I am a 42 year old mother of 4 children.

I am proof that you can be a mom and also still be in shape.

all comes down to your diet. I know that isn't what any of us want to hear, but it is the truth. I have always been active. In fact, I am a long distance runner at heart. I have run 6 marathons and countless 1/2-marathons. I have run for years. Because of all of my running, I was never overweight, however I was not happy with my physique. I was the dreaded "skinny fat"! It describes those of us that work out and keep our weight normal, but not overly toned. We look good in clothes, but forget about putting a swimsuit on! Yuck!

Once I turned 40, my metabolism slowed down and I was also sidelined from marathon training because of an over-use injury to my knee. I felt the weight creep on and I had a muffin top. I was freaked out! No matter what I did, I couldn't get rid of it and I worked out a lot and basically ate nothing. I was so frustrated. I wanted to look like the women on the cover of Oxygen Magazine.

How did they do it? I researched trainers and came across an awesome trainer. She was the reigning WBFF Figure Pro. I reached out to her in email and explained how I worked out all the time and "ate clean" but couldn't lose weight or tone up. Do you know what the first thing she said to me was? "It's your diet". She was convinced I was not eating as clean as I thought I was. She was right. I was shocked. I was also excited because she was going to help me achieve my goal!

My goal was to train to do a figure competition. I had 12 weeks to go from 22% body fat to 10% body fat and lose 17 pounds. I did it and now cannot picture myself ever going back my old ways. I still compete and still use her for my training, and she is awesome. However, what I learned from my very first competition is that even with a world class trainer, you still have lots and lots of questions!

I wanted to talk to others that were first-timers to validate what I was doing. I also wanted to hear from veteran competitors on what they were eating, and when and how they dealt with the struggle of not falling off the regimented diet.
I had questions on tanning, suits, posing. All of it! Much to my dismay, I couldn't find any other sites where there was on-going support from the entire figure community...

I woke up in the middle of the night and came up with the idea for this website. It's for those of us that love the training, love the diet, love the friendship and yes, love the thrill of the competition. I am extremely excited that you found the Figure Sorority and I look forward to meeting you and chatting with you. Email me anytime.