Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fit & Fab Event at the River Valley Club

fit & fab by Tara
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I will be hosting another Fit & Fabulous Event at the River Valley Club (RVC)!
Two years ago RVC members donated items in exchange for a group training session led by ME.  I was able to make up over 50 gift bags for women to receive while receiving chemotherapy.  The bags were greatly appreciated and I received many notes of appreciation from the recipients.
Tina Kebalka, RN & Director for 31 Gifts has 20 bags to donate. Our goal will be to STUFF the bags.
So mark your calendars for Saturday October 18th.  I will offer two group training sessions and the cost will be a donated item (s).  Training will be at 7:30am and 9:00am for one hour in the Group Training Studio at RVC.  You get FIT while we help women feel fabulous & special!
Items Requested:
Small fleece blankets
Lotion and shower gels (no shampoos or hair products)
Make-up (no mascara)
Note pads & pens
Candy, mint, gum
Nail polish
Please RSVP – let me know that you are attending and which class the 7:30am or 9:00am.
Please spread the word and bring friends, family members, neighbor, etc.  NON-members are welcome!!!!
If you cannot attend but would like to donate an item(s) you can leave items with me at anytime. 
Thank you!
In memory of my beautiful sister-in-law, Audrey Davies.  I miss you everyday!!!!

Fall Harvest Special at Yankee Farmer’s Market

This is a bodybuilders dream – GOOD QUALITY MEAT ON SALE!!!!

meat sale

Just in time for holiday cooking & cool weather…A hearty sampler of Pasture Raised Natural Meats (Fits into about 4 cubic feet of freezer space). YOU COULD SPLIT THIS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS OR A FELLOW COMPETITOR!!


Chicken Package (25-30 lbs of mixed turkey and chicken)

¼ Pig (30-35 lbs of mixed pork)

Buffalo Freezer Teaser (20-25 lbs, a variety of buffalo)

Regular Package Price: $659.99 (5% discount)

Purchase by October 20th and save even more-

10% package discount &  Only $629.99

This special requires order and payment by October 20th.

After October 20th, Package price with 5% discount will be effective at $659.99

Please allow approximate 2-3 week lead time for package pick up or shipping.

On-line Orders to be shipped:

Shop on-line  – after you have shopped & selected your shipping option (last step) SELECT YES when prompted ‘Are you a TARAPRO Member.’ They will track your purchases for the incentive program. You will receive store credit for the 12th month based on the average purchases you made over the year. THEY CAN SHIP RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR ANYWHERE IN THE USA!!



Training Update 9/13/2014

sept 14 front bicep

As of today, 9/13/14, I am 7 weeks out from my first show (DFAC World Finals in Miami) and I must say this past week has been the toughest week for me. I knew it was coming; I was feeling so great for so long and now the prep feels real. You all know what I am talking about; lack of energy, workouts feel heavier, can’t sleep, want to cry for no reason and increased hunger.   On the flip side some positive points are that I am looking leaner, I am not losing too much strength and it’s only 7 MORE WEEKS till I get to be on stage. Getting to meet and spend time with fellow competitors, be on stage and see the progress you’ve made is what makes it all worthwhile.  I am excited about the progress I’ve made on my legs. As a former marathon runner my legs were the smallest part of me. I’ve spent a lot of time under a barbell this year doing lots and lots of squats! I think today’s picture shows progress in my quads.

Sometimes the weight scale does not give an accurate account of what is happening during prep so I send Eric weekly progress pictures. Listed below are other indicators that tell me I am getting close to show time…….

Armpits – they are so concaved that they are impossible to shave so it is time to let them grow a bit to get waxed – ouch! Do MALE competitors experience the same armpit situation?

Buttocks – it hurts to sit on wooden chairs or the floor – no more cushioning left on the cheeks.

Sleep – it is hard to sleep through the night due to hunger. I go to bed early in hopes of sleeping right through the night and have a day of food ahead of me. However, I open my eyes within an hour or two with much disappointment.

Compliments – are increasing from family, friends, clients and fellow RVC members. The positive words help at this point as I need all the reinforcement I can get so thank you.

CardioUGH is all I have to say – I vow to not do any cardio machines during 2015!!!

Food Porn – is increasing and my meal is already picked out for after my show on November 1st – yes sad as that sounds I’ve already researched the restaurant in Miami and know what I am having – Joe’s Crab Stone watch out.

I know that the next 7 weeks will be the toughest but I am looking forward to the challenge! Some moments will feel great and other moments will be tough and I will question “WHY”. I have to remind myself during those weak moments that I really do love the training, love the dedication it takes to both nutrition and training and the results are satisfying. I can already see that I am bringing a better version of Tara to the stage in 2014!!

Got MEAT??

Buffalo, Beef, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Lamb

I am very excited to announce that I have been sponsored by Yankee Farmer’s Market in Warner, NH. This is going to be a GREAT working relationship because Yankee Farmer’s Market is a huge part of my training & nutrition. I purchase all of my MEAT from them – it is good, healthy, lean protein. As a personal trainer I encourage my clients to make healthy food choices and already have most of them ordering their protein from the Farm. I believe you have to practice what you preach and anyone that knows me knows how passionate I am about my food – I blame my Italian heritage.

This is an exciting opportunity for me and YOU!!! HOW? Well they are offering an incentive based program for continuous purchasers.

On-line Orders to be shipped:  Shop on-line, there is no MINIMUM or MAXIMUM amount – after you have shopped & selected your shipping option (last step) SELECT YES when prompted ‘Are you a TARAPRO Member.’ They will track your orders with this code for the incentive program.  You will receive store credit for the 12th month based on the average purchases you made over the year. THEY CAN SHIP RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR ANYWHERE IN THE USA!!

RVC Members, Staff & local friends:  I will organize a monthly pick-up and delivery. Place your meat order anytime on-line before the 1st Thursday of every month and I will pick up the order on the 2nd Thursday of every month and bring to RVC. Make sure you use the CODE TARAPRO delivery to RVC– this will let the Farm know that it is part of the pickup and delivery. Orders will be ready for you to pick up after 2pm. You will receive the benefit of the incentive program too. Mark your calendars!

My favorites are the ground bison (makes GREAT burgers, tacos, chili, etc.), bison maple breakfast sausage, bison bacon and the pulled bison (ready to eat just needs to be heated)!!

Now start shopping and don’t forget to use code TARAPRO.