How I trained for the NPC Kentucky Derby Festival – Master’s Bikini
I was always the tallest girl in my class ever since I started school! And not just the tallest, but also always the thinnest! I hated being both! My mom was called to school on a few occasions and questioned on whether or not I had an eating disorder. Thankfully, I never had an eating disorder, just never could gain weight. As an adult I continued to be too thin. A lot of this stems from having had stomach issues and being diagnosed with IBS in my mid 20’s. Due to this, I was very limited as to what I could eat without getting sick. My diet usually consisted of nothing but carbs, pasta, rice and bread. Very rarely would I eat vegetables or any type of protein.
I started to go to the gym to try to put on some muscle, but with not eating right I gained nothing! I was very unhappy with my body and wanted to look healthy! After having my second child, I remember the name of a trainer that someone had told me about, Julie Lohre. So I looked her up and exchanged emails with her. Shortly after, I joined her Team FitBody. When she saw my photos, she said that if I was really motivated I could be ready to do a show as soon as 8 weeks. I thought, "This woman is crazy!" But, I did what she told me to do in the gym and ate what she told me to eat (my meal plan being based around my dietary restrictions). As the weeks went by I started to gain weight and muscle. When the 8th week came, I was exactly where she said I would be, ready and on stage. I had dropped to 10% body fat, and gained almost 10lbs of muscle. It was truly amazing! I actually loved my body! And the best part, I was healthier than I had ever been!
It is amazing that I went from sick and skinny to healthy and fit! Since beginning my training I have eaten clean, by eliminating a lot of processed foods, sugar and 80% of the carbs from my diet. Now, the base for all my meals is protein. And another thing that is truly amazing, I have had almost no attacks of IBS!