It should be evident that obesity rates and health related issues running rampant in our country. (Nearly 70% of adults are overweight or obese and 47% of children (ages 2-19) are overwieght or obese.) But there are many people who are bucking this trend. I hear the many reasons/excuses why people can’t get to the gym (family obligations, work, time, etc), so I decided to highlight people that are focusing on their health in spite of all of that. SO INTRODUCING….
Tameka Tyler Coleman
When did you fall in love with health and fitness? I have always been a fan of sports, but exercise and clean eating wasn’t on the top of my list until after I had my twins and needed to get back in shape. It started out as a chore, but after making it a habit, I became addicted. It got to the point where I kept gym clothes in my car and if I had the time, I would stop at a gym and exercise. I also changed my eating habits and had great success. I lost over 50 lbs and kept it off for several years until I started taking steroid injections for a pinched nerve. I put on about 30 lbs in a very short period of time and shortly after that I became pregnant with my youngest child. I gained quite a bit of weight and have struggled to lose it over the last four years. Your mind has definitely got to be in it or else, you won’t succeed. I would lose some weight through either diet OR exercise, but not both. It was last July that I started doing what I had done when I lost the weight after the twins – nutrition AND exercise. It is very hard to change habits that have been a part of your life for years but I see that changing is a better option than continuing down the path that I was on. I want to be healthy, active, and look great in a swim suit.
How has health and fitness changed your life? I have met some great women on this journey to health and fitness. I have learned so much and I’m paying it forward. I try to share everything I learn with everyone I can. As I continued on my journey, my sisters and mother have also started making healthier choices with diet and exercise.
How are you able to balance your personal responsibilities (kids, spouse, other family obligations, work, hobbies, etc)? It is very hard balancing everything. When my children are involved in football and gymnastics, I exercise during the time they are practicing. My husband helps by taking the youngest child to daycare and I pick her up. I have to admit that I need to get more organized so that I can have more time to spend on hobbies. Right now, exercising is the extent of my hobbies.
How do you fit in workouts when your time is limited? My gym is less than 10 minutes from my house. If I don’t have time to make it there, then I will do workouts at home, either videos or tabata type workouts.
What was the biggest life adjustment on this journey? I still have quite a ways to go, but I think changing my family’s eating habits is the biggest adjustment.
What is your favorite workout move? straight leg deadlift
What is your favorite clean meal? Clean treat? I love ground turkey, brown rice, pepper jack cheese, and broccoli. I can eat this everyday. I haven’t tried many desserts but a treat that I love are homemade clean pizzas. I usually include ground turkey or chicken, spinach, mushrooms, and pineapples on whole wheat pizza crust.
Can you offer any advice to other busy women on how to get started down a healthier path? Set goals and plan your meals and exercise schedule ahead of time. Prepare your meals for the week in advance, that way it frees up time during the week. If your children are in sports, use that time to get some cardio or strength training in.
What are your future goals? My future goals are: to lose a total of 70 lbs (I’ve lost 30 so far) and help as many women reach their goals as I can with my facebook group Winning @ Losing.