Transformation of the Day: Tish lost 59 pounds. Developing bad eating habits in college and a lack of exercise led to lots of weight gain for this petite lady. When her family reunion was scheduled to happen in Miami, she used the trip as motivation to slim down before hitting the beach. She also wanted to avoid family history of high blood pressure and diabetes. Check out what she did to release the weight.
Growing up, I wasn’t really a “chunky” girl, but I was never a “skinny” girl either. However, after graduating college I developed some bad eating habits which gradually caused me to start packing on the pounds. I was eating out all the time, eating late and hardly drinking any water. In addition, my physical activity was pretty much nonexistent. The next thing I knew, I’d “gradually” gotten up to my heaviest weight of 244 pounds in March 2015! Standing at 5’3″, I was at risk for all kinds of health issues. That’s when I knew something had to change.
Knowing how prevalent diabetes and high blood pressure are in my family, I knew I had to do something to improve my health. I was tired of being tired all the time. I didn’t like my reflection in the mirror, and I was headed into a deep depression.
In July 2015, my family and I were scheduled to take a trip to Miami for our family reunion. There was no way I was going to South Beach weighing 244 pounds. So, I decided to make small changes in my diet and increase my physical activity. I stopped eating out and started cooking my own meals, that included lean meats and fresh vegetables. I cut out soda and sugary drinks. Instead, I began drinking mainly water throughout the day. I also completed a round of JJ Smith’s 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse in the beginning of my journey to help give me a nice jumpstart.
I began walking every day for at least 30-45 minutes, either on my lunch break at work or on the treadmill at the gym in the evenings. Once I started to see the results on the scale and started feeling the increase in my energy level, I knew I had to continue. By the time July 2015 hit, I had lost 30 pounds and was feeling pretty good about myself. Once we were back from the reunion, I committed myself to dropping at least another 15 pounds so that I could get out of the 200’s.
I started to incorporate weight training at least once a week, and continued to stay away from fast food. By May 2016, I’d gotten to the lowest weight I’d been in at least a decade, at 185 pounds. My ultimate goal is to reach 169 lbs. and I won’t stop until I get there.
Deciding to commit myself to a healthier lifestyle has been the best decision I’ve ever made! Even though I’ve struggled along the way, I absolutely refuse to quit. When people ask me advice about losing weight, I tell them that they’ve got to figure out what works best for them. Everybody’s body is different, therefore our journeys will be different. Once you start to learn your body and figure out which workouts work best for you, stick with it and eventually the results will follow. I am determined to reach my goal by the end of this year and am looking forward to continuing on this journey.