My name is Tara, but my friends call me Pig (in a loving way, I swear!). I am an Australian who is currently travelling around Europe, working as a freelance journalist and personal trainer while exploring all of the gyms this part of the world has to offer.
This blog is where I share my daily nutrition/workouts and my general ideas and advice about training.
I’ve always lived a very active life, but never saw any significant changes in my body until I began weight lifting. I grew up as a dancer and, like many ballerinas, I suffered disordered eating habits when I was younger.
When I was 18 I began running, and was soon averaging 10 kilometres every single day. In total, I was exercising for three or four hours a day and eating a generally healthy diet, but one which was very low in calories. Yet my body never looked the way I wanted it to.
In 2011, I started lifting under the guidance of a trainer.
I originally planned to enter a figure competition, but my international move and then subsequent diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) put a stop to that.
In 2012, I moved to London, England. I briefly toyed with the idea of competing in powerlifting, but I was involved in a serious accident in February 2013. Due to the operations I had to have, I was initially told I may never lift weights again. I sought a second opinion and slowly and carefully eased my way back into lifting.
In June 2013, I started strongwoman training. My first competition was in September 2013 and I have won a few since then. I am currently ranked as the 7th strongest U75kg woman in England, but I will sadly not be there to improve my ranking this year.
I did my first powerlifting competition in February 2015 to improve my performance as a strongwoman. My best lifts to date are a 120kg squat, 58.5kg bench and 140kg deadlift.
I love the confidence lifting weights has given me, and the fact that my body composition has improved as I continue to eat more than ever before.
I preach the idea of eating big and lifting bigger. I currently offer my training services online, where I train a variety of people with different goals and backgrounds.
I love teaching women about the benefits of weight training. Even more so, I love proving to women that you can eat like a pig and still remain lean!
The majority of people have such big misconceptions about diet and exercise, and the aim of my blog is to address some of these issues. If you have any specific questions or issues you would like me to cover please let me know. Thanks for stopping by.