Tene lost 75 pounds

Updated Oct 2020: Shout out to Tene. She’s lost ten more pounds since we featured her a year ago, for a total of 75 pounds gone. In her update, she shares with us the mindset and healthy habits that have allowed her to maintain her success and continue to make progress.

What is your current weight?


165 to 170 pounds. I added some lean muscle since my last feature.


How have you maintained your weight loss/continued to lose weight?


What has worked for me is eating according to my MACROS (Carbs/Fat/Proteins)! I ate all my food groups, but each at an amount that correlates to the healthy size I want to be.


Overall, I eat 80% clean Monday – Friday. Saturday and/or Sunday, I relax a little. This has been the biggest key to maintaining my weight.


More recently, I began fasting in the morning because I wanted to lean up this Summer (2020). I also increased my cardio. I work out on an empty stomach (fasted state cardio). This allows me to keep the fat-burning mode on.


Of the lessons you’ve learned on your journey, which one stands out the most at this point?


This fitness/health lifestyle is not only a science (as cliche as it sounds), but it really is what you make of it! You can redesign your body in an all-natural way by adjusting your diet (80% of the equation) and or exercising (the other 20%).


If you are maintaining, the biggest lesson is BALANCE! Balance is the major key to maintaining a healthy weight. It’s about give and take. If you eat a little unhealthy food, balance that with moving more. If you are working out often, you can treat yourself. It’s a balancing act. Most importantly, you have to love the skin you’re while you go through this process!


Would you like to offer any new or different advice/tips to women who want to lose weight?


Yes! If you’re just starting out and can afford to invest in a good trainer or coach, do it because it will save you time, and teach you so much. Working with someone is totally worth the investment for the long haul! If you can’t get a trainer, keep a journal and record your food intake, activity, moods, etc.

Know your triggers. Are you an emotional eater or a stress eater? Do you have more energy in the morning or the afternoon?


Be solid on your “WHY” – the reason you want to lose weight! I always start here with my clients. I like to say, “If your Why doesn’t almost make you cry, it’s not big enough. Dig deeper because that is what is going to drive you home on your goal!” If your WHY is not deep enough, you will find a reason to dismiss it or make an excuse, thus not achieving your goals.

October 19, 2019 – Transformation of the Day: Tene lost 65 pounds. Depression and stress could not take her down. She prayed, believed, and put in the work necessary to change her life, including lots of HIIT workouts and weight training. Check out her story.

Many people ask what snapped for me and me why I go so hard. They ask me how I did it, and they may even speculate about how I did it. I have to be honest. These questions irritated me in the begining, but one day I thought back to when it all began.


I was depressed and stressed about life. These emotions stemmed from the view of myself. I went to my yearly physical and was not happy with my health. That unhappiness bled into other things going on in my life!


I got on my knees and prayed that God would lead me in what I knew I had to do to fix my life. After that prayer, I BELIEVED and had FAITH that God was going to grant me the desires of my heart! Often, I speak to people who have serious “WHYS.” and they may be praying, but it takes more than that. You need BELIEF and FAITH, but you have to put in the WORK. That is how it happened for me.


“I don’t have time. I don’t have the motivation. I’m tired. I can’t get up that early. I work. I’ve got kids. My family won’t eat healthy…” I deal with all of these thoughts daily, but I BELIEVED, had FAITH, and did it anyway. God provided the tools I needed to make it happen.


I’m not different, unique, fanatical, or crazy. I just asked for God’s help out of desperation and frustration. I backed up my prayers with, FAITH & ACTION. Today, God is still behind me, and he is using me.

How did you change your eating habits?


I decided to hire a personal trainer because my weight yo-yo’d all my life. Now older (38) and at my highest weight, I needed to invest in my health a different way, one that was going to yield a real lifestyle change. I was coachable and sucked up all the knowledge I was learning.


What did your workout routine consist of?


I did HIIT Training and weight training. For the first three months, I only worked out three times a week. For the next three months, I worked out four times a week. By then, the results had me pumped, and my energy was through the roof, so I started training five days a week. Since day one, I always do 45 minutes of some form of cardio on my off days (usually jogging).


Starting weight/Current weight


My starting weight was 240 pounds, and my current weight is 175 pounds. My lowest weight is 168 pounds.


What is your height?




When did you start your journey? How long did your transformation take?

August 2017. My weight was down to 168 lbs by May 2018. I have been lifting, and my body has changed for the better with muscle definition.


What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?


I’ve learned that you have to hold yourself accountable. You have to keep your reason “WHY’ in constant focus! You also have to keep your fitness lifestyle exciting and change it up, so it does not get boring.


Try new things, like yoga, CrossFit, or anything that keeps you motivated.

Never stop learning.

Track your progress, track your foods, and don’t be afraid to say no to anything or anyone that does not support your new healthy lifestyle.

What advice do you have for women who want to lose weight?

Don’t be afraid to invest in your health! So many women I speak with have such an underlying negative self-image due to health/weight issues. We will buy things we don’t need, go out to eat, drink, and shop, and the root cause of these actions is emotional (due to low confidence or negative self-image).


Do whatever you have to do to get it done because your health is worth it! Don’t be afraid to reach out for help! Get an accountability partner, one who has already had some success is best. Once you achieve your goal, you will motivate so many people who are watching you along the way.


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