Tamika lost 42 pounds. She wants her daughters and grandchildren to know that’s never too late to make a change. It was a challenge for this Over The Road truck driver to change her eating habits and exercise while being on the road, but she got the job done.
What was your motivation?
My daughters and grandchildren. I wanted my girls to see that it’s never too late to make a change!
What inspired you to keep going when you wanted to give up?
I want to live a long and healthy for my family. I also want to teach them how to live a healthy, everyday lifestyle.
How did you change your eating habits?
I cut out processed foods as much as possible. It’s kinda hard when you spend 21+ days on the road at a time. I ate more plant-based foods (even more plant-based fast food choices when I eat them).
I’ve added more greens and fruit to my daily diet, even if I have to get it in a powder form. I drink at least 64 oz of water daily, no matter what. Also, I only eat turkey, fish, and chicken as my protein sources. I no longer eat pork or red meat.
What did your workout routine look like? How often did you workout?
I try to get at least four workouts in a week, including walking around the truck stop or terminal, since I’m an over the road truck driver. I also joined Planet Fitness because they are EVERYWHERE! When I’m in between loads, and on my home time, I find a way to get to a gym. Since Covid-19, I’ve incorporated outdoor workouts like jump-roping and toning with weighted bands.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 283 pounds, and my current weight is 241 pounds. It’s really not about the number on the scale, but more so how my body looks and feels.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
I started adjusting my diet about nine months ago. I added workouts to my routine about six months ago. I’m still a work in progress, and I want to lose another 10- 15 lbs.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
Mind over matter. Once you put your mind to achieving a goal, YOU WILL!
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
Don’t give up, even on the hard days. Push through and focus on YOUR WHY – the inspiration that bought you to this point.
Celebrate the small victories, inches lost, clothes fitting better, more reps, a longer cardio session, and more water consumed. Whatever it is, CELEBRATE IT!