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Female Transformation Of The Week - Tina Corea.

Tina was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She was scared to do anything in fear of not fitting in. So, after learning what she really weighed, she immediately took on a new attitude - Learn how she made a successful switch and lost 140 pounds!

By: Tina Corea

Before Before:
290 lbs
After After:
150 lbs


Vital Stats

Name: Tina Corea
Email: miss4x4_@hotmail.com

Weight Before: 290 lbs
Weight After: 150 lbs


Why I Got Started

I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. Tired of the backaches, joint pains, low energy and more ... The weight also weighed down my self-esteem. I had none. I felt like I existed just to survive. It was hard to do much of anything with the extra weight.

Before
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I Was Sick And Tired
Of Being Sick And Tired.

I was scared to do anything in fear of literally not fitting in! I had to scrutinize things to make sure I could fit into places such as rides at the amusement parks or something as simple as the seat in the movie theatre. Things 'the skinny' people would never have to think of. I was just sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I will never forget the day back in 1999 that I actually realized I HAD to do something. Not like the extra 100-plus pounds I was carrying wasn't reality enough for me. I was at my doctor's office for a visit and was told to step up on the balance beam scale ... the part most of us dread!

The nurse moved the first measuring weight over, then the second one, then I started gettin' a little scared. Finally she moved the last one over and it she read it off to me ... 290 pounds! Of course denial set in and I thought the scale was wrong. Last I knew I was 250 pounds. But after a few tears and acceptance, I knew I HAD to do something.

'Not' was not an option for me. I neglected my body far too long and I had to face the cold harsh reality that I was really heavy and not getting any thinner just sittin' around complaining about it and only dreaming of having that fit body.

It was time to turn that dream into reality ... and I got determined. There was no turning back after that point. That was a life-changing moment in time for me that I will never forget. I came out of that doctor's office with a 'bring it on' attitude.

I looked at the fat on me as my enemy and the reason for my unhappiness in life. I wasn't going to let it win any more. I was gonna burn it off FOREVER!

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It Was Time To Turn That Dream Into Reality.


When I Got Started

So, with this nice refreshed 'bring it on' determined attitude of mine, I started my change in lifestyle with the low carb diet. I was working in a bakery at the time (go figure) as a cake decorator.

My boss was on the Atkins low carb diet at the time and introduced me to it. So I started out by cutting all carbs out of my diet for the first two weeks of the introduction phase to kick my body into ketosis. I started losing weight pretty fast.

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I lost 20 pounds in the first 3 weeks. Going through a new pair of slacks about once or twice a month. I was originally in a men's size 48 ... Wal-Mart brand because that's all I could find that would fit me. I started walking and jogging more. I scrutinized nutrition labels over and over again (still do) just to make sure I didn't overlook something, which I never did before (even scarier).

I was being transitioned into a completely different person that I actually started to like. The depression was lifting off me like the weight and I was starting to see the world in color rather than black and white. No Big Mac or cheesecake was tempting enough for the way I was feeling both mentally and physically about myself at that point.

I knew this was a life-changing experience and all those bad nasty foods I ate before were history just like the weight I was losing. I like what Susan Powder said, 'Fat is cheap" ... and it's true - Fat is cheap. Big Mac's are convenient and cheap ... you don't even have to get out of your car to chow down one of those bad boys. Eating and living healthy is not cheap, but the rewards are worth every penny.

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By 2002 I was down to 170 pounds, losing a total of 120 pounds so far. I was so happy about the weight loss, BUT losing all that weight did come with a price to pay - THE EXCESS SKIN! I hated it! It was just as bad as fat was to me. I couldn't wear anything that showed my skin unless I wanted it hangin' out touching the floor.

The more weight I lost, the worse it got. I didn't know what to do. I was disappointed because I did all that work for all that excessive skin being my end result. Who wants that? Not me. So I got a tummy tuck. Not cheap, but worth every penny. Very painful, but I'd do it all over again.

I had 9 inches of skin taken off that was pulled down from the bottom of my bust line to the top of my pubic area. The muscles in my stomach had to be sewn back together from being stretched out when I was heavier. I had an awesome cosmetic surgeon and had no problems.

Recovery took about a good year. The scar wraps from hip to hip but is minor thanks to my surgeon. The only thing I face is not having any feeling in my lower abdomen, which I would prefer to deal with than extra skin any day!

Before After
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I Had An Awesome Cosmetic Surgeon.


Supplements

I didn't really take any supplements during my weight loss other then the few weeks I tried the whole Metabolife thing, which did nothing but make me feel like I could run a marathon while seizing at the same time. Other than that, it was just a good multi-vitamin and that plain ol' get off yer butt and lose weight the old fashioned way type of plan.


My Sample Diet

I changed my diet quite a bit since November of last year since I have been weight training. I used to live by the '3-Meals a day' plan. Well, now it's more like seven!

I wake up at the butt crack of dawn, 2 a.m. to get my workout in. This is kind of what my day looks like. I don't really use sauces or condiments other then mustard or hot sauce. I'll put some Cayenne pepper or Tabasco in almost everything or cinnamon for the sweeter stuff.

My meals are smaller so I eat more often throughout the day. I try to keep each of my meals at 27 grams protein, 30 grams carbs and 5 grams fat. If I don't have enough fat content in my meal, I will add a few almonds.

  • 2:00 am - 1 tbls Liquid Aminos by Twinlab

  • 2:00 am - Nature's Path Organic Flax Plus Cereal (yum!) with whey protein

  • 3:00 am - BSN No-Xplode

  • 3:30 am - Weight training

  • 5:00 am - BSN Cellmass

  • 5:30 am - PWO shake:

      1 scoop whey protein
      1 packet Powerbar liquid energy (or 2 tbls honey)
      2 tbls liquid Aminos w/multi vitamin

  • 7:30 am - PWO meal; tuna with brown rice or pasta

  • 9:30 am - 2 slices of light whole wheat bread (carbs) with 1 tbls Power PB (fat) and fat free cottage cheese (protein)

  • 10:30 am - Cup of strawberries

  • 12:30 pm - 2 cups of mixed veggies and a protein shake and 5-6 almonds

  • 2:30 pm - Detour Go bar (low in fat; 3gms with a good ration of carbs (30g) and protein (12g).

  • 4:00 pm - Cellmass (second serving)

  • 4:30-5:00 pm - 2 cups mixed veggies with chicken/almonds or just salmon

  • Midnight - I will wake up to have a protein shake with slow digesting proteins (Casein) to keep from going into a catabolic state while I sleep.

Current Supplements:

Cellmass


Exercising

I'm still trying to figure out a good workout plan for me so I'm still experimenting. So far I really get a good pump out of doing tri-sets and supersets. I start and finish my training with a good ab workout. This is used as a good warm up and a good way to end my workout.

After After
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Tina Corea.

Legs:

Tri-set Upper Body Workout (my favorite pumped workout)

Shoulders/Chest:

Back:

I don't have a program for abs since I incorporate them into each one of my workouts.


My Future Goal

I'm aiming to become a certified personal trainer and nutritionist so that I can help others the way I have helped myself. Sometimes I think we are blind-sided of things, like how I didn't really realize how overweight I was and it just takes something or someone to lift that blind fold off. Hopefully I can help lift a few blind folds in my life.

After
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I'm Aiming To Become A Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist.


Suggestion For Others

Through my experience of being heavy to losing weight, I know it's a constant battle if its not going to be a life long commitment. Anyone can do this! Whether you are looking to loose 5 pounds or 500 pounds, anyone can do this.

You can do and be anything you put your mind to ... it's a matter of how bad you want it and the steps you'll take to get there. You are born with one body. This is what gets you around this world. Take care of it and it will take care of you, both mentally and physically.

It will take time to see progress, but don't ever let that discourage you. You stick with it. Wake up each morning thinking this is another opportunity for you to transform your body into something better then it was the day before.

Keep focused, and bring that dreamy vision of you to life. Look in the mirror and know you have what it takes to do it because you do and you can and never settle for less then that.

I thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish you all the best of luck in your goals whatever they are. I know if I can do this, ANYONE can do this!

After
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Anyone Can Do This.


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Tina Corea
miss4x4_@hotmail.com

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SO inspiring!! Congrats on all you have accomplished!!

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