Howard University is one of my top college choices to further my education. As I was planning my trip to DC for Accepted Students Day, I wanted to stay on campus to get a feel for the school and its environment. I needed a host to stay with and Tianna Etes was quick to welcome me with open arms. Tianna is a Pretty Girls Sweat Ambassador on Howard’s Campus. I was so excited to network with her and other #SweatSisters while on town. As a thank you for my stay, I had to take the opportunity to chat with her about her fitness journey.
Elon: Thank you so much for doing this interview with me and hosting my stay here at Howard! Ok, first question, What does your exercise routine look like?
Tianna: My workout routine consists of a lot of running because as a college student I can't afford the gyms in D.C. I do a lot of cardio. I do a lot of home workouts such as yoga. Anything I can do without breaking my bank! I workout every single day.
E: Yes I can understand that! If I come to Howard I will definitely participate in PGS events on campus to help me stay fit. Next question, what inspired you to start this fitness journey?
T: I was not always healthy. I watched my mom combat her weight. I admired that she always prepared a home cooked meal that was balanced. My mom promoted health and wellness so that we were healthy and fit.
With balancing different jobs and a heavy major in college, I chose food to provide comfort. I didn't have anyone in college to tell me what I needed to do. I gained weight and had difficulty getting up the Howard hill. When I wanted to buy a suit, I remembered feeling horrible and I would never let myself feel this way again. I committed to working out for 100 days and transitioned to becoming vegan because of Waka Flocka. He convinced me. I lost about 40lbs.
I learned about myself, how to eat better and what's really going on with my body. I wanted to know what actually happens in the food industry and what I consume. Now losing the weight is a bonus because before I was on the verge of health issues. I knew that I wanted to practice what I preach. I wanted to look like and give out an image that promotes fitness.
Then I joined PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, and became a PGS Ambassador. I was involved and realized I also wanted to do something on my own to give me an additional push. Then I started to do Tea Time in the morning and hosting workouts. Monday through Friday during the first semester. After that I said, "Ok Tianna, now what do you really want to do?" So then I launched the Biggest Loser Campus Challenge with 50 girls. It lasted for six weeks. As as a group, they lost 250 lbs and the overall winner lost 20lbs.
I keep fitness in my life. I plan my life around fitness and made it my lifestyle.
E: Thank you for Sharing your Story with me! You are a true inspiration and I wish you the best of luck in continuing to be healthy and fit. Again, thank you for letting me stay with you and doing this interview with me!