Let’s get to know Tara Leonard, our Member of the Month for August! Q1. Please tell us a bit about yourself: I live in Coomera and work in Lennox Head. I’m an early childhood teacher and work at a community based preschool. I absolutely love my job and just can’t bring myself to leave it or the community. I’ve moved to Coomera to be with my partner, so as you can imagine, I travel a fair bit. I’ve also gone back to uni to extend my degree… I wouldn’t advise working full time and studying, haha – I must be crazy!nI’ve always been fit and healthy but NEVER lean… When I was younger, I represented at high levels for both swimming and hockey. In my adult years, I raced and trained full time in triathlon, mainly 70.3 IRONMAN. I made it to the world championships and after a stress fracture, I moved away from the sport and into CrossFit (yep, complete opposite) and loved it. But throughout all of this, I’ve always struggled with my weight. Restricting my diet was supposed to be the answer, but it clearly wasn’t working for me. Q2. Was there a particular “snap point” for you that made you want to start with MP?nI’m a national hockey umpire and unfortunately my weight is holding me back from progressing.nQ3. What’s been the biggest thing you’ve learnt from working with us at MP?nOvertraining can hinder your success. Q4. What’s your favourite exercise to do and why?nAnything and everything really. I love finishing training and feeling absolutely exhausted! But I do love FIRE Training! Q5. What’s your advice for anyone thinking about starting an exercise or nutrition program?nYou’ll always find an excuse not to! Start finding and believing in the reasons why you should… It’s not going to be easy but it will be worth it with consistency and dedication. Q6. What do you enjoy most about the MP Program?nAll the delicious food and the fact that I’m not starving myself. It’s a great community and there’s lots of support :)n———————————————————————— Tara is currently doing our MP Online Program and kicking some serious goals! Completing a transformation is challenging, and Tara has a lot on her plate. Being a full time mum, working full time, studying, all the travel she does – Tara could very easily let it take a toll. However, Tara always completes her tasks and her meal prep and she’s incredibly dedicated to her workouts. Tara really shows that if you want something bad enough, you can always make it work, and that regardless of how busy you are, health and fitness can be a priority. Congratulations, Tara!