FFFC: Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).
T: My name is Tabatha and I am a 27 year old wife and mother of 2. I am a Spanish Teacher. My hobbies include working out, spending time with my family, and hosting extra curricular activities for my students.
FFFC: What sparked your weight-loss transformation journey?
T: My journey was sparked by the complete unhappiness I felt about my body and the way I looked.
FFFC: What was your beginning and current weight or measurements?
T: Starting BW-230, BF%- 40%Current BW- 170, BF%- 15%
FFFC: How long did it take for your weight-loss transformation from beginning to end?
T: After almost a decade of failed yo-yo dieting, I really got serious about 2 years ago and joined a gym and hired a trainer.
FFFC: What physical activities did you participate in during your journey?
T: By far weight training is my favorite. I also enjoy spinning, sprints, and even though I dislike it the stairmill is one heck of a workout
FFFC: How did your eating habits change?
T: I was raised by a family who put little emphasis on healthy diet and exercise. Our meals consisted of gravy, biscuits, fried chicken and corn bread. That changed to grilled chicken, egg whites, oatmeal and vegetables. While it was a struggle, I knew it is what i had to do.
FFFC: What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
T: I do not eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I eat 5-7 meals a day. Here is a typical day for me: Meal 1- 3 egg whites, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/4 cup cottage cheese. Meal 2- 4-6oz lean meat, 1 cup green veggies. Meal 3- same as meal 2, adding 3oz sweet potato. Meal 4- 3oz ground turkey, 1 cup spinach. Meal 5- 1 scoop protein powder. Meal 6- 3 egg whites, 1/4 cup cottage cheese.
FFFC: What is your favorite fitness activity?
T: My favorite fitness activity is lifting HEAVY!!
FFFC: What do you do now to maintain your physique?
T: I eat clean and train dirty.
FFFC: How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?
T: I look in the mirror everyday and am honest with myself. I know I am not yet where I want to be, but I am willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
FFFC: What advice do you have for someone starting out on their weight-loss journey but unsure of how to begin?
T: I think the greatest thing I did, and what everyone should do is to hire a trainer. Even it is only for a few sessions, to ensure your safety and to learn correct form.
FFFC: What do you think is the biggest misconception about this process.
T: I think the biggest misconception is that people think fat loss and muscle gain is going to come quick and easy, but it’s not. How ever long you think it is going to take you to reach our goal, double it, add 6 months to it, and double it again, then maybe you will be close to where you ant go be.
FFFC: Do you have any fitness idols? Who are they?
T: One of my biggest fitspirations is Ashley Scott – The skinny fit girl, I also love following Lifting my Spirits on FB
FFFC: How can readers learn more about your transformation and journey online (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?
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