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!
Name: Tiffany Hatfield
Location: Daytona Beach, FL
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.
Weight: 197 lbs.
Body Fat: 30%
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.
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.
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.