This Woman Lost 70 Pounds And Became A Personal Trainer!

When Tiffany got sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, she stepped up and changed her life!

Congrats on your transformation! What was your "aha" moment?

My journey began in January 2013. I was simply sick and tired of being sick and tired. I tried to conceive for several years, with no success. It led to depression, anger, and bitterness. I was unhappy with my life, and things only seemed to continue to crumble.

And here it where it gets weird: One day in January 2013, I woke up a completely different person. I got up, worked out, and told myself, "Enough is enough." I was tired of letting everything control my emotions—tired of being depressed over things I couldn't control in my life. I realized the one thing I could control was my happiness. From that point on, I told myself I was going to be happy with my life.

Even if I never have children, I'm going to be happy. Life is too short to live it any other way.

What did you do to improve your lifestyle?

I began by walking about four miles every day and emphasizing more balance and nutritious foods in my diet. When this got easier a couple weeks later, I decided I wanted to start running. I would run a bit, walk a bit, and keep alternating until eventually I ran my first mile without stopping. That felt like my first fitness accomplishment!

Each day, I also researched fitness and nutrition. I learned about weight training on Bodybuilding.com and started to incorporate weights into my daily training regimen. I lived out in the country when I first started and didn't have access to a gym for the first six months, so it was just me and Bodybuilding.com. Each day became easier as I fell more and more in love with fitness. I never once wanted to quit. As I increased my knowledge of what it meant to live in good health, it became an addiction.

Before 197 lbs.
After 127 lbs.
Age: 30
Weight: 197 lbs.
Body Fat: 30%
Age: 33
Weight: 127 lbs.
Body Fat: 18%

I continued because I wanted to be happy, and I knew what it would take to be happy. I've since made those changes in my life. I wake up every day feeling better—physically and mentally. When I looked in the mirror and saw my progress, it inspired me to keep going.

I am my own inspiration; nothing will drive me harder than I can drive myself with the determination and dedication to go far.

That's amazing. How has going on this transformation changed you?

It's true when they say you can bask in the feel-good emotions that come from regular exercise. My healthier lifestyle really changed my life and my perspective. It opened my eyes to show me my true, positive supporters. My life is completely different now. I've since been divorced, but am much happier. I know that even better things are yet to come.

What part of this journey was the most challenging?

The most challenging part for me was—and still is—nutrition. I love to eat healthy, and I don't have any problem fighting temptation. What I find difficult is hitting the precise amount of macronutrients my body needs.

I want to learn everything I can about fitness and nutrition so that I can continue to grow, and hopefully inspire people all over the world.

It seems you've accomplished a lot. What's next for you?

I am now a certified personal trainer: I left everything behind and moved to Florida. I knew this was necessary to further my career. I want to learn everything I can about fitness and nutrition so that I can continue to grow, and hopefully inspire people all over the world.

I want to tell people that if you want it, you have to want it more than anything; stay determined and dedicated to what you want, no matter what it is. My other advice is to remember where you came from and stay humble.

As for future plans, I would like to do a competition in the near future.

Tiffany's Supplement Stack

I only supplemented with protein powder, mainly as an immediate post-workout protein following a workout or run. I'm a firm believer in doing things the most natural way possible.

Post-workout

Whey protein: 1-2 scoops



Diet plan that guided Tiffany's transformation

This is only a sample of things I have each day, and an approximation of how often I eat. I try to consistently eat every 2-3 hours, and include protein and carbs.

Meal 1

Oats: 40 g


Whole eggs: 2


Egg whites: 2


Chopped veggies (green peppers, onions, zucchini, and spinach): 1/2 cup


Salsa: 2 tbsp


Meal 2

Quinoa: 40 g


Chicken: 3 oz.


Broccoli: 1/2 cup


Meal 3

Tuna: 3 oz.


Egg white: 1


Chopped onion: 1/4 cup


Olive-oil mayo: 1 tsp


12-grain bread: 2 slices


Meal 4

Apple: 1 large


Meal 5

Ground turkey: 3 oz.


Spinach greens: 1-1/2 cup


Green peppers/onions: 1/4 cup


Black beans: 1/4 cup


Salsa: 2 tbsp


Meal 6

Nonfat plain Greek yogurt: 1 cup


Honey: 1 tbsp


Peanut butter: 1 tbsp



Training regimen that kept Tiffany on track

Day 1: Chest/Arms
1

Overhead triceps extension

4 dropsets to failure
Overhead triceps extension Overhead triceps extension

2

Tri-cable pull-down

4 sets of 8 reps
Tri-cable pull-down Tri-cable pull-down

3

Hammer biceps curl

4 sets of 8 reps
Hammer biceps curl Hammer biceps curl

4

Barbell curl

4 sets of 8 reps
Barbell Curl Barbell Curl

5

Flat-bench press

3 sets of 12 reps
Flat-bench press Flat-bench press

6

Incline dumbbell press

3 sets of 12 reps
Incline Dumbbell Press Incline Dumbbell Press

7

Cable fly

3 sets of 12 reps
Flat Bench Cable Flyes Flat Bench Cable Flyes

8

BOSU-ball push-up

1 Tabata set of 20 sec. work/10 sec. rest
BOSU-ball push-up BOSU-ball push-up

9

Running

3 miles
Running Running

Day 2: Shoulders
1

Lateral raise

5 sets to failure
Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise

Superset
2

Bent-over fly

5 sets to failure
Bent-over fly Bent-over fly

Dumbbell shoulder press

4 sets of 10 reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press

3

Pull-up

4 sets to failure
Pull-up Pull-up

4

Lat pull-down

4 sets of 12 reps
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown

Superset
5
Bent-over barbell row (overhand grip) Bent-over barbell row (overhand grip)
Bent-over barbell row (underhand grip) Bent-over barbell row (underhand grip)

Day 3: Legs
1

Plie squat

1 set of 10 reps, last 4 are dropsets to failure
Plie Dumbbell Squat Plie Dumbbell Squat

2

Squat

1 heavy set of 5 reps, 3 sets of 10 reps
Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

3

Good morning

1 set of 8 reps, last 4 are dropsets to failure
Good Morning Good Morning

4

Romanian deadlift

5 sets of 8 reps
Romanian Deadlift Romanian Deadlift

5

Running

3 miles
Running Running

Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Shoulders
1

Lateral raise

5 sets to failure
Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise

Superset
2

Bent-over fly

5 sets to failure
Bent-over fly Bent-over fly

Dumbbell shoulder press

4 sets of 10 reps
Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press

3

Pull-up

4 sets to failure
Pull-up Pull-up

4

Lat pull-down

4 sets of 12 reps
Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown

Superset
5
Bent-over barbell row (overhand grip) Bent-over barbell row (overhand grip)
Bent-over barbell row (underhand grip) Bent-over barbell row (underhand grip)

Day 6: Legs
1

Plie squat

1 set of 10 reps, last 4 are dropsets to failure
Plie Dumbbell Squat Plie Dumbbell Squat

2

Squat

1 heavy set of 5 reps, 3 sets of 10 reps
Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

3

Good morning

1 set of 8 reps, last 4 are dropsets to failure
Good Morning Good Morning

4

Romanian deadlift

5 sets of 8 reps
Romanian Deadlift Romanian Deadlift

5

Running

3 miles
Running Running

Day 7: Rest

Tiffany's Favorite Gym Tracks

Avenged Sevenfold
"Nightmare"
Avenged Sevenfold
"Shepherd of Fire"
Seether
"Breakdown"
Mudvayne
"Scream with Me"
Avenged Sevenfold
"Nightmare"
Avenged Sevenfold
"Shepherd of Fire"
Seether
"Breakdown"
Mudvayne
"Scream with Me"