City/Town of Residence: Cranston
Your sport of fitness activity: cardio-kickboxing and strength training
Events you are training for
ACE group fitness instructor certification
What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: Being promoted from student to trainer at my kickboxing studio back in 2011.
What motivates you?: Many things, but much of my personal motivation for my own fitness goals comes from within. Motivation for my classes comes from the other trainers I work with and the amazing group of women I am honored to lead. During my classes, I get SUPER pumped from good music (who doesn’t?!). I’m really into electronica, both in and out of the studio.
Best local eats: Rue de L’Espoir, Tortilla Flats, Kartabar, Waterman Grille… the list goes on.
Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Wow, that’s tough. The first one that comes to mind is Jillian Michaels, but there are so many I can’t choose! Probably a former US Olympic gymnast because I used to do gymnastics before getting into kickboxing.
What’s on your nightstand?: What a strange question! A clock, a bottle of St. Ives lotion (my hands get so dry!), a bottle of water, and usually a book or fitness magazine that I’ve read before going to sleep.
Favorite cheat meal/snack: Oh boy, this is tough. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate, so any version of a molten chocolate cake is great; The Cheesecake Factory’s peanut butter cup cheesecake is to die for! As for salty treats, I rarely go there anymore, but Tortilla Flats’ mac ’n’ cheese and sweet potato quesadilla with sauce and chicken are both amazing.
What do you like to do in your down time?: Spending quality time with my boyfriend and my best girl friends are both very important to me. On weeknights I watch a lot of Netflix and OnDemand shows. I’m also ALWAYS on Pinterest searching for fitness inspiration and healthy recipes.
Best thing about living in RI: Being close to the coast! I love how nautical the state is. And everything is within close driving distance (spoken like a true Rhode Islander I suppose). Also, personally, being close to my hometown in Connecticut where a lot of my lifelong friends still reside – that’s a blessing.
One thing people don’t know about you: I really like high-end, tricked-out sports cars, but I know nothing about them other than I appreciate their appearance.
Favorite quote: ”The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ’no’ – they may not be smart enough to say ’yes’.”
Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: Just get out there and start. Start running, start lifting, start a new fitness class and don’t be afraid. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Believe in yourself, too. Challenge yourself to become better.