Female Transformation Of The Week - Meagan Hesham Shed 62 Pounds Of Post-Pregnancy Weight!

During her pregnancy, Meagan found herself eating tons of junk food. After her baby was born, she knew she wanted to get her fit, athletic body back. Read on to learn how she lost 62 pounds of post-pregnancy weight right here!
Before Before:
197 lbs
After After:
135 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Meagan Hesham
Email: meagan@rogers.com
BodySpace: meaganhesham
Official Website: http://www.meagan.ca/
Studio Website: http://www.flowfitness.ca/
Bellydance Website: http://www.mayada.ca/

Before:
Age: 30
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 197 lbs
Waist: 35"
Stomach: 39"
Hips: 47"
Chest: 43"
Bicep: 13.5"
Thigh: 26"
Calf: 16.5"

After:
Age: 30
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 135 lbs
Waist: 28"
Stomach: 31"
Hips: 36"
Chest: 34"
Bicep: 10.5"
Thigh: 20"
Calf: 14.5"

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Why I Got Started
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I have always been into fitness and love the gym, my job is even in the fitness world - I run a dance and fitness studio called Flow Fitness & Movement where I teach bellydance, Latin & Brazilian dance, boot camp classes, and more fun workout classes. I had dabbled in fitness competitions a few years ago and definitely wanted to do more!

I got the awesome news that I was pregnant during the 2007 holiday season. I always thought I would be so healthy throughout my pregnancy (this should be the time you eat healthiest for your baby growing inside you), I did work-out and continue to teach my classes pretty much right through my pregnancy, but the diet went out the window.

I found myself eating tons of sweets, white carbs, butter, and everything bad! I ended up gaining tons of weight throughout my pregnancy (I got up to 222 pounds). I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy on August 30, 2008.

I Ended Up Gaining Tons Of Weight Throughout My Pregnancy.
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I Ended Up Gaining Tons Of
Weight Throughout My Pregnancy.

I took a few months to relax with my baby at home and 25 pounds came off with no effort (probably the only weight I should've gained due to the pregnancy), and I was left with tons of eating-too-much-cake-and-pasta weight! I didn't feel like myself and wanted my old athletic body back.

Plus, as my baby grew up I wanted him to follow my healthy eating and living so I had to get back to that for myself so I could set a great example for him!

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How I Did It
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In January 2009 I made the public announcement to all my friends, family and students that I was going to lose all this weight and more and do figure competitions in June and July. I think people were looking at this hugely fat unfit woman thinking "you must be nuts!"

Many people told me it would take more than a year to lose all the weight that I had put on through my pregnancy, if I could even lose it at all with a baby in my life! So, on January 5th, at 197 pounds, I took that life-changing before picture in my bikini and started on an awesome journey to my new life!

I Started On An Awesome Journey To My New Life!
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I Started On An Awesome
Journey To My New Life!

In my head I could see myself up on that competition stage flaunting my new lean, athletic body even though I was so far from that! I was the most unlikely candidate to do a fitness competition - I was over 60 pounds away from an average fitness competitor's weight for my height, with only 5 1/2 months until the first competition I wanted to do.

I had people who only had a few pounds to lose tell me they could never be ready for the competition by then - but you see, the difference between them and me is priority and mind-set. Someone can be so close to having a totally hot body, but it doesn't matter if you don't:

  • Make getting that hot body a main priority in life.
  • Really believe you can no matter where you're coming from (whether it's 5 or 105 pounds you want to lose!)

I got to my goal weight of 135 pounds through tons of cardio (I ran everywhere with my baby in the jog-stroller) and did a hardcore weight workout every morning before my husband and baby woke up in the morning (5 a.m.). The most important (and hardest) part for me was eating clean - lots of lean proteins, quality carbs, healthy fats, and eating every 3 hours!

The Most Important (And Hardest) Part For Me Was Eating Clean.
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The Most Important (And Hardest)
Part For Me Was Eating Clean.

I kept track of everything I ate, all my workouts on my calendar, as well as blogging and keeping track of my progress and goals on my BodySpace page here on Bodybuilding.com!

Then I did it! I competed in Neutron's Provincial Championships in Ottawa on June 26, 2009 in Figure and Sports Athletic Model categories and took 2nd in both! Then two weeks later I competed in Open Figure at IDFA's Toronto Classic on July 11, 2009 and made the top 5 in a really tough competition! I was thrilled!

I Was Thrilled!
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I Was Thrilled!

And almost as important to me as my own progress and success is how my before and after pictures and story have and will continue to motivate others to work for the body and life they've always dreamt about!

I'm now offering a 12-week body transformation program at my studio and I think it's been so successful because they see that if I can lose that much in about half a year, they can do anything too!

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For that reason I have blown-up 8x10's of my before and after pics as soon as you walk in the door of my studio to inspire others to reach for their dreams no matter how crazy they seem!

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Diet
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Training
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Throughout the workout, I will sometimes add some extra plyometric exercises.

    Monday: Arms

    Tuesday: Chest And Back

    Wednesday: Legs

    Thursday: Legs

    Friday: Shoulders And Abs

    Saturday: Cardio

    • Cardio: 1-2 hours
    • Teach 4 Dance Classes

    Sunday: Cardio

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Suggestions For Others
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The biggest advice I would give is to remain positive throughout the process of transforming your body - negative thoughts breed negative behaviors. The ability to lose weight is all a mental thing more than anything else! Believe it and you can achieve it!

Secondly, make sure you're eating a high quality clean diet that includes lots of lean protein, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats, eat small meals every 3 hours, and allow yourself one cheat meal a week to stay sane and make sure you can continue on this program the rest of your life!

Keep a food journal and write every little thing you put in your mouth down (even on bad days - you can often learn why you binged on junk, what lead to that bag of chips, etc.) if you write it all down! Off-season, I aim for 30% fat, 30% protein, and 40% carbs, and about 1600 calories per day.

Remain Positive Throughout The Process Of Transforming Your Body.
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Remain Positive Throughout The
Process Of Transforming Your Body.

  • Make sure your workouts are intense and sweaty. Don't read a magazine and be lazy on the elliptical, that's just a waste of time. Really give it your all when you're in the gym! Make every second count!
  • Find pictures, sayings, etc. that inspire and motivate you and put them up on your mirror, fridge, desk at work, computer desktop, etc. to keep yourself motivated throughout the day!
  • Listen to really great pumping music to get you psyched for workouts, or any other time in the day you might need a little boost!
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you and are healthy too! Joining a group or having a transformation buddy can really help.

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  • Tell everyone around you your goals and plans so you feel accountable.
  • Take pictures monthly - if you're doing well, you can see the exciting changes in your body and congratulate yourself, if you're not, you can see you need to pull up your socks and work harder at your goal!