As a driven and active person, I have two great passions in life: my career as a hairstylist and makeup artist, and fitness. I've always been active, and whether it was earning belts in Jiu Jitsu martial arts or winning awards within my profession, I love to compete and am continually challenging myself to be better.
For me personally, I find that success in health begins at the start of my day with eating a good, healthy breakfast and keeping the rest of my meals lean and protein based. Before hitting the gym, I always plan out and visualize my training session. I like to start off with a 15-minute cardio warm-up, follow it with a little bit of stretching, and then go into my strength regime. I focus on specific body parts for the day by doing a variety of exercises. I really love to end it all off with my favourite muscle group to work out: abs.
I am so happy to be able to say that I competed for the first time in the open Swimsuit Model competition at the Interactive Nutrition SAF Fall Spectacular in October 2010 and actually won third place. It was an amazing experience! With this achievement, I was given the opportunity to have a photo shoot with highly regarded fitness photographer, Paul Buceta, and now will also get to compete at the Elite Pro level when I return to the SAF competition stage in 2011. All proof that hard work and dedication can pay off.
I really must give thanks to my good friend Vanda Hadarean, an SAF Elite Pro competitor and the 2010 SAF Elite Pro Champion, who started me on my way to being “serious about fitness.” Her experience, encouragement and motivation gave me the confidence and courage to get up on the stage to compete. Her training classes have been a tremendous help and I am loving the whole competition experience.
Hard work, believing in yourself and staying focused makes anything possible. And, as a competitor, if I've learned one thing it’s that it is important to stay true to your dreams and be positive.
Thanks SAF! I’m truly looking forward to the next competition.
SAF Elite Pro