January 4, 2013 became the first day into a world of perseverance and mental toughness that I did not know I even had. I began training for my first bikini competition, after suffering 2 bi-lateral knee injuries, surgery, and rehab. My knee injuries resurfaced, but stepping on stage unprepared was not an option. Thankfully, I was with an amazing trainer who knew how to safely modify my leg workouts without losing out on results. Through it all, I could not have asked for a more humbling experience.