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Tanya Winfield Explains Why She Had To Lose In Order To Win



She was a fan favorite on this past season of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Tanya Winfield, former Chief Operations Officer of the legendary Chicago based Harold’s Chicken, was a successful millionaire businesswoman and entrepreneur, but could not find success in taking care of her health. The mother of three, including one toddler, had developed detrimental eating habits, was experiencing high levels of stress and feared that her life was in jeopardy. She became so determined to transform her health that she auditioned for “The Biggest Loser” and earned a spot on the show. Not only did she receive the opportunity to renew her health, but she also renewed her soul and learned that experiencing abuse as a child also contributed to her obesity. Read or listen to our interview with Tanya as she discusses her life, career, forgiveness and future plans to create healthy soul food eateries around the country!

BFT: So as a successful business executive and entrepreneur we may look at your lifestyle and say that there’s nothing to change, you what else can Tanya possibly do. So why did you feel differently about that?

TW: Well, the biggest thing is because I was dying and it doesn’t matter what your career is or how much money you make, if you’re not healthy none of those things matter. So for me it was about really trying to live longer not just for me but for my children and to have a better quality of life. That was the biggest thing.

BFT: As a former COO at Harold’s Chicken Shack how did that role as demanding as it was contribute to the challenges you faced in terms of your eating habits?

TW: Well the biggest thing was of course I was in the stores often and so I was around the food and one of my responsibilities really was to make sure the quality control component was where it needed to be within the company. So quality control meant tasting the product but for me it was more than just tasting the product, I was eating the product. [laugh]

So it really was a matter of you know if you have a food addiction and you work in a restaurant you’re going to have some major problems and at the time I didn’t realize I had a food addiction, I was just eating, I was just living my life, everybody has to eat, you have to eat everyday but for me it was excessive and so having that food addiction and being around that type of environment all day, every day definitely was a challenge for me. Now that I look back on it, it was definitely a challenge. I use to see it as a convenience, you know I’m hungry hey I’m in one of my stores I can eat but it definitely was a challenge and it was one of my downfalls, if you will because it wasn’t something that was conducive to where I was mentally and emotionally at that stage.

Yes, so it definitely was a challenge for me and I had to kind of break away from the activities of all that to get myself right and to be able to balance it mentally, emotionally, and physically going forward.

BFT: So many people love Harold’s, even President Obama have raved about the restaurant but is it true that you’re adding or that Harold is adding new healthier menu items?

TW: Well I can’t say that, Harold’s is but as a licensed owner of Harold’s, I am…that is my pledge.

We’re in the community and we’ve been in the communities for the last 60 years and how dare I change my lifestyle and not try to share that with the community and so that is a passion of mine. So every store that I own will definitely always have grilled chicken, salads, as well as wraps, and that’s all under my Livin Soul brand which is my new brand that I created.

So that’s what I’m going to do in every store, every Harold’s Chicken Shack that I own and that I open.

It’s important that we give people options. That’s the biggest thing, I’m not going to force it down their throats, I’m not going to do any of that but I am going to give them an option and what’s working for me. I’m a serious entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time in any business that I own and so it’s also for myself, I want to make sure when I’m in any of my restaurants I have healthy options that I can go to while I’m there. I don’t want to leave my restaurant to go to another restaurant to get healthy food. I should be able to offer that to myself and to my customers.

BFT: So as a successful entrepreneur your career has built over the years to be you becoming a high level business executive, what was that journey like for you? 

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.


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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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