Writer. Yogi. Bodybuilder. Bikini Competitor.

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 I’ve written ~6 fantasy novels to date (all unpublished so far & will remain unpublished & private until I get a literary agent)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!)

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๐Ÿ˜ฑOVER A YEARโ€™S worth of #transformationtuesday ๐Ÿ˜ฑ . Pic 1: March 2018 ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท lifting 4ish days a week. Practicing โ€œintuitive eatingโ€ but not counting macros. Loved my body here. โฃ๏ธ Pic 2: June 2018. For the heck of it I decided to do my first โ€œcut.โ€ Started tracking macros/calories. This is as low as I got before I decided to maintain. Lifting 4-5 days/week + HIIT cardio 3x/week STILL loved my body here ๐Ÿ’• Third Pic: January 2019. Starting in August I decided to do my first โ€œbulkโ€ (aka intentionally putting on weight to gain muscle) I was lifting 5 days a week/no cardio. STILL loved my body โค๏ธ I was strong AF and still looked damn good ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Final Pic (now): I started cutting in January again. Tracking macros, eating the yummiest foods BY FAR out of all these three periods. I started the cut without cardio and eventually added in 1 hr walking and 20 minutes of HIIT. Lifting 6 days/week and getting stronger every. Single. Week. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ โ‡๏ธ This was all on MY OWN โ‡๏ธ No coach, nothing but me and google and Instagram for research. SO ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Iโ€™m so excited to see what this next phase is going to look like with @david_iglesias as my new coach! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Weโ€™re gonna kill it ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป . . . #trainlikeagirl #flexibledietinglifestyle #bikinicompetition #girlswholift #macrocounting #powerliftingwomen #bodybuildingwomen #yogiswholift #fitnessjourney #fitnessmotivation #bodybuildinglifestyle #npcbikini #npcbikiniprep

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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

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๐—” ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐— ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป . ๐Ÿ‘™Picture 1: 117 lbs ๐ŸฐPicture 2: 131 lbs ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธPicture 3 (now): 130.5 lbs . Iโ€™ve pretty much survived my first entire off season with prep starting in about two weeks, so I thought Iโ€™d share my thoughts and what Iโ€™d learned throughout this whole process. . โžก๏ธSwipe for detailed, journal-style entries about each phaseโžก๏ธ . TLDR: The struggle with food post comp was REAL. And I was still able to stay mostly consistent, but damn were the cravings even more difficult to ignore than in prep! . Between the second and third picture yes, there is only a HALF POUND DIFFERENCE. Which means… Iโ€™ve been recomping the last few months ๐Ÿ˜ aka gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป muscle weighs more than fat which is how Iโ€™m able to weigh almost the same amount, but โ€œlookโ€ skinnier. I would NOT have been able to do this without my coach @david_iglesias & seeing these pictures side by side fills me with absolute gratitude for him!! Even around the 3 month mark when I was feeling unsure, I still trusted him & now Iโ€™m over here hitting PRs & am at a much better body fat % to start prep with ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป . ๐Ÿ”นTo answer a few additional questions that wouldnโ€™t fit in the other pictures: โ€”๐—”๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ: My last period before comp was actually before I signed up with my coach officially to do a bikini comp. I talk about it more in detail if you swipe โžก๏ธ but this year Iโ€™m hoping that prep will be much healthier since Iโ€™ll be with a coach the entire time! โ€”๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€/๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€: Iโ€™d estimate energy returned to more normal levels 4-6 weeks post show & that I was finally able to focus on longer concentration tasks like reading and writing 6-10 weeks post show. That said, Iโ€™ve only JUST cut out drinking Bang energy drinks ๐Ÿ˜ณ I would have one preworkout since at least 4 weeks before my competition. . . I now 100% understand why long off seasons are NECESSARY when you are a physique competitor that has to diet down to unhealthy body fat percentages for a show. Iโ€™ve learned SO much these past 6 months and itโ€™s only made me more excited to do it all over again with all these new tools/info!

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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.