#TransformationTuesday – Meet Caitlin

Hey hey guys and gals it is time for yet ANOTHER feature on #TransformationTuesday. I’ll tell you what… winter isn’t my season for the gym. It’s cold and I’d rather stay cuddled under a blanket on the couch eating cake and watching Netflix (Parks and Rec reruns, anyone?). But it’s people like Caitlin who keep me motivated. I mean come on… look at this gal! You go girlfriend!

Below is her interview – enjoy 🙂

Introduce yourself! 

Hi, I’m Caitlin Patrick! I’m a 25 year old English teacher in Maryland. I grew up on a dairy farm and have remained passionate about agriculture my entire life. I love going to the gym, bath bombs, traveling and reading.

So you wanted to lose weight… why?

I was unhappy and unhealthy. I realized only I had the power to make a lifestyle change, so slowly but surely I changed my diet and exercise habits.

Tell us about your workout, diet, etc.

I swear by MyFitnessPal. I track everything I eat and drink and it has really held me accountable. I also work with a personal trainer once a week, go to spin class, run and lift weights. Once I became comfortable at the gym, I found myself there more often! I also have a great support system on gym buddies who push me and help me improve every single day.

Did you include dairy in your diet? If so, why?

Of course! I love dairy products and I love the protein I can get in products such as yogurt. My “diet” is all about portion control and making the healthiest choices. For example, I am obsessed with sour cream. Anyone who knows me knows this is true. I have been switching out sour cream and substituting plain Greek yogurt in its place. It’s still a delicious dairy product, but I am getting a lot more bang for my buck in terms of protein.

Do you have any advice out there for anyone else trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday ?  

It’s a journey. Stick with it and don’t beat yourself up for skipping a gym day or eating way too much at dinner with your girlfriends. You are worth it. Grab a glass of milk and head to the gym!

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#TransformationTuesday – Meet Natasha!

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Natasha Gibbons, a fun and spunky young woman is who I want to introduce you to next. I’ve known Natasha for a long time now, and she’s always had a strong personality that really makes you want to smile and be sassy with her. However, she wasn’t 100% comfortable with her body, so she did something about it. It wasn’t cutting out dairy products or drinking a flat tummy tea from Instagram that got her results… it was hard work and relentless determination!

This is what #TransformationTuesday is all about – feeling good in your body! Natasha is one spit fire that reminded me hard work pays off. You go girlfriend!

Introduce yourself! 

Hi, I’m Tasha. I’m 19 years old and a sophomore at Penn State Altoona. I waitress throughout the week and bartend on the weekends. I love my job because it keeps me active and I get to meet and socialize with all kinds of different people. I volunteer once a week at an after school program with elementary age kids. When I’m not working or studying I like to hang out with friends and go to the gym.

So you wanted to lose weight… why?

I wanted to lose weight because I could tell that I was not healthy and I knew it would be worth it if worked hard enough. I got tired of feeling uncomfortable and decided to make some changes.

Tell us about your workout, diet, etc.

I make it a goal to go to the gym 3-5 times a week to lift. I do not really follow any specific diet, because I am super picky when it comes to food. However, I did cut down on candy and sweets and stopped drinking soda all together.  I just make sure to train hard when I’m working out and to try and make healthier choices in general when it comes to eating.

Did you include dairy in your diet? If so, why?

I made dairy a huge part of my diet. I don’t really enjoy eating a lot of meat, and it started to feel like my body was starving for protein. I saw Fairlife milk on The Cow Chronicler Facebook so I gave it a try and loved it! I mix my protein shakes with Fairlife to get that extra protein that I’m missing from not eating meat.

Do you have any advice out there for anyone else trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday ?

My advice to anyone else out there trying to complete their own #TransformationTuesday would be to develop a good mindset about the gym. I found that the hardest part was physically going to the gym. Once I was there, the rest came easy. When I was working out and started to feel like I was giving up I would tell myself that I could do it, to ignore my negative thoughts and push my body to work harder. Your body is capable of so much more than your brain thinks it is and that is one thing to always remember!