Never did anything competitively when growing up. It all started in October 2010 when I ran the Chicago marathon. I did it in 3:16 — and then I did the Miami half [marathon] in 1:28. I thought, "Oh my goodness, I'm getting fast." So I got a coach and been training with him. There's a certain goal I want to reach for New York.
Does your family keep fit?
Do you have a personal fitness motto or philosophy?
One of my pet peeves is hearing people making excuses. For me, that's not an option. The only excuse is you. The only person who can stop you is you.
What's your typical daily diet?
I'm a vegetarian. No chicken, no dairy whatsoever. My diet consists of fruits, vegetables and nuts.
I work the night shift 12 hours, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., so it's challenging for my diet. My typical breakfast is at 1 or 2 in the afternoon, after my workout. I'll have a super shake of bananas, berries, any kind of berry I like, with spirulina and chlorella and maca. That'll hold me for about three hours.
I'll snack on apples with organic peanut butter, or carrots with organic hummus. I'm big into bananas because of the training and needing potassium.
For lunch — dinner really, around 8 or 9 p.m. — I'll eat salad with fish like tilapia or salmon. I love salmon. I don't do dressings.
All throughout the night, I'll snack — raw broccoli, I love a handful of raw sweet peppers.
What do you drink typically?
Two cups of coffee a day. I put coconut milk in with raw sugar because I don't eat processed foods or dairy. I don't drink juices, or maybe green juice made out of vegetables.
Do you take any vitamins or sports nutrition products?
I drink a daily multivitamin and take Citracal because I'm vitamin D deficient.
Where did you acquire your fitness and nutrition knowledge?
I've had to learn along the way, talking to people and reading. I've been a vegetarian a year and a half. I feel healthier, lighter now.
Do you have any fitness advice for South Floridians?
Being fit is a lifestyle and a sacrifice one must do. You can't just try it once. You have to make it part of your life. With a little self-sacrifice, anything can be accomplished.
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