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Body Transformation: 111 Pounds Gone!

Michelle comes from a long line of obese moms. She was part of the club until fitness and healthy living open her eyes. See what she looks like 111 pounds lighter!
Name: Michelle Carlson
Email: michelle@michellecfitness.com
BodySpace: michelleswag

Michelle Carlson Michelle Carlson
AGE 23
HEIGHT
5'5"
WEIGHT
236 lbs
BODY FAT
49%
AGE 33
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
125 lbs
BODY FAT
17%

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Why I Decided to Transform

Weight has been an issue for my entire life. My mom and her mom struggled with weight and tried every fad diet available. I was eventually initiated into the cycle. We attended weight loss meetings once per week and binged after weigh-in night. We only had one night to hit three fast food restaurants and the corner store. After years of abuse from excess weight, my mom passed away at the young age of 42 when I was 17.

At age 20, I married the most wonderful man in the world. By age 23, I was a mother of two children and weighed more than 236 pounds. I should have been happy, but didn't have the energy to be. I didn't know who I was or what my purpose in life was.

My heart lifted and my mind started to grasp the fact that my fate had yet to be sealed and that I could make a difference. I tossed junk food out of my diet completely and immersed myself in training and nutrition classes. More importantly, I found myself. I had purpose and a strong voice inside.

Everything started to unfold naturally. My family adapted well to the new way of eating. To this day, my 13 and 11-year-old give nutrition lectures to their friends about why they shouldn't eat McDonalds.

Through a series of events, I became a certified fitness instructor, a personal trainer through NASM, and started a business dedicated to educating others about the power they hold within themselves. I run several boot camps per year that cover all exercise genres and focus on healthy nutrition and body image. I have a dream to take this philosophy further and bring this message to schools and businesses.

Fitness completely changed my life for the better. To date, I lost 100 pounds, but it's more than a number. I have a purpose. I had to go through valleys to appreciate the peaks. My mom never got the chance to see her kids marry and enjoy grandkids. I'm here to give myself, my family, and anybody who will listen, a shot at a better life. I wake up every day restored with energy to inspire others. I have the energy to live life to the fullest.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I started walking, and then moved to yoga, which lead to instructing. Divine intervention—I truly feel that way—led me to weightlifting. After the initial shock, I began to love what weight training did for me. For the first time in my life, I felt strong.

There were times when I felt like quitting, sometimes for days on end. There were times when the results slowed and I thought about chucking it all. Sometimes friends and family didn't understand and kept wondering when I would outgrow the "phase."

Through it all, I pressed on and told myself to suck it up. I got myself into this mess, and it was my responsibility to dig myself out. It became a job; I clocked in and did the work. Nobody ever got anywhere by quitting. It never hurts to have go-to inspirational videos.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Pre-workout
Before Bed
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

I suffer from severe arthritis, so I try to eat very clean and focus on anti-inflammatory foods. That means lots of veggies.

Meal 1: Pre-workout
  • egg

    Egg, Hardboiled

    1

Meal 2: Post-workout Shake
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6: Before Bed
Training Regimen that Mept Me on Track
Day 1: Legs
Day 2: Upper Body Circuit
Day 3: Boxing/MMA Conditioning
  • Tire Flip Tire Flip

    Tire Flip

    2-3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust Heavy Bag Thrust

    Heavy Bag Thrust

    2-3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Mount Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Mount Transitions

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Guard Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Punch Sprints

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Kickboxing

    Kick Sprints

    2-3 sets of 60 reps (each leg)
  • dumbbell punches

    Dumbbell Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • dumbbell punches

    Dumbbell Pummels

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: Legs
Day 6: Boxing/MMA Conditioning
  • Tire Flip Tire Flip

    Tire Flip

    2-3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust Heavy Bag Thrust

    Heavy Bag Thrust

    2-3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Mount Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Mount Transitions

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Guard Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Heavy Bag Thrust

    Punch Sprints

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • Kickboxing

    Kick Sprints

    2-3 sets of 60 reps (each leg)
  • dumbbell punches

    Dumbbell Punches

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
  • dumbbell punches

    Dumbbell Pummels

    2-3 sets of 60 reps
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging aspect was overcoming my internal struggles. For years, I thought I wasn't good enough. Training came fairly easy because I could feel results. When I learned to use food as fuel for my workouts, everything came together. It took a combination of education and support to get me through.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to compete in 2013 and want to expand my business. I would love to work with more athletes both during the season and in the and off-season.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Don't quit. I know there are voices all around that questions your motives, but don't fall prey to negativity. People notice the work you put in.

For the longest time, I thought I was depriving my kids because I was at the gym. Then my son told me how thankful he is to have a healthy mom who provides an example of how to succeed. I'm nothing special, and if I can do it, so can you.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

The motivation and support is astounding. The store is pretty cool, too. On days when I don't want to work out, I throw on a Fitness 360 video or browse success stories. Then I haul my butt to the gym and get it done.

The BodySpace members are great supporters because they're people like me. Sometimes you feel alone in your little fit bubble, but at BodySpace, you have a family to tell you to get off your lazy butt and keep going.

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erincallery

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Great job! Very inspirational!

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What a transformation, you look beautiful!

It's so lovely that your kids look up to you and are inspired by you. I'm sorry to hear about your mum and am glad that you are now doing your very best to give your kids something that you never had.

It seems as though you are creating a whole new family legacy for generations to come! Keep up the good work!

:D XxX

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amazing transformation! Great work!

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we mirin!

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Rosie! I love it haha
congrats on all your success and may you continue strong on your fitness and health journey :)

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your story inspires me tremendously. i can also relate to people wondering when I will outgrow the "phase"

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these kinds of stories just lifts you up and inspires you to be the best person you can be. inspirational, motivational, sensational! Truly amazing :-)

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Just added another heroine to my roster. Very amazing transformation.

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Awesome transformation! Good job!

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Amazing inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Awesome transformation. VERY inspirational. You shoud be very proud..!! :)

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'Mirin!!

But is it an error that she was 5'5 before and 5'6 after?

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Great great great!

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I love seeing this! It helps keep me motivated. Sometimes I feel like I'm going backwards, and I have to remind myself that this transformation is more than the number on the scale, it's the number progressing on the bar that matters.

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Awesome transformation. Great inspiration. You showed us that it can be done no mather what.

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That's a major transformation! Kudos to you!!! :)

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AWESOME WORK!

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I can relate to all of that! Great story and inspiration, keep up the great work. :D

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great transformation ! I have this thought in my head, "I will do it even if it takes me 10 years" to reach my goal

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You are so Awesome!!!! (:

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OMG This is so Inspiring!!!

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Amazing transformation. You look great.

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Would love to know if you have any insight on loose skin?

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Thank you! Your Post has really helped me. Thank you very much.

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I am amazed and cognizant of your efforts. As a MA Counselling student( Marriage and Family Therapy) I know the moral courage you dipped into to move forward. At 61 I am taking care of my body and weight training is giving me self respect and keeping me feeling young. Thx for sharing your story.

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