I’m a wife and mother of two and work as a group fitness instructor for L. A. Fitness in the Cincinnati, OH area. I spent 13 yrs in the Marine Corps and realized how satisfying it was to mentally and physically challenge myself. I have a strange addiction to horror movies and Halloween is obviously my favorite holiday of the year.
I’ve always been active and fit, but I’m very proud that I made the decision to step on stage and compete in a figure competition. I trained very hard for 12 weeks and my transformation was mind-blowing. Although I was 39 at the time, I realized that anyone can change their physique with the proper direction (Julie), training and nutrition.
I started out weighing 124 lbs, but I have replaced fat with muscle. I used to be 124 lbs wearing a size 2, now I have more muscle mass and less fat and wear a size double zero at the same weight of 124. Proof that the scale doesn’t tell you everything!
I love the daily challenges and pushing my body to a whole new level. It’s like a competition against myself ~ constantly competing against ” Last-Week-Leslie.” Sometimes I get compliments from members of my group fitness classes saying that I’m an inspiration to them. That drives me to push harder ~ and always try to lead by example.
I’d like to eventually compete in a national competition and place in the top 3.
Healthcare is expensive! LOL! Really, it is a factor for me. I’ve had people I love and care about fall victim to medical issues that could have been avoided by proper nutrition and exercise. Being healthy is a way a life, not a fad.
Julie has been there since day one of my competition-path. She’s provided exceptional advice not only about proper diet and training, but about the reality that goes along with being a figure competitor. She literally tells you what type of suit to wear (style, color, size), how to do (or not do) your makeup, what to expect at fitness events (before, during, after), and helps you pose over and over again so you’re 100% ready on show-day. Julie not only knows how fitness competitions are run, but she’s experienced them for herself so she’s able to give the BEST advice possible. After being in the marines for so many years, I have a warped sense of humor ~ and Julie definitely deserves a cash prize for dealing with my silliness.
No matter how much I practice posing, Julie does it 5000 times better and makes it look EFFORTLESS!!!!
Beverly UMP Vanilla with water (mixed to a pudding consistency) with a handful of Quick Oats (uncooked) and/or raw almonds! Delish!!! Quick & easy when you\’re feeling lazy!
I now realize what a commitment competing is — and I couldn’t have accomplished what I did without my Wayne’s constant & endless support. Thanks baby, you’re the best!
As soon as I committed to the competition, I got some crazy advice from people at the gym (lol, I think we all have). Julie took the guess-work out of everything. She knew exactly what I needed to do be successful. When she tells you do to something — there\’s a good reason for it!