My Fitness Journey (guest post)

A note from Tiffany: I asked my friend Jen to share this post as she’s been doing an amazing job on her fitness journey and something that I love are busy people who still take the time to take care of themselves.  With her full time job, a husband who travels for work and 3 rambunctious little ones, she is a busy lady but she never fails to keep her health and fitness a priority which is something I admire!  I will be joining her on her 21 day fix and I will share my review of the program once I get started, but I thought it would be great to just introduce her and have her share her story!

Hi! First of all, I want to thank Tiffany for giving me the opportunity to share my story on her blog. When she first approached me about sharing, she had mentioned the words “leader” and “motivator” in regards to my fitness journey and I was baffled by that. Tiffany was my Gran Big Sis (for those of you that speak Greek ☺) and all throughout college, she was a leader and motivator to ME. When it came to work (she referred me to various jobs where I ended up being her replacement), fashion (you all read her blog so nothing to say here!) and goals in life (her success is still something I look up to and strive for today). So again, thanks Tiffany and I hope my story resonates with some of your readers!

I’ve been skinny-fat my entire life. Growing up, like most Asian parents, my parents were concerned about my studies, not going to the gym. I lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle but luckily (I attribute to good genes), I was never fat…just skinny-fat. I ate what I wanted and didn’t think twice. When I got to college and started dating my (now) husband, I remember the first time I went to a dinner with his family and his uncle told him “You better make a lot of money if you want to feed that hollow leg!” Yes, I realize I was lucky. But then college started to pay its toll and I started to notice changes in my body. The sorority food and weekly (okay I’ll be honest, sometimes nightly) frat parties were not good for me.

Fast forward to 2013. I got married and just delivered my third baby in April. I had lost all but 5 pounds of my baby weight but felt good about myself and didn’t think I needed to change anything. In November, I went to Thanksgiving dinner at my sister’s house and my aunt (mind you, 1. Who I hadn’t seen in a long time and 2. If you know typical Asian women, they don’t sugarcoat anything) told me, “Oh, you gained weight!” It was in that moment that I knew I couldn’t rely on my good genes anymore. I had three babies, was now over 30 and realized my body was not going to be the same as when I was in high school. Unless I made some changes.

I started doing some workouts at home (we have almost a full gym at home that was never being used) on my own but lacked the motivation and accountability and after a couple months, found myself thinking, “I’m fine,” “I don’t have THAT much weight to lose.” But in March, a friend of mine was hosting a Challenge Group for the 21 Day Fix program. I thought, “What the heck?” and decided to bite the bullet. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

The 21 Day Fix combines a nutrition plan coupled with daily 30 minute workouts that you can do right from the comfort of your own home. What I love about this program is that it focuses on a different body part or type of exercise each day so you really are getting a total body workout each week that keeps your body guessing. The program comes with pre-portioned colored coded containers so you know how much of what to eat each day. For someone who had been told I had a hollow leg, this part was KEY.


Fast forward to present day. I am now a coach at BeachBody hoping to inspire, motivate and encourage others that may want to hit that “reset” button in their own health and fitness and provide the accountability and support they don’t have at a gym. I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in my life and have truly adopted this program as not just something I did for 21 days, but ultimately a lifestyle change. I’ve made a commitment to myself and my family that my kids will have a very different lifestyle than me growing up. One where physical activity is part of each day – just like brushing your teeth.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my story! If you have been thinking about starting a workout routine or have been thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for this year, consider joining me and Tiff in January as we start a new round of the 21 Day Fix!


Quick summary of what you will get on the 21 Day Fix:
– Daily 30 min. fitness program
– Complete nutrition guide with meal plan ideas and recipes
– Portion control containers
– First 30-days worth of Shakeology (flavor of your choice!)
– Free 30-day trial to Beachbody Club Membership
– FREE Coaching from yours truly 😉
– Private Facebook Online Accountability Group

If you want to join Jen’s group, you can join on her facebook page or email her

jennifertadema (at) and let her know that you’d like to join!  Would love to have some of you guys be part of the group!

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  • Rachel Dinh
    December 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations on your success! You look great!

  • Sheila
    December 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Great post!

    xo – Sheila

  • prudence yeo
    December 20, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Such an inspiring post, it is so great to hear a story about how a busy women can still put in the time and effort to remain fit! Thanks for sharing!


  • Marionberry Style
    December 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Awww, I love both you ladies and am so excited to see Jen here! And Jen – you truly are SUCH an inspiration. And yes, the terms "leader" and "motivator" truly fit you (I think I've been telling you that for a while now! haha!) Thank you for sharing your story and hopefully inspiring other busy moms in their journey…no one should feel that they have to choose between their own fitness and their family.
    xo – Marion