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Body Transformation: Trophy Transformation

Valerie took fit living to another level. She completed Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer twice, shed 24 pounds, and built a powerful podium-worthy physique in one year!
Name: Valerie Kirkland
Email: vholla1@gmail.com
BodySpace: vholla1

Valerie Kirkland Valerie Kirkland
AGE 28
HEIGHT
5'5"
WEIGHT
140 lbs
BODY FAT
24%
AGE 29
HEIGHT
5'5"
WEIGHT
116 lbs
BODY FAT
11%

Why I Decided to Transform

I've been an athlete my entire life. At age six, I starting running track and swimming. My entire family was athletic. Food was never an issue for me and sports came naturally. I continued playing sports throughout high school and received a college track scholarship.

My freshman year of college was a hard transition for me and I put on 20 pounds. That's when my up and down weight problems began. Although I was on the track team and worked out, my diet was horrible. Late-night food runs only added to my weight gain. During my sophomore year, I decided to change how I ate and started eating smaller portions and healthier foods. I was able to lose the 20 pounds I gained and kept it off for two years while I finished my track career.

After college, I taught group exercise classes, but my eating habits started getting bad again. When my husband and I met, we went out to eat often and ate ice cream nightly. The habits continued after we got married in 2009. I weighed 145 pounds at that point, which was my highest ever, and wore a size 9. I was unhappy with myself and uncomfortable in my body. I went from a size 2 to a size 9 in one year. When I got pregnant with my son in 2010, I worked really hard to make sure I ate healthy and exercised. I only put on 35 pounds during pregnancy and was able to lose it after, but I still held onto the 20 pounds I gained after college.

As a fitness instructor, I felt very insecure. How could I help motivate someone when I struggled myself? I was constantly doing cardio, but I wasn't seeing the results. My clothes didn't fit and I no longer felt like the athlete I once was.

In 2011, I moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charleston, South Carolina. I was a stay-at-home mom and decided to do something. I wanted to be fit and look like some of the people who inspired me. The person who inspires me most is Jamie Eason. When she came out with her 12-Week LiveFit Trainer, I decided to give it a try.

I started a Facebook page and a blog that includes recipes and workouts for people who are new to clean eating and exercise.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I started Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer in September 2011. I made a commitment to finish the 12-week program no matter what. In the beginning, I was afraid I would fail or give up. I tried many times to lose weight and was unsuccessful, so I wasn't sure if this program would work.

Exercising wasn't new to me, but clean eating was. I had never heard of it and didn't know what it meant. The 12-week program helped because it included meal plans and shopping lists. Within the first month, I lost five pounds. My clothes were getting loose and I was excited and motivated.

I wanted the weight to come off fast and spent many days complaining to my husband. I wanted abs and toned legs and felt like it was taking forever. He was supportive and encouraged me every day.

Music kept me motivated in the gym. I also looked to BodySpace and fitness pages on Facebook to keep me inspired. It was nice seeing others with the same goals.

Supplements that Helped Me through the Journey
Pre-workout
With Meal 6 and Post-workout
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 6
Training Regimen that Kept Me on Track
Day 1: Biceps/triceps/abs
Day 2: Legs
Day 3: Shoulders
Day 4: Chest/cardio/abs
Day 5: Back/cardio
Day 6: Rest
Day 7: Cardio

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

Dieting was the hardest part for me. I ate junk food and candy before and gave it all up. To help with my sweet cravings, I came up with clean recipes for pancakes and muffins. These clean foods enabled me to enjoy the foods I had before, but in a healthier way. By the end of the 12 weeks, I wanted clean foods more. I no longer craved unhealthy food.

My Future Fitness Plans

After completing Jamie Eason's LiveFit twice this year, I entered my first bikini competition and placed second. I enjoyed the experience and want to do more to help others. I'm currently studying for my personal training certification and just started a non-profit organization to help combat childhood obesity.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Write your goals down and don't limit yourself.
  • Try working out with a friend to stay motivated.
  • Never give up. It may get hard, but stay focused on your goals.
  • Take measurements and pictures and throw out the scale.
  • Do it for you and no one else.
  • Change will only come when you do something you have never done.
  • Don't be afraid to lift weights.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

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Great Job!

Mar 2, 2013 10:44am | report
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Thanks!

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evukich

Wonderful story. I'm getting ready to start my LiveFit 12-week program. Your story is very inspiring! Thanks and GREAT JOB!

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VickyTig

Your leg exercise is almost exactly the same as mine! Great job and you look amazing!

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Thanks for sharing your story. It's quite inspiring.

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Wow! What an inspiration! Thank you:)

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runswithiron

Awesome. I've been dragging my feet to start her program. This is the kick that I need.

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Thanks for the inspiration!!

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jcrayn1

hi! first off, congrats on your transformation :) i have a question, in your workout it has protein power as meal 2... did you drink that after your workout in place of a second meal? or is a protein shake considered suppliments and I should still eat meal 2? thanks!

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  • Body Stats
  • ht: 15'11"
  • wt: 191.4 lbs
  • bf: 32.0%
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