WarriorBabe Interview - DeeDee

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WarriorBabe Interview - DeeDee

- Hey everyone, welcome to our first WarriorBabe interview with our veteran WarriorBabe, DeeDee.

- Hey.

- DeeDee has been a WarriorBabe for, what now, almost a year and a half, almost two years?

- It'll be two years in October.

- In October, yeah, and she's a part of both the Blueprint and the VIP program, and literally has made a 180 turnaround from where she started to where she is today. Along her journey, she's had amazing accomplishments, both mentally and physically, one of them being conquering her first bodybuilding competition. Today, she is here to share some pointers for you babes so that you can adopt some of her tips into your own journey moving forward. So, welcome, DeeDee! I'm so excited to be chatting with you right now.

- Awesome. Well, first of all, welcome, ladies, to your new journey. It definitely is a journey, for sure.

- Yes, for sure, for sure, babe. So, tell us about your story. Tell us about your story and how you got to where you are right now.

- All right, well, I was 51 when I started with you. I'm gonna be 53 in August, and I've always loved fitness. I've always walked, I've always done classes, and then I got certified to be a fitness instructor, and long story short, I own my own bootcamp business, so I teach classes. So fitness is my life. I'm a physical therapist assistant, so I like helping people. I like helping people towards their goals and with their journeys and everything. But I needed some help myself, especially in the nutrition department. I could work out all day long, but I was obviously, I learned that after joining this group, that I wasn't eating right, 'cause I wasn't seeing the results. I was working out all the time, but you couldn't tell that I was working out all the time. And that was my biggest concern. I'm like, "I work out all the time. "Why can't I see any results?" So, you really brought it to my attention that I needed to really work on my eating, and that was a struggle.

- For sure, for sure, yeah. I'm gonna ask you some questions about that in a minute, but awesome. You, like I said, have made such a huge turnaround. 180 from where you were when you first started, when you first joined WarriorBabes, to where you are today, and talking about today and the time that we're all in, how are you handling this quarantine with the goals that you've got in mind for yourself?

- As far as, I'm not working, and I had a really hard time with that. I'm furloughed. I've got a job to go back to, I hope, but I had a hard time with that mentally. As far as the working out and everything goes, I'm pretty disciplined with that, and I was really, when I started with you, I was doing home workouts anyway, and I love doing home workouts. But then when I started my prep for the competition, I joined a gym. Well, what do you know, I loved the gym. So, I'd hit the gym, was loving it, and then I had to go back to the home workouts again, which, you know, it's a struggle. It's weird. The phone rings, you answer it. Well, you're not supposed to answer it. You're supposed to pretend that you're at the gym. Well, you forget, and so, it's different now that I've been at the gym, because it's your time, it's your time. You're there for you, and so, it's been a struggle. But I'm getting it done! I mean, I'm home, so there's absolutely no excuse. I have absolutely no excuse not to do them. And I just remember, "I can't stop now, I can't."

- I love that, I love that. Do you think that you would be, say we were quarantined two years ago, before you started WarriorBabe. Do you think that you would have the same mentality that you do now?

- I don't think so, as far as eating goes. I would do the workouts, but then I would go eat pizza, and I would do whatever I did. Now, I'm staying, I'm so proud of myself. I'm really staying really pretty good with the macros. Yeah, I've had some days, the chocolate. You get in your head, and it's like, "I'm all by myself. "No one's gonna see me eating this chocolate. "No one's gonna see me eat this bag of chips." No one's gonna see, but I'm gonna know it.

- Exactly.

- And I'm not gonna see the results that I'm wanting to see if I keep doing that crap. So I did it, I'm done, it's done, and now I'm back. I mean, I've got more goals. We got more stuff to work on.

- Damn straight we do!

- So I'm not gonna get there from doing the bad stuff.

- That's such a great pointer, and so great that you said that. That's gonna help so many of these babes know that it's you versus you, and just 'cause you're home, you gotta catch yourself before you really go down into the trickle of five days of eating bad. And another thing you said too which I loved is that just 'cause you're at home doesn't mean you run to the phone and doesn't mean that you answer those text messages. You've gotta remember that's your time. Put that phone on silent, put that phone on do not disturb. Make sure that you're doing what you need to do in order to hit your goals. So right now during this time, how do you find the accountability to stay on track?

- It's me. I'm pretty self-disciplined, because I know that, even if I didn't have another goal or another competition, this is my lifestyle, this is my life. And you know, the accountability is people are watching. People are watching you.

- I love watching you.

- Yes! But I wanna be healthy. My 50s have been so far really good, and I wanna continue to do that. I mean, I had an emergency surgery two years ago, and if I hadn't been in the health that I was in, I wouldn't have had the quicker recovery that I had. And I had to tell people that. I'm like, "You gotta take care of yourself in case, "God forbid something happens, and you get sick. "At least you have something to work with."

- Absolutely.

- You have a strong body and you're going into it with a different mindset.

- I love it.

- It's not about being Skinny Minnie. It's about being healthy, strong and healthy, and that's what I wanna be. I don't wanna be Skinny Minnie, I wanna be.

- Strong.

- Strong, yeah.

- Absolutely. So, along that line of being strong, and now you've been a veteran WarriorBabe for so long, for a year and a half, almost two years, I guess how did you, slash, how do you deal with the psychological side of things, now eating more food in order to get that strong look that you want?

- Well, I'm just starting. I mean, I went from, but I was still eating pretty good, actually, for my comp.

- DeeDee, I mean, when people ask about comps, and I'm like, "Yeah, I mean, everybody's different." You were just a variable that is completely different.

- It was so weird.

- You were eating two cheat meals?

- Cheat meals.

- The week before your show, weeks before your show. We had to reverse you into your show.

- Yeah, my body just totally responded so quickly to what we were doing. It was crazy.

- It did.

- But I was like, 100,000%. I did everything you told me to do, and once we got my macros down, I mean, at the beginning, I wasn't measuring correctly. I wasn't doing grams, I wasn't doing ounces. Once we got that down, that made a huge difference, and now going forward, it's made such a huge difference. So, as far as me eating more now, yeah, it's different, and I'm trying not to do the bad carbs, because I'm like, "Well, she wants me to increase my carbs, "so I can throw some chips in with my burger." You know, so it's one of those things. It's like, "No, you gotta eat the right carbs still."

- Yes, it's worth it.

- But it's different, and I have to admit, I was so small that I'm nervous. But I trust the process, and I hear that in my brain constantly.

- Yes, that's very valid too as well. Before you joined WarriorBabe, what were your eating habits like?

- Ugly. I mean, because I never had a weight problem, so I could always, and obviously, we can tell with the comp training, I have a pretty high metabolism.

- Yes, even at your age!

- I know, it's crazy, it's crazy.

- It's incredible.

- Yeah, but I was a pizza girl. I like my beer. I still do, but I put it in, I put it in with my macros, unless it's a cheat night, and then I just kinda let it go. But pizza, pasta, I am a carb girl, but the bad carb girl.

- Yes!

- Yeah, I would do pretty good during the week, but on the weekends, it was like, whoa, I would just lose it completely. So I wasn't ever seeing, there wasn't anything happening. And I'm like, "I don't understand, I eat good." I wasn't eating enough, either. That's my biggest thing. I would have like, probably two shakes a day, and then dinner.

- Yep.

- I totally was not feeding my muscles. If anything I learned through this is you've got to eat.

- Yes, say it louder, DeeDee.

- You gotta eat. I say those words all the time. 'Cause I was eating more in my bikini competition than some women are eating now, and I was so small. I'd never been that small ever in my life, but I could see, it was so nice to see the tone. So that was really cool, and I was eating quite a bit of food.

- You were eating a hell of a lot of food.

- I know.

- And you were dropping weight. Every time we had that cheat meal, and I looked at your check-ins, I'm like, "Jesus Christ, she dropped another pound. "Like, how low are we gonna get?"

- Gotta be careful now.

- I need to give her more food.

- It was an awesome journey. Really, I loved it, I thought it was great.

- So incredible, awesome, babe.

- I love how you can transform your body just by eating differently.

- Eating more, eating more.

- Eating more, yeah.

- More of the right types of foods. That's what got you those results. Like you're saying, you were eating, you were loving the carbs, bad carbs, not essentially the right things that your body needed in order to fuel the process of getting toned and showing that definition.

- Right, yep, yep.

- So, many things that I see inside the WarriorBabe Revolution is that women really struggle with the planning ahead, and you know, when I see this, I think back to one of our first conversations in the Blueprint Q&A calls. We were able to talk to each other, and still are able to talk to each other, and you came on the call, and you were just, why don't you share that? What are some pointers that you could provide those women with that story at the beginning of your journey?

- How many times did I get my hand slapped? How many times?

- I virtually was like, yelling at you.

- Oh, yeah. You're like, "You are not gonna see the results "if you don't do it right!" And I'm like.

- You were planning as you went, right?

- Oh, yeah.

- You were planning as you went.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, that day, I would start planning. I just can't do it. I mean, the other night on the call, I was planning my next day. I mean, you've got to plan the next day, you've got to. But now, I have to admit that I pretty much eat the same foods all the time, so now I know what I'm pretty much having for the day and stuff, so if I don't get to it the night before, I'll get on it that morning or whatever. But it's huge. What works for me is that I'm simplicity. I eat the same stuff, so I don't have to plan. Like, I don't spend all day Sunday planning my food. Some people do that, and I think that's great if that's what they need. But I just eat the same. But that's just me. I need easy-peasy, but it works for me. I eat the foods that I like. I go to the store, I get what I need, and I know what I'm gonna have for the week.

- I love it.

- But that was huge for me! I mean, you could not drill it in my head enough at the beginning. I was like, "I don't know what's wrong! "I don't know, I don't know." That was wrong, that was what was wrong.

- Well, what was wrong? You were wrong. You weren't planning ahead.

- No.

- I'll never forget that call. You came back to the Q&A a couple days later, and you were like, "Nikkiey! "I feel so empowered! "I did it!" I remember saying that. I'm like, "Oh my God, this is crazy! "It really does make sense, what do you know?" Yeah, and that has been the biggest thing for me now. Every time you say, "What was your win this week," I'm like, "'Cause I did my macros right." I am right on it. I'm pretty good. So, I'm trying to stay within the fiber, but when I was doing comp, I was trying to get all zero's. I mean, I was so anal about it all. But now, it's like I give or take a few.

- Absolutely.

- But it's not bad. I feel really good about that. That is huge to me, that was huge.

- Yeah, that was a huge light bulb off in your head, a huge game-changer moving forward for your entire journey, just the planning ahead.

- Yes, and I say now, I tell everybody, I am a macro lifer. That's how I'm gonna live my life for the rest of my life, is just because I finally found what works, and simplicity. You get too crazy, it's too overwhelming.

- Yep, absolutely, totally agree, 'cause you weren't doing macros before, were you?

- I didn't even know, no.

- Didn't know what it was, yeah. Crazy, so then if we were to go back to your starting point, and what you've already learned, or let's say somebody who's just starting off. What advice would you give someone who is just beginning their fitness journey?

- Oh, God, patience, patience, I guess. You really gotta have patience, but you really gotta learn consistency.

- Key.

- Yeah, I mean, I did it. I mean, would do really good, and then I didn't. I mean, this summer, this summer you were saying "You better get on the ball "before we start this competition training." I remember you saying, and I'm like, "I will, I promise, I will." But I slacked. I was having a great summer. The beers were really good. The hotdogs on the grill were really good. But every week, I'd be like, "My pictures aren't changing! "I don't look any different!" And you're like, "'Cause you're not doing it right." Yes!

- So this summer's gonna be different. Yes, I'm gonna have my beer, and I'm gonna have a hotdog, but I gotta plan it better.

- Exactly, but you can now. See, your journey, you didn't have that much food. You had food. You were eating way more than you were eating before you started, but now that you've done it right, now that you've trained your body, you now have way more freaking food.

- It's crazy.

- And you're maintaining your shape.

- It's crazy, I'm 104 pounds now, and I'm eating 275 grams of carbs. Most women would be like, "What?"

- Dude, and DeeDee, we could go higher if we weren't stuck in this quarantine right now.

- I know, yeah. But I feel great, I feel good. My body feels good. I'm looking forward to going a little heavier maybe on the weights, but I'm not stuck on that, you know what I mean? I feel a good pump, and I do what is right for my body. You gotta listen to your body, too. That's huge.

- Absolutely, and looking back to where you were with the last summer to where you are now, that's a year. That's what a lot of people don't understand with this, especially when it comes to building muscle and changing your body composition. People are so stuck in results yesterday, in two weeks, and, "Oh my God, why am I not seeing anything?"

- Yeah, that was me last summer.

- And your one takeaway to provide those women is patience.

- Oh, you've gotta be. I mean, I have so many girlfriends that struggle all the time. They want, they want it now, and I tell 'em, "Look at what I've gone through! "You've gotta work at it."

- Yeah, and you had the ups and the downs. And finally, a year and a half, this summer, you're like, "This is it. "This is the summer "where I'm gonna be able to fit everything in." That's a year and a half of going up, down, up down.

- Exactly.

- Where so many women, if they go up and then go down, they stay down. They think that it's just lost cause from there on out.

- And another thing, too, what I learned, I knew it, but I feel better about it too, is if you do have a bad day, tomorrow is a new day. Get back on it. Don't let that bad day turn into two bad days and then 15 bad days, and then you're gone, and then you're starting from scratch all over again. Yeah, you had a shitty day yesterday? Get over it, you know? It was a bad day.

- Yep, absolutely.

- You can't be so negative either.

- You can't, because then you get lost in the negativity, and the negativity creates the emotion to want to just eat more.

- Right, and I've been there too. I mean, we're human, for God's sakes, and especially going through all of this crap right now. Yesterday was a bad day for me. I was really low. But it was a rest day. I went out, I was able to go for my walk, and I felt much better, but you have those days, especially as a woman.

- Absolutely, absolutely. We're gonna talk about hormones in a whole 'nother one.

- It's crazy. But you can't use that as an excuse all the time either, and I hear it all the time, like, "Oh, I'm over 50." I'm like, "So am I, hello."

- Yes, say it louder.

- Who cares?

- Say it louder, yeah, man, say it louder, seriously.

- Who freaking cares?

- So for somebody who would be in like, say, let's use last summer for an example, where you were enjoying your summer, having a good time, and you knew you had to start up again, and this is where a lot of women come in. They're just enjoying themselves, they're not really paying attention to their eating habits, but then they join something, and they're like, they gotta almost make those changes in order to get them on board with the goals that they want. So what do you think would be a good pointer for that transition? What did you have to do for that transition? How did you have to get your shit together?

- Well, I think having that competition in the back of my brain, but not everybody does competitions. So I think you have to think about your life, your lifestyle. I mean, that's what I'm going through right now. I'm not training for the competition right now. I could be fluffing off, but I'm going to be 53. I think my thing is that we're getting older. It doesn't matter if somebody's starting out and they're in their 30s or if they're starting out and they're in their 60s. You wanna be strong and healthy at any age. It's hard for me, because I am looking towards another competition, but not right now, I'm not.

- Exactly.

- So I think they have to think of their life as a competition, maybe, or think of your life, I mean, some people think of their grandchildren, like "I wanna be strong and healthy for my grandchildren. "I wanna be there for this and for that." You've gotta think of it that way. But you gotta think of it that this is you. This is all you got.

- Yes, it's the one body we've got.

- It's all you've got.

- You gotta treat it right.

- Yeah, some people treat their vehicles better than they treat their bodies. They get their oil changed, they put their miles on. You gotta move. You gotta move, and you gotta have the right fuel.

- These are some golden nuggets you're providing these babes, seriously.

- Well, I hope so. I mean, I learned it.

- Yeah, absolutely.

- And I thought I knew everything, 'cause I'm in the fitness world, you know? Well, you can't work a good diet. You keep working out all day long.

- Words of wisdom.

- But if you're not putting the right gas in that car, you're not gonna get anywhere.

- Absolutely, absolutely.

- That was the biggest takeaway for me, is you have to eat. You have to eat food.

- Like you said before, that's the biggest thing you've learned on this journey.

- Oh, my God, it is the biggest, hugest thing I've learned.

- Crazy.

- And it was just so nice to actually have people say, "My God, I would love your arms, I love your arms." That's all I ever wanted, was nice arms!

- Show those guns, show those guns.

- Well, you know, I'm getting there.

- Oh, yeah, yeah, amazing.

- They're pretty little, but they're mine, and they're good.

- Exactly, exactly. They're yours; you worked hard to get them.

- You could see 'em better when I was 94 pounds, 'cause there was nothing there. But no, it's good.

- You look incredible.

- Oh, thank you. I feel good.

- Good.

- And I appreciate, I mean, yeah, the guidance and help from you and Kayla and just all the girls. Everybody's so supportive. It's a great place to be.

- Amazing, thank you.

- And I think that helps too, knowing that, you know, I don't wanna let you down. I mean, you put a lot of work and energy into helping us with all this stuff.

- Yes.

- And we're paying for it, hell!

- Yeah, exactly, man.

- I'm investing in myself, you know? It's a good chunk of change, and so, why am I gonna fluff off and waste that money too?

- It's energy, it's your energy going into something. You better give it your all if it's gonna be what you're paying for.

- Exactly, exactly.

- People need to hear that louder too as well. So talking about the programs, and talking about what you've been a part of, you've been part of the Blueprint and the VIP, so what is your favorite aspect of the Blueprint program when you were a part of it?

- Well, I think just getting my feet wet. It's like you're putting your toes in the water there, and doing the sheets, doing the macros and figuring all that out, and still, I still need to learn more about that, but that kinda stuff, listening to the videos, it's just all those little nuggets. It's like, "Oh, that's interesting, oh," and then going over to the VIP, it's just more involved. But we don't have to think about it.

- Exactly. That's so well-put.

- That one's the biggest reason why I'm like, "Just tell me what to do, and I will do it." Again, I'm so simple. Like, keep shit simple. It works for me.

- Silly, stupid, simple, absolutely. I hear you loud and clear.

- Yeah, so I would rather just pay somebody to tell me what to do, but eventually, I wanna learn how to do this stuff. I mean, you know, I've got to learn, what do I eat during the build, what do I eat during maintenance, you know, and I was learning that in the Blueprint, but I'm not, bleh, I don't like doing that. So this is so much easier.

- The VIP's so much easier. You just open up your app, and you're like, "Okay, that's what I have to do today."

- I love it. Fantastic, it's fantastic. No, it's been a good transition.

- Yes, but you always have the Blueprint to refer back to. You get to keep that forever, so if you want to go ahead and sit down and put your noggin back on into learning, that's always there too as well.

- Yeah, yeah, that's a good point actually, yeah. But yeah, it's interesting, the science and stuff. It's just interesting. That's why on some of the calls, I'm like, "So why are we doing this again?" It's just interesting how you can look at a picture and say, "Hmm, we need to." I don't have the eye for that."

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

- To learn that, but anyway, it's been awesome.

- Yes, so to close off our interview, which, amazing information. Your journey, like I said, 180. Like, if I'm talking to the DeeDee that I'm talking to now, it's just mind-blowing. You have made such a different transformation, both mentally, physically, huge turnaround, and now you're carrying it out. It's not just something that you got into and you did for a couple weeks or you did for a couple months. This is something that you turned into even more of your lifestyle than it already was before.

- Oh, for sure.

- So, closing it off, what does being a WarriorBabe mean to you?

- I just got goosebumps.

- Aw.

- And you know me, I'm so emotional. I'll probably start crying. I think it's just, it's being around, I'm gonna cry. Oh, I love you, DeeDee. You're great.

- It's being around like-minded strong women, that we all have the same goal in mind. We wanna get stronger, and we wanna get healthy. I mean, we all have that, but it's getting there. It's hard. You have to work for it, and no one's gonna do the work for you. You can tell us everything to do, but you gotta work for it. But I think being a WarriorBabe is empowering. You're part of a family, and you don't wanna let that family down. You don't wanna let everybody down, and they're watching you. Even the WarriorBabes, we're all watching each other, you know, we're feeding off each other, just like, "Oh my God, look at so-and-so's biceps. "I want those!" I think we feed off each other, and it's good energy.

- Strong-knit community, for sure.

- Absolutely, yeah.

- Absolutely. Oh, DeeDee.

- It's awesome being around strong women. That's just my life. I love it. I love helping them get there, and I like being a part of it.

- Amazing, amazing. You're great, you are great, and thank you for your time here.

- Oh my God, you're welcome.

- And for those of you who want to learn more about WarriorBabe, if you're not a WarriorBabe already, or you wanna learn more about the programs that are offered, you can go to warriorbabe.com and become a part, like DeeDee is saying, of thousands of women who are working to build a strong body and feel more confident and strong within themselves. So, check that out, you guys, and thank you, DeeDee, for your time. Again, I appreciate you.

- You're welcome, you're welcome.


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