Weight Loss Story: Tia lost 81 pounds. She is a single mom from Boston who committed to a healthy lifestyle in early 2015. Avoiding a family history of diabetes and heart disease was one of her main motivations. Check out how she took action by changing her eating habits and exercising. Her hard work has paid off.
My name is Tia! I’m a single mom from Boston. My journey started in March 2015. My weight at that time was 238 pounds. That was considered in the obesity range for someone at my height: 5’7″. I was not only obese, but I was suffering with depression. I hated taking pictures because I would felt bad about how horrible I looked. I would tell myself that was time to do something, but wouldn’t. I would just eat my emotions and add on more weight.
For years, my doctors told me to try to lose the weight. I finally took their advice seriously after being told I was pre-diabetic. I have a family history of diabetes and heart disease. I didn’t want to face a serious health crisis at a young age.
I started by giving up bread, sweets, coffee, fried food, greasy food, fast food and soda. I started eating three meals a day, no skipping. Also, I committed to not over doing it with snacks in between meals. Eating more fruits and vegetables daily, drinking a lot of water and having protein with each meal really helped.
I exercised by doing cardio for 30-45 minutes, 5 days a week. I would go to the gym or go for a walk if I couldn’t make the gym.
By May, I was down 10 pounds. By the end of the summer 2015, I was down about 20 pounds. I didn’t want to turn back after I made it that far, so I kept going. The numbers on the scale were decreasing at a steady pace. I decided on an ideal weight and wanted to see how long it would take me to get there.
In September 2016, I reached the weight I set my mind on: 160 pounds. I actually dropped down to 157 lbs! I was blown away after seeing those numbers on the scale. I thought it would be impossible for me to ever get to that size.
My advice to anyone who wants to reach their ideal goal weight is just stick to it! Surround yourself with people who will motivate you and not tear you down. Follow weight loss groups on Facebook or Instagram.
I hadn’t seen the numbers on the scale lower then 200 lbs. since I was 15 years old. If I can do it, so can you! Hard work not only pays off, it will boost your confidence and self esteem.