Family Status: Married
Occupation: Grant & Loan Processor
Hometown: Newburgh, New York
Starting Weight: 180 pounds
Current Weight: 128 pounds
Pounds or Inches Lost: I lost 52 pounds!
Tyneshia’s Weight Loss Story!
When did you become unhappy with your weight?
My size 14/16’s were very tight. I felt sluggish, miserable and looked even worse!
What made you decide to lose weight?
I never felt good after eating processed food. EVER! I can remember even as a young girl, I always seemed to think you were supposed to feel “horrible” after eating fast food. I didn’t know you could feel better! It wasn’t until I became an adult and started living a hectic lifestyle, that I thought to myself…there’s got to be a better way. Extreme fatigue and being unhappy with how I felt and looked made me take action.
What were the most important changes you made to lose weight?
I changed my nutrition and started to weight train and do cardio 6 days a week. Once I made those changes, my body adapted, I felt energetic and the weight started to melt off!
What was most challenging about losing weight?
Being the only one in my “circle” that made the lifestyle change. Being around my family and friends who didn’t eat clean or exercise was hard at first, but I stuck with it because it was extremely important to me.
How long did it take you to start to see results?
About 6 weeks. I noticed that my clothes were getting big. After 6 months, I had lost roughly 35-40 pounds.
How long did it take for you to reach your current weight?
The initial 30 pounds were lost and maintained for 2.5 years. During my grandmother’s illness and eventual death, I gained about 10 pounds more. I got back on track with the help of a fitness team to compete in a bikini competition and lost 20 pounds to make it a total weight loss of 52 pounds.
How long have you maintained your weight loss and how do you do it?
In two months, I will have maintained my weight loss for 3 years. I continue to eat a whole foods diet of lean protein, fibrous and complex carbs and fruit. I drink 1-2 gallons of water daily, weight train with cardio 6 days a week.
How has your life changed now that you’ve lost weight?
My life has changed dramatically! I feel better than I did when I was 25 and I’ll be 45 years old in less than 6 months! My energy, confidence and outlook on life are more positive. I love to encourage and help others to live a healthier, fit lifestyle. I will study for my personal trainer certification in 2011 and plan to compete in 2-3 local and national competitions to get into the best shape of my life!
How did ShapeFit help you reach your weight loss goals?
ShapeFit.com was a great resource for me while losing weight and getting fit. I loved reading the weight loss success stories for inspiration and motivation, as well as getting tons of tips on how to stay healthy and fit! ShapeFit is a great site to visit for tips, exercise demos, success stories and recipes. I found it very helpful while on my weight loss journey to keep me motivated and gain insight on ways to stay healthy and fit. It was definitely one of my “go to” websites for information to help me stay on track.
Tyneshia’s Weight Loss Tips!
Weight loss tip #1:
Make it a LIFESTYLE not a DIET!
Weight loss tip #2:
Do it for YOU! You may envy and be inspired by other success stories. But if you don’t want to make the change for yourself…you won’t!
Weight loss tip #3:
Stay FOCUSED and BELIEVE in YOU! You will have many people who are not supportive of your journey. If it’s important to you, keep pushing and know that with determination, dedication and discipline, you can do ANYTHING you want.
Weight loss tip #4:
Prepare your meals. Do all your prep work on Sunday for the week. It makes a world of difference when you are prepared.
Weight loss tip #5:
Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME. Getting into the best shape of your life takes time. Don’t rush it. You wouldn’t rush to DIE, so why rush to LIVE! Work hard to LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE; you deserve it!
Tyneshia’s Weight Loss Eating Plan!
1/4 steel cut oats, 5-6 egg whites.
4-6 ounces of grilled chicken, 1-2 cups of steamed veggies, 1/4 cup sweet potato.
4-6 ounces of grilled chicken or fish, 1-2 cups of steamed veggies, 1-2 tbsp of Udo’s oil (healthy fat).
Snacks or Mini Meals:
Protein shake, fruit, almonds, carrots, celery, cucumbers.
Tyneshia’s Weight Loss Workouts!
I train 4 days per week:
- Day #1: Chest, Triceps
- Day #2: Back, Biceps
- Day #3: Shoulders, Abs
- Day #4: Legs, Glutes, Abs
- Note: During contest preparation, I train twice weekly.
I do cardio 6 days a week. I mix it up with HIIT, functional & plyometrics, sprinting, jump rope, Turbo Jam, Zumba, Kickboxing, Boot Camp, treadmill.