Meet Carissa Monroe. Carissa is a specimen of ultimate fitness and has been a competitor her whole life. She played soccer in high school and continued being athletic in college. She wanted to keep in shape so like the rest of us, she joined a gym. Carissa Monroe liked the gym so much that she decided to take it to a higher level and become a body builder. Along this short time with the new career, Carissa was involved in a horrific accident that most people would give up on in life. Carissa Monroe went through hell and fought back. The Examiner recently caught up with her. The following is some of the interview.
Examiner: When did you first get into body building?
Carissa: In the Spring of 2010; there I was inspired and encouraged to compete, so I thought since I was fitness modeling I might as well start bodybuilding and competing too.
Examiner: Who was your inspiration?
Carissa: My boyfriend at the time was a bodybuilder and I was fascinated by his condition. He helped me learn most of the principles that I still use today. I competed in figure, October 2010, at the Natural CO NPC show in Denver and earned my pro card.
Examiner: While spending a day in Denver, you and your friend were involved in a horrific accident and hit by a car. How has recovery been like?
Carissa: Recovery has been rough. My legs felt like they were severed off for 3 months. This along with migraines left me crying in pain from head to toe. Besides the pain there was the incredible mourning. Mourning the easy things in life that I would not be able to do anymore. I am attempting to overcome PTSD. But with the help of God and family, my life is rebuilding and I will survive. I’ve had three surgeries since the accident, and have had to learn to walk all over again. Overcoming walking backwards down stairs with a spotter because my ankle could not bend was a huge win. Learning to do squats and lunges. From there walking in heals was so difficult. I put on heals for the first time just a month before my competition comeback thankfully I didn’t eat it, so that was a “win
Examiner: What is a typical day’s diet like?
Carissa: The average “off-season” day diet looks far different than my pre-competition prep diet. In the off-season I try to keep things decently healthy with a good mix of everything and use portion control as the main key. Pre competition prep consists of minimal carbs 5-6 days of the week, with 1-2 carb up days.
Breakfast: Special K Protein cereal (no milk), with no carb protein shake
Post-Workout: BCAA drink
Lunch: Grilled chicken, steamed broccoli
Afternoon: BCAA drink
Dinner: Grilled chicken, plain romaine lettuce
Before Bed: No carb protein shake or more chicken
Examiner: What are your future plans for competing?
Carissa: My surgeon was doubtful I’d be able to compete at the WBFF World Championships August 2014, but that is the goal for me; and honestly if I can get myself in competition shape before then I may try to compete in Montreal in April. That’s wishful thinking, but I like the idea.