A little about me. I’ve always been into fitness, always. I was a single mother of three girls for over 16 years. One who is on the Autism Spectrum. I have always been goal driven and very independent. If I set a goal, I’ll do whatever it takes to achieve that goal.
Some things I’ve done along the way. I finished my first University Program in 2000. Police Sciences. Then I graduated in Ophthalmic Assisting in 2002. I then continued and got both my Land and Water Fitness Instructing certificates in 2004. I even completed my EMT course in December 2016. I was personally recruited into the Canadian Armed Forces as a Military Police Officer while, get this, running a full time in home Daycare. And as a single, only parent. This was by far my dream job! So I promise you I understand the struggle of finding time and juggling a full time job, doing basic training, being a single parent and focusing on my fitness goals all at the same time.
I have overcome many obstacles in my life. Single parenting with the other parent not involved at all was a huge struggle. But I found the strength with in to not only not fail my kids but my own worth while giving my daughters the life they deserved. I was victim to a bad fall during my time serving as a Military Police Officer. I tore all the muscles and tendons off the left side of my pelvis, jammed my sacrum and dislocated my Coccyx. I fell so hard that I also put so much pressure onto my spine that my L4 & L5 compressed and budged the discs in between them. I couldn’t even sit flat for 3 years! After years of trial and error treatments, I finally got the surgery I needed to help manage the pain in my back.
During my time managing my injury and trying what seemed like every possible treatment out there I gained nearly 30 lbs. I sunk into a bad depression but in 2015 I decided to forgo all medications, get back to the gym and start getting me back. I regained new goals and decided that since my injury was 6 weeks out from my first NPC show, I’d again focus on completing that goal and did what it took to lose the extra weight I gained and get on stage.
I underwent my back surgery in September 2016 and got on my first NPC stage in Utah in March of 2017. I had then lost 50 lbs. Transformed my body and actually came in 5th in my bikini division and bringing home my first trophy. I couldn’t believe that just 6 months before I underwent back surgery that had me bed bound for nearly 2 months. Again, in July 2017 I competed in my second NPC show in LA and took 1! What a victory!
My path to completing this goal was not easy. But I am proof that anyone can do it. If they put their mind to it. By July 2017 I was down a total of 60 lbs.
I am not your typical bikini competitor. I stay lean throughout the year and meal prep 90% of the time. I have been blessed to work with some great sponsors. Both MuscleEgg and Allmax Nutrition have backed me and supported my journey for years.
I train 6 days a week and rotate muscle groups and include 25 minutes of cardio 6 days a week. Fasted cardio if schedule permits.
I was born in Canada and became a US citizen in 2022. This was a huge monumental moment for me. I love that I am a dual citizen.
In 2020 I broke my pelvis and had my second spinal cord surgery. I had to relearn to walk after this surgery. It forced me out of training legs for a while. This was so disheartening for me.
While cleared to go to the gym at 30% capacity, I was standing around the bench press machines. Someone asked me if I ever considered competing in bench press. Before I could respond, someone else took one look at me and said, “A girl your size has no business competing in bench press”. That’s all it took. I started training for bench press that week.
Within 3 months I had set national records and provincial records, I competed as a Canadian. 1 month later, I set my first world record in Bench Press, for Canada. Then I earned my US citizenship and competed in Utahs first all women’s power lifting competition and set numerous State and National records to the USA and the following couple weeks competed at Worlds, again and broke my personal World Record and set another World Record, but this time, for the USA.
Never, ever did I think I’d be a professional Power Lifter. I am so grateful for the encouragement and support I received through this training.
In 2022 I had to have my third spinal surgery and had to yet again, relearn how to walk. I am now still getting back to where I want to be. I still have back pain and still trying to stay positive and be the best version of myself, that I can be.
Always be the best version of yourself, no matter the station your life is in. You are worth it!