Fitness saved my life.
I mean that literally. Don't get me wrong, it made me stronger, faster, and got my heart healthy. It truly saved my life.
I was a mess, inside and out. I was close to 200lbs on a 5'0" body, and in a size 20 jeans (on a good day). I was depressed and couldn't stand to look in the mirror. I was purposely getting out of the way of every camera pointed at me, making myself absent from pretty much every family photo. I felt guilty, too. I had 4 beautiful boys, and a husband that loved me no matter what I looked like, so why couldn't I be happy? I tried almost every antidepressant out there. Nothing worked.
One day, I went for a walk to clear my head. Slowly, huffing and puffing with every step. I barely reached a mile that day, but I felt a little better. So, I did it again. And again. And again. Everyday I looked forward to my walks, which got longer and longer. Then faster. Those walks turned into jogs. And that was just the beginning.
I started that fitness journey 10 years ago. First, I ran half marathons. Then, I began to teach group fitness classes - dance fitness, specifically. Then, one day, I was introduced to weight training. I fell in love with it from day one. So much so, that I started competing in the Figure division in local NPC competitions six years ago, and I'm still competing. And still loving it.
- 2019 Dallas Europa (NPC) Figure 7th in Masters, 10th in Open
- 2017 Johnnie O Jackson (NPC) Figure 2nd in Masters, 4th in Open