Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Dr. Stacey McCoy
Tell us about yourself
- Name Dr. Stacey McCoy
- Age 40
- Height 5’3
- Weight Competition: 140
- Occupation: Emergency Department Pharmacist
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
(Stacey) I’m a busy professional and at some point life seemed to just take over and then I looked up and realized I’d gained some extra pounds and had some health concerns. I had uncontrolled hypertension, asthma, and numerous uterine fibroids masked by my belly fat, constipation, irregularity, and a body fat of 38%. My doctor asked me if I wanted diabetes, because that was next for me. Me? A healthcare professional and a horrible example..I had to do something to get my health back in order
What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?
(Stacey) I think there will always be obstacles when you’re attempting to get in shape. I’ve trained for and participated in marathons, triathlons and now my second bodybuilding competitions. Mastering my eating habits is definitely the biggest obstacle for me to overcome. I’m a true southern girl, from Houston Texas.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Stacey) The best advice I can give is to choose an event each year you believe is too hard to obtain, fight for it and work for it day by day . You will see a change in your body , mind and spirit.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Stacey) Nutrition is really the key to success. It’s also the hardest part of becoming successful. The better we can become at creating new recipes for old favorites , the easier we will make the transition to better health.
What is a typical day of eating like for you?
(Stacey) I’m in the middle of training for a competition, so I’m eating lots of eggs, chicken, green veggies. My meal plan varies, so that my body has to adapt as well.
What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?
(Stacey) At this point I’m currently completing 90 minutes of cardio daily. The first workout of the day is always a Beachbody Fitness program, so I can complete it at home and I know I’m getting a great workout. The second workout is my strength training , designed by my coach, followed by a cardio workout of Low Intensity Steady State.
Favorite body part to train?
(Stacey) I can’t say I actually have a favorite body part.. My legs are the most developed and I like activities such as running, and biking along with strength training so I guess I have to say legs..
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Stacey) I drink Shakeology Daily to make sure I’m powering my body with superfoods and the appropriate nutrients. I also use pre-workout (Quake) and BCAA’s (Xtend) from Scivation.
What are your staple fitness products for you?
(Stacey) The supplements I mentioned previously. Also I’ve used multiple Beachbody fitness programs to get and stay in shape. I started with Insanity. I’ve also completed P90X3, 21 Day Fix , Chalene Extreme, Insane Asylum, Brazil Butt Lift, Cize and several others.
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Stacey) I love cupcakes and pizza
One interesting fact about you?
(Stacey) I did part of my Pharmacist training in Japan. I had no idea how to use chopsticks until I arrived and was starving! You can learn any skill out of necessity.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
(Stacey) I don’t think that any part of being healthier is easy especially for someone who’s been overweight like myself. You have to be willing to fight everyday to maintain your spiritual, mental and physically health. A large part of that is reading great personal development and surrounding yourself with others who are determined to have a better life.