Hey Y’all. My name is Tea Devereaux and I would love to share a little bit about myself and my journey with health and fitness.I was born and raised in Dallas, TX and grew up as a dancer from the age of 3 years old to... well I’ll let you know when I stop. My entire life has been surrounded around being active every single day with dancing about 20 hours a week. However, all of that changed when I was diagnosed with a break in my L4 and L5 vertebrae and had to wear a back brace for 3 months of my freshman year of high school. I could no longer compete with my dance team, I wasn’t allowed to do practically any movement that made my spine move, and I had just started at a new performing arts high school. To say I was devastated would be an understatement. The first few weeks after my diagnosis I would come home depressed, bored, and honestly in pain physically and emotionally. It took about a month until I could even wrap my brain around what had actually happened to my life. I would spend day after day watching fitness and exercise videos because I wanted to watch people be active but couldn’t bring myself to watch dance videos. I was starting to see changes in my body and loss of muscle from being inactive, so I wanted to find a safe way for me to keep my muscles engaged without affecting my spinal injury. One night, I took some long resistance bands that I had at the bottom of my dance bag, tied them into loops, wrapped them around my legs, and started doing little exercises using my makeshift loop bands. Overtime I started to see my body gain some strength back and realized that I didn’t have to kill myself with cardio or do extremely intense workouts to feel healthier and get some of those underactive muscles active again. It felt good to not only be active again but to be able to come home after watching everyone dance at school and get a little bit of physicality through my loop band exercises. I immediately noticed that my mood towards my injury had changed and I was starting to have a more positive outlook on my journey towards recovery.
While still in my brace, my ballet teacher at the time allowed me to assist some of his classes at the dance studio by co-teaching and offering some critiques. I absolutely LOVED it because I felt like I had a purpose. I loved being able to teach and inform and make even a small difference in the dancer’s days through giving them helpful information. It was then that I realized I had a true interest in teaching. I found work as a dance summer intensive instructor, a hip hop instructor for 4th and 5th graders, and a fitness and health instructor for young adults. Even with these teaching opportunities I would still come home and create short exercise sequences using the fitness equipment I had acquired or made from around the house. These included paper plates that I used as fitness gliders, my makeshift loop bands, bags of rice used as weights, and other creations that I am sure my parents would have preferred to use around the house rather than in my sweaty hands. I took any opportunity that I had to find creative ways to incorporate fitness accessories into my workouts because it made my workouts more fun and oddly enough... I had an emotional connection to them because they were what got me through my back injury.
Flash forward to college, I was still incorporating these exercise sequences and fitness accessories into my everyday routine to the point where it became a lifestyle. I wanted to find a
way to combine my love for teaching and my love for health and fitness on a platform that I could reach more people. Thus, Truly Dedicated Box was born!! My goal with TD Box is to share that exercise doesn’t have to be absolutely strenuous to be valuable. It isn’t about fitting into a certain mold or being a certain size, but it’s about finding new and fun ways to take care of your body and making it fit into your lifestyle and schedule. I believe that when you dedicate even a little time for yourself, recovery from difficulties in life can be a little bit easier. My role here isn’t to change you, but to give you the tools to add a little bit of self love into your daily life.