The “backstory” on Teresa Yockey, Time 2 Change owner
POSTED BY: Teresa Yockey on Feb. 29, 2016, 7:59 a.m.
I often get asked how I came to own Time 2 Change Fitness for Women — and what exercises I do to stay healthy and fit. I also get questions about what I eat and do I ever indulge in a cheat meal.
I developed a love for fitness in my late teens when I started taking an aerobics class. At about that same time, Jazzercise was making its way into the Midwest, so that became a part of my fitness routine for a period of time. I have always made fitness of some form a part of my life, including teaching aerobics and step aerobics “back in the day.” I participated in several half-marathons and a few marathons, as well as biked across Iowa in RAGBRAI. But it was just within the last 10 years I added weight training to my routine, and that’s when I came to see its benefits for women.
Even though I have always been pretty motivated to work out on my own, I believe you are more motivated if you’re committed to being someone’s workout buddy. It also makes it more fun when you don’t go it alone! Training for my first marathon was much “easier,” because I had a running partner who kept me motivated and accountable.
Merging professional and personal interests
About two years ago I decided to make a career change. I believed that women were more likely to stick with a fitness routine if they work out with a friend or other women in a clean, un-intimidating space. I thought if there was a women-only fitness facility that fostered a supportive, encouraging environment, was always clean and well-maintained and offered a challenging, yet fun workout, it would make the idea of working out more appealing. I felt that perhaps by having such a facility, it could encourage women to make fitness a part of their lives. Soon, my interest in starting a business, love of fitness and awareness of the power of women supporting women officially merged … and here I am running Time 2 Change!
As business owner, I live by Zig Ziglar’s philosophy: “If people like you, they will listen to you. If they trust you, they will do business with you.” I believe honesty and integrity are the most important qualities of a business owner. Doing right by my members and employees is of utmost importance to me. These are captured in the Core Values posted in the Time 2 Change studio. My employees and I are always looking for ways to provide an outstanding experience for our members, because we know that along with honesty and integrity, it will create loyalty.
My philosophy on fitness and food
On the fitness front, I work out six times a week. I love weight training, which I do three times a week, and either HIIT or Tabata three days a week for cardio. I find that weight training makes such a difference with my metabolism, ultimately helping to maintain my weight. I still run on occasion and bicycle when my schedule allows.
When it comes to nutrition, my philosophy is “eat to live, don’t live to eat.” I believe healthy eating is not about depriving yourself of foods you love. It’s about finding balance and making healthy food choices the norm, not the exception. By doing so, you can occasionally cheat and not feel guilty. But I find the longer I stay away from sugar and unhealthy foods, the less I miss them. Also, I avoid keeping things in my house that I simply do not have the willpower to say no to — like potato chips!
Today, I truly enjoy coming into work. I love seeing our members’ dedication to improving their health and fitness. I’m energized by the passionate team of trainers I work with. And I’m proud to own a business that is making a difference in people’s lives.