A:Actually I was born in New Jersey. That's right, I'm a Jersey girl! My parents made the move to Arizona when I was two and I have been here ever since.
Q:Is it really a dry heat there or is it just hot?
A:I love when people say it's a dry heat. At times it is but we also have what we call monsoon season. It is when we actually get some moisture in the air so 110+ humidity is not pretty! The summers are not the best but the rest of the year is amazing.
Q:Do you remember you're very first time at the gym?
A:When I was little I loved going to Jazzercise with my Mom, leotard leg warmers and all. But the first time really getting into the gym to lift was when I was 19. I joined an LA Fitness and from that day on I've been training. Not to the level I train at for shows, but always in the gym keeping myself fit and healthy.
Q:When and why did you choose NPC?
A:I was talking with one of my friends about possibly doing a show and he put me in touch with my first trainer. After meeting with her we chose a show in March 2011. I really didn't know much about competing as far as OCB, NPC or WBFF. I am happy with the choice I made with the NPC, it is a great organization.
Q:On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the hardest thing you've ever done, how hard is it preparing for the stage?
A:For me prepping for the stage diet wise isn't as hard as it is for others. Being lean and still trying to "fill out" I had cheat meals until the end of prep and had to eat burgers and fries. Sounds great? Not so much. In my early 20's I had an eating disorder. I overcame that but the scars are still there. When my coach told me he wanted me to eat a burger I freaked out! I didn't do it and he was not happy with me. That night I ate one. I had not eaten fast food or fried food in over 20 years! So for me the mental part of competing is my challenge. I embrace those struggles because in the end they are what make me stronger and better.
Q:Describe your pre contest workout sessions...
A:Training for me is pretty much the same all year. I have only been competing for less than 2 years so I am in my first off season. I love cardio but cut it back to 20 minutes 3-5 times a week. I do try to lift heavier in my off season but I have had some injuries so I'm trying to train smarter. For pre contest I have been lucky and only do 30 mins of cardio 6-7 days a week once a day.
Q:Compare your off season and pre contest diets...
A:For off season there is more freedom with my eating. Meaning I don't feel guilty if I eat a little extra rice etc. It’s grow time!! My diet for off season has more carbs and fats and I am taking in almost 3000 calories and some days more. Pre contest is different I still eat carbs and fats just not as much and cycle with lower carb days. NEVER do I pull carbs completely.
Q:Are you aiming for that pro card?
A:most certainly am! The reality for me is I am turning 40 this year so I won't have a career as a Pro IFBB figure competitor but it is my goal! I am going to work harder than I ever have this season to step up my game and bring a package worthy of that card. :)
Q:What do you have to do in order to secure that pro card?
A:Work, rest, eat and repeat!! Every day I step in the gym it's about breaking my body down to build it back up.
Q:What's next, career wise, for you?
A:The fitness industry is getting bigger everyday. We all want the same thing: Pro Card, sponsorship, to be published. For now I am just grateful for the things that have come my way and all the support I have received. It's about a journey and at the end of mine I hope there is a Pro Card! :)
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