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BEFORE
BODY FAT 30%
WEIGHT 210 LBS

AFTER
BODY FAT 15%
WEIGHT 131 LBS

Focused On Fitness!

Lydia Michalitsianos
female transformation

Body Transformation: Focused On Fitness!

Lydia battled childhood bullying and vowed to silence her critics. See how she transformed and lost 79 pounds and 15 percent body fat!

Why I decided to transform

I used to be a sedentary person who sat back and coasted through life. I was into design and went to college for it. At the time, I lived and breathed design and hoped to work in the music or fashion industry. Most of my friends and family were in better shape than me and I wasn't happy about it.

It became apparent that I was considered fat at an early age because I got made fun of at school. I was teased daily on bus rides to school and by random people who passed me in the hallway. I was embarrassed when class discussions focused on health and nutrition and thought everyone was relating the information to me. The feelings stuck with me through college.

After college, I knew something had to change, but I was scared to enter a gym. I thought people would wonder what I was doing or watch me operate the machines incorrectly. Then one day I decided enough was enough. I waited for people who said they would go to the gym with me, but never did, so I went alone and changed my life.

Before /// 210 lbs
After /// 131 lbs
AGE 16 / HEIGHT 5'5" / BODY FAT 30%
AGE 27 / HEIGHT 5'5" / BODY FAT 15%
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How I accomplished my goals

After Christmas 2008, I set a resolution to rebuild my life no matter what it took. It was now or never. I wasn't sure how I would do it, but I didn't want to feel the same a year from then.

I opened the doors at the Big Vanilla Athletic Club and hopped on a treadmill for the first time. I started slowly at a light jog and managed to increase my speed daily. I went back 4-5 days per week and transitioned onto the stationary bike and elliptical and pushed myself. As the scale dropped, I became motivated to keep going.

Eventually, I hit a plateau and was introduced to weightlifting by a personal trainer. I was too scared to hit the weight floor by myself with hardcore guys walking around, but I felt comfortable with a trainer. When I started weight training, I broke through my plateau.

My eating habits changed and I got satisfaction from the burn. I worked out harder on my own than with my trainer. I was driven to prove people wrong who hurt me and called me names. It gave me motivation and fire to work out harder. Now I pull from positive motivational sources like photos of my favorite athletes and motivational quotes and videos. All that matter is that I'm happy with myself.

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Diet plan that guided my transformation

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Training regimen that kept me on track

Day 1: Chest
Day 2: Back/Abs/Cardio
Day 3: Legs
Day 4: Cardio
Day 5: Chest/Shoulders/Abs
Day 6: Legs
Day 7: Back/Abs/Cardio

What aspect challenged me the most

The most challenging aspect was diet. When you stop seeing progress and the diet needs to change, you must learn to alter your eating habits so your body keeps progressing.

My future fitness plans

I competed in two bodybuilding shows and am 10 weeks into my second competition season. After this, I plan to get my personal training certificate and start my own personal training business. I want to be recognized as a symbol of strength and inspiration to those with similar goals.

I'm starting a motivational speaking career about bullying and training the mind to improve your life.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

Never forget what you're working toward and where you started. If you have questions, don't give up. Seek help and advice and you'll find it if you stay hungry.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

I made many friends on BodySpace who gave me motivation and support. I love the Bodybuilding.com Store and utilize its service to get fast and convenient supplements.

Lydia's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Firewalking" by Hocico
  2. "Genesis" by Nitronoise
  3. "Deathkill" by Die Sektor
  4. "Faces (remix)" by Say Just Words
  5. "Killer Fuelled Machine" by Nitronoise

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Kovenant

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Super Awesome change, and you're beautiful.

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Epikhigh63

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Thank you for the compliments! :D

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michaelr575

"I waited for people who said they would go to the gym with me, but never did, so I went alone and changed my life."
First off, congratulations on the life change! It is very difficult to approach someone (unsolicited) that is overweight about fitness and not make it feel like your jumping on them. Like you felt in school with the "health and nutrition discussions". Who knows if the outcome would have been different if all your friends kept asking you to go to the gym with them... Could have been different. BUT... look at you now! You look great and are on a path to success, and not because of the weight loss, but the life changes! Good luck in the future, I wish the best for you!

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Key is, to TAKE CONTROL! Move it or lose it right?! >:D

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49ergrad07

Awesome Transformation! You look great!

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Epikhigh63

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Thanks!

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mark2927

Critic's silenced. WOW!

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Epikhigh63

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hahaha IKNOWRIGHT!? :D

Sep 15, 2013 11:40am | report
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Thadathil

NIce transformation. Cool to see, how you can change you life, if you stay motivated.

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Kaynott502

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Kaynott502

Killer taste in music. No wonder you made such incredible progress in the gym. Too bad the music can't do the same for nutritional motivation huh? Good luck on the business ventures.

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Epikhigh63

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Thanks! You too!

Sep 15, 2013 11:36am | report
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Pieterdb

Hocico! **** I thought I was the only one who was fueled by them. Nice progress, nice pics and nice music!

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Epikhigh63

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Love the intensity in their music >:)

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Good job!!

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Epikhigh63

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Thank you~!

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mthurston0001

"I was too scared to hit the weight floor by myself with hardcore guys walking around"
I think a lot of people (male and female) feel that way. Funny thing is, at least in my experience, most people would be glad to help out with few questions or spotting while they are between sets.

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Epikhigh63

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Newbies don't know that :3

Sep 15, 2013 11:43am | report
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Searius

Amazing transformation. Good work.

Sep 14, 2013 10:16pm | report
 
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Fireice2

In the middle of my transformation. I too was inviting and waiting for some friends to train with me before, until I realized getting fit will have to start off with a lonely path.

Great job with the transformation! You look much younger in your late 20's!

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WOW awesome trasformation!!! U look like another person =)

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wow! lots of protein! good job girl. keep up the dedication!

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Awesome change! Couldn't believe the "Gym Tracks" when I read them! :)

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onewheeler1000

Great job!! you looking hot! Hope you do well in your shows

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WOW your transformation is incredible. I'm intending on following your gym routine to tone myself up and hopefully get leaner.
Good luck with becoming a personal trainer!!

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I loved your description of your first time at the gym as it was a lot like mine. So intimidated by all the people that looked like they knew what they were doing and probably didn't. The first time I set foot in the fitness center I didn't even know how to turn on the running machines. I had to ask someone for help. Very inspiring story!
Thanks!

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