Transformation of the Day: Tangie lost 72 pounds. Her turning point came when she was rushed to the hospital with a blood pressure reading of 213/126. Knowing that she had to do something to save her life, she had gastric sleeve surgery, switched up her eating habits, and worked out 5-6 days a week.
What was your motivation? What inspired you when you wanted to give up?
My motivation to lose weight was being diagnosed with hypertension. I was rushed to the hospital with a blood pressure reading of 213/126. The nurse told me that I should have been having a stroke. At that moment, I knew that I had to get my weight under control, or it would kill me. I decided to take my life back because I want to live. When I want to give up, I think about that nurse in the hospital and my 213/126 blood pressure reading. I’m no longer on blood pressure medication.
How did you change your eating habits?
I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on 9/16/19. The sleeve restricts the amount of food I can consume, but I still have to change the way I eat to see results. My diet consists of lean protein (mostly eggs, tuna, and boneless skinless chicken thighs), fresh & frozen vegetables, and LOTS of water. I eat four small but balanced meals daily and drink 64 oz of water daily.
What did your workout routine look like? How often did you workout?
Before we were quarantined due to Coronavirus, I was at the gym 5-6 days a week. I loved Spin class and lifting weights. I was a bonafide gym rat. Since quarantine, I’ve adapted to working out at home with the use of a spin bike, resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, and a jump rope. I still workout 5-6 days a week, alternating between cardio and resistance training.
What was your starting weight? What is your current weight?
My starting weight was 250 pounds. My current weight is 178 pounds.
What is your height?
When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?
I had surgery on 9/16/19, and I’m still losing. My goal weight is 150 lbs.
(Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy by Dr. Woodman at MidSouth Bariatrics in Memphis, TN)
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned?
I had to change my way of thinking about food. Food is energy, that’s it. Before surgery, I was using food to hide my emotions. Now I have to deal with my emotions directly instead of trying to “eat them away”.
What advice do you have for others who want to lose weight?
You have to make sure you have a plan and a support system. If you’re considering having weight loss surgery, find a support group and ask a lot of questions. Weight loss surgery isn’t a magic wand. You have to do the work and have the right mindset for it to be successful.