The ‘fitness movement’ wouldn’t be the same without the inspiration and motivation that comes from Taylor Vertucci, or better known by her Instagram handle @Taylorve. We at YFD were happy to hear back from her, and grateful that we got such a great interview from her! She was one of the sweetest people that I’ve had the pleasure of contacting, and definitely the most helpful. I don’t think anything else needs to be said, and I’ll let the interview do the inspiring!
How/why did you get involved in the fitness community?
I found out about the “fitness movement” as people call it, from Instagram. I saw there were other people out there who enjoyed working out and taking care of their body, and I liked that. I found models like Michelle Lewin, Wendy Fortino, and Paige Hathaway and since I wanted to be just like them. I wanted to look just like them, and since I was an 85lb underweight 4’10 girl I wanted to change that about myself. I wanted to achieve the goals that I had set in mind to look like them, and to become the best person I could be.
Eating habits are a tough challenge to overcome. What diet/nutrition plan do you follow?
I have a very fast metabolism, which I am very blessed to have, so I have to eat A LOT. Since your body can’t turn muscle into muscle, you need that extra fat in your body to turn into muscle, so I have to eat a lot of protein and carbs, and even those extra calories I wouldn’t recommend most people who are looking to lose weight to eat. I’ve been trying to eat healthier, but I admit it is a struggle to stay away from those cookies lol!
What was the hardest obstacle you’ve had to overcome so far?
Trying not to compare myself to others, and be happy with who I am, and the person I’ve worked hard to become. It’s hard to not think, “well they’re still better, and I’m not there yet”, because even if you’ve been working out for a year, you have to remember that some of these extremely famous fitness icons have been working out for multiple years. Look at YOUR progress and look at what YOU have achieved with the hard work you have dedicated to yourself. Take pictures, compare them and do a “before and after” collage, think about what made you want to change then and what you like about yourself now, even if you aren’t completely where you want to be, be happy with what you’ve achieved.
All of our dedicated YFD fans are working on improving their health and/or physique. Do you have any short term goals you’d like to share with us? long term?
Short term would hopefully be to achieve my fitness goal of having a certain “look” to my body, and long term would be to become a certified personal trainer and to be able to continue to inspire people and actually train them and help them to achieve the dream body they’ve always wanted.
Bodybuilding and physique shows are becoming more and more popular, are we ever going to see you on stage competing?
I hope eventually I’ll get the courage to be on stage, I’m a little shy haha! I have done one local bikini competition before I had ever worked out, and I didn’t do very good AT ALL, so the next time I hope on stage I want to be sure I’m ready! Hopefully within a year or so I will be competing.
You have quite the following on Instagram, and you certainly inspire a lot of them! But we want to know: who inspires you?
Hmmm…. There’s multiple things that inspire me! My followers who are always there with positive words of encouragement keep me going every single day. A big motivation for me is my before pictures, when I wasn’t very happy with who I was, and then of course looking at other fitness models who’s bodies are AMAZING help to keep my goals in mind!
Have you ever coached or trained other people/athletes? If so, what was that experience like?
I help train one of my bestfriends in the gym, who is my workout buddy, and that was always fun to help her learn and be able to workout on her own so she doesn’t always need me there for her to achieve her fitness goals. She’s able to push forward and be the one to say “I did it”, and I’m very proud of her for her achievements, she’s come a long way. Other than that I give out advice here and there and just some tips for people who need it. I would like to become more hands on and be able to be there with someone to motivate them and to actually see others peoples’ progress from me. I LOVE when my followers tag me in their progress pictures, it makes me very happy inside knowing that I’m a part of their motivation to become who they aspire to be.
8. Do you have any advice, motivational stories, or fitness tips you would like to leave with our readers?
If you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, which everyone has, don’t give up. Just know it’s a small bump in the road, and you’re able to overcome anything. I saw a guy when I was working at the Dallas Europa show who was in a wheel chair. Very sweet looking guy who seemed so into fitness. Come to find out, he actually competes! That touched my heart and made me think, “ok, if he can do it, anyone can do it.” You just have to have the drive and motivation for it, and I know sometimes it’s hard to get off the couch and to turn off the Vampire Diaries, but if you just take an hour out of your day, just one hour to workout, in time you will see a change in yourself. Put in 110%, because at the end of the day, wouldn’t you like to say you tried? Don’t live in a “what-if” lifestyle, because life’s short, and wouldn’t you like to spend it being happy? Happiness doesn’t have to be being that super skinny girl with a thigh gap, if your happiness is curvy and healthy, than by all means go for it! The most beautiful thing on someone is confidence, and when you’re confident, nothing else matters.
Thanks again to Taylor for such a great interview! Everyone at Your Fitness Daily is very grateful, and we hope our readers enjoyed reading it!
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