Client Feature: Tara

**From Tara**

Growing up, I was always an active kid. I took dance classes 6 days a week, I played softball, and lacrosse, and was abig proponent of recess-time kickball. I was constantly running around, biking around, jumping on my trampoline, and just moving. By the time college came around, I did what a lot of teenagers-who-think-they-are-adults did: I got lazy. I made a habit out of going to bed at 4am and sleeping in until 4pm, I ate a lot of junk food, and drank a lot of soda. I didn't do a whole lot of exercise. Needless to say, I was not healthy. 

Now in my late twenties, I am much more aware of how unnatural, processed foods and a serious lack of exercise, can affect you in ways you never even thought of, both mentally and physically. I've been very lucky to have friends who have shown me the healthy-lifestyle light over the past couple of years. Enter Bridget McGahen. Her husband and my boyfriend have been best friends since high school, and we became fast friends when she and her family left Texas for the bright lights of New York. When I heard she was studying to get her Personal Training and Nutrition certifications, I knew I needed to jump on the Sweat Stretch Eat bandwagon stat. 

Bridget listened to me and carefully curated a 12-week training program and nutritional plan to cater to my goals. For the first time in my life, I was able to self-motivate myself and just get up, go to the gym, and get it done.

Bridget couldn't have made it any easier to get my workouts in. I was able to go from shrimpy and weak, to being able to do 1 unassisted pull-up and 5 unassisted chin-ups! My arms toned up, my energy levels skyrocketed, and my confidence increased. 

She also set me up on a macro counting plan. There are a lot of pros and cons to macro counting, as I'm sure you've learned from reading Bridget's incredibly informative blog!  Personally, I loved how eating became a bit of a puzzle game; and there was nothing more rewarding than zeroing out my numbers! However, in the end, I don't think that I was really cut out for macro counting. I found myself forcing down food, just to hit my macro numbers for the day.  I was eating so much whey protein, any bro-dude would be impressed! My stomach, however, was not impressed. I wasn't really listening to my body. 

That being said, without Bridget introducing me to macros, I never would have been in a position where I'm hyper aware of everything I'm putting into my body. My relationship with food has improved immensely because I know how certain things make me feel, and what things to avoid. I now look at food as fuel, rather than something to stop my noisy tummy from growling. I can make better choices because of it. 

Thanks to Bridget, I'm a self-sufficient woman at the gym, and in the kitchen. I can go in with confidence, do my thing, get home, and eat a meal that I know is going to nourish my body and my mind.