Transformation of the Day: Tangie lost 75 pounds. Three out from having VSG surgery, she has figured out how to maintain her results. In the interview, she shares the healthy habits and lifestyle changes that make up her routine.
What was your motivation? What inspired you to keep going, even when you wanted to give up? My motivation to lose weight was finding out that I had high blood pressure. I was walking around on the brink of having a stroke without even knowing it. I was horrified that I was dying every time I had a headache. I knew I had to take control of my life. Whenever I think about giving up, I think about what it felt like to think I was dying.
How did you change your eating habits? After having gastric sleeve surgery on 9/16/19, I began eating a lower calorie, low-fat, high (lean) protein diet 80% of the time. I usually plan my meals ahead and meal prep for the week to minimize slip-ups and grazing. I also allow myself a weekly cheat day.
What is your workout routine? (Cardio, weight training, Zumba, etc.) I LOVE lifting weights. Seeing new muscles in the mirror is the ultimate motivation. I alternate lifting weights and doing cardio on the elliptical.
How often did you work out? I work out six days a week, with three days of strength training and three days of cardio.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 250 pounds, and my current weight is 175-180 pounds.
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When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
My journey began on 9/16/19. I reached my goal weight within 18 months. I’m three years out from having weight loss surgery, and I’m still maintaining my weight!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to give myself grace. Gaining a few pounds, eating a “bad” meal, missing a few workouts…those things aren’t the end of the world, and they don’t make me a failure.
What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?
Be kind to yourself. The only thing that can keep you from reaching your goals is you.