Transformation of the Day: Tina lost 36 pounds/2st 8 lbs with healthy eating habits and exercise. Health is her primary motivation. Right before her 46th b-day, she was diagnosed with very high blood pressure. This was a game-changer for her because her dear mother passed due to a brain hemorrhage brought on by high blood pressure.
What was your motivation?
Just before my 46th birthday in Dec 2021, I was rushed to A&E with an excruciating migraine. Little did I know it was my high blood pressure kicking in. The reading was 210/145 – VERY HIGH! The doctor said, “You will soon die if you carry on the way you are.” I weighed 13st 3lbs/185 pounds.
What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up?
I don’t want to die. My mum died when I was 13 of a brain hemorrhage brought on by High Blood Pressure, and I didn’t want to go the same way. Also, she died at 47, which is the age I will be this year, so I was and still am scared as hell!
How did you change your eating habits?
My friend, Simone, hooked me up with the lovely Amy @fiori_ac of @ultimate.wellbeing, who devised a 12-week nutrition & training plan.
I dropped all the processed foods and fizzy drinks I love (see my food page @tinalovezfood) and had a seven-day training plan with two rest days. Amy was also available to chat on WhatsApp, phone, or IG, whenever I needed her. My well-being was essential to finishing the program successfully.
What did your workout routine consist of? How often did you work out?
PUSH, PULL, QUADS & HAMSTRING – I did gym workouts, weights, dumbells, etc., five days a week with two rest days.
What was your starting weight?
13 stone 3lbs/185 pounds
What is your current weight?
10 stone 9lbs/149 pounds
What is your height?
I’m 5 feet, 2 inches tall.
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I started using the Gym and Food/training plan on Jan 5, 2022, and continued thru June 5, 2022.
Is weight loss surgery part of your journey?
No, definitely not. If I can’t do it naturally, I don’t want it! I have a layer of overhanging skin that I feel isn’t going anywhere due to two caesarians. However, I PERSONALLY would never consider plastic surgery. It’s way too evasive for me.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
I learned that the gym won’t make you lose weight. Your intake of nutrients, i.e., the food you eat, will define how your body will change with weight loss. The gym just aids the process.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Get the MyFitnessPal app. That’s been a godsend for me. Log everything that passes your lips. Set your carb, fat, and protein goals and smash them daily.
Drink lots of water and get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, and then you are winning. Good luck!