How the Tone It Up Workout Program and a Plant-Based Diet Transformed My Body

This New Jersey woman shares her Tone It Up transformation story. Photograph courtesy Lyndsey Torre.

Changing your body takes hard work, persistence, and dedication. Here’s one local’s story. Want to share your Transformation Story? Email ccunningham@phillymag.com.

Who: Lyndsey Torre (@lyndsey_tiu4), 28, a teacher from Lacey, New Jersey

Height: 5’0″

Starting weight: 128

Current weight: 114

How long I’ve been on this journey: 4 years

Why I wanted to make a change: “Growing up, I was always involved in sports. This passion continued throughout college as I played lacrosse for Kean University. Soon after graduating, I was engaged to the love of my life, I could have not have been happier, but with the engagement came a move. I was on cloud nine, but I missed having a team or accountability partner to work out with. I went through about three different programs, and one day I saw a show on bravo called Toned Up featuring Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn all about their fitness brand. I checked out their website and fell in LOVE with their style of training. It was all about balance and living a healthy lifestyle, proving you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to see results.

“From there, my fitness journey was thriving, until unfortunately I became sick for a year, not knowing what was wrong. I felt at a all-time low, I could barely walk, no energy, and my cycle was gone. I started restricting what I could and couldn’t eat because I wasn’t active. Then, as God would have it, I came across Audra, who not only helped get my cycle back but changed my mindset. I started meditating everyday, knowing that one day things will get better. I was tested for lymes three times but a friend recommended I go to a LLMD (lymes specialist) and BAM two strains of lymes came back positive. I am beyond happy to say I am two months into recovery and I feel blessed and a little better each day.”

What all changed: “There were so many benefits, aside from physical changes, I gained throughout my journey. Starting Tone it Up gave me the sense of ‘team’ that I was missing in my life.”

How I changed my exercise plan: “I follow Tone It Up’s weekly schedule and incorporate yoga at a local studio near me. I used to think you had to run to burn calories and see results; that is not the case! Find a workout routine you love, and listen to your body! If I ever start a workout and feel exhausted and feel like it’s a chore, I switch it up and maybe just go for a walk outside. The most important thing to me is that I am just up and moving my body.”

“I used to think you had to run to burn calories and see results; that is not the case! Find a workout routine you love, and listen to your body!”

How I changed my diet: “I now eat a plant-based diet. At first, I was nervous to make a change, but after reading through the benefits when I was sick, I wanted to try to give myself a better chance at healing. Since making the change my energy is through the roof, digestion better than ever, and I know I am fueling my body with vitamins and minerals!”

What I’m most proud of:  “It may sound crazy, but my mindset! I used to look at pictures, hoping I would look like XYZ, but now I am comfortable in my skin and know fitness is a lifestyle, not something with an end option.”

What I want everyone to know: “Don’t compare compare your fitness journey to someone who has been doing theirs for years! Everyone is at different points, it takes 21 days to form a habit! Find what works for YOU, find healthy food that YOU love. Just because a celebrity eats eggs each morning doesn’t mean you have to; eat it to fuel your body and you should look forward to each meal!”

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