Someone who looks like a lady and lifts like a boss....a single mother to a 20yr son, who found fitness in her forties!!! Still improving!

Placed 37th

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Ms. Health and Fitness and Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors would like to thank Valerie 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?

Don’t let fear of failure or the unknown control you...just start!! Be positive!! And always continue learning, reading magazines, the internet, there are so many resources available.

How does fitness positively influence your life?

At my beginning I was in an abusive relationship,obese with no self worth or self esteem. It gave me a positive outlet. I started walking long distance and a diet plan.. results came.. I grew some confidence and got a gym membership... more results!! I began to rebuild my life and my body with exercise, weight lifting and nutrition, the gym always being my happy medium,no matter how my day is,I can always leave my ego at the gym door and push on.

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

Seriously I can’t imagine!!! New gym shoes, possibly travel and train with some of my fitness idols...maybe continue training for competition,help my son with school!