By Liana Jacob
THIS HOT MAMA was forced to overhaul her diet and exercise routine after two pregnancies and having shattered her knee but has since overcome these to lose over eight-and-a-half-stone.
Wellness coach, Tiffany Cardwell Sumner (37), started her weight loss journey in 2014, following the birth of her second child (4). She had gained seven-stone two pounds since she gave birth to two of her children, with the oldest being seven years old, and being in an accident that shattered her knee in the beginning of 2013. At her heaviest, she was 17st 12Ibs and a UK size 22.
In March 2013, she had a terrible fall while holding her daughter and ended in a cast for one to two months, unable to walk, and it took her three months and a lot of physical therapy to learn to walk again. Soon after she recovered, she got pregnant with her son.
Raising both of her kids became increasingly difficult because of her weight, this made her hate the way she looked. Tiffany, from California, USA, found it difficult to walk up the stairs at church and reality dawned on her. She had to lose weight if she wanted to keep up with her children. She joined a programme called Optavia and this helped her shrink to a tiny 9st 4Ibs and a UK size 10 to 12.
“I found myself hiding behind my kids in all our photos and avoided the camera entirely because I was so ashamed that I had let myself go,” she said.
“I wasn’t happy and wanted to start this journey not only for myself, but for my children and to live a long and healthy life.
“I started slowly by making small changes; I started walking every day, I joined a weight loss programme called Optavia where I ate a combination of protein meal replacements and healthy lean and green meals I prepared.
“I’m happy to say that I’ve lost a total of one-hundred-and-twenty pounds. I am currently a single mother raising my two kiddos and maintaining a healthy life and environment for us has been my number one goal.
“Stress, several pregnancies (including a miscarriage), an accident that shattered my knee, and any other significant change going on in our everyday lives contributed to my previous weight.
“I hated taking photos with my children and was ashamed of how I looked and felt. I avoided going out. I had no energy.
“It was a terrible time of my life. I remember having a hard time walking up the stairs at church one day and I knew this was not healthy.
“I wanted to live a long healthy life as an active mother and do easy everyday tasks without any challenges. My weight affected me in every facet of my life.
“I did a programme called Optavia and in turn I became a health coach for the same company. It changed my life in so many ways and I wanted to be able to help others achieve their health goals.
“It has given me a new self-confidence. A healthier life means a longer and happier life. I am able to participate with my children more and now I enjoy life in a more fulfilling way.”
With this new programme, Tiffany eats a lot more protein, low-carbohydrates, limited sugar intake and soft drinks. She now drinks more water and she tries to eat smaller portions throughout the day instead of eating late at night.
She works out three to four times a week and she has her cheat days on special occasions. Through this new diet, she has cut down her calorie intake by over 1,000 a day.
Having a good support system, with an Instagram following of over 12,000, has helped her stay focused on her goals.
“I feel like a new person. This entire process and transformation has made me grow as a person not only physically but mentally as well,” Tiffany said.
“Gathering the courage and will power to stick to it was the hardest part. Once you get past a thirty-day mark you can break a habit, so if you can stick to it for that period it gets easier and easier.
“Having a support system is crucial; you need people around you that support healthy eating habits and any weight loss programme you may be starting.
“Some people don’t recognise me and the ones who do make an effort to tell me I’m an inspiration. I honestly had no idea how much of an impact I would make on people, especially on social media.
“You have to start somewhere. Be organised and surround yourself with a support system. Plan out your meals in advance and set up healthy options. Know that you can do anything you set your mind to.”
For more information visit: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanysumner/