occupation: tractor-trailer driver
found at: Akua Ba Fitness (West Hartford)
What is the one thing that has defined your life so far?
My four kids. They have definitely inspired me to do better.
What prompted you to move to Hartford?
I'm from Boston. Hartford is cheaper, cost-of-living-wise, but it's very boring.
What's your guilty pleasure?
As a woman in the male-dominated field of trucking, how do you cope with the difficulties you encounter on the job as a female driver?
The only thing I find myself having to prove is that I can drive. No matter how much experience I have. Guys tend to assume that I'm a lesbian. I'm more tired of everyone staring at me.
What motivated you to get in shape? What motivates you not to give up?
I want to fit in my old clothes again. I haven't given them away.
Is your family supporting your decision to get in shape? How have they made it easier or harder for you to do so?
Kind of. My husband is always influencing me to eat what he is eating. He can eat anything and not gain weight.
What is something you have learned this past week?
I learned the medical term for “pain in the ass” is “proctoangi.”
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I would be on a boat cruising anywhere it's warm. I'm so ready for summer.
How has being West Indian influenced your outlook on life?
Well, I'm very proud of my culture. When you're from a poor country it really makes you want to make sure your children don't grow up that poor. Education was always emphasized growing up.
How do you juggle work, exercise, play, and being the mother of four teenage children, on top of being a full-time nursing student?
I don't get much sleep doing it and I don't get to spend the time that I want to with my family. But in a few years they will see it wasn't so bad and it was for a great reason.