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I had the pleasure of interviewing Tae Franklin to discover more about the health and fitness journey she began in 2015.  Tae has been a devoted member of Joule Indoor Cycling and Yoga Studio since opening day in April 2017. She has such an amazing commitment and dedication to herself, inside and out. She practices all formats of Yoga from hot to sculpt.

She is always eager for the next gear in cycle classes. She also shows her strength and incredible stability in TRX Fit and Strength classes. It has been a privilege to get to know Tae over the past year. She is an incredible inspiration and huge supporter of making positive changes now for a healthier future.

                                                                                                                         -Angie Johnson

 

1. When did your weight become something that stood out to you? 

2012 was when I noticed there was a lot more of me than what I was used to. Unfortunately, it got worse before it got better. In 2015, I dedicated myself to making a change. I began working out again and joined a local fitness studio soon after.

                                                                                                                         -Angie Johnson

 

1. When did your weight become something that stood out to you? 

2012 was when I noticed there was a lot more of me than what I was used to. Unfortunately, it got worse before it got better. In 2015, I dedicated myself to making a change. I began working out again and joined a local fitness studio soon after.

 

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2. Did you have previous diet attempts before this point?

     Nothing I put major effort into.  It was very half-assed. 

 

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3. What made this time different?

I was feeling terrible.  I knew something had to change.  I didn’t focus on any time frame - I just wanted to FEEL HEALTHIER. 

 

4. What was your light bulb moment that pushed you to lose the weight?

I remember sitting on the bathroom floor crying and feeling utterly miserable. My body hurt. I felt stuck and hopeless. I realized at the same moment that nobody other than me was going to come pick me up. I wiped away my tears and made a decision in that moment to join the fitness world. 

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5. How much have you lost so far? How long did it take? 

75 lbs.  overall.  It took me right around 2.5 years. I have been at a very "happy" weight for some time now. I began logging my food to see a bigger picture, paying more attention to nutrition and being more aware of my food choices. I didn't do anything extreme. I took it slow and steady, especially in the beginning. As my strength grew so did my workout intensity and caloric intake.  

 

6. Do you have more to lose now?

No.  I am happy with where I am now.  Now it is all about fun.  I like being able to tweak things, try new workouts and see what fits. I enjoy getting stronger and faster.  

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7. What kept you motivated when you were down, or when it got tough?

Honestly, every single day since 2015 has been fantastic. I mean I physically HURT when I chose to make a change! It hurt in the beginning working out too but in a healthy way.  Every day I have appreciated what our bodies can do. 

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8. Tell us what it felt like when you hit your goals?

I am proud of my hard work, and I have learned to appreciate myself and my efforts. I have discovered a love for myself I don't remember having before this journey began. 

 

9. What do you think has been the biggest struggle (e.g. food, exercise, time, temptation)?

It was important for me not be swayed by outside influences.   I was making my health and happiness a priority at all cost. It was particularly challenging when others were uncomfortable with me changing. 

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10. How has your weight loss effected your relationships with your partner, family and/or friends?

My kids are impressed when they feel a muscle (laughs).  My husband and friends have more respect and appreciation for my hard work and tenacity. It has encouraged others to open their eyes and make positive changes for themselves. 

    

Tae, we appreciate what you have done for your family, your future and for yourself. Your dedication, focus, and honesty about your journey are truly an inspiration to our staff, instructors, and to our Joule community. We are honored to call ourselves part of your Tribe!

                                            -Your Joule Family

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