Success Story: Tanya Weeber Lost 30 Pounds!
Success Story: Tanya Weeber
Weight Lost: 30 pounds!
Before & After Size: 12/14 to 6/8
My fitness journey started over two years ago when a group of Deluxe co-workers and I participated in a 5K mud run event. After completing the event, I felt like I had accomplished something I otherwise would not have done. It felt great to be part of a team, and it was nice to know that at any fitness level you were you had great people around you cheering you on. The journey was much bigger than just self-transformation. I knew I was out of shape and needed to make a change in my life, so I started my own transformational journey.
For me this was about being active, healthy, and becoming a better me. It all started with small goals that turned into bigger accomplishments. I started by working out 30 minutes everyday. I know some days are hard and others are easy, but my whole approach to this journey was to take it one day at a time and make it a part of my everyday routine. As the days went on, it got easier and easier to keep striving towards bigger goals. There are days when you get up and you have every excuse in the book to not workout but my attitude was if you take small steps this leads to greater results.
I then had the confidence to participate in my first company 5K. I had never run a 5K before. I did my best, but I’m not going to lie, it was hard and fun at the same time. It probably helped that I worked out everyday up to that point.
When it came to the second company 5K, I knew what to expect, but my only goal was to finish faster than the last time. I wasn’t in competition with anyone but myself. I finished 2 minutes faster than my first 5K along while inspiring someone I did not even know.
At the finish line I overheard two people talking. One girl complimented her friend by saying that she had done awesome, and the other girl said that she was trying to keep up with ‘her’, and I saw she was pointing to me. It was inspiring to see that I motivated someone throughout the course without evening knowing it until the end.
During the past year my transformational journey has lead me to drop 30 lbs, four pant sizes, and getting the best results on my biometrics.
Then this year I was inspired to add strength training to my routine. That all came about when I attended a couple of wellness sessions at work held by Chris Freytag. When I heard Chris talk about how important strength training is and the results I would get, she convinced me to add this to my routine. People who know me know that I’m a cardioahalic. I’m working real hard to change that, and it’s paying off towards my overall fitness journey that I started over two years ago. Now that I have worked fitness into my everyday routine, there is no stopping where this journey will end. I read an article and this headline caught my eye and resonated with me: “It’s not the weight you lose, it’s the life you gain.” So true!!!
If by reading this story I made a difference in someone’s life by inspiring him or her to make a change, whether it’s big or small, then I have done my part. I want to be an inspiration to others. I say your journey never ends; it just takes a different turn to a bigger goal. Just remember, everyone’s journey is different. Find what you love and stick with it.