In 2011, I was honorably discharged from the US Army, and I did not keep my body in the best of shape. I smoked cigarettes, ate junk food all the time, and did not workout much. Not to mention, I was diagnosed with asthma. In the spring of 2012, that all changed when I made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle; however, I was unaware of where this decision would take me. I quit all of my bad habits and starting taking baby steps towards what I wanted to achieve. After about a year of training, I was in pretty good shape. My asthma was practically nonexistent, and I felt better than I did when I was younger. In the spring of 2013, I decided I was going to start preparing to compete in Men's Physique, and I had no idea where to start. My training was on point and I ate healthy food, but my diet prepping was horrible. I had a lot of doubts along the journey and some people around me were not very supportive of my goal, but I kept pushing myself to succeed. I missed a couple shows due to not prepping correctly, but I stuck with it. No matter what life throws at you or how many times you fail, you have to remain focused on what it is you want to achieve. In August 2013, I competed in my first NPC Men's Physique Competition and placed 2nd place at the age of 30. Even though it wasn't 1st place, It felt good knowing that all of the hard work paid off.

I was a soldier for almost 9 years and never had the physique that I have today. It took me making a decision to transform myself and sticking to that decision no matter what. Although, I had setbacks along the way I always found a way to get back on track. Sometimes you have to just take a knee to regain focus on your goals. It took a lot of research, dedication, and hard work, but it was well worth the struggle. Anything is possible with a little self-discipline and a lot of passion.