How a trainer helped me get fit… FINALLY

“People around me said—you can’t audition looking like that.”

When Traci got cast in the role of the ‘best friend’ at her first NYC audition, she took an honest look at herself.

“Regardless of my talent, regardless of whether I was the best fit for the role, I knew that it had something to do with, or I felt, that it had something to do with my weight,” Traci said.

“And that sort of propelled me into thinking about my weight and looking at myself realistically saying, what am I doing? Why am I here?”

Traci began working out with a trainer, who gave her the tools, taught her how to eat for weight loss and exercise properly. More than anything, Donna taught Traci to believe that what she wanted for herself was possible.

“My two-day-a-week workout turned into three, then four, then turned into me cutting back on certain foods like bread, rice and sugar,” she said. “I started eating tons of fruit and vegetables, and I noticed that I felt better. I came out of that depression-like state I had when I first went to New York. Within five months, my body was completely transformed.”

Traci had been overweight her whole life. She wasn’t used to being thin, and her body resisted every pound she lost. It took her about 7 months of commitment and discipline to shed 20 pounds.

Finally being able to experience what losing weight felt like, understand how to do it was a huge learning experience for Traci.

“I learned how to eat and how to keep challenging myself in new ways,” she said. “I learned how to express myself in new ways, both physically and emotionally.

“Working with Donna allowed me to stand in a different way, walk into a bar in a different way and order from a menu in a different way. I finally feel comfortable and confident with myself.”

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How I lost my baby weight

Farrah struggled with obesity throughout adolescence, so when she got pregnant, the weight worries came flooding back. She had grown so accustomed to her routine before having a baby and she didn’t think she was going to be able to get back into it afterward.

With a degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in fitness, nutrition and health, she started working with a personal trainer during the Tae-Bo craze, transitioning into personal training clients after college.

“I was still determined to do all the training I had been doing before I got pregnant, but altered,” she said. “I used lighter weights, I didn’t work as hard, I would watch my heart rate and make sure I didn’t go over 150.”

But when Farrah hit 8 months along, her fluid was low and she had to stop exercising. With an allowance of walking only two days a week for no more 20 minutes, she stopped looking at the scale at around the 60-pound gain mark.

After her delivery, she wanted to get back to exercising, but how? As any mom with a newborn knows, even getting a shower is nearly impossible.

“I started with running errands. I was scared to drive with her in the car, so I decided to walk wherever I needed to go,” Farrah said. “I’d take 15 minute walks to the post office or the park, and it evolved from there. I remembered the difference in how you feel when you’re exercising and when you’re not exercising. When you’re exercising, you want to get up, you want to do things, you’re motivated to eat well, you have more energy to play with your baby.”

Farrah had discovered a way to workout that didn’t require a nanny or time away from her baby. And thus, T.O.T. Fitness was born.

“You just have to figure out how you can take what you used to do and incorporate it into what you now need to or want to do,” Farrah said. “I wanted to lose weight, and now I had a new dumbbell. It was really that easy.”

Getting out of the house is one of the most important things for new moms to do. With T.O.T. Fitness, Farrah created a way to be around other moms who are going through some of the things that she went through or is going through and spend time with her new baby at the same time.

“It’s one small thing that moms can do for themselves, one small way they can take a step to being a healthier person,” she said.

If you are in the LA area, get connected with T.O.T. Fitness.

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