From Fat to Fit Chick: : Meet Tanee   


Meet Tanee

Hi Everyone! 

My name is Tanee.
(Don't worry, you will not be the only one that doesn't know how to pronounce my name lol)

I'm a work-at-home mom of 3 children (who I refer to as my minions) 
and married to a globetrotting husband. I am from New Orleans :)

My journey began in May 2008 after a lot of soul searching. I have been morbidly obese almost my entire teen age/adult life but after I had my 3rd child I was diagnosed with severe depression. I felt like I didn’t know who I was anymore. It got so bad that I almost ran my SUV into a tree and the only thing that stopped me was my children.

What else was going on? I took my children to Wal-mart. As we were leaving, my oldest son who has Asperger’s darted out into the parking lot. I couldn’t catch him but luckily an older gentleman grabbed him for me. Later on I beat myself up about it, not being able to save your own child is terrifying. I couldn’t walk the entire the store, much less run after a 6 year old.

I didn’t start right after that though. It was after I went to a convention with the company I used to work with that I decided that I was worth it. Luckily they had some amazing motivational speakers within the company. Self-improvement classes were all that I took that year. I wanted to change. I just didn’t think I could.

I came home right after that full of determination. I deserved to have what I wanted! I still had no idea how to start but I knew WHY I wanted to do it! (Which if you are wondering, my WHY is myself. I wanted this for ME. Taking care of myself is a win-win for everyone in my life.)

So I researched. Weight loss surgery? Tempting but the lack of money and phobia of needles nixed that idea. Well, what about Weight Watchers? I did Weight Watchers several times with awesome results until I stopped. I didn’t want to count points though. It felt so overwhelming and I admitted I had no idea what eating healthy really was. I saw the Core Plan they offered and it was perfect. A food list on what I could/couldn’t have and it really focused on you paying attention to your body for hunger cues.  It helped me learn alot about my body.

I did that for the majority of my weight loss (99.9% of it) and when I felt restless I would switch to counting calories.  I now practice basically the Core Plan but I do not do any fat free basically eating clean and listening to my body :)

I didn’t start exercising right away. When I thought it was something I needed to do, I bought a cheap piece of equipment. It totally kicked my butt after 5 minutes. I liked it though. So I tried different things like pool exercises, Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs and walking outside.  I built it up as time went on and have I taught fitness classes like Zumba and I was a personal trainer.  I love being active!

In total, I’ve lost 200 pounds. I have done it without any surgery, magic pills, shakes or Voodoo and that makes it that much sweeter to me!

We all have that power within us. 
Change your mind and you’ll change your life ♥