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Body Transformation: Fitness Finesse

Fitness shouldn’t interfere with life’s responsibilities. You have to find a healthy balance. Tonya struggled with it for years until an “expert” prescribed her a trainer and a gym!
Name: Tonya Fines
Email: change@tonyafines.co.nz
BodySpace: TonyaNZ

Tonya Fines Tonya Fines
AGE 40
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
170 lbs
BODY FAT
21%
AGE 42
HEIGHT
5'9"
WEIGHT
138 lbs
BODY FAT
6%

Why I Decided To Transform

I didn't consciously decide to transform. I knew I was stuck and determined to achieve a healthy, quality of life, and a body that I deserved. I've always been extremely active and overachieve at everything by pushing to extremes.

In my late 30s, I was full steam ahead with three kids and a brand new company. I transferred my energy and focus into everything and everyone around me; giving, giving, giving, and never taking time to make myself, my health, or my state of mind part of the big picture. It didn't take long to get lost in the business of life. My day was filled with the demands of raising a young family and the start-up business venture.

When reality hit, it hit hard and without apology. I woke up on my 37th birthday, looked in the mirror, and didn't recognize the woman looking back at me. She was tired and haggard. She looked old. What hit me hardest: this woman lacked passion. There was no essence to this woman. Something had to change and it had to start with me.

Two of my children were involved in taekwondo. When I heard they were introducing an early morning kickboxing class, I joined and was hooked. There was nothing that could keep me from class; it lead to taekwondo and eventually to competing. Martial arts became an important element of my life. Everything I used to worry about got done. It wasn't always easy and there were days I felt like crashing, but it worked out and nobody felt neglected or pushed aside. I was on fire and nothing could derail or stop the momentum I had. Or so I thought.

I always had issues with my lower back, but never let it stop me. At 39, I was completely stopped with two herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. I had to stop kickboxing and taekwondo. I was shattered, but determined to get answers and feel better.

A year later, after few answers other than surgery, which I was totally against, I begrudgingly agreed to see one last "expert." He walked into the exam room and prescribed a trainer and a gym membership. I hated gyms, but what did I have to lose? I was inactive for a year, gained weight, and depressed about how I looked and felt. It was affecting everything and everyone around me. I had to initiate a change and tackle it.

I couldn't believe the changes happening to my body after two months of training. I felt stronger mentally and felt powerful and ready for anything life threw at me. Training became the fuel I needed. I wanted a goal to keep the momentum going, so I asked my trainer about competitions. We found one 11 weeks out and hit it hard. I placed second in my first competition and went on to provincials were I placed fifth and sixth. I never looked back.

My children and I moved to New Zealand where I continue to train, compete, and place in women's figure. I'm currently getting ready for a competition in Auckland. Winning is awesome. Winning a national title would be an absolute dream come true. Is it the single motivating factor pushing me? No. I do this for me. Every morning I have to be better and stronger than I was yesterday. This is a competition with myself. I'm a work in progress; happily flawed, but always seeking a better and improved version of the woman I was yesterday. This is my passion; my soul food.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I'm insanely focused and driven, but as far as accomplishing goals, I have a long list of people to thank. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I had two of the best trainers I could ask for. They pushed me to extremes during every training session, provided extraordinary lifting and nutrition plans, and are behind me 110 percent. I was part of an amazing team at my gym. These women got me through days when I wanted to eat cake and watch TV. Thank you, ladies.

Since my training began, I've managed to be in fabulous company. Even after moving from Canada to New Zealand, I ended up at a great gym with a wonderful trainer who has become a dear friend. And again, I'm surrounded by an incredibly supportive team of dynamic women. I give tremendous credit to the people who have been there, supported, tolerated, and pushed me. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to do this.

Beyond the incredible people and their support, I'm militant in sticking to and following my training schedule and eating plan. During competition season, I train with weights 4-5 days a week and do cardio 5-6 days a week. My trainer and I pay close attention to my mood and physique and make adjustments in the training schedule to keep me on track.

I'm a big believer in constantly and consistently setting goals. As soon as I reach a goal, there's another one already in place waiting to be tackled. Always having a new, tougher goal keeps the momentum going. It keeps me focused, on track, and moving forward.

Supplements That Helped Me Through The Journey
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Pre-workout
Meal 2/Post-workout
With Meal 3
With Meal 4
With Meal 5
Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Training Regimen That Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Cardio/Legs/Abs
Day 2: Cardio/Shoulders/Triceps/Calves
Day 3: Cardio
Day 4: Cardio/Legs/Back/Biceps
Day 5: Cardio/Chest/Shoulders/Triceps
Day 6: Cardio
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The most challenging aspect for me is the diet. I don't get hungry on my diet, but carb cycling messes with my head. This is where "team support" is crucial. Anyone who has prepared for a competition knows how difficult it can be. Knowing that there are others rooting for you is extra motivation that helps me dig deep and push through tough days.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to continue training and competing for a few more years, or until I'm told, "You're too old, get off the stage." I love this sport. When I decide it's time to hang up the bikini, I'll continue to work with clients and help them achieve their fitness, health and competition goals.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers

If I can do it, anyone can. Do your homework, ask questions, and find the best people to train, guide, and support you. If something isn't working, speak up. This is your journey and you have to see results and enjoy the process. This is a competition with yourself. When you get that, nothing will stand in your way.

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IHeartYouGym

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Isn't sustaining a bodyfat percentage of 6 a bit too low for a woman? I can't imagine how unhealthy that is. Understandable for competition yes but for the whole year? :/

Nov 15, 2012 10:07pm | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

6% is for stage . . . I don't & would not be able to sustain that long term; I wouldn't be able to function.
Awesome question ; ) ! Cheers

Nov 15, 2012 11:23pm | report
spergilbert

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spergilbert

Inspiring! Congrats. You achieved an aesthetic Physique!

Nov 15, 2012 10:40pm | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

Thank U very much for your comment ; ) !

Nov 17, 2012 1:46am | report
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

Thank you for your kind comment ; )

Nov 17, 2012 1:48am | report
kiestonreece

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kiestonreece

Excellent, excellent transformation!!! Sheesh!!! Congratulations!

Nov 16, 2012 7:49am | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

Thanks ; )

Nov 17, 2012 1:49am | report
jencha

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jencha

Really great! I'm going to start following your workout. Wish there was some ab work involved, but I will improvise!

Nov 16, 2012 11:15am | report
 
sxyfitmomwife

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sxyfitmomwife

wow, that's amazing!

Nov 16, 2012 5:20pm | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

I just want to say "Thanks" to those of you who commented . . . it means a lot! Cheers ; )

Nov 17, 2012 1:50am | report
 
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redkop1

Well done girl keep the hard work up

Nov 18, 2012 1:06pm | report
 
danthurs

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danthurs

Well done.

Nov 22, 2012 6:43am | report
 
agrier9

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agrier9

Great work! However, women must maintain necessary body fat percentages between 10-16% and that's just around tissue, organs, and the brain.

Dec 13, 2012 9:08am | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

I agree. The stats above reflect "stage day" ; )

Jan 1, 2013 3:39pm | report
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JhenelleDeNa

OMG! You look AMAZING! Great JOB GURL!

Dec 17, 2012 12:56am | report
 
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00Gymrat00

Awesome transformation!
When you are not competing how many weeks r u away from your leanest?

Dec 19, 2012 7:34am | report
 
TonyaNZ

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TonyaNZ

Hi! I keep myself at 8 weeks pre-comp. I find it easy to maintain & it keeps me mentally where I want to & need to be to stay focused on my comp goals. Cheers

Jan 1, 2013 3:38pm | report
EasyBoy10

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EasyBoy10

you are definitely an inspiration. Your back is amazing. Well done!

Dec 19, 2012 10:44am | report
 
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amandadebord

Fantastic job!!! I'm sure you feel SO proud of yourself, as you should be!

Jan 1, 2013 2:44pm | report
 
Davanh

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Davanh

I just want to let you know that you inspire in so many ways! two years of your transformation is amazing.

Jan 1, 2013 10:41pm | report
 
wannabcellulite

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wannabcellulite

Truly inspiring for all and as far as 6% bodyfat being too low,well i'd say the pictures speaks volumes. Great Job and thanks for the inspiration

Jan 4, 2013 8:00pm | report
 
350zABS

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350zABS

Great article all I need to loose is 3% but it seems so difficult!

Jan 6, 2013 6:07pm | report
 
Laura3009

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Laura3009

Great Transformation!! With the nutrtion and eating do you stick to an outlined plan each week/month or do you change it each week so it doesn't get boring and hard to stick with?

Jan 15, 2013 12:54am | report
 
Mindy0321

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Mindy0321

Amazing work, well done! Plus, I can't get over your cardio routine. 60 mins fast run on a 13% incline? That's insane! Glad you like Auckland... can I ask where you train?

Feb 3, 2013 11:24pm | report
 
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MISSBETH1

It is so nice to see a tall competitor, I am adding you to my inspiration page. Great work! and thanks for sharing

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