Tessa is a mother of three and an amazing fitness warrior! She’s made an amazing fitness transformation for her children and is constantly spreading positivity and helping others out at @BodyTight.MindRight!
This is going to be a good one! Tessa has given some really in-depth, thoughtful answers, so make sure you take notes❤️
What led you to want to make your lifestyle transformation and where are you at now?
Hi! My name is Tessa Taylor. I am a wife and a mom to 3 kiddos! I love to shop, bake, create, spend time with family and friends, but one of my very favorite things to do is workout and practice a healthy lifestyle. I love to share and motivate others through my Instagram @bodytight.mindright.
My fitness journey started after having my first baby. In high school, and before I was married I never worked out or ate well at all. i just didn’t have any interest in living a healthy lifestyle, and thought that it didn’t really matter if I did. When I first got pregnant, I was slightly over weight (I weighed 178). After my pregnancy I weighed a little over 200 pounds. When I stepped on the scale 6 weeks postpartum and I had hardly seen any weight come off I knew that I didn’t want to gain anymore weight or be that weight anymore. I had lost a lot of my confidence, and I was no longer enjoying things like shopping, or being social because I was so uncomfortable in my own skin. It was right then, starring at that number on the scale that I knew I had to totally change my lifestyle.
Now after having 2 more babies, going through the ups and downs of my body’s transformation-I am finally so happy with how I feel and what I have achieved. I have ran half marathons, lifted more weight than I ever thought I could, participate in fitness classes that at one point would have killed me, and I feel the best I have ever felt in my whole life. It has been a long and hard journey, but all of it has been worth it.
What was the hardest part about making your transformation and how did you overcome it?
Through my transformation there were a lot of fulfilling moments, and of course many struggles. I would say without a doubt the hardest part of my transformation is being proud of myself, and feeling like I have achieved the goals I started with. We are all our own worst critics, and that most definitely holds true for me.
For the longest time, even when I had reached the weight that I thought would make me so happy-I felt like it was not good enough. I was so hard on myself, my internal thoughts were never proud of all the things I had achieved. This was a very hard point for me mentally, and physically because I had no love of appreciation for myself. I was pregnant with my 3rd child, and I knew for that baby I needed to change my mind frame. I needed to appreciate myself and be proud of myself. It took a lot of will power to see myself the way others saw me, and be proud of myself for doing things like completing a hard workout or making healthy food choices daily.
When I did start to appreciate myself, so much happiness came into my life.
I now know that self love it truly the key to happy and healthy life! Self love gives confidence and happiness in yourself and in all of the other relationships in your life!
Do you have any favourite fitness resources or information sources?
In my 6 year fitness journey I have found that knowledge is power! I am sure over the years I have spent so many hours researching healthy eating tips, good food choices, fun workouts, hard workouts, and health advice from other people in the health/fitness industry.
Some of my go to sources over the years would have to be first of all Beachbody! I don’t sell Beachbody products, but I LOVE their at home workouts!! At home workouts are a lifesaver if you don’t have time or money to go to the gym.
I also love the website skinnytaste.com . This website is full of low calorie, really great tasting recipes. I have never made one bad recipe from her blog!! Lastly, my most easy go to fitness/health information source in Pinterest. I love that I can go to Pinterest and type in “workouts with weights” or “low calorie recipes” and I get a ton of great ideas, that I am able to incorporate into my everyday life!
If you could only offer one piece of advice, technique or strategy for women looking to transform themselves, what would it be?
One piece of advice that I would offer to other woman looking to transform themselves would be; Its going to be hard, and it will take time–but you will be so happy that you didn’t quit. Making a lifestyle change/transformation is one of the hardest things a human being can do, you are truly changing every aspect of your daily routine/life. Its so easy to feel overwhelmed by making that big of a change, but taking in one day at a time and being proud of even the small milestones will help.
When you finally reach your goals, and the changes you have made become the life you are living without even thinking about it—will be so worth it!