Woman ready to run Peachtree Road Race after losing 80 pounds - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

FOX Medical Team

Woman ready to run Peachtree Road Race after losing 80 pounds

Posted: Updated:
  • More: Peachtree Road Race storiesMore>>

  • #ThrowbackThursday: 1981 Peachtree Road Race

    #ThrowbackThursday: 1981 Peachtree Road Race

    Thursday, July 4 2013 5:07 PM EDT2013-07-04 21:07:22 GMT
    In honor of this year's 44th Peachtree Road Race, I decided to pull some WAGA coverage from another era.  An era when Americans used to win that little race through Buckhead and Midtown.
    In honor of this year's 44th Peachtree Road Race, I decided to pull some WAGA coverage from another era.  An era when Americans used to win that little race through Buckhead and Midtown.
  • Peachtree Road Race Expo held

    Peachtree Road Race Expo held

    Wednesday, July 3 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-07-04 02:40:43 GMT
    The Peachtree Road Race Expo is being held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
    The Peachtree Road Race Expo is being held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
  • APD ready for Peachtree Road Race

    APD ready for Peachtree Road Race

    Wednesday, July 3 2013 10:40 PM EDT2013-07-04 02:40:37 GMT
    Atlanta police are putting the finishing touches on a security plan for the Peachtree Road Race.
    Atlanta police are putting the finishing touches on a security plan for the Peachtree Road Race.
ATLANTA -

Tina Tait has come a long way from the woman who struggled through last year's Peachtree Road Race. She's lost almost 80 pounds, but it's just not the weight that's changed.

Tina is somebody who never wanted her weight to hold her back. She ran, she strength trained, she did yoga and she worked with a personal trainer, but the more Tina tried to find her inner 'thin' person, the more she felt like she was losing ground.

"I always called myself a fathlete.  So, a fat-athlete.  Because I am really athletic.  I'm a three-day breast cancer walker," said Tait.

But instead of losing weight trekking 20 miles a day, Tina gained 8 pounds.
   
"And I just thought, ‘How can somebody walk 60 miles and come home from that 8 pounds heavier,'" said Tina.

She had the same thing happen last July while training for the Peachtree Road Race. Again, instead of losing weight, she gained 6 pounds.

She vented her frustration in her blog "Fat Girl Dives In."
 
"One day, I was just driving down the interstate, and it just hit me like a ton of bricks.  I had to pull over, and I just started crying, and I said, 'It's the time. I'm going to have the surgery,'" said Tina.

She had weight loss surgery at Piedmont Hospital. Tina had three months to get ready.
        
"I just exercised and I ate right and I was going to be the most prepared person that has ever been prepared for this surgery, that was my goal," said Tait.

In late January, Tina had the surgery to dramatically - and permanently - reduce how much food her body can digest.

"And probably three to four days after that, I was out walking on the street and it was like starting over again physically," said Tait.

And finally, a breakthrough,

"She is so positive and working so hard with her exercise," said Karen Schrier, Tait's trainer.

After three years of pushing herself with Schrier, Tina started seeing results.

"Sometimes I even feel sad for the person that I was before, the person that didn't get to do all the things that I'm doing now," Tait said.

She plans on running the Peachtree Road Race again – this time 75 pounds lighter.

"I know I can do it, and I'm totally ready," Tait said. "I feel like it's not even me sometimes, it's like who is this person? She's running and she keeps running."

As of this weekend, Tina is down four more pounds. She's hoping to lose another 50 pounds more. Her advice to anyone who wants to get in shape is find what you love and then go do it.

Read Tina's blog here: http://fatgirldivesin.blogspot.com/

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Monday, April 21 2014 5:40 AM EDT2014-04-21 09:40:37 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.
  • Deal signs medical school scholarship regulation

    Deal signs medical school scholarship regulation

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation requiring some recipients of a state medical school scholarship to work in rural areas.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation to expand a scholarship program that will allow more medical students to practice in high need rural areas.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Eat for the Test!

    Eat for the Test!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 11:48:58 GMT
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
Powered by WorldNow

KRIV FOX 26
4261 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

Phone: (713) 479-2801
Fax: (713) 479-2859

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices