WarriorBabe Interview - Emily

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WarriorBabe Interview - Emily

- Hey everyone. Welcome to our WarriorBabe interview with our veteran, WarriorBabe Emily. Emily, it's been one year.

- Yeah.

- Almost one year. One year on September, 9th as a WarriorBabe. You started out at 163-ish pounds and your goal at first was to lose 4% body fat, right?

- That's right.

- And you wanted to do it by your birthday, by November. So, we're putting it in perspective guys. Let's think about last year when she started. That's about like, what? July, August. September, October, four months. And you crushed it.

- I did.

- You crushed that goal.

- I got more than I wanted and that's even better.

- Yes you lost, you said, about like around 6% body fat and now you weigh, up to this date, 150 pounds. That, being a total of 13 pounds. Which, is incredible because if you look at your transformation photos you're like, ain't no way that's just 13 pounds. Your transformation has been absolutely incredible. You have completely changed your body composition. You are shredded. Like, I have some quad envy on you.

- Oh, stop it. Hey, you started all of this. So, I had to just try and follow.

- Love it. Also, your support and inspiration inside the community is speechless. I love seeing your posts, your encouragement to the other babes. So, everybody, Emily is here today to share some pointers for you babes. So, that you can adopt some of her strategies for your own journey moving forward. So, welcome Emily. I'm excited to have you here.

- I'm excited to be here.

- Yes. All right, let's kick it right off. So, tell us your story and how you got to where you are now.

- Okay. And like you had said earlier, let's see, I think I was scrolling, ironically, on social media and Facebook, you know, and I'd see this chick that has these shredded arms and abs. And she's got these ropes, doing this, and I'm like, okay, what is this? That is you, girl. I was like, okay, I need arms like Nikkiey Stott, is all I know because she is freaking shredded. She's got the arm vein, which I like, it's part of my goal too, is to have the arm vein. It's getting there, but you know, I'm working on it.

- You're getting there, Emily.

- So anyway, so I clicked on and read everything, 'cause I'm kind of getting nerdy when I'm like, into fitness stuff. And I'm like, you know what? I've tried Weight Watchers. I've tried keto. Dear lord, I've tried, oh the stupid SlimFast shakes. Not working. You know, I've tried it all. And it worked for a little bit and then it's like eh, you give up and then I'm like, well, I eat good during the week. But then comes the weekend and I eat like shit and I drink. So, let's see. That doesn't work. So, anyway I was like, I'm gonna join this WarriorBabe. I'm like, I like the name too. So, I was like, let me get in on this. This is fricking awesome. So, I signed up and I did my... Oh, and I also meant to tell you that I had heard the whole macro stuff and I was like, I don't know how to do that. And I was kinda, like, really hesitant. But, I was like, you know what? I'm gonna do it. So, sure enough, it took me almost three months to learn how to do the macros. 'Cause I was like. I can't do it, but I'm like, can't does not work with me. Will, I will do this and so I did it. And like you said, I'm almost a year in. I decreased my body fat by almost 6% within four months. I love to work out and now that I know how to do the macros it's easy. I love it and now I'm here.

- I love it, babe. Love it. And so, when you talk about macros and your journey with it, at first, for the first three months and you talked about what you've previously done, keto, SlimFast, all those kind of things, how would you compare that to the macro side of things now that you have learned?

- Black and white. It's like, you know, you think you're eating good, you have your chicken or whatever and you know, broccoli, rice, I mean really, you know, just your healthy food. And honestly, I would eat okay, but I wasn't eating enough. And so, now that I know how to eat and what to eat, I mean, it's a no brainer. You know, before I was like, oh, you know, you eat good and, no, I mean yeah, I could eat good. But, it was maybe 1,200 calories a day and then like maybe 10%, 20% protein. You know, it wasn't enough. So, now that I am a macro expert I'm in, girl.

- You're a macro genius now.

- Not quite, but it's a work in progress.

- I love it. I love it. There is something else I was gonna ask, when you started those keto and the SlimFast, what did you think you were going to achieve with that?

- I though I was gonna lose fat. And you know, lose fat. I'm gonna tone up. I'm gonna get those shredded abs. 'Cause you know, I was working out with it. But, it was just a terrible combination. You know? So, losing fat, that's not the way to do it. Just saying. At all.

- How many years did you do keto and everything like that or those other programs.

- Oh, gosh. Okay so, I had my daughter in 2005 and, so like, 2006, 2007, I was doing Weight Watchers. Which, I mean I lost a little bit of weight, but I mean honestly, I got bored. 'Cause it's like, okay. It was working, but it really wasn't working. So then I was like, oh what's this keto thing? You know, like it's almost like a little rabbit after a you know, a something. I'm like, what's next? Let's see if I can find the next diet to make me skinny. So, I did keto for honestly, like maybe 10 months. Again, you know, you lose it. But then, once you go back to eating normal it comes right back, if not like, double time. So, I was like, okay well, I guess I'll go back to my whatever healthy eating and in my eyes was at that plan. So, I gave up on that. I didn't like it. Plus, I couldn't eat any carbs. And I was like, yeah, no. This is not gonna work. Sorry. This relationship, I'm already breaking up with you keto.

- Yes, you take carbs away, I'm out. Sorry. Peace.

- Yeah, deuces, bye. Yeah, nice knowing ya.

- And now you're eating all the carbs. Right?

- Heck yeah. I love it. Love it.

- That's awesome.

- Yes.

- So, that's such an inspiring, your journey, watching you inside the community, like I said, like you're so supportive. But then, you throw up your transformation photo and I'm just like, hot damn. Like, where'd that come from?

- Boom. I learned how to flex and it helped.

- Exactly. My jaw dropped when I saw that in the community. I was like, what?

- I know. I'm so excited.

- So, I know a lot of people are struggling with the times that we are in right now. So, how are you handling? I mean, again, your posts are so inspiring. But, how are you handling this quarantine with your goals?

- So, we all know it sucks big time. And who in the world would have thought any of us, no matter what age we are, would have survived or been amongst a pandemic? Lord knows that wasn't really in my life plan. So, my thought, 'cause I kinda get a little psycho brain and body morph and you know, kind of like we all do. I was like, okay well, if I'm stuck at home. Thank god I had some weights to work with. And that's my dog in the background. I'll go ahead and apologize for that.

- It's all good.

- I was like, okay well, I'm gonna do this at home. You know? Plus, I had kind of a stressful job. So I was like, I'm gonna take an hour at least, if not more, for me time. For me, I have to do it just to keep my sanity and I was not about to walk in that gym one or two pounds heavier. Needless to say, the COVID 15 or what everybody's calling it. Yeah, no. Emily's gonna walk in there looking fine as hell. And that was my motivation. This is not gonna bring me down. I mean yeah, I can't go anywhere, but if I'm gonna be stuck at home I've got some weights and I ordered a couple things before they all went MIA. And I'm gonna make it work. So that's what I did.

- Amazing. Guys, like pause and rewind and listen to that. 'Cause you are in control of your workouts, even body weight. I mean, we got a body weight program. You can definitely check that out. There's no excuses. You're in control of the fitness. You're in control of the nutrition. How are you getting along on the nutrition side?

- I mean, it hasn't really changed. And I'm kind of like, a creature of habit. I mean, I pretty much have the same thing like, every other week. I just switch up proteins. You know, I have a Chick-fil-A filet. I have the Chick-fil-A grilled nuggets. I have ground turkey. I have salmon. I mean, you can still if you're out and about and you're like, oh my god, what am I gonna eat? No, you can still have protein. You just have to IIFYM, if it fits your macros, it's gonna work. So, you just make it work. It's like a puzzle piece, that one piece that you can't find, once you lay that down and bam, your masterpiece is there.

- So solid.

- Yeah.

- Love it. How do you during this time find the accountability? Like, you know, who do you turn to, right?

- Well, my psycho brain takes over and it's one of those, ain't nobody gonna bring me down. I'm about to hold you down. Oh no, I've got to keep on moving. I mean it's...

- Oh my god, I fucking love you.

- I'm serious. I'm like, if I can't take accountability for myself, who the hell else is going to? I mean, you know? You got to own it. You got to own it and make it your little bitch. So, that's what I did.

- That's damn straight. Hashtag, make it your bitch, don't be a little bitch, you be the bitch.

- That's right. Hell yeah, seriously. Yeah.

- You're preaching. You're preaching. You're 100% right. You can't let COVID, you can't let you're kids, you got to be on point with you and you got to make the time for you to get the shit done.

- Seriously.

- 'Cause you got goals. 'Cause you're goals ain't gonna get nowhere if you ain't gonna put the work in.

- Might as well not have any if you ain't gonna put the work in. Just saying. Yeah.

- Yes, damn straight. So, going from you know, keto, Weight Watchers, the things that you've tried, how do you deal with the psychological side of things with eating more food to get you to the goals that you've accomplished so far?

- So, that was major, number one, hard. I'm just gonna be honest. Like, I told you, the first couple of months I was like, oh my god, how in the hell am I gonna eat all this food? It's gonna be like a fricking job. I'm like, I already have a job. I'm good. I don't need any other job. But, once I figured it out, you know, it was okay. But, it literally, it's like a little game. I think You've referred to it as Tetris. It's like a Tetris or like a puzzle piece. You have to just make it work. I mean, and that's what I've done. You know, it's not overnight. You know, I know a lot of people think, oh, well if it's not working in two weeks I'm not gonna do it. You can't do that. I mean, you have to be, you have to own it and you have to want it and you just have to go through the process. You know? I mean like, the two weeks of the emails that you get when you first sign up. I did everything. I posted that and I still have it. The WarriorBabe mantra is what I call it. I have it when I brush my teeth on my mirror. I have it in my closet right where I get dressed. And I have it actually right here. I'm at my desk computer right now and I have it right here. So, I look at it all the time. And you know what else is funny? If you sing it in your ear while you're brushing your teeth, it's almost like two minutes. So, it's like, hey, this a win, win, right? Then I totally brush my teeth for the right.

- When you play the row, row, row your boat it can be make the WarriorBabe mantra as you brush.

- As a WarriorBabe I realize that I'm badass. Yeah. I'm telling ya. It's like the little things that matter that people don't even think about.

- Hell yeah.

- Yeah.

- So spot on. And what did you say? Like, your belief system around that food, did that get completely shattered? When you were like, I'm eating this and I'm what? I'm dropping weight. I'm getting toned. Like, what?

- Yes. Yes, I mean, food is fuel. And I think you said that a billion times. I mean, this program just goes to show that food is fuel. And I used to be the person that would be like, oh, I'm not gonna eat anything before I workout because that'll burn more calories, then I'll be shredded. No. You gonna fricking pass your ass out. That's what's gonna happen.

- Yes.

- So, I mean and I have been preaching to all my friends at the gym, now that I can go back, to eat. 'Cause I have so many friends that believe, well if don't eat then I'll burn more calories. No, you'll burn off your fricking muscle if you do that. You idiots.

- Keep preaching that.

- Yeah. Eat, eat and eat.

- More women need to hear that. I don't know what this, I think it's either from the way that, you know, people where brought up, they're watching their parents, the whole internet and everything saying that, you know this, eat less, blah, blah, blah, blah, but there is so much scarcity around food.

- Yes, yes. And it's terrible. I mean, I'm like, would you go drive a car without any fricking gas or oil in it? No. And their like, oh Emily, you're so stupid. I'm serious. Like, no. You're not gonna do that. So, don't workout on an empty stomach. Unless you're doing cardio. You can do fasted cardio. But, weight lifting, you might as well just go back to sleep.

- Absolutely. Preach that. 'Cause yeah, your muscles are active tissue. Y'all, if you don't eat, man, your just dipping. Literally, it's counterproductive to what the results that people want. It's literally counterproductive. You are eating away at your muscle storage if you are doing a weight lifted workout fast.

- So true. It is so true.

- This is a little side note, but like, with weight lifting and eating there's so many people that think that they need to do HIIT all the time. What's your take on that?

- This is my take. Not all the time. No. Again, yeah you might feel good and sweat good. And that's another thing, I'd be like, oh I'm sweating, I burned all these calories and I was doing HIIT classes. I just kind of go off on tangents, so you can stop me if you need to. There is a trainer at the gym that noticed when I was losing the weight in the beginning, he said, oh I've noticed that you're upstairs. 'Cause upstairs is where the weights are and then downstairs is where the classrooms and stuff are. He's like, I noticed you haven't gone to class in awhile. I'm like, yeah you know I'm on a new program and I've got some goals and I'm gonna get shit done. And he told me, 'cause he's the one that did my body fat in November after I had set my goal, he's goes if there was. What did he call it? If there was a customer or a whatever of the month that would be you. He goes, you have shown that you don't have to do classes all the time and do HIIT to get toned. He's goes, you have been like real example. It kind of gets me teary eyed. But yeah, it was pretty awesome. So I was like, boom. HIIT is good. It's like moderation.

- All you need are weights, resistance with the weights and any cardio. You can do one HIIT if needed a week, depends on your body type. Obviously, this all depends on your body type. But yeah, I mean I see the women leaving. Like, literally at the gym yesterday, I was watching the women leave the classes. I'm just like, I just wanna like go into that class and stand in front of everybody and be like, you're doing the wrong thing.

- Yes, I just wanna be like, get out of there. Go upstairs. It's okay. Everyone's scared. They're scared. And I'm like, it's okay. All you have to do is ask and just figure it out.

- Got to become strong and more confident version of themselves and walk. I mean, but I do get it. Like, were you ever intimidated by the weight room at all?

- I think maybe in the beginning. But then, I'm so like, you know, screw it. I mean, okay yeah, you know got your big muscles heads and you've got the girls that have their hair down and their makeup on and their like and then you know, they got their phone, oh wait, you know, texting. I'm like, if your gonna text get the hell off the machine. Like, I'm not. Like, what are you doing? But yeah, no, I get it. But, I'm kind of in the mindset, all you can do is you can ask and all you can do is say no. So, I'm like, I'm gonna go up there and I'm gonna make it happen and I'm gonna make that weight room my little bitch. So, yeah.

- Yeah, exactly. You're saying it so well. And so many people are worried that people are watching you. Man, people are just worried about watching themselves.

- Yes.

- They are not worried about watching you.

- Not at all. Unless you're doing something awesome and you look good. Then they're like, what's she doing?

- Yeah.

- And that's a different scenario.

- Yeah. So at the beginning of a lot of babe's journeys, maybe you can speak on this 'cause it took you a little bit, like it took you three months to kind of get used to the macro side of things, but a lot new babes struggle with hitting their macro and or planning ahead. So, what are some pointers that you can provide them?

- My number one advice is, I use the MyFitnessPal, and I know there are some other ones out there to track your macros, do it the night before or the day before. Like, have it done so when you wake up it's a no brainer. You wake up, you're like, I have to eat, you know, 50 grams of protein. I have to have dah, dah, dah, of carbs. You just make it happen. You know, you do it the night before. 'Cause if you do it the day of it won't happen. It won't work. You won't eat enough or you'll eat too much. So, my best thing is do it the night before or the day before, so you can, what is it? Plan to fail, fail to plan, one of those two. That shits real.

- Yup, have to.

- It's legit.

- Absolutely. If you're not tracking the night before, which is a common thing on these interviews. It's saying plan ahead.

- Seriously.

- Plan the night before. You are setting yourself up for success, if not you're gonna be one of those people that I yell at all time. Like, you're having a hard time hitting your numbers? What are you doing? Are you tracking the day as you're going? And yes.

- Yeah.

- You're gonna hit that wall hard.

- Seriously, you're gonna fall down, yeah.

- You're gonna be macro-hoarding at the end of the night. You're be like, eating 70 grams of carbs, 15 grams of fats, 30 grams of protein. There's just no way.

- I know. It's so true. It is so true. 'Cause I think that was another thing that I was, literally, I was staying up like, way too long trying to figure it out. And then I was like, once I figured it out I'm like, okay, do, do, do, I got this. Just switch it up.

- Yeah, so if it took you like a little bit at first to start, but how fast can you do it now?

- Oh god, like three minutes. I mean less, two minutes. 'Cause I now what I'm gonna eat and I just put it in and MyFitnessPal and it pulls it up. Heck, especially if you use it all the time. It's like, oh, Chick-fil-A and it'll be like, right there. Or egg white, blah, blah, blah, blah. Just fill it right in. It's awesome. Love it.

- Yes, 100%. So, what is some advice that you would give someone who is just starting their fitness journey?

- Trust the process. I mean, it's one of those, yeah, you want it now. I mean, who doesn't? Who doesn't wanna be ripped overnight? Okay, well we all know that doesn't happen. Unless, you go to like, you know, LA and you get like 500 nip, tuck, squeeze, pull, pinch. That's not healthy people. In case you're wondering, don't do it. But no, yeah. In all seriousness trust the process. Have patience. It will come. I mean yeah, sometimes it sucks and sometimes it takes longer of people, sometimes quicker for people. But, everybody's different. Everybody's built different. You have to just trust in yourself and have patience and know it will happen. So, that's my best advice.

- Put in the work. I love that. That's so spot on. Say it louder.

- Trust the process!

- That's great. All right, so what does being a WarriorBabe mean to you?

- It means that I'm a badass. I'm just gonna say that. That's my number one. And it means that I can set goals I can, my computer just like freaked out on me, sorry. I can set a goal and I can do it. You know, before I would set a goal, but then I'd be like, it's not working after a couple weeks so I'm just gonna forget it. This stuff works. Like, it makes me feel empowered. It makes me feel, literally strong, physically, mentally. And this community is amazing. I mean, like you cannot get a better community. I mean, we all lift each other up. We rant, rave, pump up, bring down, but we all are one and it makes me feel really good, honestly. I feel badass, you know?

- Hell yeah. Strong is the new sexy.

- Hell yeah. And I always put is in a capital whenever I hashtag that because it is the new sexy.

- Yes, you do that. That's awesome. Every word you said is what WarriorBabe is. You know, empowerment, strong, badass, sexy, having the body that you want, knowing that you can do it. And everybody comes together and supports each other on their goals, I love that. That's awesome.

- Yes, yes ma'am it is. I love it.

- Yes.

- WarriorBabe for life. Hashtag that every time.

- I wonder who's gonna get the tattoo first.

- I'm in. I'll do it. My cousin's a tattoo artist, so we can all go see him.

- Yes, nice. All right, so before I ask some of the closing things that I normally ask, is there anything that you want to be able to say to the babes that are listening, in terms of inspiration, motivation? I mean, you pretty much nailed it on the head. Is there anything else that you want to say to them?

- Gosh, just believe in yourself. I know a lot of times people get so frustrated and my macros aren't working and I've had a couple of the babes reach out to me that have been nervous. And I'm like, girl don't be nervous. A, we're here to support each other. You know, believe in yourself. Don't rush it. Don't get so stressed out that you're like, this is not gonna work, forget it, forget it. Don't. You know, just take the time, you know, when you first start out, read through all the emails, listen to the videos, do it a couple times. I mean, you know? If you have to just stick your earpod in or AirPod. I always say that wrong, by the way, earpods, yeah whatever. Just, you know, just listen to it. Its like my mantra. You know? I am a WarriorBabe and I am so proud to say it out loud. You know? Believe in yourself. Trust the process. It will come. I promise.

- Spitting bombs right there. You're spitting bombs. I love it. Yes. All right, so with that, what would you say your favorite snack or your macro combo is?

- That's hard 'cause I like everything. So, my favorite snack, so I love the caramel, caramel, however you say that. Caramel rice cakes with peanut butter and sugar-free jelly. It's like one of my favorites. I mean just for an easy snack, those Built Protein Bars are pretty good. Sometimes when your on the go and you can't you know, go whip up whatever, that's my favorite. Those are probably my two favorite snacks. Again, 'cause I'm a creature of habit. I like what I like so I'm gonna eat it. And the rice cakes are great and they've got a crunch, which I love to have a crunch. And peanut butter and sugar-free jelly, I mean, hi. Win, win.

- You still have the foods you love and enjoy. You just got to make them work.

- That's right. That's right.

- What's your favorite muscle group to be trained? What do you love working on? Look at those shoulders. I keep looking at your shoulders.

- Well, ironically I was gonna say shoulders. I'm like, I love shoulders and I love yours and I love Madeline's 'cause y'all's. Like, I want the pump. I want it. I want it.

- That's the best part.

- And I love legs. I loves legs. I mean, I did that today and everybody's like, go, why do you love legs? I'm like, because A, I burn over 600 some calories just doing the weights. And that's what I posted today. I'm like, you guys can burn calories doing just weights. But, I love legs and shoulders. I had to pick two, sorry.

- That point that you just said is so true. Everyone's always focused on the calories side of things. You can burn calories working out and then you burn them even longer after that with the muscles recovering.

- Oh, yes you do. For a 24, 36 hours. Yes, ma'am.

- Yes, say it louder. I need to hear that 'cause someones telling me about the number in the day, but it's the number over time.

- Heck yeah.

- It's the building process you're doing.

- That's right. You burn it and you keep eating to fuel that burn. So, yeah baby.

- Yes, what a way to close it out. I love it. So, for those of you who want to learn more about the programs that WarriorBabe offers and how to get started, go to www.warriorbabe.com and become a part of thousands of women getting toned and becoming stronger, more confident versions of themselves. Just like Emily who shared with us. Babe, thank you. This was a fire interview with you. Super high energy, your results and transformation have been amazing and the input that you just shared, it's just massive golden nuggets. Like, literally guys, like listen to what Emily has just said. Rewind this and listen to everything. Bring it into perspective for you and then employ the strategies that's she's employed on her journey 'cause her transformations insane.

- Thank you.

- Thank you for being here on this interview. I appreciate you.

- Oh, you're so welcome. This was so fun and thank you so much for letting me share my story 'cause I could probably talk all day, even though you don't wanna hear that.

- All right, everybody with that being said, we are tuning out.


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