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Meet Tamekia

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Tamekia
40 years old
Graduate Student
Mom

 

"I WANT TO LIVE! Live to see my children become adults. I'm afraid of major complications that go along with diabetes. I don't want my illness to be a burden to my family."

Tamekia needs a strong support system as she makes lifestyle changes to live a better life. She is counting on support from her teachers and fellow students at ASU while she goes through this process. She is very excited to pass along everything she learns to her children so they hopefully won't face the same health issues when they are adults.

Tamekia really wants to celebrate her healthy new lifestyle by learning to ballroom dance.

Update November, 2011

Everything is going well. I went in on Wed and walked/jogged 1.34 miles on treadmill. Did the 1 hour  cardio sculpt class. I've been eating lean cuisine, still having cravings not giving in, bought some sugar free candy. 

The major changes I have made is being more self conscious of what I eat when out. I was craving a whopper with cheese and onion rings - left with a $1 burger and 2 side salads, cutting back on red meat,  but slipped with dinner last night,(had dirty rice with ground beef 85/15)  trying to drink at least a gallon of water, but only getting about 1/2.  I think I have lost inches, tried on a pair pants fitting a little loose, dealing with loneliness, having a hard time trying not to overeat, especially the weekend. I will be in the house all next week the children had a tonsillectomy today. not going home for the holiday, so sorta bummed about that. I come from a big family, so I will have to deal with not overeating because of the isolation I feel. would like to work out more at the hwi, at least 4 times a week, but because of schedule, limited to once/twice a week, but I do walk. I bought some lean cuisine, which I will say is good and filling. one of my biggest problems was skipping breakfast, eating oatmeal in the morning, trying to eat more fruit, but I have to be more careful cause of the sugar. there are so many things I'm tying differently now. funny you should ask, I was talking to Linde about the changes I'm making...lol....thanks for asking.

Update January, 2012

I want everyone to know, I'm still losing inches! The last time I weighed in I had lost 11 pounds. It's been a struggle to deal with my weight. After taking a walk last week, I began to cry and the revelation came to me as I am shedding this weight and inches, I am also shedding a lot of emotional baggage I thought ...I had gotten rid of. Such as hurt, rejection, depression and anger. I did not realize until then, I had somewhat suppressed a lot of things behind my weight. This weight has been my security blanket for a really long time. In the process of releasing so much, I realized I am being stripped. This revelation had been an emotional rollercoaster for me. As you all continue to follow all of us please continue to keep all of us in prayer.
WANT TO SAY THANKS TO MY TRAINER TAMMY AND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL STAFF AT ST. BERNARDS HEALTH AND WELLNESS INSTITUTE FOR THEIR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND THE UNSELFISH ASSISTANCE THEY GIVE TO BE WHEN I COME!

Update May 1, 2012

Tamekia began this program because she is inspired by her children and never wants her health to become a burden for her family. Tamekia has lost over 10 inches and dropped her body age by seventeen years! She has increased her strength by 57 pounds and lowered her cholesterol. Tamekia is diabetic has DECREASED her insulin dosage! She is more active overall and now her kids have to try to keep up with her! Way to go Tamekia!!!

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