Erin Dropped 44 Lbs, Cut Her Body Fat, And Took Control Of Her Life!

Erin struggled with her weight for most of her life until she found the willpower to change her diet and head to the gym. Read on to see what motivated her to change her habits and her body!

Vital Stats

Name: Erin Grimm-Behen


Bodyspace: ErinB1218

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179 lbs
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135 lbs
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Why I Got Started

I have struggled with weight issues my entire life. I have tried it all: fad diets, "magic" pills, and even becoming a victim of eating disorders. Finding out that I was hypothyroid after the birth of my second child sure didn't help either; weight loss became damn near impossible.

I always hated running; I loathed it. However, when I saw the opportunity to train for a marathon in 2006 (raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) I jumped on it. I couldn't believe the exhilaration that I felt after running my first complete mile nonstop, let alone how amazing I felt after my 20-mile long run practice. The amazing byproduct of this feat was weight loss, and I became hooked on how great it felt to buy a whole new wardrobe of smaller sized clothes!

Eventually, I hit a plateau. Frustrated, I began to do some research on how to break past this point, when I came across What an amazing tool this site was; all sorts of information that I craved on one great site. I began using the tools that I found on, and am extremely grateful to have gained the knowledge from their site ever since.

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Of course, like most people, I struggled with obstacles that kept me from a lot of dreams and goals that I had. It was especially difficult when it came to my debilitating disease of alcoholism. I had gotten so close to my goal weight before, but time after time, my addiction to alcohol kept me from reaching any dream that I had to better myself in so many more ways than just fitness.

Now that I had some recovery time under my belt, I figured that this was MY time to make changes. Hitting rock bottom and admitting self-defeat has brought me to where I am in my life today. That is why I am in no way ashamed to state that I am an alcoholic; overcoming so many struggles in my life has made me stronger in so many ways!

Like one of my favorite quotes from the movie Vanilla Sky, "The sweet isn't as sweet without the bitter ..." This rings true to me. If it had not been for the disasters that I have survived and made it through, I truly don't think that I would be at this state of strength that I am today. I am determined to turn my defeats into feats of FAITH. I know now that with hard work, I can attain anything that I set my heart on!

How I Did It

Baby steps. I didn't get heavy overnight, and I knew that I wasn't going to achieve my goal overnight, either. I just put one foot in front of the other and made it to the gym and watched what I ate even when I didn't want to. As long as I kept moving forward, I knew that the next day would be better than the last. I just had to keep doing it!

Point blank, I was sick and tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin. I wanted the outside to reflect how I was beginning to feel on the inside: strong, confident and empowered!

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Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.


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I am a BIG advocate on switching things up in the gym. I hardly ever do the same thing! I lift heavy on some days, while I do more reps on others; I superset or pyramid up my sets; and, of course, switch up the type of exercises and the order that I do them often. I like to keep my body guessing what's next!

I usually do three sets of different exercises for each muscle group being trained. I like to perform four sets per exercise, with the first in each set being a "warmup" with 15 reps. I usually like to keep my reps within a heavy enough range that doesn't let me lift more than 12 reps per exercise.

Like I said, I hardly ever have a "set" routine. Some weeks, I might actually work out my lower body two days a week instead of one ... the key is to always keeping things different and challenging! As long as I bust my butt in the gym, I know I am doing something to better myself.

Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

Day 1: Legs/Back

Day 2: Off

Day 3: Chest/Triceps/Abs

Day 4: Back/Biceps

Day 5: Off

Day 6: Shoulders/Abs

Day 7: Off

Cardio: Schedule First week - 4 mornings per week, 40 minutes (mornings or after weight training or on off training days)

Suggestions For Others

If you don't have a food log, Get one! I was working out, but never kept track of what I was eating exactly. I figured as long as it was healthy, and I didn't overeat or binge, that I was doing okay. Sure enough, when I started keeping track of what went into my mouth, I was shocked at how many extra calories that I was eating. No wonder I was working my tail off at the gym and not getting the results that I was craving. Once I was able to moderate the food intake, I saw my long lost abs for the first time in my life. Hands down, it's the best thing that I have done for myself while trying to transform my body. I can't stress the importance of this enough. The food log that I use is; this site has apps on smart phones galore. Check it out.

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Once I Was Able To Moderate The Food Intake, I Saw My
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Also, one of my mantras is "With great sacrifice, come great rewards." This has proven true in so many different areas of my life. And the definition of insanity is "Doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results." If you want that change bad enough, it takes action, it takes doing something different, it means giving it your all. Quit being miserable, unhappy, uncomfortable in your own skin; how you feel is ultimately up to YOU. You are the master of your own happiness, nobody and nothing else is.

So, the question is: "How badly do you want it, and how far are you WILLING to go to get it?" The key: willingness, and your attitude. Hell, if I can do this, then anyone can.

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