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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 foods.....so 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 ♥

47 comments:

  1. Awesome story! Thanks for sharing and for motivating us!

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  2. Love it Tanee! I have a lot to lose and your story is very motivating!!! Thank you!

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  3. i have been following you for a little while now, and although i know what i need to do i can't get motivated to do it. with that being said, you are truly an inspiration and even though i don't have as much to lose (about 50 lbs would put me in the healthy range) it feels as though it's overwhelming at times. thanks for showing that it is not impossible! even with all the family stuff that may get in the way!

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  4. Can you tell me what foods you can eat? I need to lose between 50-70 lbs, I need help. I've done everything and gained weight back, I need help.

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  5. I post my weekly menu here every week....it should give you a good idea what I eat :) You can find them under the Menu tab at the top of the page

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  6. Wow 200lbs! That is very inspiring.

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  7. That is so awesome! I did have weight loss surgery but I had a baby and gained back what I lost. I am now on a new journey to be healthy and lose over 100 pounds. Your story is an inspiration and I know I can do this too!

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  8. FireFly (Jennifer U. on Dietbet)March 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Tanee that's so fantastic, people like you really inspire me. I've made great progress recently towards my own goals, but I've got a long road ahead of me, and I lose using stories like yours as motivation!

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  9. Tanee,

    What do you eat for breakfast and lunch typically. It seems like you are very low or no carbs - is that correct?

    Natalie

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    1. My breakfast usually consists of around 3 eggs, 1/2 cup cooked spinach, 1/2 cup other veggies. (Veggies have carbs)

      Lunch is usually a protein and a bunch of veggies.

      The only way you can be no carb is if you omit the veggies too.

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  10. Hi,

    I am trying to lose weight and wanted to ask you a quick question. What did you do in the initial stage of your journey when you really wanted to eat more (i mean the excessive gulping of food that we are really used to - have more quantity instead of realizing 'I am feeling full'). Please reply

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    1. Sorry I'm just seeing this :(

      I started on the Core Plan with WW and the biggest thing they drilled into our heads was to eat slowly and really listen to your body and hunger signals. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your stomach is full so work on eating more slowly :)

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    1. Do u travel as a personal trainer,what about that list can i get one and where?

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  12. Tanee, you are a true inspiration!Thanks for the great posts:)

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  13. Dear Tanee, I was wondering if u ever would consider sitting dwn and meeting with me? Yes, it most certainly can be in brightly lit public place...lol I too am here in Slidell & through what maybe divine intervention, well & Fb -(on a friends post, this...You came across my feed...) I've read a few things on ur blog tonight and got to think'n maybe God is at wk here, answer to prayer? So I thought I'd ask.I don't know how to contact you and wasn't sure of all the options listed in the pull dwn screen(never heard of most..lol..the only other one was to have post be anonymous) so if ur interested let me know.Maybe you have a way that allows me to private message you for details.Thank you for your consideration, like you I am a work from hm mama and have a HUGE task in front of me and the journey thus far is winning...

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  14. I'm so glad I found you on facebook! Your positive posts inspire me every day. I am from a Southern family and I know how important food is in our families and culture -- seeing a friend from NOLA lose almost 70 pounds finally convinced me that I can do it too, and now I'm 24 pounds into my weight loss journey. Like you, I have a son with Asperger's and I know how much stress that can bring. Before, I managed it with eating -- now, I manage my stress with Zumba and biking! :) Thanks for always being so positive, and for helping us realize that we can succeed like you have. You're wonderful! :)

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  15. Thank you so much for your story. I want to lose weight so bad I cry because I feel like it will never let go of me.

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  16. I'm using the Lose It app to assist with my weight loss. Another member posted the URL for your blog, and I'm SO thankful for that! I need to lose about the same amount as you, so your story is inspiring, and the weekly menus help tremendously!!!

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  17. Thank you for motivating me I just need now to realize that I believe in myself enough to do this and quit beating myself up

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  18. Hello i was reading your artcle,love it i wish i could get a motivated to keep doing i would lose like 20-30lbs. and eventually get back.I think its because I don't see the results fast or i get bored would love to have a personal trainer as well but lack of money too i know they can get exspensive.

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  19. I am on a weight loss journey myself. I've been doing pretty well thus far exercising and eating healthier with fruits and veggies being my snacks. What I want to ask is how did you kick the cravings for the unhealthy stuff. Sometimes I just want a pizza, you know?! I know it's okay to splurge a little, and when I get pizza I'll only eat two slices, but it gets really hard to not go back and eat more. Sometimes I break down and eat more than I should when it comes to stuff like that. I tell myself no, but then I'm like IT'S SO GOOD! So how do you keep yourself from just splurging?

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    1. Hi! If I tell myself that all I'm going to have is 2 slices I usually stick with it. Although adding in a salad and making myself slow down helps me not go over the amount I said I'd have. Sometimes I go over....that's when I just forgive myself and move on :)

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  20. Your story is so inspiring. I have just found out about your blog so I haven't had a lot of time to explore the site. I am also on a weight loss journey myself. I'm in my early twenties and so far I have lost about 60 lbs. I still have about 80 lbs left to lose. I was curious if you ever had to have any sort of procedure to tighten your skin once you got to your current weight? Or did your skin tighten as you lost the weight?

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    1. I do have loose skin. It gets annoying when I run and while I would love to get rid of it, I don't think I'll ever be able to afford it. Some of it has tightened though but I know it all won't. I can tell you I'd rather deal with the extra skin :) It's easier to hide.

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  21. Thank you for sharing, Tanee! You are an inspiration to me!

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  22. Hey Tanee, I found your page on FB a few days ago and I feel like it couldn't have been a more perfect time in my life. Reading your "why" story almost gives me chills. I feel like I could have written that myself. I've been overweight my entire life so it's something I've just kind of always been used to. Never been happy about it but still ok with myself. This past month it's finally hit me, I hate the person I've become physically. I'm more than just overweight now and it's ridiculous. It's affected my self esteem, my marriage and everything I do and I just can't take it anymore. I've never in my entire life wondered if I needed some kind of medication for depression until now. I'm 31 years old, I've got an 8 year old, a 2 year old and a husband who I love more than life itself and I want to be a better me for them. It's time.....and I'm not waiting any longer. I enrolled in weight watchers online and my first day is Tuesday. I'm so so so excited but so scared and intimidated at the same time. I feel like I've got such a long road and huge task in front of me and I'm having trouble getting myself in the mindset that this will take some time! When I was younger I would do these crazy diets and lose 30 pounds in a month. I would be super happy but then instantly upset because I would gain it all back immediately once I stopped doing whatever it was I had done. I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that this could take a couple years and that 1 or 2 pounds a week it ok....or great. I think if I finally do it the "right" way it will stay off. I know once I start seeing some changes I will be healthier mentally too and better able to keep going. I love the picture you posted on FB that said "you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great" That's going to be my motivational quote right now. I've seen so many other weight loss journeys where the woman "lost 50 lbs" or "30 lbs" Thost are great but have never motivated me because I have to much more to lose than that. That's just a drop in the bucket. You are literally the first person I've came across who's lost what I need to lose without telling me I need some surgery or medication(both of which I can't afford) And when you said you were a big fan of WW that made me happy too because that's where I've decided to begin. I'm so excited to start "stalking" your posts for motivation, recipes and excercise tips:):) You are such an inspiration and I feel like I would be silly to not use your story as motivation. I feel like God knew what was going on with me and my life and said "Here you go" and just kind of dropped you in my lap! Thanks for taking the time to read my rant lol....this is where it all begins!

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  23. I love this!!! I have already lost 73 pounds, with more to go...not sure how many but I am not toooo far. I have been losing a bit og momentum and gaining it. I just love food and sometimes it is a challenge to STOP eating, LOL!

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  24. amazing! how you did it? your face looks young and healthy! when I lost only 20 pounds (from 116 to 96) my face was flaccid and older and I did seem sick. (sorry for my english, i'm not English spoken.)

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  25. Has it taken the entire five years to be at your goal weight, or did you reach it sooner?

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    1. It took me 3 years but even it took me 20 I'd be happy :)

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  26. you are a true inspiration for someone like me that only has say 10-15 really to lose, I lost like 35 over past few years with help from drs and pills etc, but have gained back some and wanna do it without all that extra mess, so did you go to WW meetings or do it on line?

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  27. Hey! Thanks a lot for sharing your story... Im just staring in this, and I know how hard it is! But thanks again! When I feel down I look to your blog or facebook page and I feel better! So thanks for that!

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    1. Hey just wanted to tell you how amazing you are and what an inspiration to us. ... I too have struggled with my weight for like the last 20 years was never overweight as a child or teenager. But when I had my daughter I have fought it and then the fun hormones and was thrown into menopause at age 42 due to a total hysterectomy not fun ...and then boy did I pack on the pounds then my baby left for college and depression set in:( and let the stuffing of food begin. But then this summer in Aug. I went to a Dr.for hormones and she did blood work and discovered I have type 2 diabetes so shock of my life have been put on meds and have to ck my blood twice a day. I'm exercising and eating healthy have lost 24 pounds so far would like to get another 98 off to be at my goal of 120 I know it will take along time but will be so worth it I don't wanna be on insulin so I have to do this to live.. need some low carb meal ideas can you suggest where I can look?? Thanks so much!!

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  28. I didn't have to lose as much as you... but like you, I'm equally proud of how far I've come. I started at 197, and within the last 11 months I have gone down to 145 pounds. I haven't tried fancy fad diets, or pills, or surgery. I've managed to lose 52 pounds and counting (my goal weight is 120) through proper nutrition and exercise. I'm always glad to meet someone else who has worked hard to get the weight off. Congrats to you and keep working hard at keeping the weight off!

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  29. You are an inspiration. I would really like to lose 100 pounds. Thank you for being so open and honest about your journey

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  30. Hey Tanee ,i want you to please help me.
    I m gonna get married in january 2014. I need to lose weight approx 25kgs.
    I m really depressed on how to lose it. I need motivation. I need a good plan for my workout. I have been doing excercises at home in evening for about 1hour from past 1month,but that is just not helping me out :'( . I hv'nt lost even a single inch from it . Now my problem is i dont have much time with me. N i have to lose weight any how. Should i join gym? But wit gym my problem its far away from my home. I need to get motivated. Please help me. And suggest something to me like what should be my diet, how can i lose atleast 15kg off ma body in 2months. M really freakin it all out plz help me. Should i go for running in the morning? N 1 more thing,my body was not like this,earlier i weighed 60kg and my height is 5.8.but in 2years i have put on 25kgs because of eating junk food. I have tried doing workout at home but its not helping me. Should i hit gym? But its far away from my home.. should i go for running? Please help me with what should i do .. from where should i start... plz help me with my diet too.
    Hoping for a revert .!!

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  31. Congratulations on your journey Tanee! You are so very inspiring. Makes me feel like maybe there is hope for me after all!

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  32. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I've started WW as well and love the results and how simple it is to live with.

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  33. So first of all CONGRATS! My question to you is did you go through any stalls? I've lost 96pds, but I'm stuck, like almost for a year now. I have 40pds to go and I just CAN'T get it off. Any suggestions?!

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  34. Hi I have a question I have just recently started a 5 days a week workout plan in my house consisting of a cardio video, weight lifting videos, treadmill, and using an elliptical (I have a very supportive husband! who's also losing weight) I am currently 2 weeks and the way my work schedule works I always end up working out after dinner and was wondering is there a set amount of time I should wait before starting my exercise? I try to wait at least an hour because now that I have been upping my time to about an hour workout I've been having some stomach issues just wondering if you've dealt with this before ?? Thanks in advance!
    Sara Jo Munn

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  35. I love your site and ideas. You truly are an inspiration. Any suggestions for thinning the thigh area out?

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  36. Thank you for being such an inspiration. I have always been in the high range and am only 19 right now at almost 300 pounds. My goal for right now is 175... That's a lot to get rid of, and not much motivation to go with. Thank you for helping me, and others, shed that hopeless feeling.

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