Transformation of the Day: Tiffany lost 55 pounds in about 5 months. Facing PCOS, knee issues and a family history of serious illness, she decided to focus on what she was putting into her body and getting move movement. She sought out expert help, made up her mind and took action. Check out her story.
My motivation is simply that I want to have an input on my longevity. Although none of us know the day nor the hour, I needed to know that I was adding to my life instead of taking away from it. Having been diagnosed with PCOS and coming from a family where all types of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure run rampant; I decided that I needed to gain more control. I figured that I could do that by considering what I put into my body and making a conscious effort to move more.
With the help of a weight loss specialist, Tanya Richardson, and her one of a kind program, Rapid Results; I finally learned how to eat to nourish and sustain my body without feeling like I was missing something (at the age of 41). The biggest and most difficult change for me was cutting down on the refined sugar that I overly ingested on a daily basis. That meant I had to refrain from keeping all those empty calorie snacks (from my daily runs to Walgreens) in my desk that I would mindlessly shove into my mouth all day. This program gave me so many a-ha moments, that I was easily inspired to make life saving changes. I would say the biggest changes for me were learning to properly read food labels, and learning how to reset/bounce back when I have those moments of overindulgence.I ate more vegetables, some fruit (not a big fruit lover) and lean protein. Cutting back on dairy has made a world of difference as well.
When I wanted to give up, I just thought to myself “If you quit now, you’re eventually going to want to jump back on track. That means you’ll have to start all over and possibly from further behind of where you are now!” Who wants to do that? Not me! LOL. But seriously, I constantly prayed… sometimes all day! Praying for strength, commitment, stamina, and the ability to change my mind about how I’ve always looked at food; as my bff, my man, my comfort, my happy, my joy etc.
Having done boot camps and all that high cardio stuff in the past, when I was younger, I knew I didn’t really want to do that again, (and plus my knees wouldn’t let me!) I decided to stand by my constant go-to. WALKING! I love to walk my neighborhood. I’d see something new everyday and could switch up my route at any time. I began by walking a couple times a week. Now, I walk 4-5 times a week for anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. I also do water aerobics a couple days a week to replace two walking days. Not being a swimmer or having a water aerobics instructor, my weight loss specialist told me to simply walk back and forth in the pool, going as fast as I can for 30 minutes. This is a great change of pace and plus it gives my knees some relief.
My starting weight back in July 2016 was 283 pounds. It took me 3 months to lose 48 pounds. After I graduated from the Rapid Results program, I lost an additional 7 lbs to come down to 228 pounds (Dec. to current). About 5 months all together. I am 5’4.5″
My advice to anyone who wants to lose weight is that it all starts in the mind. If you aren’t mentally prepared, then there’s no magic program, eating plan, exercise program, surgery, suppliment, etc., that will work for you. You have to have a made up mind that no one or nothing can turn you away from. No wedding, holiday, birthday, vacation, graduation funeral, tragedy can deter you from doing what it is you said you wanted to do. Having a little faith, patience and prayer goes a long way too!