To keep her figure toned for pageant competitions, she works out for 2 ½ hours seven days a week and eats five small, healthy meals daily. She also keeps fit to stave off health challenges, including heart murmurs.
Q: Why do you keep fit?
A: It's part of a healthy lifestyle and helps you do daily tasks a lot easier. You get a lot of energy from working out. I also am doing it to look very fit onstage for the pageant.
Q: What's your workout routine?
A: I have a trainer I work out with for 2.5 hours every day. A lot of cardio, yoga, abs and legs. It's not the same every day. It varies. But there's a lot of stretching before and after workouts. Stretching can take 20 minutes before you start and after [exercising] another 20. That includes my yoga.
For cardio, I do high intensity on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a continuous pace with a heart rate between 125 and 165. I mainly do this in my trainer's gym or my home gym, depending on my schedule. Start with 3.8 [mph] and do variations or intervals from 3.8 to 5.0 or 6.0 and speed it up, but not higher than 6.2.
When I do yoga, I mix in pushups for my upper body, but not too much because I want a feminine body.
Q: Have you played sports?
A: No, I was never the athletic type. I was called "the least athletic" in my school. But I did try track in ninth grade and got a shin splint before the first track meet. That's where it ended.
Q: Do you have any physical problems that hinder exercise?
A: Yeah, I had a car accident and an accident with my back, but stretching and yoga help me relieve that pressure.
Q: Do you smoke or have any other health vices?
A: No, I don't smoke, drink alcohol or do drugs. I play on the safe side.
Q: What's your typical daily diet?
A: I have a sponsor: DeliverLean, which is based in Boca Raton. I eat five of their small meals a day. Every day is a different meal. I'm on a no-carb diet [no wheat or bread] and also eat high-protein chicken, turkey, beef. All cooked fresh. Helps prepare me for this pageant and life.
Q: What do you drink?
A: Water, and green tea, milk. I love milk. Skim milk or 1 percent — depends on what I'm planning to eat that day. Also maybe sparkling water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice. I don't drink [alcohol]. But if I'm [part of] a celebration, maybe a glass of Riesling wine.
Q: Do you have any advice for South Florida residents looking to get fit?
A: The food you eat is so important because you can go and work out, but if you eat hamburgers and ice cream then it's not good. If you can walk on a treadmill or around your community, you're bound to lose weight if eating right. It's important to eat small meals throughout the day and drink lots of water.