Update: We have been following Tané‘s journey since 2014 when she lost 75 pounds. After giving birth to her second child and losing her mother to cancer, she refocused on weight loss and fitness. She’s lost 47 pounds so far and she wrote in to share her progress with us.
Wow, I’m going through old messages, and I cannot believe it’s been three years since I lost the weight. In that time, I had another kid! While I didn’t have the “fit pregnancy” I expected and gained 60 pounds, my love for health and fitness did not leave. I am happy to say that after having my second child I am still in the gym. I did not let my pregnancy take me back to my old ways of being inactive and eating unhealthy.
After my first pregnancy I weighed 280 pounds! After my second pregnancy, I weighed 245 pounds! My current weight is 198 pounds. I’d like to lose 25 lbs more to get fully back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am proof that you can lose the post-pregnancy weight. I am doing it again!
As you’ve navigated pregnancy weight gain and getting back on track, what has worked in terms of eating habits and what worked in terms of exercise?
It was so difficult to get pregnant again and to experience weight gain. I just told myself that there is no sense in feeling bad. I know what I need to do, so I just do it. I cut back on my carbs and restarted my work out regime.
I usually workout 6 days a week. I run 3 days and do a mix of cardio and weights on the other three. I’ve found that carbs are the worst for me, especially on the weekends. For a while, I spent the whole week trying to lose what I gained over the weekend. This past few months, I have made a conscious effort to keep my carbs down and that has paid off. I also started training for a half marathon. I went from barely running seven minutes to running seven miles last week! Running helps me burn a ton of calories!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
My my biggest lesson from all of this is to keep going! Our thoughts become our actions. I had so much self doubt that I always allowed myself to quit before I really began. Now I know that I have the power to change my life.
What motivates you?
My husband and children are so important to me. I want to be here for them as long as possible. I recently lost my mother to cancer. She also suffered from obesity and diabetes. I have vowed to get into the best shape of my life for my mother. Once I do, my mission is to help others women like myself lose weight and find the healthy them.
What advice would you like to share with people who want to lose weight?
If there is anything I want to leave someone with is this… You are important and your are worth it. Losing weight will be one of the most difficult things you will do, but it is not impossible. One day at a time is all it takes.
I’ve learned that this is a journey for life! I am so happy to have started my journey because it’s been a lifesaver. I hope my story can motivate someone who has been heavy their entire life to give it a try or to keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I am not back at my comfort weight but I WILL get there!
Check out this photo from 2014 and read about how she lost 75 pounds.