Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Tracie Roberts
Tell us about yourself
- Name Tracie Roberts
- Age 33
- Height 5’3
- Weight 197
- Occupation: Corporate Customer Advocate
Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.
(Tracie) My story goes back to 2007 when I was first diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety, although looking back there were signs way before then. I struggled for years with medications, therapy, and alternative treatment methods. Due to my illness, my weight became out of control. In 2010 I got up to 269lbs and decided I had to change. I began working out and found this not only helped my mental status but I was able to drop 100lbs in a year as well. Unfortunately, by the end of 2011 I spiraled out of control and gained all the weight back and then some tipping the scale at 286lbs. I stopped working out, was unable to find the right combination of medications and I was getting worse.
In 2013 I hit rock bottom and overdosed on a bottle of sleeping pills just trying to ease the physical and mental pain I was going through. After 2 days in the hospital and loss of some motor skills I was released but not to go home, I was committed to in-patient treatment at a mental health hospital in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. I thought my life was over at this point but it ended up being a God send. I was able to be properly diagnosed with Bipolar Depression and began the process of finding the correct medication and methods to treat it. After six months, I was on meds that were working, completed a day program and developed skills that were helping me become Tracie again. At this time I decided to again start exercising again.
What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?
(Tracie) Other than my struggles with my mental health I had the same problem I believe many of us have, starting and stopping. I would get emotional and mess up on my “diet” and quit. I am an emotional eater so I would yoyo between eating sensibly then eating everything in sight literally until it hurt.
What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?
(Tracie) Your goal has to be bigger than just losing weight. I believe when you are specific and focused on this goal daily or even hourly you have a better chance of success. People talk about obsession as if it is a bad thing but obsessing over a healthy goal is a game changer.
What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?
(Tracie) As stated before diet has been one of my biggest obstacles. I Went from eating healthy during the day and being out of control at night to managing my cravings and eating a more balanced diet. I began by cutting portions then making healthier choices. I can honestly say now though the thing that has helped take me to the next level has been intermittent fasting. I currently eat foe 8 hours a day and fast for 16 This is a fairly recent change for me but bas completely transformed my relationship with food. I had to build up to the 8 hours but now that my body has adapted it is easy. I eat anywhere from 1500 to 1800 calories a day depending on my workouts. Now that I have more control over food when I do crave something I am able to have to without going overboard. I do not deny myself anything but at the same time I don’t crave junk very much anymore.
What is a typical day of eating like for you?
(Tracie) I drink water all throughout the day. I try to do a gallon a day but honestly only get there half the time. Other than that I start my day with a preworkout, then coffee or tea later in the morning. By noon it is time to break my fast and I try to do that with fruit. I love oatmeal with any fruit in it, tuna salad made with nonfat cottage cheese, fish, and chicken. My green obsession at the moment is french cut green beans. I have salad occasionally but they get boring to me. I love trying new foods or finding healthy yet tasty alternatives to my favorite meals. I don’t eat certain things for certain meals. It is typical for me to have oatmeal with dinner.
What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?
(Tracie) I train early in the morning. I’ve never been able to eat before working out so training fasted is the norm for me. I lift 4 to 5 days a week and do strict cardio about 3 days a week but I do burpees in some form daily. A typical workout for me may be back squats, deadlifts, good mornings , and monster walks. I switch up the actually workouts I do for each body part weekly so my body doesn’t adjust.
Favorite body part to train?
(Tracie) I guess my sample workout was a give away because I love training legs and glutes.
Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?
(Tracie) Honestly I could just have all Beyoncé and I would be fine but I also like 90’s southern music. Some inspirational or empowering slower songs like I Rise by Andra Day or anything from India Arie
Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?
(Tracie) I take a pre-workout, multi vitamin and iron. I also make protein shakes when my protein is lower during the day.
What are your staple fitness products for you?
(Tracie) All I really need is a mat and my bodyweight. Everything else is a bonus
Favorite food/Cheat meal?
(Tracie) My favorite cheat meals would have to be anything carbs and sugar; from pasta and pizza to cake, pie, lemon bars or really any baked goods.
One interesting fact about you?
(Tracie) I have 5 kids and 2 grandchildren.
To keep up with Tracie you can follower her on instagram @traciestakeover