Tiesha Robinson, a 35-year-old mother and accountant, was inspired to lose weight by her son, according to People.
Robinson began her weight-loss journey with Weight Watchers, but she was not mentally engaged.
She didn’t put her health first until her son’s father died in 2018.
“It made me realize that my son only has one parent,” she told People. “I didn’t want to be the reason why he lost both his parents if I could help it. I didn’t want to leave my son prematurely because of the unhealthy decisions I was making.”
Her devotion to Weight Watchers was rekindled, and her perseverance was rewarded.
She lost half her body weight in two years, weighing 208 pounds.
“I know you can’t control everything, but if there’s something that I could prevent by eating healthy, then I’m glad I’m able to do it,” she said. “I feel like I prolonged my life to be here for my son and everyone else that needs me.”
Robinson recalls being overweight when she was five years old, and she estimated that she weighed more than 300 pounds by the time she graduated from high school.
She tried “nearly every diet” without success, according to the mother of one.
“I tried just eating fruits and vegetables, which didn’t last for more than a few days, and eating only proteins,” she said. “But my mind also wasn’t there to be able to commit to anything.”
Robinson weighed around 416 pounds after her aunt died, which was her highest weight.
“I was practically addicted to sweets,” the mother admitted, adding that she “rarely drank water.”
She stated she would “hope that [she] wouldn’t have any complications” at every doctor’s appointment, but she later discovered she was prediabetic.
According to WebMD, prediabetes is defined as having blood sugar levels that are higher than usual but not high enough to be classified as diabetic.
“It kind of hurt my feelings when she prescribed me the medicine and she said, ‘It’ll help you lose weight,'” Robinson said.
“I was like, ‘If I can do this in a healthy way, I’d rather try to do it naturally,’ because actually, the pills were making me put on weight, rather than doing what it was supposed to,” she added.
Robinson now claims she’s “more confident,” and she’s no longer prediabetic.