Monique Bourgoin Levesque

An Angel I was, until I had to put on boxing gloves to fight the battles life threw at me. This journey called life, made me a Warrior

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Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Monique Bourgoin Levesque and her voters for helping us donate to our injured United States military veterans!

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

Set goals. Be determined and motivated to achieve them. Hold yourself accountable & be consistent. Do something you enjoy every day. Keep moving! Eat a well balanced diet. Keep track of what you consume to build healthy habits. It’s not about deprivation & difficult rules. Indulge occasionally! Eat based on your personal goals. Once you start seeing results of your hard work, it becomes a new way of life! Be patient, don’t be too hard on yourself & enjoy the progress.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

I struggled with chronic pain & health issues for years, due to an accident. I began weightlifting to strengthen the muscles in my back & neck. It wasn’t easy, but I didn’t give up! Few months after, I was feeling results & my pain was decreasing each day. Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel motivated me to continue. Before I knew it, I set a goal to compete! Determination & effort made it possible, I achieved competition goals, making new friends along the way.

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

I will use a portion of the funds towards courses to further my fitness education. I take pride in helping others achieve their fitness goals. I will continue to compete & these funds will help to ease the associated financial burden. I will also donate to programs supporting Canadian Veterans struggling with PTSD. This cause is very close to my heart, to the hearts of my family & friends, we proudly support of one of our own family member, bravely continuing his battle against PTSD