2012 started out with a BANG! (well at least for me it did)

I competed in my very first fitness competition, the Iron Man Naturally, at the LA Fit Expo right here in downtown Los Angeles.

For those of you who don’t know much about contest prep, its a grueling 12-20 week process that is full of crazy workouts and uber clean eating…not for the weak and definitely NOT your average diet.

Anywho, this has been a goal of mine for a while so to be able to finally take the stage I was super stoked. I’ve learned so much about myself through this process and I can tell you that this is just the beginning. Below are a few highlights from the big day…enjoy!

Checkin’ stuff out between prejudging and finals

Standing pretty backstage

IFBB Pro Amanda Latona…love her

And last but not least, my other half


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