Family Status: Single
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 40 pounds!
Starting Weight: 150 pounds
Current Weight: 110 pounds
Tammy’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
I became unhappy with my weight after the birth of my daughter on August 28th, 2008.
What made you decide to lose weight?
I didn’t want to carry around all that extra weight. It was depressing to try to squeeze into my old clothes hoping they might fit.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
The most important changes were eating a well-balanced diet and getting enough sleep.
What was most challenging about losing weight?
As a full-time single mom of a preemie (my daughter was born 2.5 months early, weighing 2lbs 14oz) I was encouraged to nurse. Unfortunately she had a lot of stomach problems and I really had to watch what I ate, as a lot of foods that made me nauseated during pregnancy, seemed to bother her stomach also (eggs, whey protein, frozen chicken). Unfortunately I was stuck eating a lot of soup which isn’t the healthiest thing to be eating on a regular basis.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
I started seeing results after I stopped nursing my daughter at 6 months of age and was able to eat a balanced diet of carbs, fats and protein.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
I started eating a cleaner diet as well as exercising a minimum of 3 times a week on February 28th, 2009. It certainly wasn’t easy finding time! I finally reached my goal weight on June 6th, 2009.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
I am able to maintain my physique by incorporating a well-balanced diet as well as regular exercise 5 days a week.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
I have had compliments on achieving my goal weight by other single moms who are still struggling to lose the weight.
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit’s are very inspiring.
Tammy’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Get at least 8 hours sleep.
Weight loss tip #2:
Drink a lot of water.
Weight loss tip #3:
Eat smaller meals but more frequently.
Weight loss tip #4:
Get your workouts in when time permits (but make the time).
Weight loss tip #5:
Eat protein with every meal.
Tammy’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1/2 cup of oatmeal and a protein shake.
Coffee, tea or water, chicken, sweet potato, or baked potato, veggies or salad.
Coffee, tea or water, diet pop, chicken, tuna, or beef, salad and veggies.
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Protein shakes, rice cakes, fruit.
Tammy’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I do weight training 4 times a week.
Day 1: legs
Day 2: chest and triceps
Day 3: back and biceps
Day 4: shoulders
I do 45 minutes of elliptical trainer prior to breakfast, 5 times a week. If I am unable to complete pre-breakfast cardio (as I have a small baby), I will do 30 minutes of cardio after weight training on weight training days.