Weight Loss Stories - Tamara Lost 55 Pounds
First Name: Tamara
Family status: Very happily married!
Occupation: Fitness Model/Business Owner
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Pounds or inches lost: I lost 55 pounds!
Tamara's Weight Loss!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I was a normal Mom who had two children and a great family. I
didn't realize how overweight I was until I was going on a cruise
and had to buy a swimsuit! Standing in the Macy's fitting room
staring at myself in the mirror I thought it was one of those
trick mirrors they use in fun houses! (laughing) It was at that
moment I knew I had to do something. This was reinforced by my
doctor when I went in for a physical a week later. I have a heart
condition and he told me either lose weight or possibly suffer
a heart attack! That scared me!
What made you decide to lose weight?
Once the doctors confirmed me of my heart condition, they wanted
to put me on heart medicine. Instead I decided to lose the weight
and get into great shape, not knowing how much it would affect
my life in such a positive way!
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I established a routine and took out all the junk food. I also
started training consistently and tracking all my food and exercise
in a journal.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Keeping a positive mental focus was the most difficult thing
to do! You cannot imagine the changes you go through when you
really start to shed the pounds! Your friends treat you differently
and you have to become very strong willed to overcome the obstacles
that are thrown at you! Sometimes to conquer your mind you have
to maintain a "warrior" like mentality! Especially when
you compete in figure or fitness!
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I started seeing results after about one month. Water weight
was the first to go and then the real fat starts being shed. But
sometimes people get discouraged because muscle weighs more than
fat, so they think they are gaining when in reality they are exchanging
fat for lean muscle, which is great!!!
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
It took me about four months to lose all the weight. But I kept
training to tighten up my skin and build more muscle mass.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do
I have maintained my weight for 6 years now! I allow myself to
indulge if I am having a really bad craving, but if I am getting
ready to compete, then I really tighten up my diet and watch what
How has your life changed now that you've lost weight?
I have a lot more confidence in myself and know that I can achieve
anything I set my mind to!
How did ShapeFit.com help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit helps me to learn more about staying in shape! I love
reading about inspirational people who have overcome adversity
to achieve their goals! Normal people like me who have struggled
and won by conquering our fear of failure! ShapeFit gives people
the information they need to make the changes in their lives!
Tamara's Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Commit yourself to success in your mind and your body will follow!
Weight loss tip #2:
Create a plan that ensures your success, write it down!
Weight loss tip #3:
Drink a lot of water to flush your system and keep your muscles
Weight loss tip #4:
If you cheat, don't beat yourself up! Start over and be positive!
Weight loss tip #5:
Use music while you work out or do your aerobics! This helped
me to really put out the effort and sweat!
Tamara's Weight Loss Eating Plan!
4 Egg Whites/ 1 yolk Slow cooked oatmeal Coffee Once a week I
allow myself a cheat meal so I stay sane! This also allows carb
loading which is good if I am getting ready to compete, because
my muscles fill up glycogen and look much fuller!
Chicken breast (skinless) 1/2 cup brown rice Dark green veggies
Lean steak or chicken or fish Spinach salad with fat free dressing.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Protein shake or protein bar (but not very often) Fresh food
is the best! Apples are really the only fruit I eat. Most other
fruits are high in sugar and can be converted into fat!
Tamara's Weight Loss Workouts!
I use almost all free weights to help with balance. My workout
routine looks something like this: Monday: Chest/Triceps/Abs Tuesday:
Legs (Quads and calves) Wednesday: OFF Thursday: Back and Biceps
Friday: Shoulders and hamstrings and abs Thursday:
Treadmill work 45 minutes a day (am) except for Sunday which
is rest day!
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