Julie Boyd Dropped 73 Pounds To Take Charge Of Her Health!

Julie dealt with the ups and downs of her weight for a long time. Even after being diagnosed with arthritis in her knees, Julie still fought to be in the gym and taking charge of her health. Find out how she dropped 73 pounds!

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Vital Stats
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Name: Julie Boyd

Email: wjnboyd@msn.com

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Julie Boyd Julie Boyd

Before:

Age:
44
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
228 lbs
Body Fat:
41.3%
Waist:
43"
Hips:
53"
Thighs:
27"

After:

Age:
46
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
155 lbs
Body Fat:
18.63%
Waist:
32"
Hips:
38"
Thighs:
21"

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Why I Got Started
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As an adult, I was always heavy. I had lost about 90 pounds, went through a rough couple years in my life and gained over half of that weight back. I was working too many hours at work. My pants were getting snugger and I refused to go buy bigger pants. That and the fact that I had just been diagnosed with arthritis in my knee were reasons enough to get fit.

I knew that I needed to get in shape for a long time, but now there were other reasons for getting into shape. I did not want to get old and have the other health issues that came along with being overweight. I was lucky I didn't have diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. It was time to take action!

I Knew That I Needed To Get In Shape For A Long Time
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I Knew That I Needed To Get In Shape For A Long Time.

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How I Did It
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I first started keeping track of my daily caloric intake and exercise by myself and lost about 30 pounds. At that point, my exercise regimen only consisted of cardio and I knew I needed to add in some other exercise if I wanted to get toned also. I got some references for personal trainers and I found my savior, who I have been training with since July 2008. He put me on track with both nutrition and exercise, which included weight lifting.

I started working out twice a week and soon added in a third day on my own. On the days I lift, I get in at least 30 minutes of cardio and I get in at least 45 minutes three other days of the week. I only have one day off each week. I also stick close to my meal plan.

When I was heavy, I would eat out several times a week for lunch and dinner. My husband still asks if I want to go for dinner and now gets disappointed when I tell him no. I do go out with him once a week for lunch, but I do not let myself go all out. I still stay within reason, watching how things are prepared, what they are served with and serving size. This is a lifestyle change.

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my left knee in February 2008 and in my right knee three months later. My left knee has also been operated on twice since then. The second time, I was ordered to avoid putting weight on the knee for six weeks. I was on crutches for the six weeks, but I was back in the gym ten days after surgery. I could still work upper body and core. I would not let surgery, or any other injury, keep me out of the gym. I was determined to lose the weight and keep building muscle.

I Was Determined To Lose The Weight And Keep Building Muscle I Was Determined To Lose The Weight And Keep Building Muscle
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I Was Determined To Lose The Weight And Keep Building Muscle.

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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:

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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.

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: Upper Body

Day 2: Cardio

Day 3: Upper Body

Day 4: Cardio

Day 5: Lower Body

Day 6: Cardio

Day 7: Rest

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Suggestions For Others
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Don't be afraid of the weights. So many women just do cardio but we should lift in order to tone and define. It's so worth it.

Do it for yourself! As women, we tend to put others first, but you must do this for yourself. If you do it for anyone else, you are doing it for the wrong reason.

Never say that you are on a diet. This is a lifestyle change that will change your life forever, but only if you make the change. Don't be afraid of lifting. Start light and just go gradually heavier. Make sure that you are working your whole body, not just your arms or legs. Make sure that you have, and keep, a strong core. Your core will support everything else you do.

Find a routine that fits you. I like to do my workouts in the evenings, but there are a lot of people I know that do mornings. If you need a trainer for the guidance or the extra push or you need trained on equipment, then find someone to help you with that. Do you like working out alone or do you need a partner? Do whatever works best for you! But just do something!

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