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This is a list of F.A.Q's that I have done to kinda help out everyone and to save myself time.

 1.  How long did it take you to hit your goal? 


I started my journey in May 2008 at 360 pounds.  It took me 9 months to lose my first 100 pounds and I wound up celebrating 200 pounds lost in August 2011.  I regained 125 pounds in the past four years after my mom passed away and being depressed after that but I'm busy getting rid of that now. I restarted in October 2018 to kick off my 40th birthday on a good foot.


2.  Have you ever plateaued?


I have. You just keep swimming. Swimming.


3.  What exactly did you do to lose it all?


Besides get it in my head that this was going to happen no matter what....I started on the Weight Watcher's Core plan in 2008 and have tweaked things ever since!  

For my restart in 2018: I'm still on WW but enjoying the Freestyle plan now, which reminds me of the old Core plan.


4.  Why do you have to re-lose some of the weight?


Because my mom passed away in August 2014.  I am emotional eater and normally have a grip on it, well not so much after that. Her passing caused me to also become very depressed.  I am slowly getting my act together though.  
I'm always truthful about my up and downs, no matter how ugly.  


5.  How do you get your family to eat healthy?


It was a case of me having a total heart to heart with my husband.  I told him what I really wanted and we decided to change it together.  He is my rock <3  As for the kids, I buy the food so they had no choice really.  My middle one is a picky eater and wouldn't eat vegetables but I pureed them into what I cooked at first.  Now he loves raw veggies!


6.  Do you have a back ground in psychology?

Nope.  I found my balance and I want to help others find theirs.  If your problems are out of my reach I will refer you to see your doctor.  In fact consult with your doctor no matter what someone says on the interwebs, this includes me lol  


I am actually in college majoring in Earth & Environmental Science at the University of New Orleans though.


7.  Why do you focus on the mental aspect of weight loss?


The mental aspect is one that needs to be drilled into our heads.  It's not only about weight loss.  If you change your attitude, you will truly change your whole life.  No matter where we are in our journey, no matter the plan we are on, no matter what exercise we do....we can all benefit from a positive mental attitude.  It's my way of making the world a better place :)


8.  How tall are you?


I'm 5' 8"


9.  Do you have loose skin?


I do but it really doesn't hold me back.  


My video on loose skin:




10.  What is your average running pace?


Shit, working on getting back into running :) I used to run a 11-12 minute mile but I'd be happy to just get to where I wouldn't get picked up by a sweeper at the end of a race!

11.  How do you stay motivated?



Motivation is a something you get by taking any positive action towards your goal.  It is not something that I would focus on.  

12.  Did you have weight loss surgery?

No....I'm scared to death of needles.  The only surgeries I have had are c-sections, and that was beyond my control.

31 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I have a quick question. I learnt from your FB page that you were 360 pounds and decided to lose weight. How did you control your initial urge to satisfy snacking on delicious (unhealthy food such as cream filled cookies, chips, etc.). I know its the passion that drives us to victory but some urge to eat what I have been eating for years is so tempting. Please reply.

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    1. I kinda purged my entire house when I first started. The Core plan I talk about....it's a food list. Similar to maybe phase 2 of South Beach. It's a bit extreme but it worked for me :)

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  2. how did you control portions without having set guidelines?

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    1. There are set guidelines. You need to control portions and listen to your true hunger cues.

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    2. Do you have a journal or log of what you ate to achieve this goal so that we too can follow it? I would love lots of specifics! So happy and proud for and of you ~ Thanks!

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    3. I have samples of what I eat under the tab "My Meal Stuff" since I track on Weight Watcher's etools site, it isn't able to be shared.

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    4. I saw that you mentioned that you have loose skin on your thighs, but how about your stomach. I have read alot say only their thighs.

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  3. Thanks for this!!! I just found your facebook page and blog.. I look forward to using your journey as inspiration for mine!!!!

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  4. Hi Tanee,

    You are truly amazing. Congrats on all your accomplishments!! I just have a question. I have an issue with portion control. I dont eat too many unhealthy food but when I do eat I can eat about 5 pieces of chicken in 12 sitting? How can I control that?

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    1. Hi Tania! I measure everything out. Even the healthy stuff. Couple that with really taking your time and eating can help :)

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  5. Hi Tanee! First of all I wanted to congratulate you on your weight loss! That is so amazing! One question I do have though is with the simply filling plan, I always thought that you didn't have to count points for that?

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    1. Thank you! You don't have to count points for simply filling but I choose to because it keeps me in line :)

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  6. Congratulations on your weight loss. It is amazing how your story can transcend borders and touch lives in Ghana, West Africa. I am inspired by your story and your accomplishments and so I have started a journey of my own. My challenge however is the urge to fight off snacking on unhealthy foods and eating foods that keeps my hunger at bay. Thanks!

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  7. Congratulations on your weight loss journey. I am particularly inspired by your story. It is amazing how this can transcend borders and touch lives in Ghana, West Africa. I have also started a work out of my own based on most of your ideas and I stick to what works for me. But which foods can keep the hunger at bay. Also, how many minutes of workout a day would you suggest for a weight of 270 pounds at 5"8inches? Thank you

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  8. I just had a baby and want to loose the weight that i gained. I also would like to tone /flattrn my belly since it got stretched through prenancy. What do you recommend?

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  9. What excersizes did you start with at your highest weight?

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  10. I just found you on Facebook. I myself am starting a journey! Thank you for posting this blog. I will be checking back here, and reading your posts! And, a big congratulations on your success! :-)

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  11. I just found you on facebook too...been doing WW since the summer, only lost 5 pounds and gained 2 of back on a recent trip :( I am switching to the simply filling to see if that helps! :) Thanks!!!

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  12. Hi Tanee!
    You are truly inspiring!! My husband lost 100 lbs and I need to kick it in gear...again. =) I need to be healthy. I like how you said you had tried WW and were successful but stopped before. That's my problem....if I stop, it's like I've ruined the whole process. I need to forget and start right back.
    Thank you for posting this blog!!

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  13. Hi Tanee,

    Thank you for such great inspiration! I have lost a total of 17 lbs (back at only 14 right now) doing Paleo, which works great for me (when I'm not drawn in by crackers and cheese >.<). I stopped after my wedding this year and have been having a horrible time getting back on track (it's been almost 3 months now). I have 30 more lbs to go before I reach my first real weight loss goal, then I will want to lose another 20lbs after that to be where I want to be. I have started to workout again, slowly because I keep sleeping wrong and pinching nerves in my neck, but I really needed to hear/read about someone else's story to keep going and get back on track. so THANK YOU for being you and for being so open with your journey. Now to get my hubby to stop bringing home Halloween Candy :)

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  14. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us and it truly is a wonderful inspiration for all of us. I am almost 50. and I made out a bucket list a couple of years ago and the top of the list was "get my body back" but I put that on the back burner cause I knew it was too hard for me....but I had a heart attack a few months ago and it become a priority to lose weight and get heart healthy. I have been calorie counting and researching every good supplement to take. it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I started out as 231.8 and am currently 217.4 but now I am seeing a plateau. and getting so discouraged. and I am hungry all the time. any advise? I work out 60 minutes a day on my eliptical and gazelle and weight bench. and try very hard to only eat organic food that is healthy but I do mess up and eat a cheeseburger from time to time. But havent ate anything sweet in two months. or drank a soda either.do you take supplements? green food? or anything like that?

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  15. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us and it truly is a wonderful inspiration for all of us. I am almost 50. and I made out a bucket list a couple of years ago and the top of the list was "get my body back" but I put that on the back burner cause I knew it was too hard for me....but I had a heart attack a few months ago and it become a priority to lose weight and get heart healthy. I have been calorie counting and researching every good supplement to take. it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I started out as 231.8 and am currently 217.4 but now I am seeing a plateau. and getting so discouraged. and I am hungry all the time. any advise? I work out 60 minutes a day on my eliptical and gazelle and weight bench. and try very hard to only eat organic food that is healthy but I do mess up and eat a cheeseburger from time to time. But havent ate anything sweet in two months. or drank a soda either.do you take supplements? green food? or anything like that?

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  16. How did you start with becoming a personal trainer? Personal training has been one of the most important parts of my journey. I love living healthy and being active. I keep thinking about starting to this. I look up to the trainers at my gym so much And want to help people the way I've been helped.

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  17. where did your get your tank top that says, "Run It's Cheaper Than Therapy"? :)

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  18. Wow, how impressive. Do you find it's harder to lose weight now that you have less to lose?

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  19. Tanee I'm struggling with my weight like never before. I am up over 300 pounds and facing back surgery. I hate who I am right now. My husband and I haven't been intimate for over a year because I can't stand the thought of him seeing me without clothes on. I'm finally at the point that I have to do "something" but I'm not quite sure what that is. You've inspired me to at least try.

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  20. Thank you for sharing your story to encourage (myself) and others. I've really been depressed lately -- having lost 80 lbs in Jenny Craig a few years ago because of stress and two little ones and not being able to exercise like I used to I've put the weight back on. Almost back to my starting weight -- 193 right now and I was 140 at my lowest. I've been beating myself up. How did you break your depression cycle? I'm feeling very overwhelmed. Thank you again for sharing your story --you're very inspiring. God bless!

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  21. I too am using WW and have lost 19lbs so far, which is a LOOOONG way from my goal weight, I also go to the gym & downloaded the APP couch to 5k and love it, but I haven't found the courage to do the jogging portion of it at the gym yet, This question is for anyone really how do you get the confidence to start running?

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  22. Your page is so awesome, I am utilizing so much of it and my goal is to loose 100lbs, I downloaded the couch to 5k app & love it, my question is how did you have the confidence to jog being over weight? I go to our gym & am so self conscience to do the jogging portion!

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  23. In your journey, were you ever a food addict or binge eater? if you were, how did you over come that?

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  24. Great job, you look so good. I was 227 5'6" and a year and a half later I'm now 170. I have done this before and always seem to gain it back. I hope I can keep the drive to keep it off this time. Would like to send you my before and after pic, tried on FB but no where for pictures.

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