Sometimes what you need is a reminder to believe in yourself.
It’s hard to turn things around when you’re stuck in a loop of negative thinking and detrimental behavior. For me, the turning point was a guy at the gym who challenged me to compete in bodybuilding. Little by little, I started replacing my mental monologue with positive thoughts about myself and my body. With his encouragement and a serious prep protocol, I stepped on stage in 2004 as the strong and confident woman I really was.
Transforming my body brought me closer to my true self because it allowed me to tap into my inner power.
Committing to and achieving a goal, while working with my body instead of against it, filled me with enormous self-respect. It taught me how much I was in fact capable of, once I stopped telling myself that I couldn’t do it or didn’t live up to some illusory ideal.
Ever since that life-changing epiphany, fitness has been my life,
What started as a quest to improve myself, turned into a rewarding and diverse career in the international fitness, media, and modeling industry. I’ve been blessed with far more than the teenage version of me could have even dreamed up, landing major covers for top publications like Oxygen, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Iron Man Magazine. I’ve also hosted prestigious events including Bodybuilding.com, Olympia, Toronto Pro Supershow and Arnold Sports Festival, where I’ve interviewed high caliber sports celebrities, UFC fighters and legends like Arnold Swartzenegger. I also got a chance to co-host for Living Beautiful Radio, which gave me an amazing opportunity to share a positive, uplifting message that inspired listeners to live beautifully inside and out.
“True joy comes from within, and once you are happy and confident with yourself, everything else in life will fall into place.”
– Nancy Di Nino