“A FOREVER THANG..” Spotlight on Tory.
Far too often, I see excuse after excuse about why people can’t do what it takes to lose weight. Often uttered phrases: “I work full time, I don’t have the time to workout!” “I’m a mother, I’m too busy with my kids to workout!” “I don’t have time to eat healthy, I normally only have time to grab fast food!” What if I told you that Tori could easily use the same excuses? The difference? She doesn’t. She demolishes every excuse with action, resulting in an incredible 100 pound weight loss! I had the chance to speak with Tori, let’s see what she had to say:
Hello! Let me start by saying your transformation is nothing short of amazing. What prompted your journey?
After having my first child I was 266 pounds and was placed on High Blood Pressure medications. I knew I had to do something about my health and to be the best mother I could be to my two kids.
Were there ever moments during your journey where you felt like giving up? What helped you stay motivated during those times?
Yes, I have had many times where I wanted to give up (even now from time to time) but I always remember that this is a lifestyle and that it’s a roller coaster ride. You will have good days and bad days, sometimes you’ll have weeks where you want to workout and eat healthy while at other times you just don’t want to do anything. Seeing results and being in good health always helps me continue to move forward.
Do you feel that obesity, which is at an all-time high in America, is too embraced and celebrated? Would you say the coddling of obesity is hurting or helping this epidemic?
I strongly feel that obesity is at an all-time high in America being that portion control is out of control. Many see it as “loving the skin you in” or “I was born to be this size” but in reality being obese is a tremendous health hazard.
How often do you workout? Is there any exercise that you have mastered that once seemed impossible?
I workout 5 to 6 days a week. When I first started I could barely run 1 minute straight without stopping but now I love running and I have ran 8 half marathons (13.1miles) and countless 5k’s (3.10) which I am extremely proud of.
What have you found to be most effective methods to losing weight?
I found that by watching what I eat and making sure that I make healthy choices has helped me from gaining the weight back. Sometimes people tend to remove certain foods which could have a negative effect on your weightloss but if you find healthy alternative it’s like you’re not missing anything from the way you use to eat.
Have you been treated differently by others since losing weight?
Some have called me names and have even made negative comments but I don’t let that affect me I just keep on moving.
What advice would you give your former self, knowing what you know now?
I would say find other ways to deal with things that bother you. (because I now know that I was an emotional eater) The old me would always turn to food and the new me will go to the gym…LOL
Which person is more annoying: the person that tells you not to lose any more weight, or the person who tells that “you shouldn’t be eating that! Aren’t you on a diet?”
I find them both annoying because I have realized that the majority of who says it is not into health and fitness.
Can you offer any words of encouragement to those frustrated with the progress?
Keep going even when you don’t see the results as soon as you would like, don’t compare your progress to others because we all are different. Never, Never, Never Give up!! I knew I wanted to drop some weight but I never thought I would drop 105 pounds I was wearing a size 22w in jeans now to a size 8/10. I have been on this journey almost 3 years and have managed to keep the weight off. Look at this as a lifestyle change and you will go far.
If you would like to track Tory’s progress, please follow her on Instagram: Get_fit_tory.