Hug High School math teacher, Tammy White knows a thing or two about mathematical functions, derivatives and integrals. However, there is one equation she teaches her calculus students that you won't find in a math book:
Hard work + courage - old bad habits = accomplishments you never dreamed possible.
About three years ago, Tammy's life was very different. She describes herself then as a work-aholic and stressed. "I had high blood pressure. I was like 200 pounds." She was on medication for various reasons and doctors warned her she had all the red flags of poor health. In 2009, she had a health scare that sent her to the emergency room. She was experiencing severe chest pain as a result of anxiety, but it was enough to scare her back into the gym.
Fast forward three years and you will not find Tammy without a large water bottle at her desk, clean meals already prepared and a gym bag in tow. Tammy has changed her life and her body. In fact, her incredible transformation is being noticed around the globe – literally. Tammy's before and after pictures are on refrigerators overseas, on iPhones around the country and they have also been "shared" more than 1,000 times on Facebook.
Why? Because the after picture shows the then 50-year-old posing on stage in a fitness competition last year and she is in better shape than women half her age!
We met Tammy while training for her next physique competition at American Iron Gym in east Reno. Tammy strength trains there three days a week and she lifts heavy. However, it wasn't always that way. When Tammy first joined the gym, "The weights scared me. I was really intimidated by it. So for a year, I was on the treadmill looking at everybody doing weights." Then finally she set a goal for herself to become a physique competitor within two years. "I hired a trainer and I said, 'Train me like a man!'"
She gets to the gym by 4:30 a.m. and lifts for more than an hour before heading to work. "I teach all day and then sometimes I have to come back here. It just depends on the training phase I'm in. Sometimes I do two-a-days." Her dedication and discipline are paying off. At 51-years-old, Tammy is most proud of accomplishing something people told her was impossible; she is now stronger than ever and inspiring other women to be courageous, follow their dreams and reject negativity. She is proof it is never too late in life to shine. "To get out on stage and do that at my age - it was huge." And she enjoyed every minute.
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:16 AM EDT2013-05-25 06:16:04 GMT
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