Behind the scenes of a photo shoot with Jenna Renee on the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Baja Sur Mexico
I am a fitness model and WBFF athlete located in Jacksoville FL. Until recently, the fitness lifestyle was not a part of my life (at all). Up until about 10th grade I was always in great shape! I could eat whatever I wanted (and I did) and not gain a pound. That eventually caught up with me and I went from 110 pounds to about 135 pounds by the end of that year. For my petit frame 135 pounds was in no way flattering.
A couple of years passed and my insecurities grew to the point where I hated myself. I developed an eating disorder in 2007 and ended up hospitalized the summer of 2008 weighing 98 lbs. Coming to the realization that I was destroying my body, I knew that something had to be done. There was no way I could let myself gain the weight back, it was not an option!
However, I knew that continuing my destructive lifestyle with an eating disorder was also out of the question. So, I began lifting weights and educating myself on clean eating. At first I will admit I was terrified of the "6 meals a day" and eating every couple of hours, but after about two weeks I started to see positive changes in my body and I was hooked. If you asked me 3 years ago what I saw in my future, "fitness model" would be the last thing that came to mind. It's crazy how life's obstacles mold what holds your future.
"The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers."