves. When we are our better selves, it shoes in all aspects of our life. You know fitness and moving is just amazing for your body in general. The more you move, the more motivated you are going to be to start fulling your body with nutritious foods. I definitely believe if we are not moving we are not working out. We are more likely to have a negative mindset. More likely to eat all bad junk food. So, I think it is a domino effect. The more you move, the more positive thinking and more positive aspects of your life. And the same goes with being negative. The more negative thoughts you have, the more negativity is going to come, and it is just going to be a downfall.