Hello everyone! I hope this page can give you a small insight into both my journey over time as well as who I am. When I’m not in the gym, I enjoy writing novels, reading books, playing video games, baking (of course!), and being an introvert (full time hobby tbh.) I’ve written ~6 fantasy novels to date (all unpublished so far & will remain unpublished & private until I get a literary agent)
Balance between prep/recipe creation/lifting/writing is nigh non-existent. I’m sad to admit it, but my writing tends to fall to the wayside when prep starts. It’s hard to be balanced when you have to give prep 100% of yourself!
Here is my timeline, which I think can better explain my journey than any other long paragraph:
February 2016: Started working out with cardio & bodyweight exercises in my tiny dorm room as a way to improve my mental health.
May 2016: Started doing Power Yoga 3-5x/week & got up the strength & bravery to start lifting weights in the gym (1-2x/week)
January 2017: Finished my Power Yoga Teacher Certification Course & started teaching (still lifting weights ~1-2x/week)
September 2017: Moved to a tiny town in France where yoga was NOT a thing. I taught one class a week in French in exchange for a free gym membership. THIS was when I say I started “really” lifting weights since I was going 3-5x per week and was working out my whole body.
March 2018-July 2018: Moved back to Texas & did a “cut” on my own & started tracking macros. Here I was lifting 4-5x a week & teaching yoga 4-6x a week.
August 2018-January 2019: I BULKED on my own, focusing on progressive overload & squatting, benching, & deadlifting HEAVY. Didn’t track macros accurately here, but I ate enough to put me in a surplus & made sure I was eating enough protein. At this point I’m pretty much doing all weightlifting & using yoga to warm-up & cool down.
January 2019-May 2019: I CUT on my own again & was in the gym 6 to 7 days a week. (I had not yet learned the importance of rest!)
May 2019: I signed up with my coach David Iglesias & we started my first competition prep!
July 2019: Did my first show & came in third.
August 2019-February 2020: Reverse dieted from my show & then did a conservative, lean bulk with my coach the whole way. He sets my macros & gives me my workout programs
February 2020: My second prep started! My first show of this year will be June 13th. I plan to do at least 2 this summer.