In the 1970s, when Theresa Roemer, who had never stepped foot in a gym, took her first aerobics class, she likely had no idea how her life was about to change.
The instructor, who noticed Roemer’s great rhythm, ended up inviting her to teach. That led Roemer to discover the gym’s weight room and become a certified Nautilus instructor. And if that wasn’t enough, she ultimately became a bodybuilding champion winning many titles including the U.S. Open bodybuilding title.
But Roemer’s personal life wasn’t faring as well. Her brother Brian had died of a heart attack when he was 23, and her marriage was in trouble. Yet, Roemer found that exercise was her great salve. “When depression was on the verge of overtaking my life, my only relief was through fitness,” she explains. “I would take my aggravation and self-pity out in the gym. It helped me from going into a deep, dark hole.” At 29, when she was a divorcee with two small children to support, she turned to fitness and began her own personal training company, Phenomenal Physiques. By 1995, she was able to save up enough money to open Bodies By Design, her first gym. Within five years she expanded the company into a chain.
In 2000, she had an offer to sell her health clubs. “You are going to be my hardest, strongest competition,” said the potential buyer. “I want to buy you out.” Continuing her success, she then worked with health clubs around the nation as a consultant and also had a personal training business working with celebrities.
Now a great philanthropist, entrepreneur and media personality, Roemer, 54, shares a lifetime of her knowledge in her new book Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape. Methodically going day by day, Roemer reveals her simple 30-day health and fitness program that aims to build muscle and shred fat.
While the plan is geared for everyone, she especially hopes to reach women of a certain age when their hormone levels start to change and push fat to specific areas like the stomach and hips. “As we age we all lose muscle, and for women there is a significant change in hormone levels that tell fat to literally hang out like a tire around our middle and in the hips and thighs,” says Roemer, who had the program vetted by George Davis, a board certified emergency medicine doctor, and also with fitness trainer Sean Smith, who owns Sparta Fitness in Texas. “To change our behavior, we have to change our mindset… Then, with proper upkeep, you can defy long odds, I’m living proof,” she says.
In addition to diet and exercise guidance, the book is packed with Roemer’s doable advice for transforming your mind and spirit. She encourages people to reach out and connect with others, ask for help, express gratitude and apologize to those you have hurt. Naked in 30 Days is an excellent resource for helping people take steps to change their outlook on life. “It’s not just your body that is affected by the program, it is your entire being,” says Roemer, “Your mind is cleared, you feel better from the inside out.”
Roemer offered five of her best tips for those who want to make a positive change.
1. The only person standing in the way of your success is YOU. Get out of your own way and let change happen. Change is something we tend to not like because of the fear of the unknown. You will be surprised how strong and determined you can be if you just let yourself do it.
2. No one else really cares if you succeed or fail. When you don’t stick to a healthy eating plan or workout schedule…your results will not happen like you want and you are only hurting yourself.
3. You don’t go a day without brushing your teeth, why go a day without getting some form of exercise? Whether it be going for a walk, run, swim, golf or tennis, it is all about being active. Being active helps maintain a healthy weight as well as healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. After all, the heart is the most valuable muscle in your body and it requires a good workout daily to stay strong.
4. Planning is the key to being successful. Planning your workouts and meals is as vital as picking out your wardrobe for the day. Plan your snacks. Getting into a routine of planning is not as hard as it may seem. When eating out, choose wisely. Plan so you can get that workout in first thing in the morning so that nothing gets in the way of a great start to your day!
5. Make it a priority to take time for yourself. You are no good to anyone unless you are in tip top shape. That means mentally, physically and spiritually. Dragging your past around is like excess baggage that you don’t have room for in your life anymore. Take time to reflect, meditate, pray and have quiet time to gather your thoughts, solve problems or just pamper yourself with a massage. All that helps control stress.