Health and fitness have always been a huge part of my life. From starting ballet at the age of 2, performing in dance shows and in my teenage years finding a love of the gym, this gave me a healthy focus.
However, I found I often had back and joint pain but was unsure as to why this was. During my late teenage years, I was diagnosed with a minor scoliosis and schmorl’s nodes, I was informed there was no cure or surgery to fix this and I would have to manage the pain. I went to a number of specialists, went through rehabilitation and went right back to the beginning with my fitness programme to regain proper core stability and strength, and exercises to strengthen the area around the spine. I was determined to get back into weightlifting, even though I was advised against it. Over the years with proper treatment the symptoms have eased although still there. My spine has started to straighten slightly, mainly through doing dead hangs daily, regular exercise and very thorough warmups and warm downs of every single joint – which can take time but is definitely worth it.
I always knew I wanted to do something with fitness, but I wasn’t sure what it was, until I was spotted in my local gym in 2018 by a person that trains individuals for body building and bikini fitness which put me on a clear direction. This person is now my current personal trainer and has shown me a way I can combine all of my interests which include fitness, health, fashion and beauty. I put in the effort daily and started properly this year preparing for my first competition.
Next year I will be competing internationally in the top world federations of fitness, including IFBB and WBFF. I am so excited to see what the future holds and can’t wait to start on my journey of competing. Anything is possible when you want it enough and you make it happen!
Before picture – 2017
Here I was always bloated because I had various food intolerances that I was unaware of. I was thin with very bony shoulders and overdeveloped quads compared to the rest of my body.
After picture – 2020
My body has evened out, looks more symmetrical and my shoulders have rounded off. I no longer get severe bloating as I have a controlled diet.
Disclaimer – Any advice given in this podcast is from my own personal experience. I am not a qualified personal trainer or health care professional.