Transformation of the Day: Tameara lost 127 pounds. Until 2017, she was an avid runner, participating in several marathons. Unfortunately, emotional eating led to weight gain, so she decided to renew her love for exercise, transform her eating habits, and commit to the process. She shared her 18-month journey with us.
What was your motivation?
Until 2017, I ran marathons and half marathons, even qualifying to be a marathon maniac by running at least three marathons within three months. After 2017, I started gaining weight due to emotional eating but wanted to continue running marathons.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
The sense of accomplishment and the prospect of getting back to what I love (running) in the manner that I love.
How did you change your eating habits?
I initially followed the Profile by Sanford program. I lost 40 pounds with them over the course of 6 months. However, due to the program’s requirements, I eventually realized it wasn’t for me and quit the program.
I regrouped for about 2.5 months before doing a program I’d done in the past called HIIP by WeightNot. I kinda went cold turkey with that program, only following their protocols which eliminated bread, pasta, potatoes, and almost all carbs. Instead, I mostly ate lean protein, certain fruits, and veggies.
What is your workout routine?
I focused on getting 10,000 steps a day, so my primary form of exercise was walking. I have a sedentary job, so I walked for approximately an hour every morning, and then I’d do a 30 min walk during my lunch. I did (and still do) this regimen seven days a week.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 273.8 pounds, and my current weight is 146.2 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey?
I began with Profile by Sanford on March 23, 2021.
How long did your transformation take?
It’s taken me 18 months. I still have a little bit more to go before I transition to maintenance.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, I didn’t have surgery.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
Weight loss doesn’t have to be complicated, but you must be committed to whatever method you choose.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Be consistent, and don’t allow outside influences (such as people whose habits are not aligned with your new lifestyle) to deter or distract you.
It doesn’t have to be a lonely journey, but it can be. Stay true to who you are and your goals, and you’ll succeed.