Rochelle Ford Set Her Sights High And Shed An Amazing 108 Pounds!

Rochelle had struggled with her weight throughout her entire life. Finally, she decided that she needed to get in shape once and for all. Read on to learn how she lost an amazing 108 pounds right here!

Vital Stats

Name: Rochelle Ford

237 lbs
Upper Arm: 16"
Lower Arm: 14"
Waist: 37"
Navel: 38"
Upper Thigh: 29"
Mid Thigh: 25.5"
Lower Thigh: 22"
Hips: 47"

Age: 38
129 lbs
Body Fat: 12.21%
Waist: 25.87"
Navel: 26"
Tricep (Skin Fold Caliper): 8
Bicep (Skin Fold Caliper): 2.25
Subscapular (Skin Fold Caliper): 4.5
Suprailiac (Skin Fold Caliper): 2.62
Mid Thigh (Skin Fold Caliper): 9.25
Kidney (Skin Fold Caliper): 2

Subscapular & Suprailiac:
The subscapularis is a large triangular muscle which fills the subscapular fossa and inserts into the lesser tubercle of the humerus and the front of the capsule of the shoulder-joint. The suprailiac is a diagonal fold taken midway between the hip joint and the bottom of the rib cage.

Why I Got Started

What got me on this journey to making a conscious decision to make a lifestyle change were several things. The first being the medical history of my parents. Secondly, I have spent all of my adult life working at controlling my weight and trying to live a healthy life, with little success.

Gaining as much as 250 pounds while carrying my daughter, which I gave birth to in 2000, the struggle became more and more difficult. And the breakup of my family did not help. But, determined to make a change within myself, I began working out.

In April 2005, at the weight of 225 pounds (having lost 12 pounds since February), I joined a neighborhood Women's Boot Camp (Adventure Boot Camp), which met three days per week. In this class I proved to myself that I could exercise - and be good at it.

So, June of 2006, I reached out to Bodies On-line in Baltimore, Md. for one-on-one personal training where I was able to see more pounds fall off, and a real change in my physical appearance.

I also made more needed changes in my life (mentally) which also helped me to jump-start the person you see today. And, this person that you see today has inspired others to want to do the same, which contributed to me becoming a Certified Group Exercise Instructor, and later creating the "True U Boot Camp" in November 2006.

In January 2007, I joined yet another Boot Camp (Active Duty Fitness), in which I am currently a Group Exercise Instructor, and increased my workout schedule to five days per week (which included my Saturday Boot Camp class) and experienced even more weight loss, confidence within myself, energy, endurance, better sleep, and more.

I Have Spent All Of My Adult Life Working At Controlling My Weight And Trying To Live A Healthy Life, With Very Little Success.
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I Have Spent All Of My Adult Life Working At Controlling My Weight
And Trying To Live A Healthy Life, With Very Little Success.

How I Did It

In September 2008 after becoming inspired by one of my friend's lifestyle change, I decided to finally pursue my dreams of competing in my first figure competition, a goal set in 2001. I first sought advice from my fitness partnership Greg Raleigh of Food For Fuel with regards to training for the event.

I later took it a step farther when I meet David Spindel of Essential Fitness, a Bodybuilding and Figure Competition promoter, who offered his over 30 years of professional expertise with providing me with the meal plans and workout route customized for competitors of these particular events.

A meeting was set with Mr. Spindel for an initial assessment of my body. At this meeting, which was December 8, 2008, I learned that even though I had been losing weight, 163 pounds at the time, my body fat was still pretty high, 31%.

So after my initial assessment, Mr. Spindel equipped me with all the necessary tools I needed to help me reach my goal. A broken toe, panic attack and several other setbacks later, I had finally transformed by body enough to be able to live out my dream of competing in my first figure competition.

November 21, 2009, competition day, I finally transformed my mind and body to do it! Even though I still had visible signs of once being a full-size woman, with the loose skin in my abdomen and inner thigh area, on this day I did not allow it to affect my confidence level.

I had been blessed by the best, and you could see that in my attitude. I had my family, friends, including myself, all proudly wear shirts displaying my before and after picture, showing to all who were present to never give up on their dreams, and to dream big!

As the evening events started and my class took center stage, my name and number was called. Mr. Spindel began to share my story with the audience of me weighing more than 250 pounds and that my current weight was 127 pounds.

The applause began before I had even taken center stage. And after the completion of my T-walk, I proceeded off stage just as the contestants before had done, when Mr. Spindel stopped the show and pulled me back on stage, along with a poster size before photo of me, and presented me with an award for the "Most Improved Physique"

The entire room was on its feet. Standing there speechless, I did not know how to respond. Part of me was just about in tears, and the other part of me was jumping and rejoicing inside. I had done it and my hard work had not gone unnoticed!

I Had Done It And My Hard Work Had Not Gone Unnoticed! I Had Done It And My Hard Work Had Not Gone Unnoticed!
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I Had Done It And My Hard
Work Had Not Gone Unnoticed!


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Suggestions For Others

  • Set small goals that will help you reach your big goal
  • Dream big
  • Always plan and pack ahead
  • Find an accountability partner
  • Never give up, no matter how many setbacks you face
  • It's OK to put yourself first
  • Drink plenty of water. The lack of water can be mistaken for hunger
  • Never say "never"
  • Don't host pity parties for yourself
  • You make your choices, not anyone else
  • You are the only "true" one that can do it for yourself
  • Surround yourself with positive energy and people that can help you reach your goal
  • Learn as much as you can with regards to the goal you have set for yourself
  • Don't be afraid to fail or make a mistake

Never Give Up, No Matter How Many Setbacks You Face.
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Never Give Up, No Matter How
Many Setbacks You Face.