Johanna Lost 34 Pounds And Transformed Her Body To Compete In Figure!

Johanna wanted to have a body like the ones she saw in the health magazines. With a little persistance she was able to make her fitness dreams come true and compete in her first competition. She how she did it!


Vital Stats

Name: Johanna Chesser

Email: johjoh905@yahoo.com

BodySpace: joojnla

Johanna Chesser Johanna Chesser

Before:

Age:
30
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
172 lbs
Body Fat:
36%
Waist:
28"
Hips:
40"
Thighs:
23"

After:

Age:
32
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
138 lbs
Body Fat:
14%
Waist:
26"
Hips:
34"
Thighs:
21.5"

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Why I Got Started
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I got started initially because I wanted to be skinny. Skinny is all we are seeing in fashion magazines and I thought I had to look that way in order to be healthy. Through reading magazines like Oxygen and reading profiles on BodySpace, I realized that skinny does not mean healthy. I also loved how these women looked, healthy and strong, and realized this was something I could do! Being skinny was no longer important, sculpting my body and getting the athletic physique was my new goal. In addition, I found out I had a minor heart condition (mitro valve prolaspe). Even though it's a common condition, my cardiologist still suggested I lose some weight because heart attacks and stroke run in my family. No one wants to hear something is wrong with their heart; but when you do, you want to do everything possible to remain healthy.

I also suffered from depression and I was hospitalized for my depression. When I got out, I was determined to change my body so I could be healthy. Initially my goal was to just lose weight. I was losing weight but I was still flabby. I started lifting weights and I was inspired by the other BodySpace members to prep for my 1st show. I never thought in a million years I would actually do a figure competition, but I did!

I Never Thought In A Million Years I Would Actually Do A Figure Competition, But I Did
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I Never Thought In A Million Years I Would Actually
Do A Figure Competition, But I Did!

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How I Did It
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The second I was determined to change my body, I took the first step that most of us would normally take. I rejoined the gym. Getting a trainer was not on my mind so I went to the Internet and did a search and the bb.com site was the first site that popped up. I clicked on the site and started reading the profiles of other members and I used their information to plan my meals and exercise routines. I emailed members and asked a lot of questions. I told myself no matter what no excuses I would get to the gym and exercise. I am a school teacher and I am going to grad school so I joined a 24 hour gym so that I couldn't give myself a reason not to exercise.

It was very hard initially; in fact it was torture. I hated going to the gym; I was embarrassed, and I just hated it, but no matter what I stayed strong and went. As far as my eating habits went, I started writing down every meal, I mean every meal, so I had a record of what I ate. This made it easy to make adjustments when I reached a plateau. I didn't have any trainers when I started so whenever something went wrong I went to BB.com and I read and did my homework to find answers.

Once I decided to compete I knew I couldn't do this alone because it was too much information that I didn't understand so I got a personal trainer to help me prepare for my first show. I have a goal to be featured in Oxygen magazine to share my story and I will not give up until that happens.

I Didn't Have Any Trainers When I Started So Whenever Something Went Wrong I Went To BB.com And I Read And Did My Homework To Find Answers
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I Didn't Have Any Trainers When I Started So Whenever Something
Went Wrong I Went To BB.com And I Read And Did My
Homework To Find Answers.

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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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Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

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Training
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TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
Failure - That point in an exercise at which you have so fully fatigued your working muscles that they can no longer complete an additional repetition of a movement with strict biomechanics. You should always take your post-warm-up sets at least to the point of momentary muscular failure, and frequently past that point.

Day 1:Legs/Cardio

Day 2: Rest

Day 3: Back/Biceps/Cardio

Day 4: Triceps/Shoulders/Cardio

Day 5: Legs/Calves

Day 6: Abs/Cardio

Day 7: Cardio

  • Cardio: AM/PM 1 hour each session

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Suggestions For Others
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I would say to anyone who wants to get in shape that it's mind over matter. If your mind isn't in it then your body will not be in it. I was determined to do this no matter what. No excuses. If you want it as bad as I did you will find the time. I saw ladies at my first show with abs and they were mothers. I was one of the only girls there with just a flat tummy. Don't waste money on supplements if you are not going to eat. I found that out the hard way.

If Your Mind Isn't In It Then Your Body Will Not Be In It
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If Your Mind Isn't In It Then Your Body Will Not Be In It.

Most important, if you are overweight like I was, don't get desperate and invest in all those silly infomercials. They are designed to trap the desperate. Weight doesn't come off overnight. You have work hard and have a good diet, plain and simple. Most importantly don't give up on your goals. I started in 2008 and I am still working hard!

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