Weight Loss Stories – Tiffany Lost 35 Pounds and 10 Sizes

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Name: Tiffany
Age: 34
Family Status: Married with 3 sons (11 year old twins and a 7 year old)
Occupation: Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor
Hometown: Palm Harbor, Florida
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 35 pounds and went from a size 10 to a size 0!success-stories-new-layout-tiffany

Tiffany’s Weight Loss Story!

When did you become unhappy with your weight?
July, 1999.

What made you decide to lose weight?
We had taken a family vacation to the beach, and when I came home and looked at the pictures, I was horrified! I couldn’t believe how much weight I had gained, and that I didn’t even realized it. I didn’t want to be just another fat mom!

What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I had to START exercising, and totally change the way I ate. With 3 small children we had lots of chicken nuggets, pizza and french fries. We all learned to cut out the junk food and eat healthy.

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What was most challenging about losing weight?
I got addicted to the exercise really quick, but the eating part was much harder. I often felt frustrated at not seeing the results I wanted as fast as I wanted them, and would want to just forget the whole thing!

How long did it take you to start to see results?
After 6 months I felt better and my clothes fit differently, the weight started to really come off after about 8 months.

How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
14 months.

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How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I have maintained my current weight for 5 years! I workout 6 days a week and eat clean.

How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
How has my life NOT changed should be the question! I am a completely different person now. I am so much happier, and so much more confident in myself. I am more adventurous and I find that I do things that before I never would have attempted! I completed my first Olympic distance triathlon after losing weight. I became certified as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer so that I can share my passion for fitness and healthy living with others, and help them reach their goals!

How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s are very inspirational!

Tiffany’s Weight Loss Tips!

Weight loss tip #1:
tiffany-weight-loss-3Know what your weaknesses are when it comes to food, and DON’T keep those things in your house. If it’s not there, you can’t eat it!

Weight loss tip #2:
Eat BEFORE you get hungry. I try to eat a small meal or snack every 2 hours throughout the day. When I let myself get really hungry, that’s when I find myself eating junk.

Weight loss tip #3:
Have a plan when you go out to eat. Think about what you will order ahead of time, and don’t let yourself be tempted by the high calorie, high fat items on the menu. Many restaurants now have their nutrition information posted online. I am much less likely to eat something if I know how fattening it really is!

Weight loss tip #4:
Have one “cheat” day a week for eating. If you know you can have a hamburger and ice cream on Saturday, it makes it easier to eat well the rest of the week.

Weight loss tip #5:
Be sensible when it comes to portion size. Even healthy foods become fattening when you eat too much of them!

Tiffany’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!

Breakfast:
tiffany-weight-loss-41 cup oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder, honey and blueberries, 1/2 cup skim milk.

Lunch:
Turkey wrap on whole wheat tortilla with lettuce and tomato.

Dinner:
Chicken, fish, or whole wheat pasta, a salad with low-fat dressing, and grilled veggies.

Snacks or Mini Meals:
Low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, almonds and cashews, whole wheat pita with hummus, I also drink 2 protein shakes a day.

Tiffany’s Weight Loss Workouts!

Weight Training:
I weight train 2 times per week for an hour. I also teach 3 Pilates classes a week.

Cardiovascular:
I teach 4 spinning classes a week, and try to run once a week. When you are trying to lose weight, cardio 5 times a week is a must!

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