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Life & Work with Tanieka Scott-Black

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tanieka Scott-Black. 

Hi Tanieka, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Growing up I was plus-sized and as in adult I was plus-sized. I was a very confident and would always speak greatness into myself. In 2009 I got married and I hired a photographer to capture my big day, well to my surprise he brought a team with him to capture all aspects of the day. Being plus size you have to know your angles, and I feel like I knew mines really well however when you through more than one camera in the mix it becomes a little more challenging. I received my wedding album in December 2009 and out of almost 800 pictures I didn’t like any of myself. The candid shots really showed me how big I was. In my mind I was like “who is she, I don’t know this lady.” In my true plus-sized ways, I was determined to start me diet on January 1, 2010 yep the good ole New Year Resolution diet. For It would have been January 2 because my sister-in-law would have a big seafood dinner every New Year’s Day. Well, we drove all the way from Woodlawn MD to Hartford County MD only for my sister-in-law to open the door and realize she forgot to text us she had rescheduled the dinner for the following week. I took that as my sign to start with the change that day. I changed my way of eating, drinking, and exercising. I was extremely focused on my health and wellness. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not smooth. Funny story is in the beginning I can remember I was taking a nap and being awakened out of my sleep by a smell accosting my nose. I sat up in the bed like a robot looked around, jumped up, and ran downstairs only to find my husband eating a chicken box. I was instantly upset with him for eating that knowing I was on a diet. I had a conversation with my mother about his “lack of consideration” and she gave me some great incite. She said “Tanieka why are you mad at him, it’s you that’s on the diet not him. He’s never been overweight a day in his life, this is your decision and yours alone.” From that day forward I kept that mindset. I also had to be comfortable with making people uncomfortable, meaning I learned my body and when it was hungry on not hungry. I could go out to dinner with someone and not eat or just have a cup of coffee. That action makes others very uncomfortable and I was OK with that because this was my journey to do alone. Once you decide to commit to your passion as a business is when the real bumpy road begins. The fitness industry is very competitive and demanding. Becoming a brand will force you to put your life on hold and your focus becomes brand-driven and you can loss the you and it all becomes about the brand. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My business is Body By Tanieka. I never saw fitness as my future never in a million years. I was focused on me and my health and wellness. I had a passion for Zumba and decided to licensed to teach Zumba. I began teaching Zumba at the same gym I was taking classes. I thought nobody was going to come to my class because I was just the student in the front of the class, well to my surprise I had a packed house every time I taught. I was still working out and had a few women from class join me. I began to assist them with their journey as a friend but to them I was their “trainer”. I saw the results and thought I can do this. I then had different people requesting me to train them. So, I got certified and started training. I would post my meals on social media and people started asking me for menus and also to cook for them. The request of my clients have propelled me to expand me business to meet the needs of the client, so now I offer many services from visiting a client’s home and purging their kitchens, going to the supermarket with them, giving cooking lessons to cooking for them just to name a few of my services. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
I came from a family where you had two Easter outfits one for church and one for after church. I was 11 years old and my aunt was in charge of the church outfit and my mom was in charge of the after-church outfit. I had a really pretty dress for church but I was ready to get out of that dress and put on the “Real” outfit. My mom had brought me a red Lee jeans outfit with a white Nike t-shirt and a pair of white and red Nikes. My hair was out (because it was a holiday). All of my cousins and myself were taken to Coney Island where we rode rides, ate Nathan’s hot dogs and fries, had candy apples and cotton candy. Getting together with all of my family was always great because I am the only girl and I am the youngest. 


  • 6 Personal Training Sessions 200.00
  • 10 Personal Training Sessions 335.00
  • 4 Meal Replacements 25.00
  • Customized Menu 20.00

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1 Comment

  1. Lonniece

    May 26, 2022 at 3:25 am

    Congratulations Tanieka

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