Hometown: Montgomery, AL
College: Auburn University
Sorority: Kappa Delta
What does “Strong” mean to you and what makes you a Strong Girl?
Strong is not only having the power and being physically able to do things that are physically demanding. It is also about having the mind set. The mind set of saying to yourself “I can do this”. What I have learned in the past and still even struggle with is that negative thoughts CAN defeat you. You must think positively to accomplish your goals.
What makes me a Strong Girl is that I won over the negative. I have fought depression and I have won. I would love to help anyone I can to fight the negative. I finally found a place where I love myself, not from what is on the outside but what is on the inside.
What is your favorite thing about The Strong Movement™?
One of the things I love about The Strong Movement, is the fact that it focuses on the mind set of a strong girl.
When did you discover fitness & healthy living and decide to make it part of your lifestyle?
Growing up, I’ve always had fitness in my life. I grew up dancing and playing volleyball (weird combo, I know). But I really took it and ran with it recently. It started Summer of 2015 when I realized I wasn’t taking care of myself and the sad thing was, I was graduating college Spring 2016. It hit me that I was fixing to be on my own in the real world and I was always sick and not even feeding myself. That’s when I put my food down and found my trainer Jerrell Simpson (@trainer4au), I found the Strong Movement, and Ailis Garcia. Without these people, I would not be where I am today in fitness.
How has exercise and healthy living increased your confidence and self-esteem?
It has increased my confidence because I see how my strength grows. My trainer kept giving me things to accomplished and instead of being scared and giving up, I did them. It was so encouraging that I kept doing more and more and seeing how much stronger I am getting.
What challenges and/or injuries have you had to overcome on your fit journey?
THE SCALE! Oh how I dread that awful thing. Since I started out anorexic and skinny my weight was pretty low. Once I started working out my weight boosted and I cant tell you the stress I felt. But I had to trust that I was gaining MUSCLE and not fat.