Featured #TGTNFamily Athlete: Teresa Drelich

Posted November 10, 2015 by

Teresa is one of our first athletes to come to TGTN when we opened in 2014. As a busy mother of three, she has a lot on her plate–but that hasn’t stopped her from making time for herself and setting an amazing example for her children about how important health is.

We wanted to share Teresa’s story because it’s super inspiring to see such a busy parent able to balance all the responsibilities on her plate and still commit to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for such a long time thus far… and certainly with no end in sight!

Tell us your story. What brought you to TGTN?

I have always been active my whole life. Then reality happens–1 kid, you put on 5 lbs and you think, “oh that’s ok” then the next kid, another 5-10 lbs and you are super busy and no time for yourself. Bring on child #3 and we are in trouble.

So after I had my 3rd kid I was in a weight range I didn’t like and have been there once before… size 14! When my daughter turned 6 months I decide it was time to stop snacking and start doing something before it got out of control for me… So I started working out at home using the T25 tapes.

I did that all of July and into August and felt a little bit better but the tapes went quick and found myself doing some of it but not all. Then I saw a post from a friend of a friend on FB and I decide to try out the gym.

It also helped that you were offering a trial week… so I got a phone call from you asking about goals and when could I start. The only time that worked for me was 5:30am and I wasn’t a morning person, but I wanted to try this place out so I said OK!

After I hung up the phone I was like… what did I just do?!

The night prior I was so nervous, but set my alarm and went to sleep. Woke up at 5am and got ready and left. Funny thing is I hadn’t even met you yet at this point, but after talking on the phone, I didn’t want to disappoint you by not showing up, so I got up and went.

It was the best thing I could have done for myself. Yes the first week was hard and I was super sore but I loved it! The people, the place, the coaching–it was awesome.

Yes, there have been ups and downs, with weeks where I went all 6 days and other weeks I only got to 2-3 workouts, but I learned to get through it and keep going.

One of the best parts is that 5:30am has become my own personal “me time” and I make sure to get there daily if possible. It has helped me go from a size 14 to a size 8!

Teresa after 3 children, before adopting her new healthy lifestyle.

Teresa after 3 children, before adopting her new healthy lifestyle.

Outside of the physical realm, what are some of the ways you have transformed that are most significant to you?

Changing how I eat was the second major step. Or, how I view food might be a better phrase. I was a carb girl loved carbs: potatoes were my fav and wasn’t really a fan of meat. But I started to curb my snacking, not eating junk and trying to eat better or healthier. I follow the 6 habits the best I can and now my plate always has a protein and veggies for 2 major meals of the day.

I have lost some of my weight, but I also feel stronger and have some muscles to show for it. I am not worried about what I am going to wear or how it is gonna look anymore. I am comfortable with my body and that is a major win!

I have also become a morning person 🙂 My day feels so incomplete or disoriented if I don’t make it to the 5:30 workout.

How has your hard work dedicating yourself to your health impacted those around you?

People have noticed the change, whether it’s at work or with friends and family. I just tell them it has taken me a lot of time to get where I am today. My girls love to be active and when I worked out at home they would do the workouts with me a bit (hence why that didn’t work for me ;))

It’s a hard road to get yourself back to being a healthy person. There are days I am too tired or just exhausted and then you have your family to help you realize how far you have come and you keep going.

I am doing this now for me. TGTN is a great environment to be able to come workout for 45 mins and leave feeling sweaty, stronger and great about yourself. It’s my little escape from reality 🙂

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking about starting a healthy lifestyle change?

My advice would be to start slow and in pieces. Try to workout on a daily basis and get into a routine. Don’t try to change everything at once–it took you time to get into an unhealthy state, and it will take some time to get out, but you can do it!

That’s why I love coming to TGTN: the other clients are going through the same thing and we all help each other stay accountable. You need that because if no one knows what your goals are, then there is no one there to help or remind you of them.

All in all TGTN helped me reach and exceed what my goal was when I started over a year ago. I love going to the workouts and I am upset when I can’t fit it in. I am a different person in the sense that I have more confidence and am stronger inside and out than I was a year ago.

Way to go Teresa! You’re an awesome example of a committed TGTN athlete and we are honored to have you as a member of the TGTNFamily!

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