When I first started working with Debi five years ago, I had no idea that I would accomplish all that I have and be where I am today, both mentally and physically. There are really not enough words to express how grateful I am to Debi for taking me under her wing and helping me flourish in a sport that I never dreamed I would be a part of. When I met Debi I was 20 years old with an untrained body that was 32% body fat. Regardless of that, knowing she had faith in me allowed me to have faith in myself. She handed me my first diet and workout regiment and I never looked back. From that moment on I could no longer live my life as an average 20 year old, but as Debi says, "why be average?"--I had a dream to realize.
I hate to admit it, but I lost the majority of my friends during this time, they just could not accept or understand my new lifestyle. Not only did the relationships with my friends drastically change, but so did the ones with my family. I cannot even describe the opposition I faced day in and day out. This sport was taboo and unfeminine in their eyes, an embarrassment you could say. Even with the lack of support from the majority of the people in my life, I had the full and upmost support from the person I looked to the most, Debi. She was there for me every step of the way, I honestly do not think I could have gotten through my contest preparation without her. Now she did not hold my hand by any means, but she was there to give me a motivational pep talk, or a kick in butt when I needed it. She is tough on her clients, yet nurturing in a way, and she wants each one of us to be the best we can possibly be, and she wholeheartedly believes we can achieve greatness.
With Debi's guidance, I discovered my limits, and plowed through them. Her training is difficult, there's no doubt about that, but she is constantly reassuring me that the process is nothing that I cannot handle, and I have complete trust in her and her abilities. She pushes me because she knows that I am stronger than I believe myself to be sometimes. She is honestly one of the most genuine women I have ever met, and I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to work with her, and I am thrilled to not only call her my trainer, but my friend as well. Thank you for everything Debi!