By Kyle Cavnar
When Tammy first came to me for training, I immediately knew she meant business. No excuses, no quitting, no griping. She walked into the gym, asked what she had to do to finally get the body that she wanted, and followed every step in the process to get there! She lost more than 50 pounds of pure body fat for her first competition and has been able to maintain a healthy BMI ever since! We sat down to discuss her journey.
Many people struggle with changing their habits, from dieting to exercise and cardio. What helped you change your lifestyle?
What first inspired me to change my habits was watching my mom pass away in 2011 from congestive heart failure and Type 2 diabetes. She was only 59 years old. Knowing my family history, I was already headed in that direction. That made me want to do better and be better. She is my constant motivation.
Did you ever fail during your transformation? Go backwards or lose motivation? How did you overcome and conquer?
Oh my gosh, yes! I am not done with my transformation yet, and I still fail weekly. However, I’ve always had a passion for wanting to inspire other women to realize that health and fitness is not just about competition or a wedding date; it can be a part of your life. So I just keep working to be better than I was yesterday.
What is your favorite method for prepping food? Once a week, twice a week, day by day? What type of meal programming did you follow?
I usually like to prep in bulk; 4 extra pieces of fish, an extra pound of turkey, etc. It’s easier to grab and go for me that way. I have had many plans over the years. The majority of them written by you (Kyle Cavnar) and a couple of my own. It’s all about consistency and having that extra set of eyes to see what’s working and if a tweak needs to be made.
How important do you feel your surroundings (people, places, work, etc) are when transforming your body? Do you feel certain situations or people can hold you back? If so, how do you deal with it?
Your support system plays a huge role in your transformation. If those around you constantly sabotage you, it’s hard to stay focused on your goals. To combat that, you need to have a talk with your friends, family and co-workers and ask them to support you. Lord knows we are not dieting forever, usually only a few months at a time, but we can make a lifestyle change that lasts forever.
Has exercise always been a part of your life? If not, when did you start and why?
I’ve always been active but I’ve only been serious about my workouts for six or seven years. I’ve gotten addicted to working with heavier weights.
Favorite diet meal and favorite cheat meal?
6: Favorite diet meal? Any meal that has fish. I love fish! Favorite cheat? Cheeseburgers, hands down!