Transformation of the Day: Tammy lost 79 pounds. She wanted to get off blood pressure medication and live a long and healthy life. Her journey shows just how important healthy eating habits really are when it comes to weight release. Check out her story.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My motivation was to be taken off of high blood pressure pills. Also, I wanted to live a long and healthy life for my children. I would like to live as long as I can and hopefully to meet my grandchildren in the future. Being unhealthy is the quickest way for me not to fulfill my dream of being around for my family.
How did you change your eating habits?
I stopped eating the unhealthy foods that I had eaten all of my life. I totally overhauled the way I ate, leaving behind the grease and calorie filled diet I was accustomed to all of my life. All pastas and all fried things had to go. I stopped eating gravy, candy, chips, cookies, sauces/condiments (such as mayo), salad dressings, ketchup, mustard, A-1 sauce and any other kinds of sauces. I also stopped drinking any type of soda, which was significant because I use to drink a 6 pack of Sprite daily.
I started to eat things that I never ate before, such as spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Veggies became a part of my meals, 3 times a day. I began to drink more water everyday and I ate lot of chicken. Broiled, boiled, baked, grilled, and rotisserie’d chicken. I don’t eat much red meat, but when I do it has to be baked or grilled. I steam veggies everyday, add spinach to my breakfast food (such as grits and rice) and try different ways to add in more veggies.
What did your workout routines look like?
I tried walking for a few days but did not stick to it. In the end, I did not really workout during my journey. I just changed the things I was eating.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
269 pounds was my starting weight. The most I’ve ever weighed is 290 pounds. My current weight is 190 pounds. My height is 5’10″.
How long did your transformation take?
I started my journey in June 2015. I noticed the weight loss results in November 2015. Weight loss surgery was not part of my journey.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
You have to decide what is important to you and make the first step towards those goals. Take one day at a time and be very determined on your journey. When I share with people about how I lost the weight, they frown and look rather puzzled. They say, “Honey I can’t do that. That’s changing the way I eat.” I tell them that changing your eating habits is exactly what you have to do. I am proof that although exercise is important, what we feed our bodies is just as significant.
I also would remind anyone trying to lose weight to stay mindful of why they want to change their lives. Those reasons can be powerful motivation. They can help create tremendous self-esteem and lots of positivity.