Jillian Cut 64 Pounds To Demolish Her 'Pudgy' Self And Reveal A Sexy, Lean Muscled Diva!

Jillian did not want to be the pudgy girl all her life. Tipping the scale at 180lbs was too much, and she decided to make the change! Find out how Jillian cut 64lbs of body fat and got ready for a figure competition!

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Vital Stats
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Name: Jillian Leigh Rufener

Email: jrufener87@yahoo.com

BodySpace: Miss_Jillian

Jillian Rufener Jillian Rufener

Before:

Age:
20
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
180 lbs
Body Fat:
40%

After:

Age:
23
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
116 lbs, Contest
Body Fat:
12-15%

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Why I Got Started
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At 20-years old, I decided to get serious about training and nutrition. I had always been the "Chubby Girl" growing up, and I was sick of hearing people describe me as heavy-set, big boned or pudgy. Life is too short to live with regrets especially since these are the years you're supposed to enjoy; I didn't want to spend my 20s being overweight and miserable, not to mention unhealthy.

My weight was spiraling out of control, each year I'd put on another 10 pounds and sometimes even more. I knew sooner or later I was going to end up paying the price of my unhealthy lifestyle. I remember topping the scale at 180 pounds; it was the worst feeling of my life. I couldn't believe I had just let things go. I had always been heavier, but never that heavy.

The pictures my mom had gotten developed in the summer of '07 made me see how far I let things go; I couldn't believe the girl in those photos was me, talk about a wake-up call! I decided to take control of my life, I wanted to stop dreaming and start living! I wanted to transform myself into a strong, confident young woman; I wanted a fit female physique! I wanted the confidence that comes from being a strong healthy woman and so my journey began.

I Wanted The Confidence That Comes From Being A Strong Healthy Woman
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I Wanted The Confidence That Comes From Being A Strong Healthy Woman.

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How I Did It
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At the end of 2007 I joined Gold's Gym. At this point there was no stopping me. I was in the gym twice a day hitting cardio in the morning and weights in the evening. I was into powerlifting in high school so getting back into lifting was no big thing; the nutrition on the other hand was my biggest downfall and the subject I knew least about.

I decided to learn as much as I could about nutrition, using the Internet and plenty of books. I made the switch from three large meals a day to five or six small meals through out the day. It took a while to get use to eating every few hours, but the impact was so dramatic I felt like my metabolism was finally running! Most importantly I cut out all the processed crap and began choosing clean eats like chicken, brown rice and veggies.

As the weeks went by the pounds started melting off; every month I would see changes in my body, it was so exciting and I was more motivated than ever. By the time June (2008) hit I was weighing in at 130 pounds! From that point till now I've been working hard to maintain my weight and build lean muscle mass. Once I had lost all the weight and started building muscle I decided to kick it up and notch and start training for a competition.

I wanted to push myself further and see how far I could take it. I began prepping for the show 20 weeks out, during that time period I trained harder than I ever had and kept my diet lean and clean. It was physically and mentally exhausting but worth it every step of the way. I had my competition this spring and competed in Figure and Bikini at the Oregon Ironman Bodybuilding and Fitness show. It was one of the best experiences of my life, not only because of the transformation I had accomplished, but because being onstage in itself has always been one of my biggest fears.

It felt great to overcome that fear and to go out there and give it everything I had; it was absolutely one of the best moments of my life. This summer I'll be training to get on stage at the Seven Feathers Classic in October, and I couldn't be anymore excited!

I Began Prepping For The Show 20 Weeks Out, During That Time Period I Trained Harder Than I Ever Had And Kept My Diet Lean And Clean
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I Began Prepping For The Show 20 Weeks Out, During That Time Period I Trained Harder Than I Ever Had And Kept My Diet Lean And Clean.

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

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Diet
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Meal 1: 30 min Before Pre Workout

Meal 2: Pre Workout

Meal 3: Post Workout

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Meal 7:

Meal 8:

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Training
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TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
21s - When performing 21s, 7 reps are performed in the lower half of the motion, then 7 reps are performed in the upper half, and the set is finshed with 7 complete reps.

Day 1: Back/Biceps/Abs

Day 2: Chest/Triceps/Shoulders

Day 3: Legs/Calves/Abs

Day 4: Back/Biceps

Day 5: Chest/Triceps/Shoulders

Day 6: Legs/Calves/Abs

Day 7: Rest

Jillian With BodySpace Member Old Superman
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Jillian With BodySpace Member Old Superman.

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Suggestions For Others
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I think the best advice I can give anyone is to believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself you can achieve anything, never let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do! Being persistent will always pay off, there are good days and bad days, but you must keep at it, keep pursuing your goals!

Willpower is never a word I like to use because it insinuates that every day must go accordingly and if it doesn't then you don't have a strong enough willpower; don't let one bad day get you down. My own journey was filled with up and downs, but what really counts is whether or not you keep on trucking. With hard work and dedication you can achieve anything, never stop believing.

Jillian With Pro Bodybuilder Victor Martinez
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Jillian With Pro Bodybuilder Victor Martinez.
  • Eat 5-6 small meals a day
  • Eat Clean
  • Create a workout plan that suits you (Circuit training is a great way to get started)
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink a lot of water

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