Hi! I'm Tiffany Rose. I'm a 33-year-old writer, YouTube video blogger and future New York Times Bestselling author. (speaking it into existence:) I'm probably the only person who openly admits that Interstellar and Why Did I Get Married? are my favorite movies.
In 2014 I weighed nearly 300 pounds. After 20 years of being overweight, that was my turning point in changing my life around for the better. December 22, 2014, I went in to have Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. I contemplated for almost ten years on whether to have weight loss surgery, and I must admit it was the best decision I ever made for myself. I started making healthier choices in regards to what I ate and began exercising regularly. A little over a year after I began, I had lost 80 pounds. I was clueless at the time, but my journey to realize, and focus on, my emotional eating was just the beginning.
Above is a photo of myself weighing in close to 300 pounds standing next to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2007. I was so nervous walking on the stage to accept my degree, but I at that moment I knew I had accomplished something great. Once the graduation excitement had worn off, I felt horrible inside and out. I was battling depression, obesity, stress, and anxiety. I looked like I had it all together on the outside graduating from college with honors, but I was slowly dying inside.
After surgery, I lost 90 pounds. I was feeling healthy and looking great. I began researching different recipes, and even trying different exercises that are enjoyable, and were comfortable on my joints. I was making better choices as far as what I ate and exercised regularly, but I was making poor decisions by being connected to toxic relationships. I knew nothing about setting boundaries, and I was in denial about my depression and mood swings. Some of the very things that contributed to my emotional eating. Before I knew it, I had gained back 50 pounds of the weight I had lost.
I am the first to admit; surgery is not the fix all for fighting obesity. The operation did not take away my desire for poor food choices and the cravings I have from time to time. Because I had gained over half of the weight back that I had lost it, I went into a severe depression which forced me into going to get treatment for my mental health.
Doctors have given me a variety of diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder I with Hypomania, PTSD, possibly even the onset of Schizoaffective Disorder. After much prayer and taking time with God, he is now helping me to see that he made me unique. I am not my diagnosis; I am Queen Tiffany Rose. My brain is unique because that’s how God designed it to fulfill his purpose to help others. I'm proud God made me a minority, and different from the majority so I can be able to support the majority. I know God gave me this mind to be creative and it’s a gift. It’s not a curse. I thought it was something wrong with me, but God was showing what was right with me. I know now God gave it to me as a gift to use it to help others who struggle with mental health and obesity.
To this very day, I am fighting to become healthier in every area of my life and continue to strive in reaching my weight loss goal. As of August 22, 2018, I weigh 208 pounds. I have been able to get off a significant amount of the weight I had gained back, and I am working every day to reach my goal. Together I believe we can achieve whatever health goal we have set for ourselves with teamwork, motivation, and love. I want you to know that I am so excited and thrilled you are here! As I post blogs, articles, sites, and photos feel free to leave comments, share your stories and also subscribe. Please also follow my social media sites so you can stay up to date with me on a daily basis. I do take the time to read every comment that comes through. I appreciate all of my Rosebuds support, love, and generosity.
Other notes about me: I am a Georgia Peach, and I live in Atlanta with my two dogs Shakes and Sugar. I was born in Queens, New York, and move to Atlanta at the age of 3. I relocated to South Carolina in 2003 to attend college at Claflin University. I graduated in 2007 with a Bachelors of Arts in Professional English. I moved back to Atlanta, GA in 2010 for a job opportunity. I graduated from Strayer University with a Masters of Science in Business Management with a Concentration in Marketing.
I've had the same small group of friends for almost 20 years whom I love dearly. Every year we make it our duty to ensure we plan a trip to see each other and celebrate our friendship. I love animals, music, and documentaries about space and nature. I have a dream of becoming a New York Times Bestselling author, traveling around the world taking photos and learning about different cultures.
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