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Hello, my name is Michelle and I am excited to share my fitness journey as so much has changed since sharing my first story with Socially Fit. I’m from the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago found in the far south of the Caribbean. I began exercising at age 11 and never stopped unless told to do so. I was forced to stop working out in 2003 when I had a surgery. The other time was more recent, in 2013 after the birth of my miracle baby. Yes I said miracle baby since I was told that I was not capable of having children due to my diagnosis of endometriosis in 2003. I’m a figure athlete and have represented my country in various international body fitness competitions. My last competition being the Arnold Classic held in Ohio in 2013 where I placed 5th in my class.

During my pregnancy I was able to exercise with some modifications as I went through each trimester. However I had an emergency C-section which slowed my return to exercising post pregnancy. It was recommended that I should not to work out for the first 6 weeks post pregnancy and that was the crucial time when my weight should be reduced. Instead I have only lost a minimal amount of weight and after two months began a training regimen.

With the new addition to my family life, exercising has to be strategic. Timing is key. We purchased a treadmill for our home so I can get more structured cardio done when the baby is asleep. Weight training normally lasts between 30 to 40 minutes and is done prior to or after training clients as I am currently a freelance Personal Trainer in north Indianapolis area.

I have set both short term and long term goals and they motivate me to everyday to wake up and accomplish the objective set out for the day, week or month ahead. For example I set out to complete a 30 minute cardio session at least 3 days a week as well as 4 to 5 days of weight training to build muscle. My nutrition has also become even more crucial thus food prep every Sunday has become the norm to allow me to ensure the proper meals are consumed daily.

Some of my fitness goals include me being my original weight before I became pregnant on or before my birthday which is in July. I would also like to challenge myself by preparing to compete in October 2014 either representing my country Trinidad and Tobago or taking part in an NPC Show.

My hubby and parents have always been and still are the best support system ever. Hearing my mom say, “I’m eating better and exercising to be healthier” is support and a great motivational tool for me.

My favorite body part to work out is back.  I have always loved the quick response my back muscles adapt to my exercise routines over the years and this time is no different.

Always motivate yourself from within. Make mental notes and write down your goals. Mark Twain said it best, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started.” My last competition pic has been a continued motivational piece for me. I would love to earn my professional status one day. “One day at a time I am getting close to my goal” has been my mantra. It’s what I tell myself with each workout and each meal I consume each day.

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I Can Become a Pro Body Fitness Athelete

A very young Michelle

As a child I was timid, shy and not very stable on the feet. I recall every time I attempted to run in my school compound during games I would fall and hurt my knees. I have so many scares on my knees it isn’t funny. Thus outdoor activities were a no-no in my mind. I stayed indoors most of the time and was a spectator to outdoor activities.  At the age of eleven I started to become conscious of my appearance. I remember stepping on the scale one day, and couldn’t believe that I weighed approximately 136lbs. That was madness in my eyes! But I just did not see it fit to do outdoor activities for fair of falling as well as others looking on.  I turned to doing aerobics in front of my television with a local Aerobic instructor Monday to Friday mornings at 5:30am for a half hour prior to heading to school. 

Since I began aerobic training I saw no reason to stop doing some type of training.  At age 16 I got my first taste of weight lifting and loved it!  Muscle and Fitness Magazines were my research tools for various programs while trainers at the gym helped me execute exercises. I was so intrigued by the changes in my body that in 2000 I went to a bodybuilding event as a spectator and decided “I can do that … I can become a competitive body builder”. Thus at age 25 I competed in my first show as a female bodybuilder and am still competing and Representing Trinidad and Tobago as a National Body Fitness Athlete.

 After my first competition I was diagnosed with endometeritis and had to undergo rush surgery but by the end of the 6 weeks of bed rest I was right back in the gym doing leg press. The drive to compete became my motivation to ensure a speedy healing process. Although I was told that my medical problem would return (and it has) it doesn’t stop me from training and wanting to be the best I can in this sport.  On the contrary my illness became a motivational factor to push me to become the best regardless. “I believe with the grace of God my goal of becoming a Professional Body Fitness Athlete/Body Figure Athlete will be achieved.”

Healthy living is my ultimate goal in life. My ability to limit painful symptoms from my illness, the continued visual changes in my physique and the opportunity to share with others, ways of living a healthy lifestyle have all been instrumental in driving me forward to keep training, keep pushing. With God on my side anything is possible.

My friends and my family are my supporters. My parents, hubby, training partner, sponsors BodyGlow and AmericanMuscle Supply Inc., and the team of coaches. With their support it is inevitable for me to reach this far in my journey to succeed in a lifesyle of fitness and wellbeing.

For the past 10 years I have been honoured to represent Trinidad and Tobago as a Body Fitness Athlete in national, regional and international Amateur Body Building and Fitness competitions sanctioned by the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB). While pursuing my goals as an athlete, I can recall being pushed by others and it was no different when I travelled with the National Team of Trinidad and Tobago to look on at the competition. There was one coach in particular, who was at an international event I met who trained some of our bodybuilders. I could remember him saying “you can become a pro as a body fitness athlete  once you want it really bad”. That trip was bitter-sweet because on the day for both the coach and I to leave the island of Aruba he got a massive stroke and subsequently died.  I always remember him and his words of encouragement and I will continue to drive forward to achieve my goal as a Body Fitness Athlete. From 2006 onwards I have been a National Representative for my country for the sport of Body Building and have been able to achieve the follow accomplishments: 

 2007 July – 1st Place IFBB Eastern Caribbean Championships – Trinidad 

2007 September – 2nd Place IFBB Seniors National Championships – Trinidad

2007 October – 3rd Place IFBB Central American and Caribbean Championships – Bermuda

2008 September – 2nd Place IFBB Seniors National Championships – Trinidad

2008 November – participant in Sacramento NPC Championships – United States

2009 May – 7th Place NPC Championships Contra Costa – United States

2009 May – 1st Place IFBB Eastern Caribbean Championships – Trinidad

2009 September – 2nd Place IFBB Seniors National Championships – Trinidad

2009 October – 2nd Place IFBB Central American and Caribbean Championships – Grenada 

2010 March – 4th Place Natural Ohio Show – United States

2010 July – participant in Indianapolis Championships – United States

2010 September – 2nd Place IFBB Seniors National Championships – Trinidad

2010 September – 4th Place IFBB Central American and Caribbean Championships – Aruba

2011 July – 2nd Place IFBB Southern & Antilles Championships – Venezuela 

2011 September – 3rd Place IFBB Seniors National Championships – Trinidad

2011 September – 3rd Place IFBB Central American and Caribbean Championships – El Salvador

I train on average 3 times in the day – 2 cardio sessions, 1 in the morning period and the other in the pm, and midday I would do my weight training.  6 days a week I would do cardio training while 5 days a week I would do weights, working Legs Day 1, Back & Arms Day 2, Shoulder and Chest Day 3, Legs Day 4, Shoulders and Arms Day 5.  Training may follow a 4 week cycle rotation which I find best suited for my goals of leaning out for competition. My multivitamins and supplements b6, b12, vitamin E, Vitamin C, L-Glutamine, Glucosamine all play a part in recovery given my intense workouts. I am currently getting competition ready so please note that the cardiovascular training is at its highest intensity to get leaner faster.

On an average day I would eat six small meals. Consisting of high fiber, vegetables, good fats, and protein, protein, protein! High fiber carbohydrates such as oatmeal, rice, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables are quite typical in my diet. Flaxseed oil, olive oils are a must while fish, chicken, beef, ground turkey can easily be part of my protein choices.

This year I am aiming to become Trinidad and Tobago’s next Pro Body Fitness Athlete.  In addition I look forward to competing on the pro circuit soon. “Dream Big…Achieve Bigger” that’s my motto!  I would like to thank my new sponsors BodyGlow and AmericanMuscle Supply Inc. I will represent you guys with honor. Thank you for believing in me.

I must also thank  Socially Fit for the opportunity to share my story. The more you learn the more you can share with others. Be patient and goals can be achieved.  I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain 

You just got to start with one step and you would be one step closer to your goal!


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