Tiffany lost 140 pounds. This single mom of 4 found success with surgery, a high protein lifestyle and lots of exercise. She overcame the loss of her beloved grandmother and an abusive relationship. Check out her story.
My name is Tiffany and I’m a 33 year old single mother of four wonderful children. I specialize in early childhood education. I was inspired to change my life after I lost my grandmother in 2009. She passed away a month after I’d given birth. On top of all this, I was in an abusive 7 year relationship.
On August 5, 2015, I decided to have Gastric Sleeve weight loss surgery because other diets and programs that I tried did not work. My eating habits have changed tremendously. I started eating a high protein diet after surgery. I cut out bread, cut out sweets and I don’t drink soda. I’ve gone from having a full course meal to now eating a kid’s meal portion.
My breakfast, lunch and dinner is low calorie/high protein foods, like chicken, shrimp and sliced turkey. I do have a cheat day, once a month. I’m human, but you better believe that I go hard when it comes to exercise. Now, I love fruit. Pineapples, green apples, grapefruit, green grapes, strawberries, bananas, cherries, etc. I grill and bake my food. If I fry anything, I use pure oil and put fresh lemon juice, grilled onions and mushrooms on top. I also love high protein salads with low calorie dressing.
I exercise on a regular basis doing cardio and upper body strength training. For cardio, I’m walking (3-4 miles), jogging, doing sit-ups, using the treadmill and step climbing.
My beginning weight was 379 pounds. My weight at the time that I had surgery was 300.3 pounds. Now, I weigh 239 pounds. My height is 5’7″. My goal weight is 165 pounds, no lower.
Today, I have my life back to the point when I’ve gained a love for eating less and exercising more. Shopping is so different for me these days. I stay motivated by seeing others succeed and comparing my progress photos, side by side. I realize now that I’ve got to keep on going and stay on my journey to keep the weight off. My advice for others would be never feel guilty about eating something. Just make it up by working out harder.