A lot of people when they start working out never dream they’ll go onto compete. Most believe they don’t have what it takes. But Fitmark Ambassador, Eliza Tee found that as soon as she decided to challenge herself every day, committing to a 12-week stage prep program came naturally. Now she’s hooked and pursuing her passion for fitness in life, work and study.
I began working out in the gym, not really thinking anything too crazy of it. I started shedding the baby fat and everyone around me began to compliment me and how they had noticed I’d been going to the gym. That’s when I started noticing the change and became more driven by it. After a year or so fully working out, I finally decided to compete. For me, it was the next challenge for myself. Who would’ve thought I would love it so much!
For The Win!
Eliza was an active kid, loving all kinds of outdoor activities and sports like volleyball, basketball and TaeKwonDo. But it was the Annual Turkey Trot Run that she remembers with great fondness. She told us:
Every Thanksgiving, I’d participate in the Turkey Trot at elementary school and win first place for the turkey to bring home!
Nutrition and Fitness
Winner, winner, turkey dinner! Like most kids growing up who don’t give a thought about what they eat, Eliza confesses she was the same. She told us:
Although I was always active, I was not the healthiest kid. I ate so much junk food, it’s unbelievable! I was always into fitness, but I never clearly understood it.
Prep for Success!
Now, meal prepping is part of her everyday lifestyle and she’s never without her next meal, packed and ready to go. Eliza told us:
Meal Prepping is extremely important to staying on track. I make sure I pack my meals with me everywhere I go. I eat 6 meals a day, which consists of my protein, veggies, and carbs all portioned out, of course! Prep for Success!
Eliza’s Favorite Recipe
Everybody loves pancakes and burgers, especially if they’re protein pancakes and lean, healthy burgers! And Eliza is no different. She loves them so much, it’s pancakes with a capital ‘P’ and burgers with a capital ‘B’! She told us:
I don’t specifically have a favorite recipe; I just love all types of foods, especially Burgers and Pancakes =)
Staying On Track and Staying Organized
With a busy lifestyle that includes school, training, studying and work, Eliza has a lot she needs to cram into a day. Good thing she has a Fitmark Bag or two to cram in everything she needs to stick to the plan and get through the day. Here’s what she told us:
My schedule is so busy with school and the gym right after, the Transporter Backpack makes it convenient for me to carry my books and my meal prep, while I’m on the go. I never have to worry about spills, because Fitmark Bags have lots of separate compartments and seal-tight food containers. I have no excuse why I can’t prep my meals!
The Fitness Journey
It wasn’t until after high school that Eliza discovered a whole other level of fitness and health, when one of her girlfriends invited her to an NPC show that she was competing in. Eliza told us:
I was first exposed to NPC shows back in 2014 when I attended the San Jose Championships to watch one of my girlfriends on stage. Being surrounded by that environment and to see how hard every competitor works, really inspired me.
It was this inspiration that gave Eliza the idea to start training for her first show. After a year of working hard and losing weight, she remembered her mantra – To challenge myself every day – and she committed to a 12-week workout regime that would take her to the next level. She told us:
I’ve watched friends compete in NPC shows before and I admired the hard work and results that I saw. One day I decided to challenge myself to see if I can do it. I went into a 12 week prep and those 12 weeks taught me things I never knew before. I will never forget the feeling of achieving something I never thought I could.
Now she’s living the fitness lifestyle and proving that all you need is the right mind set to achieve great results. She told us:
The best feeling that came from my hard work was not only for myself, but the fact that I impacted others to believe in themselves. Inspiring others was a rewarding feeling, and my drive is to be able to motivate as many people as possible.
You can find Fitmark Ambassador, Eliza Tee on Instagram @elizatee
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The Fitmark Team