Weight Loss Stories

Tammy Todd of Toccoa loses 132 pounds

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Former weight: 
294 pounds
Current weight: 
162 pounds

Pounds lost: 132
Height: 5 feet 8 inches

How long she’s kept it off: Five months. She joined Weight Watchers in November 2007 and reached her goal in September 2009.

Personal life: “I live in Toccoa, with my husband, Foy; son, Christopher … three dogs and one kitten,” Todd said. She’s a first-grade teacher.

Turning point: “Thanksgiving 2007 will forever be etched in my mind as the time when my weight finally became unbearable to me,” Todd said. “Every joint in my body hurt, and every step that I took was painful. My biggest vanity sized-24 pants would barely zip. I was exhausted and depressed.

I finally decided to step on the scales, and it was then that I saw that I weighed almost 300 pounds. I sat down at my kitchen table and sobbed for a very long time. I figured I could choose one of two paths: I could give up, or I could take action. I decided to take action.”

Diet plan: “I followed the Weight Watchers plan,” she said. Breakfast is a veggie omelet and fruit. Lunch is raw veggies, yogurt, fruit and lean meat. Dinner is grilled vegetables and salad with lean meat.

Exercise routine: “I walk 45 to 60 minutes seven days a week,” she said. “I work out on a circuit three times a week for 30 to 45 minutes at Curves.”

Biggest challenge: “My biggest challenge was trying not to be overwhelmed at the amount of weight I had to lose,” she said. “During my journey, I just had to work toward losing the next pound. I never looked past that.”

How life has changed: “My life has changed so much since losing weight. I don’t have to worry about whether I will fit in a seat at a restaurant or an airline seat,” she said. “I did have a personal reason that kept me on track. It was the vision of my mother weighing over 300 pounds and dying in a nursing home. While my mom had cancer, her size and other obesity-related problems made it impossible for us to bring her home to die. I never want to put my family through that.”

Source: AJC

19 Comments

  1. Natasha Pehrson & Co.

    October 8, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Amazing!

  2. Lisa O'Neil Guerci

    October 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    This was once my exact highest weight too. I had gastric bypass in 2001 but only lost 88 pounds. I’m also 5’8 and am trying to get into the 160’s. This story is very inspiring!! 🙂

  3. Mikki Kitner

    October 7, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Amazing

  4. Vicky Sibley Liberty

    October 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    What a great job

  5. Joni Stump Cline

    October 7, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I’m so jealous. Awesome inspiration.

  6. Tiara Augustine

    October 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    The ketogenic diet! High fat! 0 carbs 0 suger! I’ve lost 45 lbs in 5 months and I’m in a wheelchair!

  7. Courtney McCord

    October 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Wow, you rock!!

  8. Vicki Walter

    October 7, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Awesome

  9. Marie Scott

    October 7, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Very inspiring! I have this much weight to lose too. This let’s me know that it can be done!

  10. Yolanda Reed-ludd

    October 7, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Awesome

  11. Judy Laymance Harris

    October 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

    You go girl. Keep it up. Never give up

  12. Lynn Johnson Ledford

    October 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

    So inspirational….

  13. Sheila Tashiro

    October 7, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Fantastic job 🙂 yay! ! ! ! ! ! !

  14. Joanne Lennon-Koronczyk

    October 7, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Great job! What a difference, especially in her face 🙂

  15. Jane Wanjiru

    October 7, 2015 at 10:32 am

    That’s really good.. Marvelous

  16. Patricia Harris

    October 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Great job

  17. Jeanne Landolfi DeMonte

    October 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    You look amazing!! Happy for you!!

  18. GailAnn Diaz

    October 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Awesome!

  19. Erica Lewis

    October 7, 2015 at 10:28 am

    That’s outstanding!!

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