Jessica Lost 55 Lbs, Cut Her Body Fat In Half, And Got On The Figure Stage!

Jessica was beginning to lose hope that she would ever lose weight and get fit until she chose to take control of her life and her body. See how she made her comeback and competed in Figure!


Vital Stats

Name: Jessica Masino Drass

Email: jessabahx@yahoo.com

BodySpace: jessabahx

Jessica Masino Drass Jessica Masino Drass

Before:

Age:
28
Height:
4'11"
Weight:
155 lbs
Body Fat:
30%

After:

Age:
29
Height:
4'11"
Weight:
100 lbs
Body Fat:
14%

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Why I Got Started
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After being overweight for 10 years, I started training for my first figure competition in June of 2009. I was inspired by my husband to start competing and make a major change in my life. I started at 155 pounds with 30% body fat. I weighed 100 pounds on the day of my competition with my body fat under 15%. I am 4-foot-11 and will turn 30 on July 24, 2010.

Back in high school I was always tiny. I weighed 95 pounds and was very active in a dance company that competed all over the country. When I started college in 1998 I stopped dancing seriously, and started my struggle with emotional eating. I put on 25 pounds by the end of my sophomore year of college. In 2000 I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, a condition where my thyroid is too slow, and causes weight gain. I have to take a synthetic thyroid pill every day for the rest of my life. I also have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, which can also slow metabolism and cause weight gain. In addition to this I suffer from frequent migraine headaches, which are so severe that I take prescription injections to help combat them. For the past ten years I tried many different ways to lose weight - Weight Watchers, Medifast and many other programs. I felt sorry for myself and used my medical conditions as an excuse to not go to the gym and to eat whatever I wanted. I also suffered from depression and food addiction - I would eat to make myself feel better, many of the time indulging in secret food binges. I kept telling myself what I was eating was OK, since it was labeled "diet food" (low-fat, 100 calorie packs, meal replacement bars). In March of 2009 my father-in-law died suddenly, and I hit my all-time low. He suffered from alcoholism, and I blamed myself for his death. After living with him for a year, and seeing his daily struggles, I felt partially responsible for not reaching out to him and pushing harder to get him the help he needed. I turned to food and alcohol to help with the pain of his sudden death and its impact on my family. I stopped working out, and ballooned to 155 pounds (a lot for my small frame).

For The Past Ten Years I Tried Many Different Ways To Lose Weight
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For The Past Ten Years I Tried Many Different Ways To Lose Weight.

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How I Did It
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In June 2009, 3 months after his father's death, my husband competed in his first bodybuilding show. I was inspired by his resolve and determination to do something positive for himself after suffering such a tragic loss. Watching him compete changed my life. I saw the beautiful women onstage in the Figure categories and decided that I was sick of being ashamed of my body, and that I wanted to look like that. I had been working out with a trainer, Rich Pohler at Body Solutions in Voorhees, NJ and made an appointment with him the week after the show. I told him I wanted to train for a figure competition. He didn't laugh in my face, but took my request seriously and told me what I needed to do. He developed a workout plan that involved whole-body movements, lifting weights for 30 minutes 4 days per week and cardio sessions every day from 30-60 minutes. I enlisted the help of a nutritionist, Annette Boulden, who created a diet plan of 1200 calories per day, which was broken down into 45% carbs, 30% protein and 25% fat.

Under my trainer's suggestion I cut out all processed food, and ate only whole foods. No more protein bars or 100 calorie snack packs. I also cut out alcohol completely. I logged all of my food and exercise into my iPhone, using the LoseIt app, which helped keep me on track. I found that having a goal really helped me stay focused. I told my family and friends my plan, and to my surprise everyone was supportive from the beginning. In November of 2009 I competed in my first OCB show in New York. I had lost over 40 pounds, but still had a long way to go. It was a great learning experience. During the winter months I worked on gaining more muscle, and started a cutting diet on March 1st, 2010 for my June 19, 2010, show. It was incredibly difficult at times to keep up with my diet and work-out regimen, especially when I was away from home. I did the best I could to stay on track, but didn't beat myself up if I slipped up a bit or missed a work-out. I believed in the process and in my plan, and it paid off for me in the end.

I Found That Having A Goal Really Helped Me Stay Focused I Found That Having A Goal Really Helped Me Stay Focused
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I Found That Having A Goal Really Helped Me Stay Focused.

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Supplements
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Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.

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Diet
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My cutting diet consisted of 6 small meals throughout the day, something like this:

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

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Training
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My workout consisted of a 2 day split, weight training 4 days a week, with an emphasis on legs and shoulders. I made sure my cardio workouts were something I enjoy- elliptical arc trainer, kickboxing, step aerobics and ballet classes so that I made sure I would do it.

TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.

Day 1: Push Workout

Superset:

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  • Cardio: 30 minutes on Elliptical machine

Day 2: Pull Workout

Day 3: Abs/Glutes Class (30 Minutes), Kickboxing Class (1 hour)

Day 4: Push Workout

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Superset:

  • Cardio: 30 minutes on Elliptical machine
  • Advanced Ballet Class: 90 minutes

Day 5: Cardio

  • 50 minutes of Cardio intervals on Treadmill

Day 6: Pull Workout

Day 7: Intermediate Step Aerobics Class (1 hour)

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Suggestions For Others
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It certainly wasn't easy at times. My lifestyle is busy as a high school art teacher with many after-school commitments, such as being the Class Advisor for this year's senior class. I had to fit in my workouts and healthy eating while planning the senior prom and chaperoning the senior trip to Disney World. My students were all very supportive of my eating schedule and were amazed at my transformation. There were many days I didn't feel like working out, or really wanted a soft pretzel after a stressful day at work, but I kept the ultimate goal in mind. In the past I would use my migraines as an excuse not to work out, but now I would just take my medicine, and head to the gym. My trainer knew that if I had my sunglasses on while I was working out, it was just "one of those days." But I kept at it, and most importantly, I believed in the process, and it paid off.

My Students Were All Very Supportive Of My Eating Schedule And Were Amazed At My Transformation
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My Students Were All Very Supportive Of My Eating
Schedule And Were Amazed At My Transformation.

My husband was my ultimate supporter. After struggling through a shoulder injury, he decided to compete with me, and on June 19, 2010, we competed together in the OCB Eastern Seaboard States in Middletown, DE. We spent our weekends working out together at the gym, preparing healthy meals, and helping each other with our posing routines. He was my rock, and we looked out for each other. When 2 of my friends decided to do the show with us, he spent every Thursday night for a month before the show as our posing coach, critiquing us in our living room.

My pictures are proof that anyone can make a change. There is no secret pill; no crazy plan. Just eat clean and work out hard. The only secret is to find what works for YOU, and to believe in yourself.

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