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Body Transformation: Sohee, So Hot

Sohee suffered from two eating disorders. She exercised madly, but just didn’t know how to do it right. Once it clicked, she kicked her EDs and gained 30 pounds!
Name: Sohee Lee
BodySpace: slee00
Website: www.soheeleefitness.com

Sohee Lee Sohee Lee
AGE 14
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
80 lbs
BODY FAT
13%
WAIST
22"
AGE 22
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
112 lbs
BODY FAT
18%
WAIST
24"

Why I Got Started

There came a point in my earlier years when I realized I didn't want to be miserable anymore. I was stuck doing hours and hours of cardio a week and nothing else. It had gotten to the point where exercise had become a chore and I dreaded every minute of it.

I was suffering from anorexia nervosa at the time, so I was set in my ritualistic ways. I looked sick and I felt even worse. Food had become my enemy.

Now, working out is one of the highlights of my day; I can't get enough of it.

Lifting weights has allowed me to view exercise and fitness not as punishment, but rather as a valuable, fun asset to my life.

Whereas before I would think about my upcoming workout all day with my stomach in a knot, wishing it would be over already, nowadays it's often the only downtime in a day that I get.

Being in the gym and training has a way of calming me down - almost like my own form of meditation of sorts. Gripping the iron, pulling the barbell off the floor … I don't think of it as "work;" it's my own personal me-hour. And food? I love food; I'm not afraid to eat big.

Fitness has given me the confidence to excel in other areas of my life. It takes guts to go in there and squat heavy. It's not easy; it hurts. But when you finally reach that elusive number you've been striving for so long to hit - there's no feeling quite like it in the world.

It's addicting and puts you on a complete high. You can hold your chest up high and know that yes, you do have the strength it takes to succeed. Nothing beats that.

How I Did It

When I first discovered weightlifting, I spent many, many late nights perusing the Bodybuilding.com forums. I combed through anything and everything I could get my hands on.

I learned exercise technique through the Bodybuilding.com exercises page as well as what I should be eating by visiting other members' Bodyspace profiles.

In addition, I hired my first online trainer in the summer of 2008. This turned out to be a great decision for me, as that was when I really started to learn about proper nutrition and training. I studied each new program that I got in order to understand the how's and why's of every little detail.

I asked questions, I read fitness writers' blogs, I invited feedback, and I associated myself with other fitness-minded individuals.

This last component was absolutely key; I needed to be around those who would support me in my endeavors instead of sabotage me.

Today, fitness has grown into such a passion of mine that I've recently decided to make a career for myself in this industry. I'm progressively dedicating more and more of my time and energies into working on my business, writing articles, making a name for myself, and networking.

Am I outside of my comfort zone? I'm hardly ever inside it anymore. But I know that this is what I need to do in order to grow as a person, and so far, I've been having an amazing time!

Supplements

I typically blend some protein powder in with iced coffee to make my own high-protein frappuccino. Tastes better than any Starbucks I've had!

Daily
With First Meal

Diet

While I initially started out eating six meals per day every three hours, I've learned over the years that doing so was not necessary. It took me a while to really learn what my body wanted and how I functioned best, but now I've found a system that works for me and I'm very happy with it.

I follow a rather unconventional method to diet called intermittent fasting in which I only eat during an 8-hour feeding window each day. Studies have found no evidence of slowed metabolism, decreased blood sugar, or any other negative side effects from not eating for more than 3 hours.

This allows me to eat much larger meals while still meeting my macros for the day, which is great for me because I love the feeling of being full. Depending on how busy I am and whether or not I am training that day, I will consume all my calories in 1-3 meals.

I also believe that you don't have to eat clean 100% of the time to achieve a lean physique. If I really want to, for example, I will squeeze in a little bit of candy into my day and fit it into my macros. Doing so has not hindered my progress in any way. I am incredibly wary of the all-or-nothing mentality and strive for moderation, especially given my eating disorder background.

My food varies somewhat from day to day. Unlike many individuals, I like to sit down in the evening, pull out the Calorie King software program I've been using for over four years, and plan out my next day's food depending on what I feel like eating.

When I feel my sweet tooth kicking in, I'll start off my day with 500g berries mixed with Stevia, cinnamon, and some cottage cheese. Yes, I eat it all in one sitting!

But most of the time, my diet is very similar to the following:

Training Day
Meal 1
Meal 2: Post Workout
Meal 3
Non-Training Day
Meal 1
Meal 2

Training

I've recently begun incorporating about 10 minutes worth of foam rolling and mobility work before each workout. My personal philosophy with regard to training is that the big, compound exercises should be the primary component to every session. I think that isolation exercises don't give you nearly as much bang for your buck.

More is not better; smarter is better. As such, I like to get in, hammer it out, and leave. Yes, fitness is a lifestyle, but I have a life outside of the gym and I'd like to keep it that way.

My current fitness goals are to front squat (a** to grass) 135 pounds and deadlift 225 pounds. As such, my training is catered toward achieving those milestones. I'm also on my school's club rugby team, and we practice 3 days per week. Aside from that, I don't do any cardio.

Here's a sample training week for me:

Day 1: Full Body 1
Day 2: 90 Min Rugby Practice
Day 3: Full Body 2
Day 4: 90 Min Rugby Practice
Day 5: Full Body 3

Rugby Practice: 60 min

Day 6: Full Body 4
Day 7: Rest

Suggestions For Others

If you're someone who's struggling with insecurities, body issues, or lack of confidence, I have one thing to say to you: weightlifting has saved my life.

Never underestimate the power of becoming physically strong - doing so transcends beyond the confines of fitness and will have a positive impact on you in so many ways. You are so much stronger than you think!

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nlatham

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nlatham

The before was 14 y/o, after 22.. that's a 8 year body transformation.. I would just say the girl grew up.. lets look at me at 14 and where I was at 22.. Who Picks who gets featured on here..
Altho.. Not to take anything away from Sohee You're doing a great job.. keep up the hard work. look amazing..
I'm just saying... going from a teenager to a adult.. yeah there are going to be some changes to your body..

Apr 27, 2012 7:26pm | report
xblackscreamsx

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xblackscreamsx

LOL! I didn't even Notice that... ya, I would have to say that she grew up... Definitely a hottie now though...

Apr 27, 2012 8:17pm | report
chacken

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chacken

Agree.. she looks smokin hot now though. lol

Apr 28, 2012 12:14am | report
gorana

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gorana

I agree!! And honestly looking at her workout routine I am not so sure she does all that...I don t know... To my opinion her physique should be different if that is her workout routine…
But still she looks nice!

Apr 28, 2012 12:44am | report
LukeHall7

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LukeHall7

Lmao so agree, I thought the same thing when I seen it. I just had to scroll down to make sure someone pointed it out

Apr 28, 2012 6:34pm | report
jwethall

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jwethall

Looking at her diet, she could very well be doing all those exercises and not getting the muscle development she'd get if she ate 6 times a day with similar food ratios. And of course eating less on non-training days doesn't help.

But from the sounds of it, its a huge step that she's eating at all. So good job! Keep at it.

Apr 30, 2012 9:15am | report
slee00

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slee00

I dropped from a healthy 100lbs to a skeletal 80lbs because I was eating a MAXIMUM of 7 (yes, 7) calories a day. If i didn't start lifting I'd probably still be a miserable 80lbs today - or dead, even. I don't see how that's anything to scoff at. And @gorana, yes that is my real routine. @jwethall It's called intermittent fasting.

Buuut regardless, thanks everyone for the comments.

Apr 30, 2012 2:07pm | report
iantrottier

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iantrottier

EXACTLY. BB - let's not get carried away with the cradle

Apr 30, 2012 2:58pm | report
gorana

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gorana

I guess the most important thing is that you are healthy again and that you feel good about yourself! Don t get me wrong YOU LOOK GREAT and besides I am no expert so my opinion isn’t something you should worry about ;)) - just keep up the good work and stay healthy ;))!

May 1, 2012 2:50am | report
seb_neumann

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seb_neumann

Is there a time limit for a transformation?
She made huge progress and looks amazing. I don't think it matters how many years apart the pictures are.

Jul 31, 2012 3:18am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 14'1"
  • wt: 169.75 lbs
  • bf: 18.0%
Pirolai

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Pirolai

Great job on your transformation and wanting to stay fit!!

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Apr 27, 2012 8:18pm | report
SashaTheGreat

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SashaTheGreat

what nlatham said. being a hot girl gets you everything in life.

Apr 27, 2012 10:40pm | report
JaiYoon

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JaiYoon

Keep up the good work. Great example of how doing hours of just cardio wont get you the results you want. As an ectomorph, I used to just do cardio cuz i felt like i would never get any bigger from lifting but now i know better. great story i hope other people who are suffering from eating disorders learn from your great example.

Apr 27, 2012 10:45pm | report
NicSp

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NicSp

She looks hot now! I wish they would look at my transformation story I sent in. Maybe I need professional photos to get it approved?

Apr 28, 2012 7:02am | report
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herofit54R

Well she was only 14 before and in the second phoo----eeehbleh? What was I saying? =O wow.

Apr 28, 2012 7:47pm | report
semico23

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semico23

haha 8 year transformation. nice look tho

Apr 28, 2012 11:29pm | report
cdbuilt

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cdbuilt

good job younglady

Apr 29, 2012 9:13am | report
alanjlockwood

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alanjlockwood

Yeah that is an 8 year span, I'd like to see pictures in between. The 90min of rugby probably is more than enough to keep her in shape. She is smokin hot though!

Apr 29, 2012 10:59am | report
slee00

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slee00

My weight fluctuated wildly up and down in the years between from starving/binging and doing way too much cardio. I was incredibly skinny fat back then.

The 90 minutes of rugby is actually an illusion because practice consisted more of standing around and walking than actual live play, unfortunately.

Apr 30, 2012 2:10pm | report
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zeus30

Agree with all, but she looks good now regardless.

Apr 29, 2012 11:40am | report
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sawoobley

I saw your article linked in a thread in the nutrition misc section. We are mirin your progress and intelligent approach to nutrition and training. Keep up the great work!

Apr 30, 2012 12:42am | report
slee00

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slee00

Hey, thanks so much! Yeah, I saw a few of my articles posted around the forums here. Very cool to see.

Apr 30, 2012 2:11pm | report
steventheisen

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steventheisen

How is this a feautured body transformation? Can I post my pics of 16 yrs old vs 25 and I can be put on here as well? I am sure there are quite a few more deserving BB'ers on the forums that you could have sifted through.

Apr 30, 2012 10:44am | report
slee00

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slee00

Maybe if you read this it would make more sense: http://www.soheeleefitness.com/my-battle-with-anorexia/

Great attitude.

Apr 30, 2012 2:12pm | report
poker123

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poker123

LOL...HMMMMM....are we out of body transformation stories???dont get me wrong, shes dedicated and motivated but hmmmmm....nevermind..i'll keep my mouth shut!!!!

Apr 30, 2012 11:24am | report
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