April 1 - ToneTeen
was NBC 10's "website
of the week"! Thanks to everyone who has been spreading
the word about ToneTeen!
was started in July 2002. Since then, hundreds of thousands of teens have logged
on and joined our community forum. As this site continues to grow, ToneTeen.com
remains dedicated to educating kids and teens early on about making health &
fitness an active part of their daily lives.
Ally Fiorenza, PFT
Certified Personal Fitness Trainer
& Founder of ToneTeen.com
I always loved junk food. Cookies and milk, nachos, potato chips, and all sorts
of candy was typically what I would eat as an after school snack. Between 7th
and 8th grade, I managed to gain 30 pounds in less than one year. Being only 5
foot 2, 170 pounds was a pretty heavy weight. I hated the way I looked and I hated
shopping for clothes. When a size 13 - one of the largest junior sizes around
- began to feel tight, I realized I needed to change.
As I entered high school, I started to lose the weight. By the end of 9th grade,
I dropped 20 pounds. Throughout the rest of high school, I steadily lost 30 more
pounds. My final 10 pounds were lost thanks to a lot of cardiovascular activity
and strength training.
It's really hard for me to pinpoint how I lost all of my weight at the beginning,
but I believe a large part of that weight loss was simply cutting the junk food
out of my diet. I also stopped drinking soda, iced tea and any other sugary drink.
I knew I wasn't going to lose all of the weight just by eating better. I used
television as my motivation to exercise. If I wanted to watch a baseball game
or any of my other favorite shows, I promised myself the only way I could watch
those shows was if I was walking on my treadmill at the same time. I also did
a few exercises (crunches, push ups, stretches) as soon as I woke up and right
before I went to bed.
Even while eating healthy and working out 6 days a week, there were months
where my weight would peak. By stepping up the resistance, increasing the weights
I lifted, and most importantly - sticking to my routine - I was able to reach
my goal weight.
I've reached my goal weight, I focus my efforts towards maintaining a healthy
lifestyle. I continue to exercise almost every day. If I can't get to the gym,
I try to at least go for a walk. I eat out occasionally and love to splurge on
desserts on the weekend, but most days I eat healthy. Yogurt, salad, carrots,
fruit, and turkey sandwiches make up my typical meals, especially when I'm on
Although I'm majoring in accounting, I've dedicated almost all of my free time
towards ToneTeen and helping educate kids and teens about health & fitness.
In October 2009, I obtained my certification as a Personal Fitness Trainer. I
attend numerous fitness conventions throughout the year and also try to stay up
to date by reading health articles, magazines, and books.