I'm Dr. Harriet Davis, a Board-Certified Physician, Published Fitness Model, IFBB Professional bikini athlete, Vegan Nutrition Consultant, Fitness, Health & Wellness Blogger, wife and a mother. Prior to becoming a bikini competitor, I was an avid distance runner. I ran track in high school. During college, medical school, and residency, I maintained my fitness and conditioning by running 20-25 miles/week. Since 1998, I have run 4 full marathons, 2 half marathons, and numerous 5, 8, 10, 12 and 30Ks.
Through the years, my weight has fluctuated (pregnancy/childbirth) but, I have always been able to maintain a fit physique by running. However, in July 2011, after celebrating my 40th birthday, I started to recognize changes in my body that were not typical of the past. I began to notice less muscle definition in my legs (and more adipose tissue). So, over the next year (2011-2012) I increased my weekly running mileage (25-30miles/week) and as a result, I developed a stress fracture in my foot.
Feeling frustrated with my physical appearance, in December 2012, I decided to hire a vegan personal trainer. This was beneficial because the trainer was able to help me identify several nutritional issues that were contributing to me gaining fat rather than building muscle. After 3 months of nutritional revisions, and personal training, my body had started to respond the way that I desired. Because my first personal trainer was not experienced in competition prep, I decided to start looking for a personal trainer who could get me "stage ready."
In February 2013, I found "that person": the experienced trainer who was able to help me lean out and build muscle (especially in my lower extremities because of my distance running, there was not much muscular definition in my quads, hamstrings, glutes, etc.). We started our competition preparation training in March 2013.
After 3 months of intense personal training, I graced the stage, on June 8, 2013 feeling confident and standing fearless in my faith! I placed 3rd in my class of Masters bikini 35+ and 7th in open bikini (B class)!
During the 2013 competition season, I competed in 2 regional shows and 3 national shows (NPC 2013 Team Universe, NPC 2013 GNC Masters Nationals, IFBB North American Championships) and I placed in the top 10 in all of them! In July 2014, I earned my IFBB Procard while competing at NPC Team Universe in Teaneck, NJ.
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