It’s hard to put into words something that completely changed your life. Especially when that thing is largely contained in the storage space of your iPhone – pdfs of meal plans and grocery lists, an Instagram community, workout videos and Spotify playlists. Below are excerpts from my Tone It Up Transformation submission, the most personal account I can offer you of what TIU means to me. Let this be a window to my past, an opportunity to understand my present, and a glimpse into all things TIU.
(P.S. The proof is in the pictures, baby! I encourage you to scroll through TIU hashtags on instagram: #tiutransformation, #tiuteam, #tiugirls, #tiuapproved)
Describe yourself in 10 words or less! GO!: BootyCall Lovin’, PFP Flippin’, Meal Preppin’, Squat Droppin’, Aspiring Mermaid!
How Did the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan Contribute to Your Success? The TIU Nutrition Plan did not just contribute to my success, it is the key to my success. For years, I yo-yoed between countless diets & fads, and was completely lost nutritionally. My perception of health was totally warped, and I found myself in a rut of bad habits. The Tone It Up Nutrition Plan provided me with the foundation needed to not only look, but feel, my best. The Nutrition Plan educated me on what was needed to fuel my body – and, most importantly, why it was needed. Besides the hundreds of lip-smacking recipes, the best thing about the Nutrition Plan is the tools it provides for success, no matter what. Gal pals craving Mexican? K+K have a suggestion for that! I can walk into a restaurant with friends confident in my ability to choose a meal that works best for me in accordance to the plan.
What made you decide to change and what was your biggest inspiration to finally make a change in your life? I have been all over the spectrum when it comes to health, fitness, happiness and body image. Diet fad? You name it, I’ve tried it. In all other aspects of my life, I am not one to take the shortcut or find a quick fix – why should my health & happiness be any different? At the turn of the new year, I was at a low point when it came to my perception of self. Looking in the mirror was not something I particularly enjoyed, and that just did not align with my ideals – we should all love ourselves! But in order to love ourselves we need to give love to ourselves. I wanted to live my best life each and every day, and I knew that a new perspective was within my grasp, if only I took the opportunity. When I found Tone It Up, Karena & Katrina and their girl boss, female empowering, totally uplifting community resonated with me so deeply, and I knew that was the start of my journey!
How did you keep yourself motivated to keep going? To put it simply, I was not willing to quit on myself. From past experiences, I knew what happened when I gave up – this time, I wanted to see what would happen if I didn’t. I look at it this way: a new day, a new week, a new month is going to come – how I feel when I get there is completely up to me! And with that, one BootyCall turned into another. Hundreds of miles, workouts, and meal preps later, there is no looking back.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself? I am fiercely determined when it comes to my goals.
What advice would you give someone who needs encouragement to get healthier? I would first remind them that there is a great, big beautiful world for them to explore, and one life for them to experience. I would then tell them that they deserve to live that life to the fullest, and ask them to consider if their state of health & happiness is allowing them to do that. Then I would say, hey – I was there, I understand, but here is how I changed my life. And I would direct them to Tone It Up, and the rest would be history 😉
What are your favorite Tone It Up Nutrition Plan meals and snacks? Okay, I could go on FOREVER! Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos, Pesto Quinoa Bowl, Slimdown Scramble, Perfect Fit Pancakes, PerfectFit Banana Bread Muffins, Quinoa Crusted White Fish, K+K Salad, Strawberry Fields Bikini Wrap, Portobello Pick Me Up… to name a few.
What is your biggest #TIUgirl problem? Using the line, “But this is SO TIU!!” to justify any and all mermaid related purchases.
What is your favorite TIU workout? I am loving Upper Body Total Toner and Cardio Abs from Beach Babe 4. Making Waves Cardio is my Friday-fave!
How is the Tone It Up Plan different? The TIU Nutrition Plan is not a diet, restrictive, or bland. In fact, it is the opposite, it is a limitless lifestyle that embraces balance.
What shifts did you see in yourself, mental and physical, over the past 8 weeks? The pounds (12 to be exact) and inches I’ve lost throughout my TIU journey have been incredible, but to be honest – what I’ve gained from this experience is much more valuable. Hundreds of #tiubesties, confidence, a passion for life, happiness, lasting friendships. Over the past 16 weeks, I feel like I’ve peeled away several layers of doubt, fear, and negativity that were holding me back, only to reveal my true self in its best form.
What’s the most encouraging thing you saw from this community? The most inspiring thing about the #TIUcommunity is its realness. TIU girls are not afraid to share their struggles along with their successes, their hardships along with their triumphs – and TIU girls support each other no matter what the case. Women empowering other women every single day.
Do you have any advice to give to this team? If you don’t love your life every moment of every day, it’s time to make a change. You deserve to love yourself fully, and Tone It Up can help you do that! Take the plunge – K+K, the TIU team, and myself are here for you!