Growing up an athlete, I have always been an extremely competitive person. After my college basketball career (one year at U of L and the remainder at the University of Dayton) was over, I was looking for a way to remain competitive at something I enjoyed. As a personal training director who loves being in the gym and working out, I figured that it only made sense to do it competitively. The first time around, I competed in figure at the Northern 2007. I did well but my heart was leaning toward bodybuilding. I figured that I’d already built some muscle from all my years of weight training. Besides, bodybuilding seemed a better match to my personality. So I decided to make the switch.
I had just got psyched up to start training for my first show when my husband and I learned I was pregnant. We were ecstatic! I continued working out regularly, staying in the best shape I could, but obviously I would not be getting onstage in the immediate future. We were blessed with our baby boy in March, 2008. I dove head first back into training soon after. I did a couple shows a few months after my son was born, but my focus was one show in particular in the 2009 NPC Northern. That would give me one year to bounce back and get into the best shape of my life. I knew I could do it with the right diet, supplements, and a lot of hard work and dedication.