By Noah Villaverde
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Discipline is Key. When it comes to everyday life, there is a certain routine that many follow to survive. You wake up in the morning, prepare yourself for the day, come home, sleep, rinse and repeat. Sure, it seems mundane on the outside but for those who are committed to balancing their lives, their daily routine is key to their success. But another aspect of having a great routine is discipline, and one of the human activities that requires it the most is health and fitness. Whenever someone decides to maintain their body in the best shape possible, the amount of discipline and willpower needed to sustain oneself may seem pretty daunting.
Recently, we had the opportunity to photograph Ter Yang. Ter exhibits a level of discipline that has been required for her to live an active, healthy life. Discipline can be utilized in multiple facets beyond fitness and health. It can be used when one prepares the makeup for a client, it can be used when being behind the camera and it can also be used when putting together the right words to give a story the proper justice.
Discipline can be utilized in multiple facets beyond fitness and health. It can be used when one prepares the makeup for a client...
Makeup by Gabrielle Villaverde
After our remarkable photography session, Ter shared some details regarding her journey while also sharing some tips for those interested in fitness and health. On her routine before her commitment, Ter explained, “My daily life before commitment to fitness involved in just going to the gym doing light weight and cardiovascular that serves no purpose of body building but to serve me in being healthy and just exercising to maintain my weight.”
Ter attests that nothing life-changing or dramatic would change with that fitness routine, which averaged from at least 2-3 gym visits a week while working full-time and spending time with her family and friends. Now that she is committed to her routine, Ter’s preparation varies on how her body looks like. She has around 5-6 meals a day. “There will be some weeks where I would be on low carbs and there would be weeks where I would be on high carbs.”
Ter began participating in competitions since 2016. She started preparation to compete for her first show last year in April. That competition was held in September. Ter also just competed in her second show in Santa Clara, CA. On what motivates her, Ter acknowledged that the feeling of being fit even when not preparing for a show drives her. “Training for a show is hard just because it’s a big commitment and a change for a few months to get on stage,” Ter explains. “But the motivation for me is the feeling of being and feeling fit. It’s a reward only I know how it feels like for the work I put in. It does kind of sound selfish, but if you look at it, no one else is training for me and no one is eating for me to look and/or feel fit. It’s my self-discipline and work that I get to enjoy after I see changes.”
What Motivates Me...
“But the motivation for me is the feeling of being and feeling fit. It’s a reward only I know how it feels like for the work I put in. It does kind of sound selfish, but if you look at it, no one else is training for me and no one is eating for me to look and/or feel fit. It’s my self-discipline and work that I get to enjoy after I see changes.”
Ter also has some advice for beginners who are planning on committing to fitness and health. “In fitness, you have to find what works for you,” Ter responds. “Everyone’s body is built differently. What works for one may not work for others. You have to keep finding what is best for you. You can change ane train yourself the way you know your body.” Ter also emphasizes that people should not treat achieving a fit lifestyle as a punishment to one’s body. “Treat it like that you love your body and you want to be healthy and fit, and that’s why you work out and eat right!”