I have wanted to compete since I was a teenager, I remember being at the dentist and seeing an article on female body builders in a magazine in the waiting room, I was in awe of them. Then shortly after, by chance, I saw a documentary on female body builders and I wanted to be like them. I didn’t ever voice my dreams because quite frankly I was embarrassed. After suppressing my dream for decades my life circumstances changed and I thought to myself, "why not?". I would look into whether it was ever possible for someone like me – a single mum – to do so.
I researched a coach and found Livia; I already knew I wanted a female, local coach that had been through the process. I made an appointment to see her and in my mind I had already told myself that I probably wouldn’t be capable of competing, she would tell me that it wasn’t for me, it was for research purposes only! I left Livia’s house 100% knowing that in September 2019 I would be competing.
From that moment on my mindset changed. Livia compiled a training plan and nutrition programme especially for me. I needed to gain weight which initially I found hard. Livia was there through countless meltdowns, thinking I was getting fat and through tears of not being able to eat all the food she had set me. Livia provided motivation and support as well as just boosting my confidence in every area of my life.
In May we met for a posing session and she said to me, “You could step on stage sooner than September". Because I 100% trusted her, that’s what we did! In August 2019 I stepped on stage for the first time at an IFBB show (2bros bro) and got a 2nd and 3rd placing and an invite to the finals. I was then 8 weeks out from my original date of competing at the European Championships with UFE so we set to work again! We changed my food plan slightly and my peak week and I believe we went to UFE with a better package! I walked away with three placings and an invite to the World's which I will be taking up in 2020!
Livia not only devised the practical aspects of my training and nutrition but she also mentored me throughout, which is worth its weight in gold. As stated above, my life has changed in so many areas and I believe she has inspired me to be more confident, more focused and more dedicated. I believe that people come into our lives for different reasons and Livia came into mine at the perfect time. I am not only proud to have called her my coach but to also call her my friend. I cannot wait to see her smash the worlds in Toronto!
Thank you for everything you have done for me Livia, words cannot not express the impact you have had on my life xx