So many of you have wanted to learn more about Tasha, from Fit To Fat To Fit on A&E, and have really related to her struggle and journey. I interviewed her and asked her to share what she’s learned, including how she changed her eating to get her success. I hope you are encouraged and motivated to follow in her footsteps!
“I never measured food before and it was an eye opener to say the least. You do not realize how much you’re eating until you measure and weigh your food!”
1. What has held you back from succeeding with weight loss in the past.
I have NEVER made weight loss a lifestyle change. I would lose weight for an event, vacation, to fit into a certain piece of clothing, etc. It was always a quick fix, I never incorporated it into my life, family or routine…HUGE DIFFERENCE when you do. It has to be for life
2. What were the biggest misconceptions you had about weight loss before?
The biggest misconception I had was, if you don’t eat enough your body will store fat, and therefore you won’t lose weight!
3. What are the benefits you enjoy most about being fit?
Oh, there are SO many benefits to being fit.. Top few are, being able to be an active part of my family, being a great example to my children, the self confidence, and self PRIDE.
4. What was your first mini-victory on your weight loss journey?
My first mini non scale victory was being able to cross my legs… You can’t do that when your overweight, it had been MANY MANY YEARS!!
5. What was your biggest struggle on this journey? What was the easiest part?
My biggest struggle was coming to the realization that putting myself first , making me a priority is not selfish. The easiest part.. Hmm let me get back to you on that.
6. What did you learn about eating healthy and dieting?
I learned that the key to eating healthy and dieting is BEING PREPARED. Having food weighed and prepared for a few days ahead, eating before you go to an event or friends house so you aren’t tempted to make a bad choice, mentally preparing yourself for temptation, making the choice ahead of time not to binge on crap food.
7. What were you doing wrong before when you thought you were doing everything right?
I was eating too much, I wasn’t measuring or holding myself accountable with an app. You do not realize how much you’re eating until you measure and weigh your food! HOLY COW!! No pun intended!
8. What would you say to people who are’t lucky enough to have a free trainer? Do they have hope?
If you aren’t lucky enough to have a trainer I say, find a friend, spouse, anyone who will hold you accountable and listen to you gripe about your failures, or brag about your victories!! You absolutely have hope, make small changes at first, then small changes become bigger ones. Move your body, eat smaller portions, drink a gallon of water a day… Most of all… You Have to believe in yourself and do it for YOU!!!
9. What was the biggest lie you used to tell yourself (about your weight or weight loss) that you believed hook, line and sinker?
Oh, the biggest lies I used to tell myself and anyone who would listen are … I must have a slow metabolism, I’m big boned, and the list goes on and on
10. What is one truth, about diet or fitness, you never knew?
How truly great you feel emotionally when you are fit. It really is more of an emotional battle then physical!
The Shocking Lesson
“The weeks I didn’t use the app religiously, were the weeks I didn’t lose a lot of weight.” – Tasha
Tasha shares what her diet was like before, and what she learned from logging food in the LoseIt app.
“First, I believe that using the app made me realize HOW MUCH FOOD I was eating. I never measured food before and it was an eye opener to say the least. Also, knowing how many calories are in each food, and understanding my choices, helps me to figure out what I really want to eat, like TONS of asparagus or a little bit of sweet potato. The weeks I didn’t use the app religiously were the weeks I didn’t lose a lot of weight. Also, drinking a gallon of water a day not only kept me full, I noticed the numbers were lower those weeks too.
I still use the LoseIt app and try to make my days with in certain percentages for protein, starches, and fats. I shoot for 33/33/33 (33% of calories from each substrate – protein, fats and carbs) or darn close. Lose it makes a pie graph so you can track this easily. I measure everything and only drink water, at least a gallon a day. It has become a lifestyle and it is a lot easier now to make better choices.”
- I do not eat starchy veggies after lunch, only a green leafy veggies which is my dinner starch
- I measure ALL food and liquid that enters my body
- I used to be a BIG dipper. Everything went in honey mustard or ranch, Now, I don’t use dip because it’s empty calories and it’s not worth it to me.
- I also try to get most of my calories in during the first part of the day (lunch and before). I don’t need a lot of fuel for the evening to go to bed.
- I think of food as fuel, as a necessity.
- I prefer to keep foods bland – not because they have to be bland but because if it’s too good, I eat too much.
As you will see below, she didn’t eat horribly unhealthy, she just had no accountability. She wasn’t looking at portions or calories. This is why so many people feel it’s impossible to lose the weight. They are eating “diet meals” all the time, but not losing the weight due to other mistakes. Tasha, in some ways, was doing a lot right – but she was still doing enough wrong to not get the results she wanted.
Jimmy Dean D-LIGHT frozen, pre packaged sandwich. Turkey sausage, egg white, slice of cheese on a english muffin.
DIPPED in honey
A cup of coffee, with creamer… a ton of creamer i never measured
Mid morning snack
Anything that the little children I took care of ate…Goldfish, pretzels, granola bars, Belvita bites, cheeze its, all sorts of sugary starchy foods. Again, by the handful…while standing there feeding them (not tracking amount at all).
FROZEN pre packaged Helathy choice meal, left over dinners chicken and starchy side,or a lean hot pocket – usually 2 lean hot pockets.
With sweet tea …cups of sweet tea.
Mid afternoon snack
AGAIN, whatever the kids children were eating. I would, out of habit, pop HANDFULS of their snack in my mouth while feeding them not realizing how many EMPTY calories I was eating.
Grilled chicken a huge serving
A starchy side or starchy vegetable and NO measuring.
Sweet potatoes with butter
Lots of boxed sides – the easier the better
NEW DIET (sample day)
6 tbs of egg whites
Turkey bacon, 3 slices
A whole grain english muffin with peanut butter 2 tbs
Grilled chicken 5 ounces
Sweet potato with smart balance light butter 1TBS
Hot sauce on chicken
and sometimes avocado for some healthy fat
grilled chicken or fish 5 oz
asparagus with smart balcance 1tbs
and hot suace
usually 99% fat free kettle corn pop corn 100 calorie bag WITH a cup of coffee with 2 TABLESPOONS of creamer
Feel free to ask more questions below!! She would love to answer them and help as much as she can!
PS – This was Tasha and I this morning doing our Power HIIT class at the gym! She’s still on her program, still logging foods and training hard to continue working toward her goals. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE (top right side of blog) to continue following her journey and more Fit To Fat To Fit news!
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