Transformation of the Day: Tiffany lost 59 pounds in 9 months, going from a size 24 to a size 16. This single mother of 3 was determined to find greater health and greater happiness. She figured out what works for her in terms of eating and exercise. Check out how she changed her lifestyle to get results.
I’m Tiffany and I wanted to share my continuing weight loss story. I tried Jenny Craig a few years ago. I started the program at 250 pounds and ended at 200 pounds about 5 months. However, I fell off of the program when I lost my grandmother. While dealing with the loss, I gained back all of my weight, plus an additional 50 pounds.
I was living in Memphis, at the time, and was very unhappy and struggling financially with the task of feeding my 3 kids. I made the decision in July of 2015 that I wanted to move back to my hometown of Indianapolis to allow my children to experience a better life. I was presented with an even better job opportunity there.
Well, they say happiness affects your weight. I moved to Indianapolis in August 2015, weighing 300 pounds at 5 feet tall. Today, I weigh 241 pounds. I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 16, and I’m still going. Today, I’m no longer struggling with anxiety and depression on a daily basis. I am no longer taking meds for being borderline diabetic either. I’ve still got a ways to go and I’m still a work in progress. I’m a single mother of 3 who is changing her life daily and hoping to inspire others.
Eating Habits: First, I changed my eating habits by cutting out chips, which I’m a big fan of, as well as alcohol. I’m a big wine drinker. I was drinking wine about 4 days a week and now I only drink it one day durning the weekends. I drink water only now and I try not to count the ounces. I just sip as much as I can all day and on the weekends. I keep a gallon of it with me at all times. I still eat the foods I like, but in moderation. I used to eat fast food everyday. I went from eating 3 sandwiches and fries from McDonald’s in 1 sitting to now where I hardly eat fast food at all. If I do eat it, I make healthier choices, like wraps and salads. I’ve also become a fan of snacking on hummus with organic rice chips.
Exercise: I started out with an hour of cardio 3 days a week. Now, I do an hour of cardio 4 or 5 days a week and I’ve added weight training.
Advice: The advice I have for others is once you make the decision to change, stick with it. If you mess up, it’s ok, because you can jump right back into it. The pounds weren’t put on overnight, so they wont come off overnight. Also, having a tool, such as a step or exercise tracker, will help motivate you to get your exercise in. At least, it does for me.