I’ve always had a fit lifestyle! Ever since I was young my parents had me involved in sports. I started karate at 8. I never had a TV, so we mostly played outdoors. Physical activity has always been a part of my life. My parents always cooked healthy, clean meals, so that is what I learned to love. I think that contributed to the healthy way I eat today. If I do have my cheat meals I feel horrible.
I did my first show when I was trying to figure out what to do with the fitness passion. I knew how to eat well in general but didn’t understand how to modify protein, carbs, etc to meet specific goals. So I set some goals and started researching my diet. I do work long hours, which can make training tricky- but I find the time. I have a consistent schedule Mon – Fri, so that helps, but since I see patients all day, all my extra duties have to be completed after work. I always prepare my meals on Sunday so I don’t have to worry about it the rest of the week, which saves time. I also squeeze my meal in between patients, leaving lunch time free for a workout. I do fasted cardio in the morning before work and another session of cardio and weights after work. Closer to the show time I will pose after my workouts for about 30 minutes. My first show was the hardest for me because I had to break old habits and separate myself from the less disciplined lifestyle I was used to.