a long winding road for a single mom in-home care giver to single
mom/escort model/bodybuilder. But for Terah, it's been worth it
to take the road rarely traveled. It all started about four years
ago, as she recalls.
two weeks my daughter and I would go to Shari's, and that was our
big outing . . . And I was tapping my fingers on the table, thinking,
'there has got to be more to life,' when this bodybuilder walked
by. And I went, 'that's it!' So I joined a gym . . . dropped the
weight real quick." Terah remembers that she was feeling fat at
the time, didn't have any real focus or direction and her daily
lament was, "I've got to do something to change my life."
the change was physical only. "I went from 168 pounds to 110 pounds
in about three and half months," she recalls. "Most people lose
weight because they just stop eating. Very wrong. Now I eat four
to six meals a day because I have a body that's growing." Terah
now weighs close to 160, about the same weight she was at back in
the old Shari's days. But the difference is a body that's packed
with lean muscle at about 15% body fat. The change over the last
four years has been so profound that she has begun entering bodybuilding
competitions at the novice level.
new job as a sex worker began shortly after that fateful day in
Shari's. "I was doing in-home health care with older people . .
. I just love older people, they're so non-judgmental, plus, you
never have to worry about leaving your purse around. But there's
just no money in it," she said. Then, one night, shortly after she
bought her membership to the gym, "I was watching HBO's Real
Sex, and there was this
being interviewed who said she made $400 a night doing masturbation
shows, working behind the glass. And I said, 'That's it!.' So I
drove by this place (adult store) and there was this lady who showed
me the price list, and then [explained] how much you have to give
to the house. And I thought, 'You're kidding me! There's no way
I'm going to do that for that amount of money.' So, as I'm walking
out the door, I pick up a copy of Exotic, and I'm thumbing
through it, and I went, 'Wow! I'm going to be an escort.'"
explained that when she first started out with the agency, she was
put at the bottom of the list, and if they absolutely need you,
back to bodybuilding--her new found passion. Terah hooked up with
Noel Fuller--a trainer at Jungle Gym. "He was married to Nikki Fuller,"
Terah qualified her choice, "and he took her to being one of the
best [female bodybuilders]. So, I thought, 'if he can do it for
her, then . . .'"
works out four days on and one day off, gearing up for her next
competition in April. She benches 155 and squats 275. But bodybuilding
is not about stacking weights on the bar and going for it, like
power lifting. She uses a lot of machines, working different parts
of her body each day. Legs are the shortest and most grueling workout.
call. But it didn't take long to prove herself to be reliable and
trustworthy. Then things got kinky. The police started harassing
the agency owner. So, the owner decided to go down there in person
and find out exactly who was working illegally--engaging in prostitution--according
to the vice cops. A detective told the agency owner that Terah was
working illegally. The owner told Terah.
really mad," Terah said. "Because I've never done any kind of prostitution
. . . I'm thinking, 'so if I'm working illegally, why didn't they
just come and bust me.' So I left [that agency] and went to work
for her rival." And not too long after that, Terah decided she could
work just fine on her own without the umbrella of an agency.
half hour after a leg workout for me to be able to just use the
pedals in my car." Intense. Gratifying. Results. These are words
she uses to describe her bodybuilding regime.
three months before her competition, she will start doing two-a-day
cardio workouts. The goal is to bring her body fat down to 3%, or,
about that of a track and field athlete or some pro basketball players.
But definitely unheard of for the average man or woman. "I have
about three times the muscle mass of the average woman," Terah chimes,"so
guess what? That means I get to eat about three times as much."
She will drop down from her current 160 lbs/15% body fat to about
145 lbs and anything under 5% body fat to compete in the women's
heavyweight pision--over 135 lbs.