BodySpace Member Of The Month: Xercisegrl

Soldiers returning from war often have extravagant parties thrown for them, but how many come home to a transformed wife?

Name: Angela Johnson
BodySpace: Xercisegrl
Member Since: January 2008
Occupation: Certified Personal Trainer

Angela Johnson had been active for a long time, but she always followed a self-described "loose" diet. Wanting to surprise her husband when he got home from military commitments, she joined BodySpace, stepped up her game, and "Xercisegrl" was born. Now she helps others and inspires everyone along her journey.

Thanks to that social commitment, combined with sound strategy in the gym, kitchen, and her supplement cabinet, she shares her story and plan with you as the newest BodySpace Member of the Month! Check out Xercisegrl and step up your own game!

Q
What made you decide that you needed to get in shape?

There was never any single "Aha!" moment. I had been working out and teaching aerobics for many years but always carried too much body fat due to a "loose" diet. What can I say? I love food!

My husband was away for work (he's in the military) and I took advantage of his absence to address my diet and kick my training up a notch. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but so worth it! I feel great!

What kind of changes have you made since you made that decision?

I would have to say the biggest change is what and how I eat. I am also more consistent in my training and diet.

How did you discover BodySpace?

My husband would order supplements from the Bodybuilding.com store and I eventually started a profile to track my progress. I would also view other profiles for motivation/inspiration!

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Tell us about how you ate before you started and how it changed.

I'm originally from the south so "home-cooking" (e.g. FRIED!), biscuits and cornbread, and daily desserts were the norm. I wasn't consistent in eating clean. Plus, my portion sizes were WAY off.

I worked out for years, but until my diet was squared away, I was just spinning my wheels!

Nutrition

Nowadays, I eat 5-to-6 meals per day (sometimes utilizing meal-replacement shakes with a 40/20g protein/carb gram count).

I eat a fairly clean, plain diet. It consists of:

Lean Protein: chicken breast, turkey breast, egg whites, orange roughy, some salmon, ostrich (when I can find it!) and bison/buffalo
Complex Carbohydrates: oatmeal, brown rice and sweet potatoes
Veggies: spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, leaf lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, etc.
Fruit: No more than two servings of fruit each day.
Fats: Salmon, flaxseed, olive oil, almonds, and nut butters. (I also just started using grapeseed oil.)

Each meal is around 300 calories. When I'm trying to get super lean, I cut out fruit and dairy for a SHORT time only.

Here's an example of a higher calorie day:
(% Breakdown: 44% protein/ 21% fat/ 36% carbs)

Meal 3: Pre Workout
Meal 6

A lower-calorie/lower-carb day:
(Approximately 1200-1300 calories)

Meal 2
Meal 4
Meal 5
Supplements
Training Day: Legs
Leg Day

How do you think BodySpace has helped you reach your goals?

By keeping me honest! Seriously, though, posting progress pics, interacting with like-minded people, and learning new things - these are just a few of the great things about Bodyspace!

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No one can transform alone. Friends and family pressures often force us to transform, but they also serve as our inspiration.

What is your favorite feature on BodySpace?

I love following everyone's progress through their progress pics. So motivating!

Is there anything you would like to add or say to your fellow BodySpace members?

Thank you to each and every one of you who has stopped by to say hi, comment, support and encourage me in this journey. It never fails.

Whenever I'm feeling down, discouraged or unmotivated, I log on to Bodybuilding.com and someone is there to inspire and motivate me.



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