A Starbucks-lover has kicked her 4,000 calorie per day diet to the curb and dropped 50kg after being warned she could end up in a wheelchair in ten years.
Tara McGinty, from Washington in the USA, was shocked into action after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which was being exacerbated by her weight.
The 33-year-old weighed 114kg and was so regularly exhausted she would nap multiple times per day.
Tara dropped an impressive nine dress sizes and nearly half her body weight – leaving her with less pain and more energy.
The pain she felt from her joints and body left it too painful to even hug her children, Marshall, seven-years-old and Peyton, ten-years-old, which led her to change her life.
“They would want to cuddle me, but I couldn’t do it because it would physically cause me too much pain,” Tara, now a personal trainer, said.
“The extra weight definitely made it worse, people diagnosed early on with rheumatoid arthritis tend to end up in a wheelchair by the age of 40.
“There was no way I was going to let that happen, it was a driving motivation, I didn’t want to be left in a wheelchair.”
She switched her daily two large Starbucks drinks and snacks for Isagenix shakes, clean eating and weight loss plans.
Now weighing under 63kg, she was crowned the IsaBody Challenge Runner-Up last month out of 46,600 entrants celebrating her remarkable transformation
“I was overweight for so long that I was used to that drained feeling. When I started making these changes I felt alive,” she said.
“My body is running the way it’s supposed to now. I feed it the best nutrition, I’m active, life weights, can run and do things with my kids.
“Now I’m up, doing my workouts, getting my kids ready for school, participating in their lives and going to their sports events, cooking dinner and I’m not wiped out or overwhelmed.”
BREAKFAST – Venti Frappuccino with extra whipped cream and a muffin SNACKS – sugary or salty snacks
LUNCH – hot pockets, processed foods or a whole pizza SNACKS – latte with pound cake DINNER – large spaghetti with garlic bread DESSERT – popcorn, chips or more
BREAKFAST – meal replacement protein shake and a Ezekiel bread with jam SNACKS – rice cake with guacamole and tuna
LUNCH – meal replacement shake SNACKS – turkey slices with cucumber and carrot slices with hummus
DINNER – grilled chicken, string beans and roast potatoes
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