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Something had to give when Sarah quit drinking and discovered fitness. See how she eviscerated 17 percent body fat and reinvented her physique!
Name: Sarah Walraven
Email: swalraven.conquerfitness@gmail.com
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Sarah Walraven Sarah Walraven
AGE 19
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
150 lbs
BODY FAT
28%
AGE 24
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
140 lbs
BODY FAT
11.2%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was overweight in high school and remember being called "fat." It struck me and I nearly stopped eating completely and lost 35 pounds. By my senior year of high school, I gained it back by drinking alcohol when I visited friends in college. I had a drinking problem from age 18-21, got tickets related to alcohol, and blacked out often. It wasn't a good lifestyle.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do after high school, but went into exercise science and fell in love with my college courses. I completed my associate's degree from Delta College in 2009 in Bay City, Michigan, along with my NASM-CPT/AFPA certifications. I got pregnant (unplanned) at age 21 and it changed my life. I stopped drinking and lost lots of weight after having my beautiful baby girl.

Six months after having my daughter, I had four-pack abs and was in shock because I quit drinking. A year later, I had six-pack abs. I was the girl who looked in fitness magazines and obsessed about woman with amazing physiques and abs. I never thought I could achieve it, but proved myself wrong. It's truly about believing in yourself!

How I Accomplished My Goals

I started by cutting out alcohol and eating clean. After I began competing, I hired Brandan Fokken to help me prepare for the 2013 Arnold Classic in Ohio. I read Brandan's articles on Bodybuilding.com and was inspired by his dedication and fitness education, so I joined Team Fokken. He's a coach and a good friend. I'm blessed to have his help so I can accomplish my goals.

Many women ask why I'm so motivated. I look in the mirror naked when that alarm goes off at 4-5 a.m. to go run. If you want something bad enough, you can and will make time. I believe Ashley Horner has the most amazing body and inspires me because she has kids too.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
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Meal 3
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Meal 5
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Meal 7: Post-workout
Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track

I do 30 minutes of morning HIIT fasted cardio Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Day 1: Quads
Day 2: Shoulders/Triceps
Day 3: Back/Biceps
Day 4: Hamstrings
Day 5: Chest/Shoulders/Glutes

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

Dieting for a show is the biggest challenge in my life. To overcome the hard times, I listen to motivational speeches by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm excited about my upcoming shows and hope to find sponsors. As a single mom, it does add up and is hard to maintain.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

If you don't fail, you didn't try. Failure is part of success; success is born from failure.

Everyone is a beginner at first. That's why it's so important to help others and support as much as possible.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com is a great way to connect with the fitness industry with great articles, trainers, workouts, and journeys.

It's good to see you're not alone and everyone has obstacles too.

Sarah's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  2. "We Are Created To Be Individual" by Eric Thomas
  3. "A Universe Not Made For Us" by Carl Sagan
  4. "Sail" by AWOLNATION
  5. "Slow Down" by Showtek

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Samsdaddy0525

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Great job Sarah. You look great and your story is even better. Best to you in your future.

Jul 12, 2013 5:35pm | report
 
mkman

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Great article and your story is a motivation for many men and women! Also enjoy how you detail your meals and workout program as well as supplements! Best of luck and keep lifting!!

Jul 12, 2013 8:32pm | report
 
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ABasher

Reall great job , Respect !!

Jul 13, 2013 5:01am | report
 
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 5'10"
  • wt: 195.11 lbs
  • bf: 16.0%
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Your abs in the picture at the bottom are absolutely unreal. Way to go!

Jul 13, 2013 5:12pm | report
 
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alisonrayatkins

Do you eat clean 7 days a week? I am at that last little fat jump and seriously need some advice on the final push@ Thanks! You look fabulous! I have four babies and I would kill for those abs!

Jul 13, 2013 5:46pm | report
 
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She eats clean 7 days a week with a cheat meal each week where shes allowed to have a meal of her choosing. Im her trainer :)

Jul 15, 2013 8:15am | report
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archerman636

Way to go! Your friends and family should be very proud of the way you've turned your life around. You are a true role model.

Jul 13, 2013 6:05pm | report
 
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VickyTig

Inspirational! Much respect to you! Best wishes on your future fitness goals :).

Jul 14, 2013 6:56am | report
 
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BrettEmrich

Wow thats really amazing, Great job Sarah!

Jul 15, 2013 2:10pm | report
 
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Simazandi

Inspiring!

Jul 15, 2013 2:17pm | report
 
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ravila1818

Awesome transformation Sarah! Keep it up...thanks for the motivaion to keep pushing!

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Big respect!

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impressive!

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Heart following Sarah on her journey! Well deserved highlight! Proud of you girl, and can't wait for what's in store. Great job, Sarah!

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Amazing Job! I definitely ho[e to accomplish what you have one day!!!

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Congrats. Such a fantastic transfornation. Keep pumping iron :)

Sep 4, 2013 11:50pm | report
 
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Wow very inspirational! Great job. Is this the diet and training you did from start to finish to get such amazing results ?? Your reply would be very appreciated thanks! Keep up the good work .!

Sep 14, 2013 5:58pm | report
 
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Wow very inspirational! Great job. Is this the diet and training you did from start to finish to get such amazing results ?? Your reply would be very appreciated thanks! Keep up the good work .!

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I have been following this training programme. I'm coming to the end of week 3 and its soooo hard. My head wants to keep going and my body is in pieces. But results are great. I've lost almos a stone ans hav lost inches all over.
It's a great story and inspired me to be better xxx thank you x

Sep 19, 2013 8:39am | report
 
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Love to read a motivation ! That's great - thank you for sharing your change for a fit life . I'm making a change as well & this just made a bigger push ! Best of luck on your future challenges !

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O.M.G woa

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