Hey! My name is Ryann and I am 19 years old, I was born and raised in Stuart Florida.  I come from a low income household that included my mother, father as well as myself and three other siblings. This always led to the house being filled with a bunch of processed sugary foods and so I was constantly eating like crap and not really giving it a second thought. From around the ages of 14-16 I became very insecure about my body image. I took it upon myself to begin participating in high school sports such at flag football and girls weightlifting. This was also an alternative to being home all of the time. I never really liked being home, it was always such a stressful environment for me. Wether it was hearing my mom stress about bills or just constant drama going on with my family, my  home was never a place that I liked to spend time. After getting involved with flag football and girls weightlifting my freshman year, not much had changed for me. I enjoyed the sports in themselves, the exercise was therapeutic to me, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted. Towards the end of my senior year I went through a lot. I ended up not having a steady place to stay and was just completely at a loss of what to do with my life. I ended up becoming super unhealthy, weighing in at about 112lbs. I was the thinnest I had been in years. I was always tired and had people constantly asking me if I was starving myself or if I was getting enough to eat. I never stopped eating but I did notice that the constant stress was taking a huge toll on my body and I had to do something about it. It wasn't until about a year and a half ago that I finally got my own gym membership and started going to the gym religiously (S/O Golds Gym Stuart). I loved being at the gym, the positive atmosphere, a place where I wasn't getting judged because we were all here to improve and ultimately get fit. Initially I enjoyed going because it was therapeutic for me. Even if I was having a bad day I could hit the gym and feel completely fine and refreshed afterward. But it was when I started to see how much my body and health had improved, how when I woke up every day I was in a positive head space and was actually excited to go to the gym, THAT is when I was hooked. After about a year of training daily I decided I needed to set a bigger goal. I was eating Intuitively while staying in shape but I needed something more. This passed July I decided that I was going to compete. Honestly these past few months have done wonders for me, not only physically but mentally. People ask me all of the time "how do you do it?", "how do you stay motivated?". My answer? Ive simply made it my lifestyle. I don't feel like I'm forcing myself to eat healthy or forcing myself to go and train. It's become habit, and a good one at that. My daily motivation comes from waking up every day with a purpose, always setting short term goals to accomplish within the 24 hours that I'm given. Knowing that every day I'm improving my body and my health and preparing myself for a better future. Yeah sometimes it's hard being on prep and all but you just have to persevere. Find those things that make you want to keep going, and it's different for everyone, music is a big one that helps most people. When I'm feeling down or lacking motivation I'll tune into a motivational podcast (there are SO many) and boom, by the end I've cleared my thoughts and ultimately remembered how far I've come and why I started in the first place. The fitness industry has improved my life in so many ways, in finding fitness I feel like I have found my passion. Remember to pay attention to the things that you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your passion and purpose in life. Always have the courage to follow these things!

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