“Most people can do absolutely awe-inspiring things. Sometimes they just need a little nudge.”
People want to lose weight for all kinds of reasons. Unfortunately, there are just as many reasons for why people fail. But how many reasons exist for why you can and will succeed?
The answer is: hundreds, thousands, and I intend to interview all of them. If you’ve been listening to the Tips Of The Scale podcast, you know those success stories are out there.
They struggled like you, they had the problems and insecurities you have, and they only had as many hours in the day as you have. I’m one example, and if I can do it, so can you.
But motivation is only one part of the puzzle, and not everyone gets enough inspiration from success stories to leap into action. I get that.
That’s why I’m excited & honored to introduce three fantastic new members of the Tips Of The Scale blogging team: Tim, Adina, and Angelina!
We are each very different people at different stages of our journeys, and we each have our own unique voice, experience, and perspective.
I was the fat kid. My elementary through early high school years were dark times. I was ridiculed, bullied, and spent most of my time huddled up with books, television, or food. In my late teens, I made major changes to my attitude and lifestyle, and subsequently got into the best shape of my life.
As an adult, I’ve also faced dark times – the sudden loss of lifelong friends & family, the loss of my father to bone cancer, a painful divorce – and again, I struggled to keep my self-esteem and lifestyle habits in check. Between 2007 and 2009, I lost 55 pounds for the second time in my life.
Was it easy? No. Did I have setbacks? You bet. Was it worth it? Absolutely.
I’m now in my mid-thirties, a college graduate, budding entrepreneur, father to a rambunctious one-year-old, and I still bear the invisible scars of growing up overweight. This colors my perspective in interesting ways, and I like to believe it makes me a sensitive, empathetic, and positive force in the lives of others. At least that’s the life purpose I’ve chosen.
When I’m not spending time with my family or volunteering in my community, I’m working on making Tips Of The Scale a positive force in your life as well. I’m glad you’re here.
Hi, I’m “TinierTim” Bauer, a thirty-something father of two beautiful daughters aged 8 and 5. I work in marketing as a professional storyteller and teach others to tell their stories as well. I struggled with morbid obesity my entire life until November 2010 when at 440 pounds I decided to change my lifestyle and habits. My diet is completely whole foods based and I abstain from processed foods, sugar and foods that resemble science projects.
I lost my first 200 pounds in just 374 days and my greatest accomplishments include running my first triathlon 18 months to the day from starting my journey, having my weight loss described by my then 6 year old daughter as a “metamorphosis” (I’m a butterfly now) and the fact that my daughters are now able to sit in my lap without my belly getting in the way and wrap their arms completely around me. I have been featured on The Huffington Post in both print and on their television network and countless other weight loss success websites. I can also be seen blogging at TinierTim.com and love volunteering at weight loss support groups and helping my friends and family make positive healthy changes in their lives.
Hiya! Adina Ingram here from beautiful and prominently chilly Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I am thrilled to be included as one of the resident bloggers on this site and look forward to interacting with many of you who have decided to put your health and life as first priority! As a very busy mother of two young kids, in 2011 my life took a major shift! I was approaching 300 pounds when circumstances presented an opportunity in life that I could not ignore. It was a bone-chilling moment when my daugther made reference to a weight-loss commercial and my need of it’s support that made me realize life needed to take a turn for the better. Through eating better, distancing myself from my trigger foods, moving my body and the mental work, I am now just shy of 199, continuing the journey to a shaplery, fitter me. I have left my corporate, sedentary career, and now help others in their pursuits of well being.
In July of 2013, after leaving my corporate job and doing a little soul-searching, I certified as a personal trainer to help other women along their transformations and weight loss journeys. Being along side the woman who can’t get down to the ground or back up or who is unable to get up a flight of stairs without gasping for air, is why I am doing what I’m doing now – because I know they deserve a life of comfort and full experiences!
I am very open about my own mental and physical struggles as I approach the final stages of weight loss, getting lean and strong and the overwhelming idea of maintenance phase. I pride myself on my honesty and living life truthfully. Through my own journey, mindfulness and introspection I am at a place of understanding the importance of deserving a life of unlimited possibilities!
Click here for Adina’s interview.
My name is Angelina , I am a 37 year old female and I live close to Toronto Ontario Canada. I’ve been heavier my entire life and it has been a serious battle in my adult years. I have spent most of my life on the sidelines – wishing, hoping and wanting always allowing my weight to hold me back from the things I desired most in life. I had a huge wakeup call after finding out that both my parents (who are in their early 60’s) were both diagnosed with cancer and diabetes within a year of each other. That is when I began to look inward and knew I needed to make changes in my life if I had any chance of a healthy and happy future. Before April of 2013 I was your typical Olympic couch potato. I was fresh out of a bad relationship, depressed and was feeling completely lost in life.
I have since slowly eased my way into the health and fitness world. My hobbies now include paddle boarding instead of channel surfing. I now run outside instead of running for the fridge. I’ve tried Crossfit, Zumba, kayaking and many other fitness adventures all of which I have fallen in love with. I’ve met some wonderful people and have learned so much over the past year. I am finally starting to feel great. I’ve tried it all from shakes and weight watchers to driving 17 hours to Myrtle Beach to attend a week long boot camp with one of my health and fitness mentors. I also attended a week at The Biggest Loser Resort in Malibu CA – all the while hoping for that spark to set me on the right path. I finally realized last year that I needed to create that spark within me so the great thing about “this time” around is that I am in it for the long haul. I know it isn’t going to be quick and it isn’t going to be easy but I am ready!
I would like to thank Tips of the Scale for giving me the opportunity to write about my story and my continued progress to a happier and healthier me. Keep any eye out for my blog posts once a month with progress, any setbacks and goals as I move forward on my weight loss journey.