Thea Sweet – Fitness Model Statistics
- Name: Thea Sweet
- Date of Birth: April 6, 1998
- Height: 5’3”
- Weight: 120 pounds
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Dark Brown
- Location: Hallowell, Maine
Thea Sweet – Fitness Model Interview
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Hallowell, a small “Charlie Brown” type town in central Maine. Throughout my childhood and to present day, I have always been extremely involved in athletics. In high school, I was a three sport athlete, competing in soccer, basketball and tennis. In all three of these sports, I was able to achieve a captain position by leading by example – physically, mentally and academically. I have always been an intense person on and off the field. I made sure I pushed myself to my potential because I knew that I would never feel ashamed of an outcome, whatever the struggle may be, as long as I knew that I put everything I had on the table – in terms of effort and strategy.
As a student at Connecticut College, I have had several realizations relating to a healthy lifestyle. I am currently majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic Studies. I concentrate specifically on the international political economy, foreign policy, and international law. Through my experience studying in such an intellectually challenging field, I discovered that I performed my best when I was at the height of my physical game. That is why continuing this lifestyle, for me, makes me feel confident of my future success in a professional environment and it is also a major incentive to maintain a strong and healthy lifestyle. I would love to support other women and men on their journey to maximizing their potential through leading by example and achieving a good image, physically and characteristically. I have ambitions of joining a global fitness campaign for women (in particular) to pursue both a physically fit and healthy lifestyle as well as an intellectually fulfilling one.
How and why did you get started in fitness?
Honestly, throughout my years of participating in organized sports, since day one, I have developed an incredibly competitive mentality. I need to stay in shape or else my life will fall apart. Literally, that is what it feels like, although it sounds dramatic. Fitness has always been the fundamental element holding my mental, intellectual and social performance to a high standard. The more I workout, the more productive, engaged and present I am. In college, I did not have the same kind of structured fitness routine from organized sports as I did in high school. I needed to find a self-inspired activity that allowed me to get away from such a mentally rigorous environment that surrounded me. Finding my way through personal fitness goals was by far the best realization I had in college, particularly because it became my outlet from all the stress and baggage of the day.
What is the best thing about being fit and living a healthy lifestyle?
The best thing about being fit is definitely the mental energy it produces. I feel more confident, sexy and smart when I am consistently taking care of my body. I am the type of person that can change my mood in a matter of seconds because I honestly feel like intense exercise allows me to control my brain and course of thought more sharply. Letting go, forgiving and forgetting, and being in the moment are some of the best perks attributed to being fit and living healthy.
Tell us about your biggest fitness influence?
As of now, my biggest fitness influence is my twin sister. We are always pushing each other to be the best versions of each other, especially when we play together on the field. During practices, we’d always match up against one another because we knew that we’d be the hardest competition. That’s what we needed to get better and that’s why I have always been extremely competitive. We knew each other’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of skill, particularly in basketball and soccer. We’d know exactly how to exploit the other’s weaknesses, which only made us better and smarter. This is honestly why my sister has been my biggest influence. All the skills I learned through competing against her can be directly translated into how I approach real life situations, challenges and be able to overcome the weaknesses we once had.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement so far has been becoming a CISLA Scholar through my College. CISLA stands for the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts. By being established as a CISLA scholar, I am required to fulfill language requirements that prepare me for a funded internship abroad. My target language was obviously Arabic, as I am an Arabic Studies Minor. I am currently doing an internship in Morocco. Fortunately, I was able to do another internship abroad in Tunisia last summer, so I am well equipped with resources for research. After my internship abroad, I will begin writing my Senior Honors Thesis. After I have completed this, I will be able to receive an additional International Studies Scholar Certificate along with my diploma in International Relations and Arabic Studies.
What is your favorite body part on yourself and on the opposite sex?
My favorite body part on myself is my strong core and waist. On the opposite sex, it’s the face!
What kind of cardio do you like best and why?
I LOVE running (outside). I also love calisthenic workouts.
What type of nutritional supplements do you use?
I take wheatgrass supplements, B12 and Ningxia red (energy and wellness).
What do you think of the latest fitness trends like P90X, Insanity and CrossFit?
They look excitingly intense, although I’ve never done one. So far, I’ve reached all my fitness goals through personally constructing my own routines.
What type of food or supplements do you consume pre-workout and post-workout?
Water! Typically, I will cramp if I workout after consuming anything. If I eat anything, it will be very light, such as fruit.
How do you deal with cravings for junk foods, sweets and salty food?
Starting my day with a healthy breakfast usually starts my whole day on a healthy track. I must avoid sugar first thing or else I find I’ll be craving it all day. Personally, if I eat sugar in the morning, I’d feel sick for the entire day.
What are the contents of your refrigerator?
Lots of vegetables and fruits – avocado central! There’s also always chicken and lunch meats or some source of protein such as eggs. It’s always pretty full with a variety of foods that are rich in nutrients. You won’t find a lot of dairy because I’m lactose intolerant.
What are your top 3 favorite exercises and why?
I love long and strenuous exercise that requires stamina and strength (physical and mental). My top 3 exercises are:
- Competitive sports (such as tennis) acting as a source of conditioning, so it must be a highly active match lasting for at least 1-2 hours.
- Elliptical machine on interval setting (at least 1 hour).
What tips do you recommend for eating out at restaurants to stay on a clean diet?
Ask questions that are food relevant to sustaining your fitness goals! Know your portions and eat according to your shape. Make sure you eat foods (not processed) that help your body recover from hard training sessions.
What does your gym playlist look like and what’s your favorite song to listen to when training?
My playlist depends on the day and choice of training. When I’m running, it’ll be a wide variety of songs that are upbeat and intense. They have to have rhythm and momentum so that my intensity keeps up with the song. I also like to be dramatic and listen to songs that make my mind wander, particularly while running. Lets just say, it goes from Griffin to Drake.
What is the most challenging thing you deal with about consistently staying in top shape?
The most challenging thing is being so busy that my workout time changes each day. It all depends on my work load, my internship hours and other obligations I may have. Nonetheless, it must be fit in.
Please describe your normal diet. What do you eat in a typical day to stay in shape?
- Meal #1: Two fried eggs with avocado on top. Cooked spinach on the side (cooked in olive oil or light butter). Sometimes I’ll scramble my eggs and mix spinach, mushroom, onion and pepper while cooking. I’ll have a cup of Ningxia Red, a berry infused juice with lots of vitamins, antioxidants and superfoods for overall wellness and energy.
- Meal #2: Either a filling smoothie, a grain bowl with avocado and fried eggs mixed in or a walnut, chicken cranberry raisin salad.
- Meal #3: A typical homemade dinner could be: Poke bowl, Tempeh tacos wrapped in lettuce, vegetable or eggplant stir-fry, hot and sour soup, cauliflower crust pizza, some type of fish with asparagus or grilled vegetables, etc.
- Meal #4: Small snacking throughout the day which include nuts, fresh juice, avocado toast, etc.
If you could share only one fitness tip that has really helped you succeed, what would it be?
No matter what exercise you choose to do, stay consistent in the time you choose to spend on your activity because it’s so much harder to get back into it once you’ve stopped. One incentive that might help you stay consistent is knowing that it’ll take you three times the amount of time you were inactive to regain the muscle mass that you’ve lost on your days off.
How does your family, friends and significant other react to and deal with your strict fitness lifestyle?
Many of my family members and friends are super supportive and they are surprised when I tell them how long I ran or spent at the gym. My family and friends live pretty healthy lifestyles too, so it’s really nice to be able to be active with them. My mother is actually the best at cooking healthy, and since I was young, I was never allowed to eat sugar cereal for breakfast or have unhealthy snacks. She’d always give us fruit between meals. This truly helped us reduce sweet cravings in the long-run.
What are your top 5 tips for losing body fat and getting shredded?
- Substitute what’s in your diet, don’t reduce it (unless you know you overeat).
- Burn more calories than you eat through daily physical activity.
- Eat foods that support the process of burning fats and detoxing.
- Always be aware of how much sugar you consume.
- Drink lots of water!
What are your top 5 tips for building muscle and packing on size?
- Drink water and stretch a lot.
- Eat foods high in protein.
- Train with high volume (quantity of sets and reps) and medium intensity (how much weight you choose) and less than a minute rest between sets.
- Push every set until near failure to maximize effort & outcome.
- Eat foods that support muscle repair.
What does your workout routine look like?
- Running 5-8 miles and then calisthenics.
- Walking 8-13 miles and then calisthenic exercise after.
- Elliptical for a 1 hour and then calisthenic exercise after.
- Biking or spinning in the gym for 10-20 miles and then calisthenic exercise after.
- 8 sets of calisthenic exercise.
- 15 squats (with weight preferably, but you can do without and focus on your form, a lot of weight on the heels and keep your back straight).
- 15 glute bridges.
- 15 hyper-extensions (this is calisthenics but requires equipment).
- 15 sissy squats (YouTube it if you don’t know any of the above).
- 15 figure-8 crunches (preferably with medicine ball).
- 15 bicep curls.
- 15 tricep lifts.
- 60 seconds of core exercise (can be different on each set).
- 60 seconds of mountain climbers.
- Stretch before and after workout every day.
- I plan on doing these exercises every day, as I know that a rest day will arise at least once a week without planning one. This helps me stay consistent and not take any more than one day off.
What is your favorite healthy food and your favorite cheat food?
My favorite healthy food is acai bowls with granola, chia seeds, fresh fruit and cocoa powder. My favorite cheat food is Moroccan Meloui with jam (pancakes or crepes).
How do you stay motivated?
I spend so much time staying active because I actually enjoy working hard! If I didn’t like that part, I definitely wouldn’t be spending so much time on physical activity. That’s why, for me, it’s not all about the physical outcome of going to the gym every day, it’s more the physical and mental feeling that I gain from it. That is my ultimate incentive!
What does the future hold for you?
I hope that the future will be lifelong vitality and happiness. I will be surrounded by and prospering with the people I love most. Regardless of our separate ideas of prospering, I hope that we all achieve that goal, whatever it may be.