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When I first met Tanya I recall thinking, there’s something different about her. She cares not only about your physical well-being but about your soul. I wanted to work with someone like that. She helped me make the connection between being mindful and being successful with the physical changes I wanted. Tanya always stresses to focus on the choices in front of you, whether it's working out in ways you love or deciding your next meal. Changes happen every single day when you are mindful and stay present.
As a Self-Care Coach, Tanya believes that you, the student, are whole and complete, resourceful and creative. She has provided me with support, insight, tools and strategies to help me to access inner wisdom and outer strength. She helped me recognize what was holding me back and how to move beyond it.
Since working with Tanya over the past 3 years she has helped me come to terms with my struggles of food addiction; She has taught me that consistency is the key to success and if you f.a.i.l (first attempt in learning) then it should give you more clarity on what does not work for you.
Tanya has given me the words I repeat every day.."to look, feel and be your best today..."
Before meeting Tanya, I struggled with a few issues, not just one. At 40yrs old I felt my body changing. I could not easily lose weight, I was getting tired more frequently and I thought only cardio could fix that. I was terribly wrong. As soon as I met Tanya, she thoroughly went over my eating habits/behaviors, she went over my personal fitness history regarding any injuries I suffered from. You could tell she really took time putting together a detailed program just for me. I am not one to take advice from anyone, but Tanya was so personal, caring, no phoniness and I immediately felt comfortable with her. I felt like she had genuine interest in me.
Tanya listened, and understood right away about my past struggles with addiction. Tanya never negatively pushes you, she’s a big believer in positive reinforcement and makes you feel comfortable about yourself. She is extremely professional, and is very good at eliminating any distractions when she is working with you.
I worked with Tanya for 11 months with zero breaks in between. When I say break, I mean taking a few months off here and there. I met with her twice a week. My results are hands down mega impressive. I’m so grateful for all of the education she has given me. Tanya would email at 10am or 9pm it did not matter. She would answer any of my questions as soon as she had free time. Tanya has more energy than the normal human and once you’re a part of her life, she will be there for you 24/7.
I learned so much about my body and how to take care of myself. My results are simply magnificent. I started with Tanya at 178lbs (I'm 5'10) and 11 months later I'm 162lbs, 14 percent body fat and my muscles have muscles! For the first time, I love how I look, how I feel, and the man I have become and I owe it all to Tanya Silva!!!
“I Feel Better, I Look Better and I Am Better”
Tanya Silva is my resource person. She guides me to develop my strengths, not just physical, but mental, psychological and nutritionally.
She has helped me develop a balance in my life that includes tough physical training, positive thinking and better nutrition. The results have been amazing. I feel better, look better and I am better. She has pushed me to reach my highest potential and holds me accountable when I don’t, and seems to do it all in a fun yet professional manner. I am very lucky to have her as my Coach.
Rick Versace CEO of A1A AIRPORT & LIMOUSINE SERVICE
I've come a long way since I started working with Tanya. Before meeting Tanya, I was an emotionally unbalanced couch potato that would never make time to exercise. There came a moment, however, that I just felt unhealthy and uncomfortable in my own skin. Prior to working with Tanya, I broke up with someone I had been in an 8-year relationship with, and I knew at that moment that I wanted to start making big lifestyle changes that would help me feel good about myself, as well as help me gain back my confidence.
One of my biggest struggles was keeping myself hydrated. The dehydration created daily headaches and severe migraines; which negatively affected me on a day to day basis. I would get so carried away with work or other activities that I would often times spend hours without having even a single sip of water. My exercise routines (which consisted mostly of bike riding or jogging) were very sporadic and inconsistent. Also, I was diagnosed with mild scoliosis when I was a kid and have always had posture/back issues.
I worked with Tanya 3 years ago, for a little over a year and gained an overwhelming amount of benefits that have continue to stick with me to this day. The most important thing I've learned is how to slowly implement healthy habits that I can maintain over long periods of time. One of those is drinking more water. Although I knew what to do, I just couldn’t get myself to do it. Tanya always knew just how to motivate me. She made things simple to the point where I felt inspired to implement the information she gave me. Also, I am so much more motivated to exercise than I ever have been! My posture has improved, I've lost weight and I am toned in all the right places. I've had the best body I think I've ever had, and all of it is thanks to the small changes and habits I've formed over time with Tanya's guidance, motivation and phenomenal coaching.
I have no doubt that Tanya's coaching has helped me in all aspects of my life, including my personal and professional life. First of all, I am ten thousand times happier and more confident about myself. I just feel "great" overall (both inside and out). Today (3 years after working with her), I am a happily married, active, confident, healthy, and most importantly HAPPY soon-to-be marathon runner "post-Tanya."
Feeling healthy and good about yourself gives you a sense of empowerment that is truly priceless. Tanya has always encouraged and provided me with all of the tools to successfully achieve any goal I set my mind and heart on, and I will forever be grateful to her because of it.
My parents let me whatever I wanted. We ordered in a lot. She was not much of a cook. We usually didn’t do fast food but I was never made to eat my veggies, or protein size. I ate what I felt like. I was not taught what was healthy. I remember feeling fat at the age of 13 and embarrassed of my stomach. I look back at old photos and I noticed I covered my stomach with my arms in all of them.
At 13 my mother’s depression and mental health took over her life. She wouldn’t leave the house. My father took care of everything. As time passed her mental health got worse and she turned to drinking. My father and she decided to divorce. We moved into a condo and she became my sisters and mine responsibility.
While this was going on around age 18 I went into a deep depression started overeating and became bulimic. I would gain and lose weight all the time; my weight constantly fluctuated between 113-170. I would go up to 150lbs then back down to 130lbs. I messed my stomach up so bad I had to have my gall bladder removed.
My mother kept getting worse she didn’t bathe, she could hardly walk, she was mentally gone. One morning I went to check on her and couldn’t find her. My sisters called the hospitals and we found her in Boca medical she couldn’t talk and was a mess. I watched her organs shut down for a month.
Once she died I let partying, drinking, and weed take over. I was broken. I had been following fitness pages on Instagram and was so jealous of the girls and their bodies. I was jealous that they knew how to work out and I wanted what they had; confidence. I wanted to be like those girls. I decided to one day, enough was enough I wanted to work out. I would wear heavy sweats and baggy shirts to go on the elliptical. I become obsessed with it and was going 5 days a week or more. I would not leave the cardio area because I was intimated by the weight room.
***I used social media to look up different types of workout programs online… I had no idea what I was doing and my knees started to become really sore. To the point I would leave the gym and could hardly walk. I did not want to stop though because I loved the gym so much. And was the only place I did not feel depressed.
My friend took a photo of me in a bikini from the back. I looked at it and became instantly depressed. I was so mad at myself. I had spent over a year in a gym and knew I could have progressed so much further if I knew what I was doing. Decided I needed a trainer. But not just a trainer, I wanted a life coach, friend, someone who cared about their clients. Someone who did not see their clients as cash cows. Someone who’s positive energy brightened up a room. I had been following Tanya for a few years on Instagram and she fit exactly what I needed and wanted in my life to a T. I decided to contact her. She was so sweet in the emails and I was so excited to meet her. From the moment I met her I knew she would change my life.
I have lived on my own for 7 years. I had no one to keep me accountable. I had no one to encourage my fitness lifestyle. I had so many bad habits. My anxiety and lack of confidence was controlling my life.
Once I started working with Tanya I had someone I had to be accountable to. Someone in my corner to encourage me. Someone who saw the potential in me that I couldn’t see. Someone who wants to help me succeed not just in fitness but in life. She goes above and beyond her duties. She knew I got overwhelmed easily and that my anxiety was still controlling my life and I could only be pushed so hard. She took steps in introducing new aspects into my life. Working on my mental state, then physical. Teaching me how to love my body and myself.
I now walk into the gym with confidence. I pushed myself out of my confront zone. I am off the stair master and now in the weight room; the room I use to be scared to even walk by. Now I walk in with a sense of belonging. No longer feeling like the outsider who knows nothing.
At 30 years old I am feeling the best I have felt since I was a kid. I am mentally strong and physically strong. I now treat my body with respect. I am amazed how quickly I have changed mentally and physical. I am learning so much about my body and how to take proper care of myself.
Tanya has taught me that taking care of myself and loving myself is number one priority. If I do not love myself, how can I love someone else? If I do not take care of myself, how can I succeed in life? Tanya helped give me the confidence to break many bad habits that brought me down. Including drinking. I have removed myself from toxic friendships. I have been focusing on myself and focusing on work and what makes ME happy.
During my transition from a strict bodybuilding lifestyle to full entrepreneur lifestyle, my body suffered a lot due to a broken limiting belief I had regarding the relationship money and health had with each other. Tanya and I worked together for 6 months to reverse this limiting belief. Today I finally feel FREE and HAPPY that I am able to enjoy my life and do what I love without sacrificing my well-being.
I came to Tanya because I struggled with food obsession and overeating. I was so frustrated, and was looking for some way to heal myself in this area.
I worked with Tanya for about 3 months and made a lot of progress. Based on the insights and tools she provided to me, I have been able to make changes to my approach to eating, and to life. Many of my issues resulted from stress and lack of balance; Tanya provided many tangible tools which were easy to implement and have been producing great results. My two favorite tools are the daily journaling and the accountability calendar. My accountability calendar reminds me each day which mini-goals I am trying to hit that week, and helps me to see my cumulative progress.
I can see the positive results – in my weight, my eating habits, and my outlook. I have done a lot of introspection and self-work, and although it is an ongoing process, I am very different from the “pre-Tanya” Jenny I am more in tune with what I want in the long run, and what it will take to get me there. I am more aware of what is really important, and what I am grateful for. I have almost fully eliminated my negative self-talk (which was a big issue when I started), and my improved relationship with myself makes me feel more confident, and happier.
I enjoyed every minute I spent with Tanya; and even now, between programs, we regularly communicate. She is an amazing, insightful, caring and loving individual. I looked forward to our meetings so very much, and I learned an incredible amount. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to become the best version of themselves.
For years, I struggled with my weight. I would be "good" and follow some fad diet for a month or 2, lose the 10-20 lbs to feel better about myself. But then I would go down a destructive path of drinking too much, eating too much and not taking care of myself. This cycle was repeated over and over again for years. Constantly losing weight quickly and then slowly putting it back on as I got back into "party mode". I would joking say that I should try going to AA. It was like I couldn't stop drinking no matter how much I wanted to. I hired Tanya with the mindset of trying another "quick solution" to lose the weight I had gained.
Since working with Tanya over the past year, I have not once said "I should try AA". I've been able to maintain a healthy weight and feel good about myself and the decisions I’ve make. I no longer have a negative relationship with food and alcohol. It wasn't some magic pill that she gave me, I knew WHAT to do to lose weight, I've done it a million times on my own after all. Tanya really helped me discover WHY I was constantly falling back on my old destructive behaviors. Without the change we made together on my "Mental Gym" (as Tanya calls it), I would not be where I am today. Right now, in the middle of the crazy holiday season, I'm able to maintain my weight, without stressing about if I should eat that or drink this. Have I achieved my "goal weight" or made the best choices always? Of course not! But I'm happy and healthy and constantly working on improving myself.
The work that Tanya and I have done together have also affected other areas in my life. My relationship with my husband is better than ever! My relationship with exercise has changed dramatically (for the better). I used to exercise to work off the calories from drinking last weekend. Now I exercise because I enjoy it and I love being with the people I work out with.
And most importantly… because of how her work has changed my life, it’s been contagious to everyone around me…My dad has lost 25 lbs since June and has kept it off!
I was struggling tremendously when I first met Tanya; I felt jailed by food. I always ate and thought about food, I didn't feel like I had control over what I was eating. I couldn't stay consistent or maintain a healthy diet or reach my fitness goals no matter how many personal trainers I hired, I was suffering mentally and needed help there before I could see physical changes in my body. I even had really bad digestive issues but I suffered almost every day because I couldn't stick to eating clean/whole foods. Also, I was very unhappy with my body but I've come so far and seen great changes in my body and I just keep getting closer and closer to my goal weight.
I chose to work with Tanya in the first place because I realized the first time I talked to her she understood what I was going through.
About 6 months. I have seen amazing results; my entire relationship with food has changed for the better. I have more control over what foods I eat and I don't always think about food. I have resources and tools I still use to help me when I do struggle. I've lost weight that I never could before because of my relationship with food. There were times when I felt like maybe I can't work through this and I'll struggle with my relationship with food forever but then I would meet up with Tanya and she always provided the encouragement and tools I needed to help me progress and release myself from this mental jail.
I feel like I'm happier since working with Tanya. Like she freed me from this mental jail with food..it's hard to even put into words how frustrating and stuck I felt. I can make better decisions food wise when I'm at the grocery store, out to eat or with friends because I'm more educated about nutrition and have more control.
I'm so thankful I was lucky enough to run into her!! Without her I would still be suffering so horribly.
Testimonial for Tanya Silva:
If you were to ask someone what the most important factor was in building a better body, mind, and soul… I think the answer you would get most often is motivation.
Motivation is the key to everything we do in life, especially when it comes to our health and fitness. We have to find it in ourselves to bring it out but every once in a while, there are individuals who play a major role in the process.
Tanya Silva has the unique ability to motivate, inspire and hold you accountable. This is a quality that is not easily achieved in our lives. Tanya has worked with my wife Marissa over the past year and the results have been fantastic. As for myself, seeing the results, and most importantly, the attitude of my wife change, motivated me to seek out Tanya's guidance. She changed the way I think about not only fitness, but about the choices I choose to make and how they affect my body.
Outside of the professional world, Tanya is just all around great person. She is filled with positive energy and it is very contagious. Tanya is determined to make people who need it, feel better about themselves and she really excels at it. Overall, all of the investment I’ve made with my time and money into my self-care, I feel it was well spent with Tanya. Over time, she has not only been my "health mentor", but she has become my friend. I can assure you that you will be in good hands with Tanya. She is a genuine, hard-working, positive influence on everyone she meets. Not to mention she is a kick a$$ coach :)
Before working with Tanya I was suffering from back/neck pain due to a herniated disk. I LOVE to work out. However, I was becoming afraid of certain workouts because of the pain. I also had NO idea how to train with weights. I absolutely stayed away from weights because I thought that this would aggravate my neck/back.
A few years ago, I worked with Tanya for only four short weeks. However, I learned so much in such a short period of time.
Tanya taught me how to train my body in different ways besides the usual cardio and occasional crunches. Tanya taught me how to use bands, weights, machines, stability balls, foam rollers and much more. She even taught me basic activities such as how to personalize the weight on the machine to best suite my needs. Most importantly, Tanya showed me that if one exercise was aggravating my neck or back, there is always an alternative technique to work the same muscle group. Many of my coaches in the past taught me to “work through the pain”. However, Tanya taught me to CAREFULLY listen to my body. Not only did she teach me to listen to my body, but she insisted that I ACT on what my body is telling me. She taught me that what my body wants on one day may be different than what my body wants the next day.
Learning to listen to my body has affected me in all other areas of my life. I am the type of person to push my body past its limits, which is not always beneficial. After working with Tanya, I am listening to my body more carefully. For example, if I need sleep I give my body the rest it needs. If I need to get out of the office to take a walk, I do so without guilt. Tanya has helped me to realize that I MUST take care of myself, not only physically but MENTALLY (most importantly).
Before I started working with Tanya I struggled with gaining the right type of weight for my body goals.
As soon as I started working with Tanya I noticed an immediate difference in my body. She got my muscles developing in all the right places Her guidance with proper nutritional knowledge & mindset was a major key for being able to reach my body goals pretty quickly.
For the first time in my life, I felt that I found someone who really took the time to educate and design programs specifically for me and my fitness goals. Overall I have noticed major improvements in my attitude, confidence and general strength AND spending time with her in itself is "therapeutic."
What’s impressed me the most about Tanya is that she holds me accountable and checks up on me even when I’m not working with her!
You becoming the best version of yourself is her first priority AND because of this, every day I strive to become a better version of myself. What motivates me the most is knowing Tanya is right there cheering me on along the way.
Tanya is a Great mentor for anybody; at any age! I am truly blessed to have found “my Yoda.”
Since I was always determined to play volleyball at a division I or II level I wanted to be in the best shape possible to complete my mission. I did not only want to accomplish my goal of going to college to play the sport I love most, but to look more fit, have a positive mindset, and especially be surrounded by people who inspired me to continue what I do best.
Before working with Tanya I saw my life in a different perspective than how I live today. I carried a negative mindset that did not allow me to be myself. I worked out whenever I felt like it and never stayed on schedule which threw my body weight off completely. I over ate when I was upset to comfort myself and since my mindset was not where I wanted it to be, I did not believe that hard work payed off.
There are so many benefits from working with Tanya! One benefit I got out of working with Tanya is the fact that she is so inspiring, talented, motivated, and wanted the best for me.
These results of working with Tanya have affected my life in many ways. I now think in a positive mindset which allows me to only accomplish everything I want and desire. I have a healthier eating schedule which allows me to feel great about myself and limit foods that make me feel bad. I am also much stronger in volleyball and the same weight but a healthier body percentage which is one thing I wanted to accomplish! And to top it off, I have gained an amazing friendship, from an amazing person who greatly cares about me and is a true role model to many people.
- Ariel Chandler
Before I met Tanya I was in a cycle of neglect for my self-care, my self-love, and guardianship of my health physically and mentally. I would consistently put everything, (work, family, friends, school and daily responsibilities) before my own needs, care, heath and goals. Neglecting my own needs lead me to gain and lose weight constantly my entire life which also created an astronomical amount of stress and anxiety in my life. I was the typical “yo-yo” dieter, weight cycler, and over-eater. I finally reached my breaking point in 2014 when I achieved my heaviest at 221 lbs. No diet, workout schedule or magic pill I had tried worked. I needed a change for the long-term, something that would last me my entire life, not just a few months.
When I met Tanya she taught me how to use simple daily strategies. Using her simple tools daily and incorporating them into my daily routine helped me go from a size 16 to a size 10 and drop over 40 lbs.! Not only did my body physically change, but more importantly, Tanya taught me how to have a new found love and respect for myself and my body. Before working with Tanya, I hated my body and everything about it. My body was my constant enemy that never looked, felt, or was quite right. My body could never be good enough. With the tools Tanya gave me I have been able to develop a better understanding of how my past neglect affected my self-image and in turn affected the physical aspects of my body. Today I regularly schedule time to take care of myself whether its meal prepping for the week or fitting in daily exercise. I have a new found perspective on what I need to do to build a lifestyle that supports my goals for my body and over all self-care.
For the first time in my life I can honestly say I feel comfortable in my own skin and I love myself no matter what size I am. I actually bought a bikini for the first time ever in the summer of 2015. :) I no longer constantly worry about how to maintain my physical appearance. I feel free and at ease knowing I have the tools to accomplish any goal I want in regards to my health and lifestyle. Working with Tanya has been a life changing experience for me. Her books, newsletters, and advice consistently provide a fresh perspective to continually maintain my newly learned healthy lifestyle habits in what seems like the most impossible situations.