Mysti was always an active person. She did gymnastics as a kid and ran track in high school. In June 2008, one week after her high school graduation, Mysti was involved in a car accident, injuring her right shoulder. "This is when the serious weight gain and emotional eating had begun," she said.
In late 2017, Mysti found powerlifting through her coach and trainer at the time. In January 2018, she competed in a local competition. "From there I was hooked. I went on to compete in two more competitions in 2018 and two back-to-back competitions in April of 2019."