When I was 16, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition. In my twenties, I did a couple more shows. I was a lightweight, all natural and never the star of the show, never won first place, but loved every aspect of bodybuilding. Working out, watching my diet, having a community of friends, and competing on stage and in the gym gave my life meaning.
As with all sports, the bodybuilding way of life takes a lot of discipline, and I learned wonderful life experiences. I learned self-confidence, how to believe in myself, but most importantly I learned how to be physically and emotionally stronger.
Today, I still love fitness. I workout regularly, watch my diet and continue to challenge myself. As a certified personal trainer and an author of novels about strong female characters, it’s important to me to merge my experiences and knowledge of fitness to help others achieve their own fitness goals. (You’ll always find a little fitness inspiration in all of my novels)
Though I’m no longer a bodybuilder, I’m thankful for the experiences bodybuilding gave me.