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International Transformation Of The Month: Aussie Bests The Bulge

International Transformation Of The Month: Aussie Bests The Bulge

Amanda Marie wobbled on the brink of type 2 diabetes. With the help of her blog, she's now ready to rock the stage. Check out how this awesome Aussie sculpted an incredible body!
Name: Amanda Marie
Email: mevsthebulge@gmail.com
Country: Australia

Amanda Marie Amanda Marie
AGE 28
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
187 lbs
BODY FAT
27.6%
AGE 29
HEIGHT
5'6"
WEIGHT
125 lbs
BODY FAT
18%

Why I Got Started

In February 2010, I started a weight loss blog called mevsthebulge.com. I was 85kg (187 lbs), overweight, unfit, depressed, and had just discovered I had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and insulin resistance.

All my previous attempts at weight loss had failed. Unless I changed my lifestyle, I was going to get type 2 diabetes and put my health in serious jeopardy.

With the help of my trainer (and now great friend), I managed to lose 20kg (44 lbs). I did this with a mix of resistance/strength training, high-intensity interval training, and also some low-intensity cardio.

The major change for me, though, was diet. Gone was the processed, fatty, sugary, preservative-filled crap.

I replaced it with clean, wholesome, fresh foods that were as close to their natural state as possible. I stopped counting every calorie that went into my mouth and just focused on eating small portions several times a day.

After losing the majority of my weight, I really wanted a challenge. I wanted to mentally and physically push myself and get myself into the best and most athletic shape I could.

So, in July of 2011, I decided to compete in a bodybuilding competition in the sportsmodel/fitness category.

How I Did It

One of my best friends had just competed in a few figure competitions and had done extremely well. I contacted her and asked her if she would like to coach me.

With her help and expertise, we whipped up a plan to help me get into comp-ready shape!

I started a re-composition plan and, in the four months that I followed this plan, I managed to lose 5kg (11 lbs.) of fat and gain 600g (1.5 lbs) of lean muscle.

As I noticed changes in my body week after week, I became confident I could ACTUALLY look like the fitness model girls I so admired.

Even my legs, which were my slowest body part to slim down, started to take on a shape that I hadn't seen since my teen years!

A new me was emerging, and I was proud as punch.

Supplements

Morning
Lunch
Intra Workout
Post Workout
Dinner

Diet

Keep in mind that my comp prep diet is drastically different from this one. During the time I used the following diet, I was having a bit of a reaction to oats, so I had to take them out of my diet!

Thank goodness I am fine with them now -- they are my breakfast staple!

Meal 1 (8:30 - 9am)
Meal 2 (10:30am - Pre-Cardio)
Meal 3 (12:30pm)
Meal 4 (4:30pm - 5pm Post-Workout)
Meal 5 (7:00pm - 7:30pm)
Meal 6 (8:30pm - 9pm)

Training

I went for a lower/upper-body split focusing on compound movements followed by isolation exercises. I never followed the same weights workout twice and kept my body guessing!

I would throw in high-rep days and low-rep days, as well as supersets and drop sets a few times a week. This worked well for me during this stage!

Day 1: Upper Body
Day 2: Lower Body
Day 3: Cardio
Day 4: Upper Body

    Midday Cardio:

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Running, Treadmill

    45 min steady state cardio
  • Evening - Similar to Day 1, fewer reps and more exercises

Day 5: Lower Body

Similar to Tuesday except more exercises and fewer reps.

Day 6: Cardio

HIIT circuit training.

Day 7: Rest Day

Suggestions For Others

  • Eat clean.
  • Lift heavy.
  • Do not neglect cardio.
  • Get your head in the game, first and foremost! Find what motivates you and always keep your goals in focus. Make them more important to you than breathing!



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mscharlotte

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Amazing work!!! Such an inspiration!!! <3

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Thank you!!! You inspire me back ;) xx

May 16, 2012 5:24pm | report
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Thank you so much for all your inspiration over the last few months! you're my hero!... well, you and Arnie.

May 15, 2012 8:06pm | report
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  • ht: 12'11"
  • wt: 155.4 lbs
  • bf: 26.0%
mandyme6514

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LOL!!! Me and Arnie are pretty much on par, you see. ;) xx

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Jezza84

Fantastic work, given me inspiration and shows the true Aussie spirit. Well done again and good luck for all your future plans.

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Thanks mate! :)

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You have dedication my friend. Great work!

May 15, 2012 8:25pm | report
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Thank you very much! :)

May 16, 2012 5:43pm | report
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gorana

WOW now that is what I call a TRANSFORMATION!!
GREAT JOB!!

May 15, 2012 10:22pm | report
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Thank you! :D

May 16, 2012 5:47pm | report
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MissSage

Well done Amanda, I've been waiting for this to come up! Hopefully in the next year I'll be joining you in the transformation archive =)
- Samantha xx

May 15, 2012 11:24pm | report
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  • ht: 14'11"
  • wt: 179.3 lbs
  • bf: 30.0%
mandyme6514

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You can do it Samantha! xx

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That's incredible!! keep up the great work.

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thank you! :D

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Leebies

YEAH GIRL!!! THATS WHAT I CALL RESPECT!!!!!!!

May 16, 2012 3:34am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 14'8"
  • wt: 176.37 lbs
  • bf: 15.0%
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Haha cheers bud! :)

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amazing results! simply superb

May 16, 2012 4:04am | report
  • Body Stats
  • ht: 13'10"
  • wt: 166.01 lbs
  • bf: 13.5%
mandyme6514

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Thanks buddy! :D

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wow. you look so amazing. =D

May 16, 2012 4:28am | report
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  • ht: 11'10"
  • wt: 142.86 lbs
  • bf: 19.0%
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Thank you! :)

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Transformation into a princess, great work.

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That's very sweet! Thanks!

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Excellent job!! Your story will help to motivate many people; myself included!! Keep it up!

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thank you! x

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WOW! way to go!!!

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