For as long as I can remember, I have always been athletic. I started with ballet when I was five, then moved on to modern jazz – a little more acrobatic dance.
Growing up, I was usually outside riding bikes or climbing trees – you would rarely catch me inside playing with dolls. At various times during the year in my youth, I was involved in two to three different sports. Going from one practice to another, while balancing my high school schedule to top it off.
My junior competitive career started later in my teenager age with tennis tournaments and mountain bike race and unfortunately ended very quick. In between i also practice karate, basketball, ninjutsu, kitesurf, until I embraced Fitness wholeheartedly
All was good. I was 16, in my ascendant level in tennis competition with ace services and forehand shot that were both passing 85 miles/hour (135km/h). People was envision my skills into a professional tennis career. During an important tournament, i felt on the ground, the pain was so intense i couldn’t walk and had to get into surgery immediately. My anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, with a part of the medial meniscus on my left knee were tore. Since I was still young, the doctors decided to try to staple ligaments and removed the torn meniscus cartilage. This led me straight up to another area of interest – the weight room – first for rehabilitation though.
Many months later – which included weeks on crutches, and cast (and i was still pull ups, deadlift home with everything i could – don’t judged me i m sure you maybe did the same. After pool and strengthen exercises I was finally back to normal but i couldn’t bend my knee completely so i couldn’t go back to tennis. This lead me to mountain bike even if i was over doing again. i just wanted to get back in the gym.
After my surgery, I was determined not to dwell on negativIty. I knew I needed to move forward, and the gym was my way to do just that. During that time, I never missed my gym session even if i could only do some movements, and a lot of pool moves. Moving forward, in my 20’s after extreme reps in deadlift, crazy leg press with 800 lbs (363 kg) for 10 repetitions, benching at 315 lbs (143 kg) for 1 MR. I was very proud of my achievements. I felt pretty strong mentally and physically. At least i thought. I should have be more careful and listen my body when it was needed. Haaa one year later, doing things that everyone of course do like running with soap in the public pool showers, i cut open the awhile tendon. This was a partial repair, but i couldn’t run and exercises. I was fortunate enough to not break it all.
Hospital & Adaptations
Arriving in the United States of America, back in 2013 with my best body very lean and round. I started coaching people in my new home country. Later i had another and first surgery all in english on my hand. 2 tendons were torn. When i went to the emergency, they just told me i was ok and put me on a cast for 7 weeks. I was feeling strange about that. On my following visit they told me i had to see a surgeon. I did and the doctors said they have to reopen but bigger because my 2 ligaments were too far at the epicondyle. I was just hoping i was hallucinating – too bad for me i wasn’t. I made it work and regain my hand move 80%. As i was embark upon those injuries journey. I had my breast implants the same time. Anyways i couldn’t do nothing already with my hand so. it was a 2 for 1. haha!! I get back to the gym stronger until end 2016 where i had to repair my labrum tear in my 2 hips, that put me in wheelchair for 3months, but i trained so hard home by doing what the doctor and physical therapist were telling me that i passed the “walker time period”. After months of no using my legs i stand up with courage and mental strength. i did it. The only thing was that my legs were extremely weak and atrophies – yes my butt was a pancake back like it was before hard gym training. In 2017 i had the same issues one of my shoulder it was a SLAP 2 labrum tear. I was very emotional at that time. Again i knew i would have to go over all the step to be back. Now that its all pass i smile. it made me stronger on every point of my life and personality. Funny things is when it pours it rain. i never do things half way. I kind laugh afterward because i realized i did 10 MRI in less than a year – no It is not a game. its not funny really but one thing is sure is to take this too serious won’t make you feel better. Im just grateful to have a very good health care that support me. I hope i won’t have any more.
Each time, i surpassed myself and showed it was possible even if the worse thing happen in life. i hope after reading those who wanted to give up won’t give up and those who were feeling sorry for themselves will stop to find excuses and KEEP PUSHING HARDER
A new chapter
The reason that I started to work out physically that I suffered from depression. I was in an unhappy state of mind. Yes, I remember very well those feelings. That’s how I became an independent and mentally strong woman. It was a vision that I had, to become a personal trainer and to pursue this dream even if my parents were against it.
I came to the United States in 2013. Coming the United States was definitely a challenge for me, especially being a woman alone. First, I did not speak English well. Second, I knew no one here. I had no friends nor family. It’s was very hard because, at the adult stage, one is suppose to be in a stable situation. I left my beloved France because I met an American man with whom I felt in love. But, most unfortunately, the relationship did not work out. Gradually, we fell apart. I decided to stay in America and give it my all. All that I had in my pocket was only a couple dollars and a bicycle (yes!). One thing is for sure. Competition has kept alive and striving for better every day. That’s why live and breath every day. This is deeply ingrained in my way of thinking and my view of life. I have very strong survivor instincts. So, here I am, progressing, making breakthroughs, achieving, despite all the odds, all the ups and down that I have faced in my life. I think that this is what motivates me each and every day at the gym and in life in general.
I thank my parents for teaching me to have a strong discipline, honesty, humility, and hard work. My parents always pushed me to be involved in as many sports as possible and to excel at them.
People who know me can tell you that I easily get bored. They called me “high pace”. So, I started going to the gym. I started my first Fitness Class. I did some cardio and then lifted weights at the end. That was it. I became relentless. I embrace fitness completely. When at home, I goofed around and annoyed my parents, my sister, and my brother (that passed away). I easily became very adept at lifting weights. I always wanted to see how much I could max out at, how far I could go. I pushed myself to go heavier and heavier to go beyond my current limits. There is one thing about me. I crave challenges. I compete with myself every day. I try to push myself beyond the average. Higher and higher is gives me more stamina, more esteem, more courage, and more to be very glad about.
My goal was to show the world that you can feel good inside and outside. And, as a woman, my aspiration was to be both curvy and healthy through fitness.
I never really got into any fitness competitions because my life was full of unexpected events. The challenge is to mold my body into who I want to be, both mentally and physically. My unflinching determination, my joy for fitness, my constant desire to outdo my limits also keeps me going. I enjoy to see how my body can change from one month to year.
This year I have in mind to travel the world, participating in different projects and business opportunities. Someday, however, I hope to open my own LD Fitness Gym, to host seminars. I want to open my own gyms in the future in California and in Florida to help others to gain confidence, to strength, to gain health, and to gain knowledge about fitness, health, and diet.
Besides fitness, this is what I love do the most – traveling the world and meeting new people. Talking, motivating, inspiring people and to be inspired by them in return. This is such an amazing and fabulous human experience each time.
I did my first fitness seminar all in Spanish this year back in July 2017 in Mexico. I was truly an experience i will never forget. I also like and went to TV shows, talk about food, health, and fitness. My wish is – especially the women who are following me, that having muscles, feeling strong are not a negative, but rather, positives feelings. You can be whatever you envision yourself to be! Muscle is not a gender!!!! It just takes planning, determination, and commitment. In the last couple years, I have learned at great deal about myself. I have learned what it means to be truly comfortable in my own skin. I have learned and mastered what confidence is, what it looks like, and what it feels like. And there is nothing greater than that confident feeling to succeed and to be happy in life.
And men who judge, need to stop and work harder. It is possible to be beautiful, graceful, muscular, and strong, yet still be feminine all at the same time.
Even if it is going to take many years and lots of hard work to get where I want to be, I have full faith and great confidence in myself to achieve my goals. I am fighting to get it done.
To all of you guys, I have the determination, and strength to prove it. It will be insane to stop now. I want thank all of my fans and my clients for all the love and support and happiness that you have given to me since day one. You give me my motivation each and every day in the gym and in my life. I sincerely hope that I can continue to motivate and inspire you to always strive to be your best, physically, mentally, morally, and ethically to be ready to achieve all professional and personal goals. I hope to open your eyes, and show people, that is normal to look different and to think different as long you are confident and happy with yourself. Confidence is the most beautiful and rewarding asset that anyone can possess. Confidence gives you abilities and happiness. So live life with vigor, with confidence, with determination to redefine yourself to achieve at the highest level.
You are only going to be great if and only if you try each and every day, always keeping your goals within sight.
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