Tiffany lost 38 pounds with weight training, cardio, and healthy eating habits. A selfie gave her the wakeup call she needed. She realized that she was hiding, and it was time to take her life back.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
I weighed 220 in the picture on the left, and I now weigh 182 pounds.
The picture on the left (above) was taken on July 24, 2018, and I weighed 220 pounds. The picture on the right was taken on March 1, 2020.
What was your motivation?
My motivation came when my aunt died. My before photo was taken the day we cleaned out her house. I called the mirror I used to take the photo “the truth mirror.” It showed me what I was always hiding, which was myself. I’d never taken a picture like this because it showed my truth. I had a high ankle sprain at the time, so I couldn’t do much. That was the day I decided to take my life back.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
Every time I wanted to give up, I’d look at my before picture and ask myself, “Do I look happy?” December rolled around, I gained nine more pounds since the summer, and this picture made me cringe. I didn’t want anybody to post it on social media… and THAT is what kept me going! I decided enough was enough.
How did you change your eating habits?
I started to cut down on ordering out or getting fast food. This change also saved me money. I added more green foods into my diet; however I didn’t call it a diet because it is a lifestyle change.
I ate more fruits, more vegetables, and less processed foods. I started with baby steps. Eventually, I began to cut down on soda, pork, and red meat.
Tell us about your workout routine.
My workout routine was simple. I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes, then I would go to the weight room and work my core, arms, and legs for 20 minutes. I focused my weight training on a different area of my body each time I trained. I went to the gym three days a week.
As my routine became consistent, my time at the gym increased from an hour to 2 hours sometimes.
How long did your transformation take?
My journey took roughly 21 months.
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What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I learned was health is wealth. I don’t have to take high blood pressure pills or high cholesterol pills anymore. That was a life lesson and a blessing at the same time.
What advice do you have for people who want to lose weight?
I would tell people who want to lose weight that no one can do it for you. You have to want it for yourself.. You may not know where to start. If you feel that way, that’s a start already.
Everything takes time. You may not see the results immediately, but they will come if you stick with it, never give up. Ever. It’s time that we not only look better, but we FEEL better!