Here’s a little info on me :o) I was born in Durham, NC. I have always loved to perform and compete!
I was captain of my Dance Team in high school and I competed professionally in Ballroom dancing threw college.
I can remember when I was 5 years old putting a UNC – Chapel Hill basketball poster up on my wall and thinking I
want to go to college there. I told my parents this and they never really said anything. Many years later, my
wish came true. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a BA in Sports Medicine.
I continued at UNC – Chapel Hill to receive my MA in Education.
After I graduated, I had read about fitness competitions. I wasn’t sure how to begin or where to begin. Luckily,
I met a wonderful lady who has continued to be my friend all of these years, that was competing in Sport Aerobics.
I had never heard of Sport Aerobics before, but it sounded like fun. I met with her choreographer and I began
to learn the elements of Sports Aerobics. I trained for a year for this competition. At the time I weighed 96 lbs.
I gained up to 110 lbs. before the competition. After competing in one competition in Miami, FL I realized that just
wasn’t for me. It was way to structured for me.
I started looking into other areas to compete. I found Women’s Tri-Fitness. I met a great lady that had an
obstacle course in her backyard not to far from Durham, and I started training on her course. It was amazing how quickly
my back, arms, and legs started to build as a result of this training. I also met with a different choreographer and
started a whole new fitness routine. I competed in Vegas that following July with Women’s Tri- Fitness. After
competing in 112 degree heat in the middle of the desert, I decided this wasn’t for me either. I was completely
exhausted from head to toe and my body would not take that kind of strenuous exercise for to long.
I found a magazine called Oxygen at a local drug store. I started reading the articles and discovered an organization called
NPC. I liked the way the girls looked on stage and I knew I could do the routine portion of the competition. I
found out there was a competition here in NC. I registered and starting talking to a few people about the competition. I had
never seen an NPC show and I had no idea how to pose or anything. I could tell by the pictures in the magazine that I needed
a one piece and two piece suit. I starting looking online and found someone to make my suits and fitness costume.
I stepped on stage with no idea how I was suppose to stand or anything. I won! I was shocked. I had qualified
to compete in National level shows. I was so excited.
I started lifting heavy and doing cardio. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I decided to compete
in the Jr. USA’s in Charleston, SC. I looked at a few more magazines and I felt confident I knew the poses now.
I hurt my shoulder during that time and I had already registered for the competition. I called and changed my registration
to Figure. Once I got there, I was in shock. The level of the competitors was just amazing. I quickly learned
I was way out of my league. I competed anyways and I think I placed 13 out of 15 girls. It was a true ego breaker.
But I met Mike Davies. He was in the lobby talking to someone and then got into the elevator with me. I started
talking to him and he said he was a trainer and could definitely help me with my diet and workouts. I had no idea I
was talking to the true Master of training and diet for competitors. He gave me his contact information. I think
I called him the next day. Mike faxed a diet over to me and a work out plan. To be honest, I thought I was going
to die. I was determined though, to win my Pro card in Fitness that year. I competed in USA’s in Vegas and
placed 12th. I kept working on my physique and my routines. I was shocked at the transformations that were taking place
in my body. Mike really knows his stuff. I won the Monica Brandt Fitness competition in late July. I competed
in 6 competitions that year. My dream came true at Nationals in Miami in November, 2003. I placed 2nd in the middle
class and won my Pro Card. I was so happy. I could not have done that without Mike Davies. I owe everything to
him and his hard work. Thanks Mike!!
Competing as a Pro has been so much fun. I have met so many wonderful athletes. All of the Fitness Pros are
so supportive and nice backstage. It’s like a family reunion at each competition. It’s a time to catch
up with each other and to cheer the other person on stage.
I really appreciate the support of my family and friends. I couldn’t compete if it weren’t for my great
support system. I especially would like to thank my boyfriend Jay Jolly. He has the patience to live with me dieting
for 6 months out of the year. Now that takes a special kind of love, let me tell ya :o) I would also like to say thank
you to my Mom. She has stood by me threw thick and thin. She is one amazing woman and I am so proud to call her