I’ve adopted the name Miss Fit because fitness is a big part of my life. It’s my passion and my lifestyle. The name also allows me to embrace and celebrate my individualistic sensibilities. I believe that people have common desires but that there is great power in building the lives we want to live and the world we want to live in. You don’t have to be just like everyone around you to fit in.
I grew up on the mean streets of Brooklyn and I am a graduate of the school of hard knocks. As a young girl with no brothers, I was taught to keep my head down, stay out of the streets and mind my own business. That’s because it was a war zone and you never wanted to get caught in the cross fire. A wrong word, a wrong look could put your life in danger. It helped to create the impression that you could take care of yourself. I think it was one of many reasons I was drawn to bodybuilding. And, I always wanted to be able to take care of myself, this was something my father impressed upon me for as long as I can remember.
I’ve been bodybuilding since I was 14 and fitness kept me focused and out of trouble. As soon as I could, I got out of Brooklyn and within 5 years I was able to help my family get out too. I love being from Brooklyn because I feel the lessons I learned growing up there helped to shape the strong person I continue to strive to be today.
Working out requires discipline but the rewards go beyond our physical looks and capabilities. Being fit is a fundamental way to live better, healthier, stronger, more productive and independent lives. It is also a great stress reliever at a time when we face so many challenges in dealing with the stresses of daily life. Fitness is also the closest thing to the fountain of youth and I recommend some form of physical activity to everyone from age 1 to 101.
My mission is empowerment, my tools are physical fitness and good health. I have been a personal trainer and I am a professional athlete and I talk to people about the power of being fit for life on a daily basis. The contribution I hope to make is to help people in the general public live healthier more conscious lives and to give any training tips that I can to other superheroes as well. The RLSH community has been generous in welcoming me and helping me in different ways, so I want to give back as much as I can. I look forward to contributing to STAND.