WEIGHT 185 lbs
BODY FAT 40%
WEIGHT 116 lbs
BODY FAT 9%
I used to be made fun of for my weight. The neighbor kids called me "Bulldozer" and I hated it. I was 135 pounds in the seventh grade at age 12. At age 14, my father passed away and it went downhill from there. I weighed 185 pounds as a high school freshman and couldn't find a diet that worked.
My big brother, Rob, did a bodybuilding competition a year later. I sat in the crowd, watched the figure girls strut on stage before my brother, and was in complete awe. I wanted to be them and said out loud that I would be one day. My brother said I had a long way to go, which sparked me to prove everyone wrong.
By my sophomore year of high school, at age 16, I had lost 20 pounds from researching about diets and training. As a junior, I weighed 135 pounds at age 17 and everyone noticed. I wasn't the fat girl anymore. I graduated high school and was happy, but my goal wasn't accomplished yet; I still had to compete.
I talked to local figure competitors who gave me lots of information and hired a trainer to start my journey. I stepped on stage at my first show weighing 123 pounds. My family saw me walk with complete confidence and show off the new me. It was the most empowering moment of my life. I didn't place, but I gave it my all. I competed 12 weeks later at NPC Teen Nationals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and took second place at 116 pounds.
It's crazy to think I lost a total of 60 pounds. I'm noticed every day now at the gym or when I put gas in my car. I love the new me!
Transforming wasn't easy. I was in the gym every day and held myself accountable. If I got lazy, people pushed me to my full potential. When I hired a trainer, my body really changed. I was always excited to lift with him and never gave up. I knew what I ate was healthy and that the effort would pay off.
I found my comfort zone and stepped out of it. I knew it wouldn't be easy. When I first set foot in the gym, I felt like everyone was staring at my out-of-shape body. I was scared to dip my feet into the water. Now I know why people stare at me in the gym. I'm a girl with muscles. I lift like a guy and take charge in the gym.
The diet changed me most. I don't look at food the same way. I'm disgusted by greasy pizza. I follow my new diet every day and it changed my life. I worked too hard to throw it away.
I became a certified personal trainer because fitness is my passion. I want to help people reach their fitness goals to become the best version of themselves. I want to show everyone that nothing is impossible with determination. I plan to compete in figure forever and earn a pro card. That's my ultimate goal.
Anyone can transform, but it takes hard work and dedication. Most importantly, never give up or settle. Giving up sets you back to square one. When you accomplish your goals, don't throw them away. Don't limit your goals. They should grow every day.
I signed up on BodySpace at age 14. It's cool to look back at what I used to be and watch the chart drop. I thrive on the awesome nutrition plans, workout plans, recipes, and motivation from Bodybuilding.com.
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