By Josh Saunders
A supersized Starbucks-lover has dropped her 4,000 calorie a day diet and eight stone after being warned she could be wheelchair-bound in ten years.
Tara McGinty, 33, from Kennewick, Washington, USA, was shocked into action after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis that was being exacerbated by her weight.
She was a hefty 18 stone (252lb) and was so regularly exhausted she would nap multiple times a day.
The pain she felt from her joints and body left it too painful to even hug her children Marahall?? and Peyton, now seven and ten, which would lead her to change her life.
She switched her daily two large Starbucks drinks and snacks for Isagenix shakes, clean eating and weight loss plans.
Now weighing under ten stone (137lb), she was crowned the IsaBody Challenge Runner-Up last month out of 46,000 entrants celebrating her remarkable transformation
Tara, now a personal trainer, said: “After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis that was my moment, I knew I had to change everything I was doing.
“It affected my joints a lot of the time. My elbows, wrists and everything hurt so bad that I couldn’t walk up and down steps without being miserable.
“It was at the point where even giving my kids a hug would hurt. They would want to cuddle me, but I couldn’t do it because it would physically cause me too much pain.
“The extra weight definitely made it worse, people diagnosed early on with rheumatoid arthritis tend to end up in a wheelchair by the age of 40.
“There was no way I was going to let that happen, it was a driving motivation, I did want to be left in a wheelchair.
“My goal was to lose 100lb, so it was a massive honour being announced a runner up, there were so many entries, it was amazing to be among those great people.
“My body is running the way it’s supposed to now. I feed it the best nutrition, I’m active, life weights, can run and do things with my kids.
“I went from sleeping on the couch all day to living the best life I can, it’s like night and day, I feel so grateful that I went through all of that.
“Being diagnosed with a disease like rheumatoid arthritis could have been a death sentence for me, I could have become a victim of my situation.
“But instead I chose to fight and be better because of it.”
Tara was overweight from the age of eight, using food as a crutch to deal with her emotions and developing bad eating habits.
In adulthood, she would often skip meals and then binge-eat, often consuming large amounts of highly calorific food and drink in one sitting.
Tara spent four years in discomfort due to her weight but after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis she found Isagenix.
She said: “I did all the research to help fight the inflammation, avoid gluten, soy and more. I tried the system for five days and realised I had never felt that good in my life.
“I was overweight for so long that I was used to that drained feeling. When I started making these changes I felt alive.”
Tara dropped an impressive nine dress sizes and nearly half her body weight – leaving her with less pain and more energy.
She said: “After reaching my target I wanted to get stronger, to make my joints more stable, so that when I’m older I can still do the things I enjoy.
“It was a journey I never could have imagined, I never expected to inspire others.
“Now I’m up, doing my workouts, getting my kids ready for school, participating in their lives and going to their sports events, cooking dinner and I’m not wiped out or overwhelmed.”
Tara used the Isagenix plan to lose weight, Travis Ogden, Isagenix Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re thrilled to have Tara represent Isagenix as this year’s IsaBody Challenge Runner-Up,” said Travis Ogden, Isagenix chief executive officer.
“With more than 46,600 participants this year alone, it was an amazing accomplishment even to be an IsaBody Challenge Finalist.
“Being recognized as one of the top two from this tremendous group of 15 finalists speaks volumes about Tara’s hard work and dedication.
“She is an inspiration to us all, and Isagenix is proud our exceptional nutrition solutions could support her in her incredible transformations.”
For more information visit: www.isagenix.com
BREAKFAST – Venti Frappuccino with extra whipped cream and a muffin
SNACKS – sugary or salty snacks
LUNCH – hot pockets, processed foods or a whole pizza
SNACKS – latte with pound cake
DINNER – large spaghetti with garlic bread
DESSERT – popcorn, chips or more
BREAKFAST – meal replacement protein shake and a Ezekiel bread with jam
SNACKS – rice cake with guacamole and tuna
LUNCH – meal replacement shake
SNACKS – turkey slices with cucumber and carrot slices with hummus
DINNER – grilled chicken, string beans and roast potatoes