I even begged my parents to let me wear my Wonder Woman underroos to preschool, but they just wouldn't budge. Can you blame me, though? Linda Carter wore hers everywhere!
As I grew older, my love for movement transformed into a passion for gymnastics, which felt like the closest sport that could teach me to fly. From ages 5 to 17, I did competitive gymnastics and loved every moment of it.
But then college happened, and I moved further away from that happy, blissful love of movement. I started exercising solely for physical appearance, and I took it to excessive levels. I made no progress, and it left me feeling unfulfilled. This was just the beginning of movement in the "wrong" ways in my life.
I discovered endurance sports and excelled in running, even qualifying for the Boston Marathon on my first attempt. But my obsession led to injuries, including a hip stress fracture, tendinitis, and knee surgery. In an attempt to find a better balance, I turned to triathlons and learned how to swim. However, dental school brought a sedentary lifestyle and severe neck and back pain. This pain nearly caused me to drop out of dental school altogether.
That's when I decided to give club gymnastics a try. To my surprise, my back felt better after the first practice. I realized what I was missing was movement - real, nutritious movement that wasn't just endless cardio. The experience highlighted the importance of mobility, stretching, and strength training. I then entered fitness competitions and fell in love with strength training, but a focus on outward appearance led me to unhealthy habits. With the help of mentors and partners, I changed my approach to focus on nourishing my body and achieved my IFBB Fitness Procard. Eventually, I decided to shift my focus from competition to feeling good on the inside out.