Boss Babe: Tea Cuk

What are your biggest motivators in life?

As cliché as it sounds, my parents have always been the driving force behind my motivation. I watched them overcome barriers most would never even imagine and come out stronger, more driven and focused on making the life they dreamed of a reality. My little family of four moved to Canada as refugees when I was only eight years old, not a word of English or a penny in our pockets. My parents made something out of nothing, never once gave up when life got tough and continued to build a life that was worth living! I promised myself I would never do what was required, that I would be more, work harder and contribute something special just like my parents did for my sister and I.


What is your WHY?

The sole purpose of my career and passion revolves around my clients. Watching those girls evolve into women, become empowered, gain confidence to follow their own dreams, there is just nothing like that feeling. Every day I wake up with a purpose, with the belief that if I can help just ONE woman live a better, fuller, more meaningful life, then I have done my job. This is enough to keep me going even on the most difficult of days.


How do you/ plan to impact your community by being a Boss Babe?

Team Tight n Curvy is all about community! We are about empowering women, building them up, working together and lending a helping hand. We can do so much more as a team, we all benefit and we all win. Being a Boss Babe means continuing to set an example for young women, to show them they are capable, they are intelligent and they are enough. To teach them that big dreams and hard work mean success as long as you believe in yourself!


What does being a Boss Babe mean to you?

Boss Babe has become a trend, and I LOVE THAT! This term is all about empowering women. We can do everything men can do, if not more! Being a woman is one very powerful job and if done correctly, we have the ability to change the world. To me, a Boss Babe is someone who continuously hustles to make the life they dream of reality. Who builds up fellow females and is willing to get a little uncomfortable to make change happen!


How did you start in the fitness industry?

I began my fitness journey when I was 17 years old, a desperate attempt to lose weight for my high school grad. I was tired of being the “fat” friend so I hit the cardio machines and cut my food. After losing some weight, the wrong way, but the only way I knew how at the time,  my interest for fitness grew. I wanted to learn and I wanted to help others who felt the way that I did. I picked up a job at a local gym and learnt the ins and out of weight training and began my certification process. I learnt what it meant to eat and train for your health and your goals and I became fascinated with the potential of the body. In the mean time, I was in university completing my Psychology degree. I continuously told myself that fitness was just “something on the side” never taking the idea of making it a career too seriously. After completing my degree, entering several fitness competitions and continuing to work with my own clients, I came to a pivotal point in my career where it was time to take the leap. To quit my “big girl job” and to pursue my passion in fitness as a full time career. Although it be the most terrifying decision I have made to date, it proved to be well worth the fear. My business propelled, my fitness career grew and my love for coaching grew ten sizes bigger. I am blessed to do what I love every single day and to be a small part of the big picture in someone else’s journey.


What is one thing you would like to see change in the fitness industry?

The number one thing I would change in the fitness industry is the extreme focus on vanity and the perfect body. I believe there is no such thing. To me, fitness is about health. It is about training for fun, for sport and for a long life. It is about eating to fuel your body and enjoying a treat here and there because I promise, it will not kill you! Fit looks different on every BODY and the sooner we accept that, the sooner we can move on to the path of self love and acceptance.


What is your favorite healthy recipe?

I will be honest; my husbands cooking keeps me alive. With my ever evolving schedule, he is kind enough to food prep for us every week to ensure I get my fuel;) He makes the BEST clean Turkey Bolognese that I add to rice, pasta, veggies.. pretty much anything.. as a great source of protein with a huge hit of flavor! We have the recipe posted on our YouTube channel if anyone want to try it out. It requires a little patience but is well worth it, I promise!


What is one thing you would tell your younger self that was just starting in the fitness industry?

All those big dreams you have, they will become a reality. It is up to you. You have to work at it. Every damn day you have to work harder than the day before. But if you do that, if you work and you believe in your potential, you are going to make it!


How do you keep a positive mindset and keep the haters out?

Honestly, this used to affect me more than it should. I would get a nasty comment on a video or an Instagram post and it would put me out for a few days. I struggle with anxiety to begin with and these types of situations tend to become escalated for me. It took me a long time to understand that there are always going to be people who disagree with you, people who have no manners and people who are outright cruel. That is ok. For every person who makes you feel shitty- there are ten who make you feel amazing- that makes it worthwhile. When things get too rough or I have a bad day, when I want to quit the social media world, I look back at all the people who have sent wonderful messages telling me how their lives have improved, how I somehow made a difference to them and it brings me right back to reality, right back to what matters. I refuse to let negative people drain the good energy that could be delivered to those who deserve it, I stay positive for all those people who believe in me, support me and count on me<3

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