Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Carla Fields
Tell us about yourself
- Name: Carla Fields
- Age: 56
- Height 5’5
- Weight 135
- Occupation: Carla fields fitness INC
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
(Carla) I graduated from Tuskegee University BS Accounting 1982, spent 10 years in corporate America until I met my husband David Fields. I’ve always been active, but lacked direction. In comes my husband a Business Hair Salon owner looking to expand into Total Wellness…. Hair , Nails, Massage and Fitness. He introduced me to his trainer and in 3 months I was competing at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).
What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?
(Carla) My struggle was within, and emotional, wanting to be my best and healthy. I struggled to listen to my body, feed it what it needed. Some days I went too hard too strict. It seemed the workout/nutrition piece was a balance of understanding what my body needed based on exertion, while still being able to enjoy life. I had to Find My FORMULA (FMF).
I had some emotional problems and working out was my safe haven. It seems to balance my hormones, mood, make me more ZEN, create a calming effect, it’s my drug. I have to have it, even on a bad day when I think I’m not gonna work out…. I do. That’s when I figured it all out, this is my calling. It’s what I’m supposed to do.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Carla) My advice for those who struggle to reach your goals is to GET HELP! Visualize who you are, and what you want! Put in place a plan of action, and take the necessary steps to get there. Stay focused, make a personal commitment, get a workout buddy, think of the rewards…. more energy, look and feel good, live long, age gracefully, be proactive against the BIG 3: Heart Disease, Diabetes, Cancer.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Carla) Diet and Nutrition are critical, its 75% of the battle. In order to reach your goal, you must Find Your Formula, and each individual has a unique formula. It took me over 15 years to FMF, but once I found it, everything fell in place… youthful, strong lean body, no mood swings, healthy organs operating optimally, feeling good.
What is a typical day of eating like for you?
Green smoothie (Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Celery, Banana, Protein powder, Ginger, and Cayenne pepper)
Cottage Cheese, and a fruit or Protein bar (Gnld)
Carb: (1/2 cup), Pasta, Sweet Potato, Quinoa, or Brown Rice, Corn and
Cruciferous Veggies: Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Green beans, Greens, Cabbage etc.,
Veggie cup and a protein
2-4 Veggies salads/beans and a Protein
Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese
Favorite body part to train?
(Carla) It used to be legs, but now at age 56 it Core/ Abdominals
Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?
(Carla) My music ranges from Technotronic Radio to Gospel.
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Carla) I take can be found my clicking the GNLD link at the bottom of my webpage www.carlafields.com
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Carla) Oreo Cheese Cake, and my Special blend of Trail mix (cashews, almonds, dried pineapple, papaya, cranberries, pistachios, raisins )
One interesting fact about you?
(Carla) I’m Intense, I don’t know how to give up…. even when I try. I have one speed… Go!
Anything else you would like to share with us?
(Carla) Don’t get in shape for an event or an occasion, Stay in Shape for Life!