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About My Journey

July 31, 2012

My journey continues to be a roller coaster ride but through it all I managed to get 13lbs away from my fitness goal only to gain 10lbs back 😦 WELL, I am not down about it because soda was my in-school alcohol during my student teaching. My starting weight was 214lbs. My goal weight is 155lbs.   I manage to get down to 167lbs. My current weight is 177lbs.  I can wear as small as a  size 8 in skirts (depending on the brand and cut). I can wear as small as a small in shirts, and size 12 in jeans and pants. I can wear as small as a 8 or 10 in dresses. I of course still have hips and butt which is why I still wear 12s in pants. I have had to either donate or give away over half my clothes. Some of the clothes I had before I gained weight was even too big. Thrifting has helped me replace the majority of my wardrobe and I love thrift shopping.

My ultimate goal is to run a half and full marathon before the end of 2013. I love running and it has been a major part of me not gaining weight back. SOOOOO, if you have not reached your goal yet PLEASE don’t give up. The smaller you get the harder it is to lose pounds. You will still lose inches. Let’s continue to make the world healthy, fit, and sexy!!



August 3, 2011

I will be the first one to say this journey has not
been an easy one. I have been on this fitness roller coaster since 2005. The
number one culprit for my weight issues was stress. I have never been an
emotional eater therefore I didn’t eat more because of stress. I just had poor
eating habits and wasn’t active. I also drank juice, tea, and sodas as if they
were water. My wakeup call was when I hit the 200lb mark. I went to the doctor
for a regular check up in 2006 and toppled the scale at 200lbs. TRUST ME that
did not sit too well with me at all. As a matter of fact I called both my
mother and god mother crying as if the doctor told me I had a deadly disease.
So of course that led me to working out, trying fad diets, diet pills, and
other things. Eventually, I fell off the wagon and reverted back to my old
habits. Even though I was bigger I still looked smaller in appearance. Fast
forward to 2009 and that’s when reality REALLY hit me.

Most people who know me know I have enough clothes
and shoes to open my own boutique. A lot of my shirts started fitting tight
around my arms and I got the baby roll in my back. By the time 2010 hit I was up
to a women’s size 16 and I could not fit over half the clothes I owned. I was no
longer able to just grab something off the rack and wear it effortlessly. Not
only was I going straight to the plus size section of the store size 16 was
starting to fit too snug. LAWD, I could not take anymore. Plus size clothes
cost more than regular clothes. That was a NO NO for me. It’s bad enough I had
to shop on the plus size but paying extra was torture.

So what did I do next? Get serious about my health because
I was disgusted with what I was seeing in my full body mirror. I love taking
pictures so I had TONS of reminders of how I use to look versus what I was
looking like right now. The stretch marks I received on my arms were the last straw. I kicked
off my fitness journey participating in “Scale Back Alabama” with some
co-workers. Of course you have to weigh in on the first day. I was now toppling
the scale at 214; SIGH!!! That was so depressing I let myself get so far gone.
The goal of Scale Back Alabama was to lose 10 lbs in ten weeks. Not only did I
lose the 10 I lost a total of 14lbs. After scale back was over I jumped right
into two more challenges that ran together. One was a 30 day cardio challenge
and the rules were no fast food, fried food, or alcohol for 30 days. I lost an
additional 12 lbs during that challenge. I was on a roll then and didn’t stop
or look backwards. As of today I have lost a total of 34lbs and currently weigh
180lbs. I felt like I won a million dollars the day I saw the scale go less
than 200lbs. I feel great and I am wearing a size 12. I’m only 20lbs away from
my goal and on my 4th 30 Day cardio challenge with my fitness group.
Those ladies have been a HUGE support system and without God’s glory and them I
would probably be still in the 200+ club. I also use the app MyFitnessPal to
document what I eat everyday and log my workouts. I will talk more about
MyFitnessPal next week. This app is the best thing to happen to me since I’ve
been on this journey. It really makes you watch what you eat and you will never
eat the same again. TRUST ME you will not eat the same after using this app.

I have been overwhelmed and truly humbled by the
compliments and “keep up the great work” from friends, co-workers, and random
people I pass at work daily. I tell people they are used to seeing the
unhealthy me not how I use to look before I got my current job. So I decided to
blog about my journey and the things I have learned through this entire roller
coaster ride. I have tons of heath information I have read and saved since
2006. I’ve also worked with several different personal trainers so I know how
to work out on my own and what works for me. Please feel free to leave a
comment, workout tips, healthy recipits, or critique anything you read. Also,
if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. I will make sure I post
medical and food topics supported with facts NOT just my personal opinion. My
goal is to tell my story hoping it will touch, encourage, and inspire someone else.
I do ask that you please be respectful and respect others who post on here as
well. I do reserve the right to delete your comment. SO, if you really are
serious about taking your health back join me and let’s make healthy sexy!!



72 responses »

  1. I truely love this site!! I am inspired to stop saying in the shower every morning while I am having to hold on to the wall for balance that I NEED to workout…I AM going to DO IT today!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. Taquana Peoples

    This is great. I am glad that you created this blog. A lot of people want to lose just don’t know how or where to start. I believe this blog is a great place to get started. I recently lost 30+ lbs and I would like to lose at least 50 more. I started slacking do to school and others things but I am back at it now. Let’s get it!!!

  3. Hey T
    I will be determined to get mines off. Please let me know about some great workouts I can do. I will also forward your blog to some of my friends as wel if thats okay.
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  4. Alright Tam got Damn!!!..Stay focus and keep up the good work!!!!!

  5. Hey Tam! I appreciate you taking the time to share your journey. I have started exercising and watching what I eat and it does make a difference. Keep up the good work and God Bless!

    • Thank you Chenique for visiting. I am going to make sure I keep it updated. It is not easy trying to get in shape especially when you have a lot of things going on everyday. Keep up the good work also.

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