I was always an active person, going to the gym 5 days a week and playing on various sports teams for fun. However, I was not in the shape I wanted to be in. I didn't know what I was doing wrong - after all I was very active and eating "healthy", even if I was grinding away at my desk job 8-14 hours a day (depending on the season). In January 2014, I set a personal goal to compete in a fitness competition. I was referred to Endurance on 8th, by a friend and hit it off with Wendy right away. She was knowledgeable and tailored my meal plans specific to my intolerances, as I have a several dietary restrictions which I realize now were causing me to be bloated, have inflammation, and left me feeling overall rundown. I wasn't sure I would be able to achieve my goal with no whey proteins, no dairy, no gluten, and being allergic to tree products (nuts, certain spices ... especially pepper), but Wendy was able to create an effective meal plan taking into consideration all my restrictions. While there were times, I was envious of some of the foods other people got to eat during their prep, I knew sticking to my plan was the best thing for my health!
I fell in love with the lifestyle: the training, meal prep (even though some days were tough) and the friends I made during the process. I competed at the NPAA Canada Championships, placing 4th in Bikini tall and 6th in Fitness tall in my second show. I'm continuing to train and I'm embracing the "off-season" or muscle building phase, with the goal of competing again in the future.
Thank-you for believing in me Wendy!
- Dawn Munro