Height: 5' 1.5"
Weight: 209 lbs
Body Fat: 51%
Weight: 129 lbs
Body Fat: 12%
Why I Got Started
In April of 2008, I was 209 pounds. I believe that all things happen for a reason, and my life as I knew it suddenly flashed before my eyes. I got a wake up call, or text, so to speak, and decided to change my life on April 5, 2008. About a week later, I officialy began my new lifestyle.
My transformation really started to take shape when I realized I needed to put me "first." I was everything to everybody, always trying to please others. And because I thought that's who I had to be, I was always putting myself last. As a mom, I had become a taxi cab driver to all my kids' activities.
Always on the go, I had been feeding my body unhealthy food choices because they were convenient. I've had to make a hard change, putting myself first over everything and everyone else. Once I realized this, the focus of my weight loss journey became much easier.
I now hold myself completely accountable for my actions and reaching my goals. I reward myself all the time because I deserve it. I've hit bumps along the way, but I continued to stay consistent. That's the key to success!
How I Did It
Here's a summary of how I started and pieces of my journey:
- April 16, 2008: Weighing in at 209.5 lbs, I began Weight Watchers and started walking 2-3 miles in the neighborhood 5-6 days a week.
- June 11, 2008: I joined Gold's Gym. I started taking all the cardio classes.
- August 19, 2008: I picked up an Oxygen magazine at the grocery store and decided to add a strength training program to my exercise routine. I changed from Weight Watchers to "Eating Clean."
- November 2008: I added a pre-workout drink to my diet for endurance.
- January 2009: I kicked it up a notch in the strength training department by training glutes and hamstrings twice a week.
- January 6, 2009: I was voted Sparkpeople Motivator for my Fitness Achievements by my peers, which fueled me even more to see where I could take this!
- March 11, 2009: I started Pilates training 2 times a week in addition to the cardio classes and weight training!
- April 23, 2009: I completed 10 sessions on the Pilates reformer! Wow, what an experience. Talk about zipping up your core!
- April 24-26, 2009: I attended Jen Hendershott's "Phat Camp!"
- May 2009: I added more supplements to my mix, kicked up my calorie intake and cut back on cardio. I determined that I was cannibalizing my muscles with all the cardio I was putting myself through. I added plyometrics to my weight training routine and noticed a significant reduction of body fat just one month.
- June 2009: I signed up with Jen Hendershott's GetPHATOnline program for the Phat Girlz Team and committed myself to competing on July 18! I was 14.9% body fat when I signed up. I continued reformer training 2 times a week as well as the cardio, strength training, and diet provided by Jen and her Get Phat Trainers.
- July 18, 2009: I hit the stage at 10% body fat and 125 pounds at Jen Hendershott's All Women's Weekend Figure Bikini and Fitness. I placed 3rd in Class A, 4th in Masters, and was the recipient of Jen's "Most Inspirational" award.
- August 15, 2009: I competed again at the Coastal in Atlanta, Georgia, placing 5th in Class A and 12th in Masters.
- August 16, 2009: We changed up my competition diet and added more carbs to see if I could come in softer for the next weekends contest. I stayed off the weights; except for shoulders, continued my reformer training and plyometrics, and changed up my suit and posing.
- August 22, 2009: I competed at the Excalibur in Charleston, SC and placed 4th in Class A and 2nd in Masters!
- August 25, 2009: I began slowly moving off my contest diet back to eating clean and continuing cardio, training, and reformer.
I am an avid reader when it comes to nutrition and exercise. I have continued to feed my brain during this transformation. Just because a specific diet or piece of advice works for someone else, doesn't necessarily mean it will work for me.
Jen told me one time that our bodies are "science projects" and we just have to figure out the right mix! Consistency, focus, and determination is what sets me apart from others that have failed. The only ones that fail are those that give up too early!
- BSN Syntha-6
- German American Technologies Muscletein Ultra-7
- PGN Whey Sensible
- PGN TrimFat
- Scivation Xtend
- PrimaForce GlutaForm
- BSN Endorush
I eat the same foods all the time. Yes, it gets boring, but I have learned to eat to live instead of living to eat. I eat 5-7 small meals per day and limit myself to one protein shake in the morning after my workout.
I started out just by walking around the neighborhood. They, once I joined a guy, I began taking morning cardio classes. After picking up an issue of Oxygen magazine, I decided to put together a weight training routine that worked for me. I eventually got into a routine of doing 45 minutes to an hour of cardio each day, either in a class or on the elliptical or stairmaster.
I place special emphasis on my legs by doing a ton of stiff-legged deadlifts and cable kickbacks. I stay away from quad work because my legs are naturally big. I started taking pilates classes at my gym to change things up. I eventually received a bonus at my work and decided to invest it in a personal trainer.
Now that I am where I want to be with my physique, I will be going into maintenance mode until I begin preparing for my next contest in March 2010. I'm going to stick with plyometric interval training and heavy lifting for my shoulders.
Suggestions For Others
Set a goal, such as going on vacation or wearing a really fun outfit that you normally wouldn't spend money on, put the goal on your calendar, and work towards it. Schedule your workout, meals, and sleep on a calendar. Don't let yourself slip.
Figure out when the best time for you will be to work out. If you're a mom, then you should have a family meeting about priorities. You'll have to come back to it several times during your journey. In addition, don't over-commit yourself. Others may find you selfish at first, but then they'll see that you are really doing the right thing.
Keep in mind that not everybody will be on board with your new way of life. Don't expect them to be and don't spend any unnecessary time dwelling on it. This is your life and you are in control of it.
I found I would stay on the plan more when I cooked in bulk 2 times per week and pre-portioned out my food into containers. If I knew I would be gone for a while, I stashed extra meals in a cooler.
A huge part of my success is attributed to my family, friends, trainers and Bodybuilding.com. I am constantly trying to learn something new about eating clean and working out.
Be your own teacher and absorb every piece of information you can. Our bodies are not all equal, so find out what works best for you through trial and error. Failure is for those that give up to early. Invest in a trainer. It you're a person that is a self-starter, get help with online training. If you're going to invest in yourself, then train with the best!
Never give up on yourself and know in your heart that you must put 110% into everything you do in life. I believe that you manifest your dreams, it takes the will to do it. The only ones that fail are the ones that give up!