We can only imagine how much hard work Tamra Judge put into achieving her awesome body in preparation for her first fitness competition in May. In fact, we even saw some of that hard work firsthand as Tamra gave us a taste of her workout routine in an exclusive video for Bravotv.com.
But we didn't realize just how many steps it took Tamra to become the lean, mean, muscle machine that she is these days. After The Real Housewives of Orange County mom met fitness expert and former Miss Olympia Mia Finnegan, the two started working out together and getting Tamra ready to compete. "It's such a science, it's crazy. I had no idea. From the diet to the workouts to food sensitivities. Like, I had to have blood tests done and went to doctors. I mean, it's huge, because you have to really fine-tune your body," Tamra told The Daily Dish. "So I worked out about two to three hours a day. Diet was super strict. I had to really cut out almost all my carbs because I found out I had a carb sensitivity. So instead of my body processing them as fuel, it gets stored as fat. So it was hard because that's where you get a lot of your energy from. And I take a ton of supplements."
All of that really took a toll on Tamra. "It's so emotional, too. Like, it's not just physical; it's in your head," she said. "When you stop carbs, it plays with your head. It plays with the serotonins. So you get sad or depressed or you get down on yourself or you're just super tired. So you had to just push through it."
Tamra used the drive within her to do just that. "I just did it. I set a goal for myself, and I wanted to finish it," she explained. "So in order to finish it, I had to keep going. There was no slacking."
All of that discipline definitely paid off for Tamra, who placed first in her division (35 and older) and first overall in Musclemania's 2016 Orange County Show on May 28. Seeing how well Tamra rocked the stage at the event, you would never know that she was actually frightened to do so. "Just to get on stage is a whole 'nother learning process," she said. "So it is about the way you look, the way you move, the way you turn, your tan, overall, your bathing suit, how it fits. So it was a lot for me to learn, and I'm not the most coordinated person, so doing walks, I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it. I thought, 'There's just no way. I'm gonna hurt myself onstage or something. It's just not gonna be a good scene.'"
But Tamra didn't let her fear get the best of her. "I got the courage to do it, and I won," Tamra beamed.
One of Tamra's prizes is that she now has an amazing physique to show off. Get a better look at Tamra's incredible body transformation, below.
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