I was born and raised in Omaha, NE. Growing up I was an overweight child, constantly being made fun of by others for being “fat”. I loved my pop, candy and FAST FOOD! I was not extremely active, I played softball, basketball, and in High School cheered for the NE All-Star Tigers. However I never was extremely committed to the sports and looking back I did not give it my all! During high school being “overweight” took a huge effect on my life, I felt so insecure, that no one would like me because I was “fat”. I wanted to have friends, I wanted to have a boyfriend. I began obsessing over food and what I ate, not knowing anything about nutrition I began to, what I now see as, starve myself, eating maybe 1-2 times per day or doing the liquid diet. I wanted people to like me and to stop making fun of the way I looked, however people can be very mean. They then began to make jokes that I was anorexic, that I looked too skinny. I mean come on what do you want from me, it was always “Hey fatty” or I would hear other girls mumble “She should not be wearing that she is too fat” then it become “Gosh, you are so skinny, I can see your hip bones”. Either way I could not win and it crushed me emotionally.
When I met my now husband, Kyle, in 2003 he introduced me to the gym and he changed my life forever. It made me feel great! I started to like the changes I was seeing, I began to feel good about myself again, in a way he saved my life. I eventually researched nutrition and was introduced to fitness magazines that had all of the top athletes throughout. I knew this is what I wanted to do, I would hang pictures of the athletes in my room to remind me everyday that I could do it too! I had my ups and downs, days when I thought I would never get there! With plans of a wedding, I tried to keep up with my workouts and nutrition, which was challenging!
Two months after Kyle and I got married we found out I was pregnant, we were so excited. With pregnancy comes weight gain, and I hated that part! It did weigh on me, however I knew it was for our son, but negative thoughts are hard to kick out of your head. In total I gained roughly 50lbs. I did not stop working out though!! Up until the day before I had Landon, my trainer Marcus Ricks kept me on track! He was there with me the whole pregnancy making sure I was taking care of myself and the baby. On June 5th, 2007 we welcomed Landon to the world! Total labor time was less then 8 hours and I only spent 15 min. pushing before that little man was out! So don’t ever let people tell you working out is not good during pregnancy, it actually helps with your labor and the weight loss after the baby! I started back into my fitness routine 1 week after having Landon and in just two short months, even though it felt like an eternity, I was back to my normal weight!
January 2008 brought a big change to our life. Kyle was transferred to San Francisco, CA for work. The move was hard on us, a newly married couple with a 6 month old baby. Being in California really challenged us but we had an amazing experience and made some life long friends that we truly miss. While in California I was introduced to Kenny Tali, coach of Ken’s Barbies in Walnut Creek CA, at a local bodybuilding show in Hayward, CA. He and his team of competitors inspired me, I told Kyle “I want to be a part of his team, I want to compete”.
So I contacted him that next day! Kenny changed my life forever! I became a part of his team. He taught me the proper nutrition, dedicated and training to succeed. I stepped on stage in the best shape of my life at the 2008 NPC San Francisco where I took 2nd place in my first show. I have been hooked ever since and this is my passion! I joke with my husband that he had no idea what kind of fitness monster he was creating, and I love him for it.