Birth Date: 08/03/1974
1. What made you want to compete?
I wanted to step out of my comfort zone with martial arts and put on high heel shoes and a bikini (totally not me).
2. What do you do to stay inspired?
I stay inspired by helping others achieve their fitness goals. One of my biggest inspirations is the look in someone’s eyes when I know I’ve helped them change their lives for the better. People ask me all the time for advice, and it makes me feel like I have a duty to stay healthy and lean to keep them going, too. On top of that, my trainer, Jake Burke, has been a constant inspiration from the start. He makes sure my legs are jello when we are done training. 🙂
3. What shows have you already been in or plan to be in in the future?
I competed in the WBFF Fitness Atlantic show in April 2012 and plan to compete in the WBFF New England Show in November 2012.
4. Who got you started?
My trainer, Jake Burke, helped me get started on the path of fitness competitions. Jake pushed me through the weight training and Scott Dennis of Xtreme Fitness RI helped me with my diet. Their guidance has been a major blessing.
5. Who do you look to for help now?
I go to my trainer, Jake Burke, of Burke’s Martial Arts for motivation and training. I also look for help with dieting from Scott Dennis at Xtreme Fitness RI.
6. Where do you usually workout?
I work out at Pro Fitness in RI and LA Fitness in NY for weight training, Muay Thai Burke’s, and iLoveKickboxing.com kickboxing classes for cardio in both RI and NY.
7. Do you use any suppliments? If so, what ones (brands, names, etc)
I use VP2 for protein, Met-RX L-Glutamine powder, and a multivitamin (Flintstones- the only ones that don’t make me sick lol).
8. What are your most noticeable results?
On a physical level, I’ve gotten leaner, and more defined. My arms, and stomach are all bulging with lean muscle. I am determined to get my legs bigger and leaner. On a mental-emotional level, I have more energy, and I feel so much better about my body and mind. My low-carb, high-protein diet has been a huge help for this, too.
9. Has fitness changed your life? If so, how?
Fitness just might be the biggest change my life has ever encountered. From getting in amazing shape and competing, I became a fitness model. That lead me to an amazing job offer at iLoveKicboxing.com as their Brand Ambassador, where my job is to stay in great shape, motivate people to get fit & healthy, and pose for awesome pictures. On top of that, every morning I wake up to an inbox full of “thank you”s and questions from people all over the world who want to get lean and healthy. It’s been incredible, plain and simple.
10. What personal fitness goals have you set for yourself?
My fitness goals are to earn my pro card with the WBFF organization, gain 5 bs. of muscle mass, get more definition in my legs, and to become a well-known fitness model/coach/mentor with Ilovekickboxing.com. It’s also always been a dream of mine to be featured in a magazine :-).
11. Describe your diet.
Simply put, I eat a ton of protein! I also eat 8 times a day, and organic as much as possible. Every meal contains lots of protein and few carbs. And LOTS of peanut butter! In fact, I take a jar of it practically everywhere I go. Here are a few of my daily meals to give you a better idea… –
Pre-work out: Size On
Breakfast/after work-out- I would either do a protein shake (I make my own shakes) or egg whites with spinach and tomato.
2-2/12 hours later, Snack- Chobani yogurt or cottage cheese with 1 Tablespoon of natural peanut butter, or Quest protein bar.
2-2 1/2 hours later, Lunch- salad with avocado, 8 oz grilled chicken or fish or lean meat, with 2 hard boiled egg whites, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach with balsamic dressing or Tabasco sauce with lemon or BBQ sauce.
2-2 1/2 hours, Snack- Chobani yogurt or 2 Tablespoons of natural peanut butter or almonds.
2-3 hours, Dinner- either a salad with protein, 8oz (chicken, fish, steak) or a protein shake on long training nights.
2 hours- Snack- Quest protein bar
Before I go to bed I will eat cottage cheese or a Chobani yogurt.
My friends have learned to put up with me, because whenever they have a cook-out or party, I bring my own food. Hey, if you want results, you’ve gotta get serious!
(My favorite cheat meal is pizza with a lot of cheese and mushrooms!)
12. What does your workout schedule look like?
I work 1-2 body parts in the morning with weight training, for approx. 1-1/2 hours. For cardio, I just go to an Ilovekickboxing.com class for one hour followed by Muay Thai boxing for one hour. I train 6 days a week, and usually take Sundays off.
13. What do you do for a living?
I am the Brand Ambassador for Ilovekickboxing.com. My job is to stay in great shape, motivate people to get fit & healthy, and pose for awesome pictures. The best job ever! 🙂
14. What are your personal non-fitness goals?
This is hard to answer because every facet of my life is tied to fitness. My job is fitness… my personal life revolves around working out, eating healthy, and working out some more! So I’d have to say that a personal goal of mine is to become nutritionally certified, and help as many people as I possibly can to get healthy, happy and lean. I’ve already made huge progress on this, but have a ways to go before I’m at where I’d like to be.
15. Have you participated in any other sports?
I have been doing Karate at USA Karate in Somerset for about 9 years. Back in school, I played Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, and Track.
16. Here you can mention your family/thank you’s.
I would like to thank my family and friends for putting up with my crazy lifestyle! Also, my sponsors from my last show: trainer Jake Burke from Burkes Martial Arts, Michael Parella and Daniella Abruzzo CEO and founders at Ilovekickboxing.com, nutritionist Scott Dennis at Xtreme Fitness, Dennis Ianotti from Nuts N More, Domenic Trapassi from Trapassi Photography, and Terry Benedetto from Fabulous Fitwear. Thank you all for your constant support & encouragement.
17. Do you have any hobbies?
I love to surf when I can get my butt to the beach! I also love to do anything adventurous; except roller coasters. PUKE! 😉
18. What are challenges that you face that may keep you from reaching your fitness goals?
The only thing that becomes a challenge is when I travel, I have to find a place to work-out as well buy groceries and carry them around in a cooler. It gets done though. Like I said before, I take food with me wherever I go. And with tools like Google Maps I can just type in “organic groceries” or something similar to find a store wherever I am. Still, there are times where I’m in a pinch, and have to walk into an unhealthy restaurant and customize a meal to get it as healthy as possible. (Sushi- I go to a place where they call it the “Amber roll” because I customized it. LOL)
19. What obstacles have you overcome to be where you are?
Thankfully, I am pretty healthy. I broke my wrist in Karate, therefore it bothers me at times when doing weights.
20. Is there anything else you would like to add that you think we’ve missed?