Transformation of the Day: Tameka lost 88 pounds. One day, she looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize herself. That’s when she decided it was time to take action to change her life. By drinking lots of water, tracking her calories, and staying active by doing things like taking 10k steps a day, she has transformed.
My name is Tameka, and I lost over 80 pounds by drinking a lot of water and limiting my calories.
What was your motivation?
One day, I took a look in the mirror and didn’t even recognize myself. At that point, I knew I had to make a change.
Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t always overweight. I used to have that Beyoncé figure, but the weight just piled on as I got older. I tried numerous diets, but none of them worked as my taste for processed and sugary foods always won the battle.
At my highest weight, I weighed 303 pounds. When I saw that number on the scale, I almost fainted. However, I knew I had a choice. I could either just say, “F’it.”, and continue on the path of obesity. Or I could try and do something about it. That day, I decided to do something, and though it’s been a long hard road, it’s definitely been worth it.
How did you change your eating habits?
I stopped eating ice cream, fast food, pasta, pastries, and other sweets. I also stopped drinking soda. Now I eat about 1300 calories a day and drink a lot of water (100 oz).
What did your workout routine consist of? How many days a week did you work out?
My exercise consists of walking a bare minimum of 10k steps a day and swimming. I also love using the treadmill and doing strength training about three times a week.
What is your current weight?
My current weight is 215 pounds, down from 303 pounds.
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When did you start your journey?
I started my journey in March 2021. I started seeing the pounds shed by mid-April.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I learned is you can’t change everything overnight. Be patient, be persistent, and be consistent. It will happen!
What advice would you like to share with women who want to lose weight?
My best advice is to set realistic goals. Everyone is unique and does things in their own way. What’s good for you may not be good for someone else and vice versa. It took you a while to pile on the weight, so don’t expect it to come off fast. Slow and steady wins the race!
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No weight loss surgery. Just will power and determination.