Say Cheese!

Here are some of my favorite/memorable pics and the story behind them!

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This is my husband M and I on our wedding day, February 10, 2012. My husband and I had a whirlwind courtship. We met in November 2011 when I was at close to if not my lowest point. My self esteem had taken a huge hit, I was unhealthy and sad and God sent him to help me see that I had a lot to live for! We got married after only dating 3 months and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. My journey towards a healthy, fit life started shortly after we met. Even though when we met I was at least 50 lbs. overweight he loved me as I was and supported me through it all. When I decided to start running road races he joined in. When I said I wanted to do a bodybuilding competition he was my biggest cheerleader. I’m so blessed to have a man like him in my corner and I know that God has an amazing plan for us and our lives.

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This picture was part of a photo shoot I did with Glenn Probst in 2013. It was towards the end of my first contest prep and it’s the leanest I’d ever been. During this shoot I felt amazing and beautiful. I thought this was the happiest I’d ever be. I was a size 4 and you couldn’t tell me nothing! Unfortunately I was also not very healthy. Even though I was exercising every day and smaller than ever I was working with a coach who had me on an extremely low calorie diet that was not sustainable. I had no balance and at least 3 times during this prep I had a binge episode. After the show ended I fell into a tailspin and gained back 30 lbs in less than 2 months. It was horrible. I felt like a failure. I had worked so hard only to see it disappear in such a short period of time. It was after this rebound that I finally decided to look into flexible dieting and a balanced approach. Sometimes it takes failure to put you on the right path. It’s not the number of times you fall but how many times you get up!

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That time I met the greatest female bodybuilder ever, Dana Linn Bailey and her husband Rob Bailey! I took like 3 buses and waited in line and of course was a total fan girl! I was so nervous that when she shook my hand and said hi, I just stared at her blankly lmao! I didn’t even tell her how much I loved her or asked her to do her signature pose! On top of it I wore a FTYF shirt because I didn’t own any Flag Nor Fail gear at the time. Ugh, I know she was definitely unimpressed lol. It was still a highlight though and she’s amazing!

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Looking out into the Grand Canyon. It was a sight to see and I’m blessed I had the opportunity to visit. It was awe inspiring. I am a woman of faith and it’s amazing to see the beauty that God has created. There are so many amazing things to see in the world and I intend on seeing them. This picture reminds me what’s out there and to never give up on my dream to explore and travel the world!

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Womp to not having a recent photo of all 4 of us together but this is my family. My mom is my inspiration and motivation. She and my dad both came from small towns in Haiti to the US to live a better life and to provide more opportunities for their children. My brother and I were blessed to always have what we needed and positive, hard working role models. I get my work ethic from both my parents and have been working in some capacity since I was 14. It’s my dream to make them proud and show them that their struggle was not in vain. I love them all so much!

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