Season 1

Episode 409: Tamra Collins

In this episode of Intermittent Fasting Stories, Gin talks to Tamra Collins who lives in Yorktown, IN.

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Tamra is a government contractor. She struggled with her size from an early age, and she reflects on how her family influenced her body image.  After various military relocations and a series of disappointments with weight loss programs, Tamra discovered intermittent fasting in 2019. Tamra struggled to make intermittent fasting into a lifestyle, however, and it wasn’t until 2023 when Tamra was finally ready to commit to IF for good.  Her approach has lead to a weight loss of 39 pounds in around 7 months. Through an alternate-day fasting (ADF) regimen, Tamra has transformed her relationship with food, focusing on healthier choices and paying close attention to ingredients when she shops.

The power of community is a recurring theme throughout the episode. Tamra speaks about the support group she’s formed within Facebook, her daily conversations with friends, and the support of the Delay, Don’t Deny online community.

Tamra shares her non-scale victories—improved energy, fewer headaches, and even the disappearance of skin tags—which highlights the multifaceted benefits of her lifestyle changes.

Gin and Tamra emphasize the importance of exercise for health and longevity, focusing on gaining strength rather than just losing weight, and Tamra shares her dedication to running and light strength training.

As the episode draws to a close, Tamra leaves the listeners with the advice that has served her well through her transformation: commit to real, substantial lifestyle changes, find a supportive community, and set realistic goals. And most importantly, always find joy in the journey towards a healthier life.

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