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.

 

 

For information on whats new with Fit Pharmacist Dr. Stacey McCoy check out @stcymccoy on IG or her facebook FitPharmacist. She also has her own website www.fitPharmacist.com

Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Dr. Brittney Dayne

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Brittney Dayne, PharmD
  • Age 31
  • Height 5’9
  • Weight 145 
  • Occupation: Pharmacist

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Brittney) After earning my degree in 2010, I began my journey as a pharmacist with the goal of educating my community on improving their overall health and lifestyle. I had no idea that through several interactions with patients and learning their stories, I would also be inspired to better my own lifestyle and truly lead by example! I made the decision to train and dedicate myself to fitness so that my patients could see that I ‘practice what I preach!

 

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Brittney) My biggest challenge with this journey is sacrificing time spent with friends and family. I haven’t missed out on all special moments, but it’s been more than I’d like. As a competitor, the focus and discipline that’s required is extreme. If you are preparing for a competition during the holidays, it’s difficult to not fully indulge in the experience of eating and celebrating with family and friends. The sacrifice has always proven itself to be worth it, but it’s still very challenging in those moments.

 

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Brittney) When dieting becomes the main factor of discouragement, I like to tell myself (and others) that every decision I make will indeed have an impact. I can deal with the temporary joys of eating something that will have a lasting, negative impact. Or I can make a decision that will benefit my body and my goals. The same way we make decisions to get up, go to work, and take care of priorities is no different than the decisions we make for our health and goals.  You must see dieting as a wise decision and not a burden.

 

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Brittney) I’m a big fan of tracking macronutrients. It’s easy enough to stay within calorie limits. However, if the majority of those calories are coming from fats, you will prolong progress and lessen your chances of reaching your goals. MyFitnessPal has been golden for me!

 

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Brittney) I try to have a balanced breakfast with carbs, low fats, and protein – oatmeal, eggs, protein shake (or a similar variety). Lunch and dinner will consist of veggies and some form of protein (chicken or fish). I’ll have heavier carbs around my workouts.

 

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Brittney) I have a personal trainer that I see 3 times per week for strength training. The majority of my lifting sessions focus on legs. I do 45min to an hour of cardio in the morning, typically 3-4 times per week.

Example of one or more workouts

  • Squats are always a priority. Heavy leg presses and leg extensions are great for quad development. Heavy kickbacks and hip thrusts for the glutes. Isolated hamstring curls and stiff-legged deadlifts to keep the hammies popping!

 

Favorite body part to train?

(Brittney) Glutes!!

 

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Brittney) I listen to albums during my workouts and switch it up with the times! Currently, I love Jidenna’s album “The Chief” and Miguel’s Spotify Sessions really get me going for cardio

 

 

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Brittney) For supplements, I drink protein shakes daily with breakfast and after a workout, pre-workout (only when it’s been a long day), BCAAs intra-workout, theanine to keep cortisol levels low (stress hormone), stomach enzymes with each meal, and of course my daily multivitamin.

 

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Brittney) For morning cardio, I never leave home without my Lipoxyderm lotion to help burn fat in problem areas like the midsection. And my absolute favorite fitness apparel brand is Celestial Bodiez. Their tights and shorts are incredible for these glutes of mine! LOL

 

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Brittney) I could eat rice cakes and almond butter all day long! Specifically, Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter!!

 

One interesting fact about you?

(Brittney) Before I found my passion for fitness, I was a ballerina for 18 years. Tall, narrow, 120lbs, black ballerina! It was my first love!

 

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Brittney) For the past 2 years, I’ve been competing in the NPC bikini division. I’ve placed at national shows and currently working to take my physique and posing to the next level and earn pro status! Wish me luck!

 

For information on whats new with Dr. Brittney Dayne check out her IG page @drbrit_fit