Overweight for most of her life, Tanya Winfield, 41, developed gestational diabetes during her pregnancy. But ever since she appeared on the The Biggest Loser, starting out at 262 pounds, the mother of three has made some amazing changes to not only her body, but her entire life.
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Tanya came to the ranch because she felt guilty about the 125 pounds she put on while pregnant with her youngest child. Her daughter was born 11 pounds, 6 ounces, and doctors warned Tanya that her little girl will “always be at a higher risk for childhood obesity and childhood diabetes.”
But when Tanya sat down for a heart-to-heart with trainer Dolvett Quince, she revealed that the real story behind her weight problem went straight back to the self-esteem-crushing behavior of her own mother.
“My mother was heavily addicted to drugs, and she was very physical,” Tanya explained through tears. “She had me when she was 15. And (when) I was growing into myself, there was always this need from her to mess with my face, hit me in my face, hit me in my mouth, hit me in my nose. If someone complimented me, she would hit me in the face. And that’s basically how I had to live my life.”