I started my working out about 7 years ago and trained with a trainer from our gym for a couple years. I did a lot of metabolic training which was great for getting lean but not the best for building muscle. My husband and I decided we wanted to change things up and start getting more definition and learn how to eat properly. We also wanted to have the same coach so we would be on the same page. This is how we met Tamara and how our real fitness journey began.
My goal when I started with Tamara was to train like a competitor but not compete. I wanted to grow my glutes and shoulders. Kevin and I decided we should train for something so we started to prep for our first photo shoot. I really enjoyed the process of prepping for something and loved seeing the changes in my body. After the photo shoot the goal was to grow my glutes and shoulders even more which meant putting on about 15 pounds. Once I wrapped my head around it I was good to go. After about 10 months of growing my muscles and making all the right changes I decided I wanted to do my first bikini fitness competition. I was now mentally ready and my kids were older so my first prep started December 9, 2017.
My first show was the Leigh Brandt Muscle Classic on March 24, 2018. I competed in Masters Bikini and Open Bikini. I won both my open and masters category and took masters overall. It was an amazing day to say the least. I received my critique from the head judge Rudy Jambrosic and he suggested that I compete at the Canadian National Pro Qualifier August 4, 2018. After a short 3 week break I was back on prep for the Tzone Natural Championship so I could qualify for the Pro Qualifier the following week.
On July 28, 2018 I competed at the Tzone Natural Championship in Masters and Open Bikini and won both my categories again. Now I was ready to hit a National stage in Toronto the following week.
With the support of my husband, my 2 sons and my coach Tamara Knight we were headed to Toronto. I was competing in both Masters and Open Bikini in two huge classes. The show had over 200 bikini women competing and over 80 in masters alone and that was the day I won my IFBB Pro Card in bikini masters. It was such a proud moment for myself and family and my coach Tamara.