An every day working woman passionate about showing others you can live the fit life while still focusing on the things that matter most.

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What would you recommend to others who want to be fit and healthy?

Know that your body is capable of almost anything if your mind is willing. Once you decide to make a change, make a promise to yourself to honor your body and keep your promise. You’re worthy of it. Fitness doesn’t have to be an obsession that rules your life but it does require consistency over time. Just like you need to sleep and eat, you also need exercise. Healthy diet changes can be incremental or comprehensive but crash diets and starvation are not the answer.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

At age 5, my mom had a major stroke and was partially paralyzed. We moved to be close to family. My parents bought a small business and spent all their time working there. We ate processed, fast, and easy food. Our family quickly went from being healthy to obese. By age 16, I weighed 220lbs. I decided to make a change. By 19, I was skinny but struggled briefly with anorexia and was hospitalized. Fitness taught me about muscle building, nutrition, and saved me from disordered eating.

If you were the next Ms Health and Fitness, what would you do with $20,000?

I’m passionate about teaching women how to cut through the bs in the fitness and beauty industry and how to break free of comparison and obsession over their bodies. You CAN be fit without constantly thinking about your next workout or your next meal and taking your food in a container with you everywhere you go. If I won, I would put the money towards putting on events and inviting speakers/pros to teach girls and women how to “do fitness” in a healthy, tangible, and kind to y