A Nash Mills resident who suffered with depression has urged people to start exercising after she recently won a regional body building competition.
Stephanie Rapa, 35, who works at Imagine Property Group in Watford said getting into the gym made her a better person both mentally and physically and was proud of her recent success.
Speaking to KingsNews she said: “I am really overwhelmed and super proud of what I have done and the journey I have come on. It’s been a lot of hard work and determination to get to where I am at and now it is something I can keep and look at the trophies I won.
“I suffered with depression a long time ago, I was unhappy, had no drive and was very low. But it all changed when I got dragged to the gym by a friend and it made me a different person. It became an addiction and I got physically and mentally better.”
Alongside her regional crown, Stephanie finished second in the Nabba National Body Building Competition last month.
However her titles are well earned as Stephanie goes to the gym two times a day, six days a week and has a very healthy diet when in the build up for a competition.
After her second place finish at the nationals, Stephanie was invited to enter the Nabba Universe competition which she hasn’t made her mind up about entering.
She said: “I am toying with the idea. I recently got a promotion and feel like I want to focus on myself instead of competing at the minute but who knows. If I enter, I will think about hanging up my towel.”
Stephanie puts a lot of her success down to her prep coach, Brett Smith, who mentally supported her through the good and the bad times and she thinks “got her where she is today”.