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Body Transformation: Fitter At 41!

Unforeseen hurdles held Michelle's fitness dreams captive for more than 20 years. See how her relentless nature finally persevered and how her body responded!
Name: Michelle Lynn Stewart
Email: michellelynnstewart@hotmail.com
BodySpace: kungfugirl

Michelle Lynn Stewart Michelle Lynn Stewart
AGE 37
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
170 lbs
BODY FAT
N/A
AGE 41
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
125 lbs
BODY FAT
6%

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Why I Decided to Transform

I was an athletic teenager and always dreamed about being the fitness girl you saw in magazines. During college, I trained in the gym, but also smoked cigarettes, ate fast food, starved myself, and spent too much time at the local college pub. After college graduation in 1999, I got married and became the mother of two beautiful children, Seth and Alana.

Over the next several years, my marriage ended, and my beautiful nephew Reese Martin was diagnosed with cancer. He later passed away from the dreadful disease. I found myself repeating bad habits all over again; I smoked cigarettes, ate fast food, and drank alcohol.

I hadn't seen the inside of a gym in many years. I was at my lowest point emotionally and physically, 60 pounds heavier than I was in college, and suffering from depression. In January 2008, I remember sitting on my basement stairs crying and asking God to help me change my life. He did. God gave me courage to battle my personal demons and put people around me who are still by my side today.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I started a new job at the Mercer Day Report Center. I was quiet, wore long sweaters to hide my body, always pulled my hair back in a ponytail, and kept to myself. I overheard a few employees who talked about our director who allowed employees to exercise for free in his private training studio. Our director, Steve Collins, agreed to train me, so I joined the The Training Edge.

It was time to change my life. I set a goal to lose 40 pounds and quit smoking on January 25, 2008. I accomplished my weight loss goals by February 2009, but my mind kept traveling back to my younger days when I dreamed about being on stage as a fitness girl. So I set a goal to enter the Beverly International Northern Kentucky 2010 in the bikini division. I placed ninth, but left Kentucky smiling and determined to keep moving forward.

I followed Erin Stern and read everything I could about nutrition and training in Oxygen magazines and on Bodybuilding.com. I continued to train with the same girls and Steve. My training partners, especially Teresa Meadows, kept me focused. We're a long-standing group that helped each other for the past four years.

In November 2010, I won my first regional figure title at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix in Wheeling, West Virginia. I have won three regional figure titles since 2010. Most recently, in November 2012, I placed second in the figure classic division at Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas.

On New Year's Eve 2012, I was notified of my professional status within the Fitness Universe organization. I recently celebrated my fifth anniversary of being smoke-free. January 2013 proved to be a good month as I set new goals and celebrated my success.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2
Meal 3: Pre-workout
Meal 4: Post-workout
Meal 6
Training Regimen that Kept Me on Track
Day 1: Cardio
Day 2: Circuit Training
Day 3: Cardio
Day 4: Circuit Training
Day 5: Cardio/Abs
Day 6: Circuit Training
Day 7: Rest
Day 8: Cardio

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

The most challenging aspect of my transformation was adhering to the diet and lifestyle changes. I was convinced that I had to starve myself to lose weight. I was one of those girls who hated breakfast because it made me hungrier. Plus, I wanted to sleep longer instead of prepare food before I ran out the door for work.

To overcome my diet difficulties, I went to bed earlier so I could get up and prepare my breakfast, or I prepared breakfast the night before. I prepared enough dinner servings so I always had leftovers.

My Future Fitness Plans

My future fitness plans are to achieve two goals by the end of June 2013. The first is to increase muscle mass in all areas and have optimum conditioning for my first pro figure competition, the Figure Universe 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Secondly, I hope to take my ACE personal training certification in June 2013.

My third goal is to compete in a dirty girl mud run with my fellow gym girls in September 2013.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

For aspiring transformers, I must stress the importance of dreaming big. It's never too late to start and set reachable goals that lead up to your ultimate goal. Forgive yourself if you slip on the diet or get lazy with exercise; get back on track as soon as possible. Allow yourself a cheat meal at least once per week.

Knowledge is power, so research ways people reach their goals and stick with a plan that works for you. I wanted to be a non-smoker and a professional fitness athlete since my late teens. At age 42, I did it. Sometimes I catch myself smiling when I think about it.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

I have been a BodySpace member since 2008. I order all of my supplements and tanning supplies from Bodybuilding.com. I made many friends who encouraged me and shared their success stories. I love to read articles posted by Jamie Eason, Erin Stern, Nicole Wilkins, and Ava Cowan.

Bodybuilding.com provided me with excellent, reliable information on nutrition, exercise, contest prep, posing, and tanning. I'm blessed and honored to be chosen by the Bodybuilding.com team as an "Over 40 Transformation."

Michelle's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera
  2. "Thunder Kiss 65" by White Zombie
  3. "Gonna Fly Now" Rocky Theme
  4. "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" by Gap Band
  5. "Whataya Want from Me" by Adam Lambert

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Elt31987

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Stunning!!

Apr 25, 2013 6:03pm | report
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Awesome transformation and beautiful result!

Apr 25, 2013 8:26pm | report
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VickyTig

Wonderful transformation! I'm sure you'll reach your fitness goals! :)

Apr 26, 2013 2:53am | report
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Kungfugirl

I would like to make a correction to my supplement list. I took the opti-Women vitamin, not the men, lol.
I have recently added the use of Beverly Nutrition UMP Protein which is a 80:20 Casin/Whey Protein.

Apr 26, 2013 4:23am | report
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OfMiceAndBen

Well that's a small typo that makes a big difference. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Apr 26, 2013 8:56am | report
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Diab0lic

Gorgeous! Every 40 woman needs to be shown this. In fact, make that 20 ...

Apr 26, 2013 9:20am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 17'5"
  • wt: 209.44 lbs
  • bf: 10.0%
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Atta girl!!!! Amazing!!!

Apr 26, 2013 9:25am | report
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Iowaman

Congrats, you look great. What a transformation.

Apr 26, 2013 7:47pm | report
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kbussell

Great Job.... you think someone 46 can do this?

Apr 27, 2013 7:15pm | report
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davidb7486

Anybody can do it ! There is no age to get started ! Diet, get into a defecit and you will get there...

Apr 27, 2013 7:41pm | report
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jubilee4301

so how do you break down your circuits? very inspiring!!

Apr 29, 2013 8:54am | report
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Trish702

Your article is inspirational I have always wanted to become a "fitness chick" but I never knew how to get there until now. Thanks for sharing your story, I hope to follow your path soon.

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Cinnepin

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Cinnepin

Wow! Stunning transformation! You're an inspiration to me as I'll be joining the club of 40 soon!

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Bfridey

wow! amazing work transforming yourself! I'm so impressed!! Congratulations on rocking at life!

May 6, 2013 12:07am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 14'8"
  • wt: 176.37 lbs
  • bf: 25.4%
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Roxyluv916

I'm so amazed with ur transformation. I'm going to be 40 soon and am struggling with weight loss. Im an active person but I struge with my jelly belly. U are giving me a little hope.

May 15, 2013 3:19pm | report
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bulldogflx

Awesome job...much respect!!!

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julibaca

Truly inspirational!!!! I am 42, have lost 100lbs and would love to compete in a figure competition. I am fighting my negativity about myself. The trainer i was working with got fired and i have been doing a little self loathing and sabotaging. I need to get back on track and remember all the progress I have made. Thank you for your story. I need to hear it!!!

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manotee

This is so inspiring, and exactly what I needed to see. Congratulations, and thanks for telling your story. I'm out here tonight looking for motivation... Found it. :) p.s. I love BI products too.

Jun 6, 2013 7:14pm | report
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nayuribe

Amazing!!!! You really are an inspiration, never stop dreaming!!!!

Jun 14, 2013 2:09am | report
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  • ht: 13'9"
  • wt: 165.66 lbs
  • bf: 35.0%
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inspiring

Oct 29, 2013 1:03pm | report
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You look beautiful! Great work!

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