Name: Katie James
Category you compete in: NPC Bikini
Hometown: Sparta, NJ
Career: Occupational Therapist
What made you begin dedicating your lifestyle to this sport?
About 5 years ago I was in a very unhealthy relationship. I couldn't control anything or help the person I was with. For some reason I thought that because I couldn't control anything I'd control my eating by not eating. That was a complete disaster and landed me at about 107 pounds. I looked great, let me tell you! (Sarcasm)
What's it like to be on prep for a competition ?
Some days I don't even notice I'm not eating carbs and then others it's like I'm about to go sky diving and I know I have a pack but then I think do I really have a pack and when can I have my next meal and did I bring my meals with me and did I remember to turn the stove off and omg I'm running out of gas and oh look there's a squirrel ... Haha total kidding .. But really whens my next meal at?!
What was the last thing you had to eat?
I'm currently on prep, so fish. A. Lot. Of. Fish. Actually I really enjoy fish so it's not that bad. This is a life style I choose so I really can't complain & shouldn't.
What's it like to be so tall, especially being a women?
Being 5'10'' is actually pretty nice. I was projected to be 6'3'' per the doctors charts when I was little, thank goodness I'm not THAT tall.
I honestly can not date anyone shorter then me. My height or taller. It's just awkward.
What's your favorite curse word?!
Fuck, definitely fuck. You can be a fuck, act like a fuck, are a fuck, was once a fuck, you could give a fuck, not give a fuck, get fucked, be fucked, or simply think something is fucked. It's such a versatile word! (Sorry mom & dad!)
What was your first car?!
A silver 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer. Wow did I think I was cool riding in that! My dad helped me trick out the wheels and tires. It was awesome!
Do you have a scar that tells a story?!
I have a lot of scars actually. The one that I don't remember but told often about is how my bottom teeth went completely threw my bottom lip at about age 4. I fell head first into a table. I ate my stitches out 3 times before leaving the hospital.
I guess I had a good time.
Is there anything that makes you sqeimish?!
The word 'panties.' Victoria's Secret needs to take it down a notch on the use of that word.
What are you looking for in a guy?!
We could paint the perfect picture of what we all want in the opposite sex, sure. It would be nice to find a genuine man, that makes me smile like a big goon and giggle to no end. Intellectually stimulating conversations. Someone ambitious, doesn't take life too seriously, just enjoys the moments within life. A good hearted mans man. I have no time for games. Keep it movin'.
What are some no nos?!
I can over look most things because everyone has their own quarks. Some are one upping others, not being humble, & having kids. (Yeah I know I'll get crap for that one)
When you walk into a room what is the theme song playing in your head?
Currently, IDFWU- Big Sean.
If you could change into a superhero for a day who would you be and why?
Cat-women for sure. She's sexy and mysterious all in one. Plus her outfit is dope.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about competing & the fitness industry?
That we're all stupid, superficial & and are vain; only into ourselves.
Most misconstrue that everyone that competes makes SO much money, and we're ALL on drugs & we ALL starve ourselves. None of that is true and this is actually a very expensive sport. Most of the people in this industry have main jobs that they support themselves on and this sport is a second job to us that we all put our heart a soul into.
What is your most embarrassing childhood memory?
Oh jeez. Well I'm very clumsy but yet agile, if that's a thing. I'll never forget going to see the Christmas Spectacular in middle school with our entire class, entire, class. We were on top tier seating and I'm guessing the perspective threw me off. I fell face first down 2 flights of stairs. Mortified.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned about YOURSELF during your contest prep?
I have learned to not get consumed by one aspect of life and to actually live life well rounded. It's ok to not go out with your friends every night and it's ok to stay out till 11am the next morning if you so choose to. Life is all about balance and experiencing the world. So eat your chicken and veggies and wash it down with a jack daniels every now and again.
Who do you look up to and admire and why?
I honestly don't look up to just one person in my life. I don't believe that one single human can influence or shape who we are. I have many people in my life that have helped make me the person I am today.
What is your favorite physical attribute?
Recently my arms and eyes. I have been getting a lot of complements on my eyes, a lot of people saying I have bed room eyes. Not sure if it's just a pickup line because it's coming from men and women but I'll take it.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
My cousin Summer, I miss her. She passed away September 11 of last year. Just to sit and talk to her and have her call me 'Kraytey' one more time. Have her make me laugh with her witty one liners she was so famous for. Love ya Summer!
Favorite Motivational Quote:
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up!
Who would you like to thank?
I would love to thank obviously my amazing parents, all my close friends and family that have truly encouraged me and watched me transform not only my spirit back to who I am but my body and getting myself healthy again. Thank you to my coach Johnny at PrecisionBikini, Shauna of Lush Custom Spray Tan, and John of Fairfield NutritionZone!
Thank you Body by Roe for hooking this article up! Without the support & encouragement from those closest to me, I do not know where I would be today.
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