Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell my story and how Fighting Fit came about . In January 2010 I was just finishing up my Master’s Degree. I am a firefighter and decided to go back to school online to further my education. I spent a lot of time working towards this degree and not a lot of time in the gym, and it caught up to me. The fact that all my spare time was spent either in the books, out partying with friends, or eating firehouse food, did not add up to a healthy life style. I decided that right then and there I needed to make some changes. First off, I told my boyfriend, now husband, my plans, so, now I was held accountable. He told me of a girl he knew that did fitness competitions. I thought, “I could never ever get on stage in a bikini in front of a ton of people". I just wanted to get healthy. The competitive person in me kicked in and I started going to a gym where all the girls competed in shows. “I thought, if they can do it, so can I”. The only problem was, I was about 40 lbsoverweight. I did not let that stop me. I had already overcome a broken back, (9 fractures on my lumbar vertebrae L2-L4) and beat cancer which cost me my right kidney. Doctors said that I will forever have the back of a 70 year old and that there was no way I would be able to lift heavy or do any type of strenuous activity ever again. I decided I wanted to prove everyone wrong and four years later I reached my goal of becoming a firefighter. I was not going to let the fact that I was NOW 40 lbs overweight stop me from at least trying. So, I started training hard and dieting, and becoming more and more obsessed with fitness and health. Enough to the point the guys at the station had no choice but to start eating healthy with me. Unfortunately, I then over trained and broke my foot and had to take some more time off. I have since then competed in my first NPC Natural Western USA Bikini show. I am continuing to train and am eating clean and hope to compete in another show soon. I have since become a personal trainer, business owner , I run boot camps and have also reached my goal of becoming a model for Sports and Lifetime Unlimited. I have found that you cannot go through life without goals. With that being said , I am determined to now help others establish and reach their goals as well.