Danielle Reutter Lost 37 Pounds Of Post-Pregnancy Weight And Began Competing!

After Danielle had her baby, she set her sights on a figure competition to motivate her to get back in shape. Read on to learn how she shed 37 pounds and began competing right here!
Before Before:
150 lbs
After After:
113 lbs


Vital Stats

Name: Danielle Reutter
Email: daniellereutter@yahoo.com

Before: May 3, 2009
Age: 24
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 150 lbs

After: September 19, 2009
Age: 24
Height: 5'1"
Weight: 113 lbs


Why I Got Started

I am a Certified Fitness Trainer and competing in Figure has been a goal of mine for a couple years. While I was pregnant I set the goal of competing around October 2009.

I thought it would be a great way to motivate me to getting back into shape and even better shape after having my baby.

I Thought A Competition Would Be The Perfect Way To Motivate Me To Get Back In Shape After My Pregnancy.
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I Thought A Competition Would Be The Perfect Way To
Motivate Me To Get Back In Shape After My Pregnancy.


How I Did It

As a trainer, I of course know how to lose weight and get in great shape - but how to prepare for a Figure Competition was a whole new ballgame. I was not sure how to begin my training, what I should be doing when and all of that. So I hired a Professional Figure Competitor, Chastity Slone, to help me on my journey.

I drove two hours to see her and in our first meeting she trained me and gave me a lot of information about what I needed to do to accomplish my goal. I began doing cardio first thing in the morning 6 days a week and following her meal plan, as well as weight training 5-6 days a week.

I Was Not Sure How To Begin My Training.
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I Was Not Sure How To Begin My Training.

We picked a show, the 2009 NPC Ohio and Great Lakes Figure Championships in Columbus, OH. As I got closer to my show I began seeing her weekly for training, posing and motivation. She changed up my meal plans every few weeks and I followed them.

Before I knew it, it was go time and I was exfoliating, tanning, getting my hair and nails done and packing for Columbus! The show was so much fun, exhausting, but fun! I was so excited to finally reach my goal, I was proud of myself for sticking with it through the end.

I Was Proud Of Myself For Sticking With It Through The End.
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I Was Proud Of Myself For
Sticking With It Through The End.

Twenty-some weeks of dieting and training, I was finally there. I placed 1st in Great Lakes Novice, 1st in Great Lakes Short Figure and 2nd in Ohio Short Figure. My next goal: Amateur Arnolds 2010!


Supplements


Diet


Training

I do 30 minutes of interval training 6 days a week first thing in the morning.

    Monday: Shoulders And Abs

    Tuesday: Biceps And Triceps

    Wednesday: Legs

    Thursday: Chest And Abs

    Friday: Back

    Saturday: Full Body


Suggestions For Others

Set yourself up for success and avoid setting yourself up for failure. Preparation is key when following a meal plan. I would cook all my food once or twice per week, weigh it out and package it.

That way in the morning I could just grab my food for the day, put it all in a big lunchbox and I was good to go. It made life so much easier not having to worry about preparing my food every day.

Another piece of advice that I read somewhere is if you run over a nail, don't go slashing your 3 other tires! It takes time and dedication to get your eating straight, so if you have a little cheat when you weren't supposed to, accept it and move on - don't think the whole day is ruined and dive into all the junk food you can!

Set Yourself Up For Success And Avoid Setting Yourself Up For Failure.
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Set Yourself Up For Success And Avoid
Setting Yourself Up For Failure.

Hire a professional. Yes it costs money, but it is worth it (as long as you do your research and find a great trainer). Having regular training sessions with a certified trainer helps you in many ways. Not only will you get a great workout, but you will get direction on what you should be doing and you are accountable to someone other than yourself.

Not to mention the countless conversations about health, nutrition and exercise - eventually it will sink in and you will find you have learned a lot. The whole getting in shape and losing weight mystery won't be a mystery anymore; you will learn its science.