She used to be just another familiar face at the gym. But after a year of taking weekly Zumba classes together, she has become a friend and an inspiration. Tia is a mother of two that faces challenges, like many women, to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.
In one year, she has accomplished losing 68 pounds! She is a real woman with a real weight loss success story.
Her youngest child was about a year and a half when she decided to join Weight Watchers. “It was the thing that had worked for me in the past. Before losing the first 25 pounds, I was too self-conscious to go to the gym.”
She worked on portion control. She became aware of her portion sizes, trained her body to eat the right amount, and perfected her nutritional intake. She replaced the ice cream and desserts that she loved with low-fat substitutes like frozen yogurt and sweet protein bars.
The changes in her diet paid off. After losing 25 pounds, she began to work on a weekly fitness routine.
Feeling lighter on her feet, she proudly walked through the large glass gym doors several times a week. She added one hour of cardio exercise three times a week, and a yoga class two times a week.
Again, the lifestyle changes she was making were visible on the outside. She had more energy. She felt good. She had lost 40 pounds.
Then she hit a plateau.
She continued her weekly fitness schedule and her well-balanced diet. But for several weeks, the scale stayed the same. After the success she was having, the plateau was frustrating.
“I started to believe that I would not lose anymore. That this was the weight that I was supposed to be. It was one more challenge that I would have to overcome.”
The usual smiling, energetic Tia walked slowly into the gym one morning looking quite the opposite. As he swiped her membership card, an employee noticed the change in her demeanor. He questioned her and she confided that she was stuck at a point where she wasn’t losing weight and it was bringing her motivation down.
He suggested that she add strength training to her weekly routine. She began taking muscle classes twice a week.