Tanya Winfield beat out 250,000 prospective contestants to become one of the last six finalists on season 15 of NBC’s weight loss reality show, The Biggest Loser. Winfield – a top fan favorite – may not have won the big check, but she’s won something even more valuable: she won a new, healthy lifestyle that has changed her life forever.Her journey and her story has inspired millions to begin fighting for their own healthy lifestyle -- and she couldn’t be more thankful.
Winfield is the first to admit that her experience on the show was a far cry from the lifestyle she’d grown accustomed to as anyone can get. Often referred to as the “people’s champ,” throughout the season, Winfield’s impressive 87-pound weight lossadvanced her to the final week of the competition as one of the last six contestants competing on the show.
Initially, her drive and determination to not let obesity win made her a top fan favorite; but her vulnerability --when she opened up and shared the innermost details of her life -- was a turning point in her journey that only deepened her connection with viewers across the nation who witnessed her breakthrough.
Winfield’s raw recollection of her gruesome, childhood experience at the hands of an abusive, drug-addicted mother and a family who failed to come to her rescue was a personal tipping point in her journey.The heartbreaking memory she shared with her trainer on the show also became known as “The Most Inspiring Moment” in Biggest Loser history.
Winfield’sphenomenal weight loss success is just one more extraordinary accomplishment that she has already achieved in her life begun anew.She also earned her first million dollars by the time she was 35-years-old, as an entrepreneur, restaurateur and corporate leadership/management executive with Fortune 500 companies during her 20-year tenure in corporate America. Becoming COO of an iconic Chicago franchise is yet another triumph in Winfield’s life; but all of these achievements are only a taste of what’s to come for this fearless woman of excellence.
A proponent of quality, empowerment, distinction and now forgiveness, this teen mother has shed emotional baggage that far outweighs any lbs she’s lost. Her pride in her personal victories comes in second to her determination to follow where thisnew path is leading her. Along with plans to release a cookbook, open healthy soul food franchisesand spin clubs across the nation, Winfield’s new path is all about sharing her message of hope and inspiration.
Winfield is proud to be a beacon of encouragement, inspiration, motivation and transformation to anyone who needs a little light to break down the barriers set up by the mind and often obeyed by the body.
To that little girl who may be thinking she’ll never amount to anything because of her upbringing; or that young woman who needs a little motivation to push past the challenges she’s facing in her business; or the millions of people who don’t believe they can lose weight because “It’s just too hard,” Winfield’s message is simple, yet passionate,“Lose your emotional baggage in order to win your life back because you are worth saving.”
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