Weight: 185 lbs
Weight: 132 lbs
Competition Weight: 128-129 lbs
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Why I Got Started
I was my heaviest after the birth of my daughter. I was about 185 pounds. I worked out on and off for the first 3 years of her life. I would become frustrated with my body and work out for weeks. Then, my activity would level off and wane when I did not see the results I wanted.
I would even use a calendar and subtract two pounds per week and project my weight loss over the course of the month. One day, I found myself trying to play with my daughter from the edge of the couch. That was a defining moment for me. My energy was low. I was becoming more and more self-conscious. Something had to change.
I had been reading Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness Hers for years and even filed away old issues. And I had always had a gym membership. I began to re-read those magazines with new eyes and a new motivation. I began to do research on-line about nutrition and exercise and I stumbled across a bodyspace blog.
That blog led me to others. It was like I struck gold! A whole on-line community devoted to health and wellness? I could not wait to begin reading the articles and exploring the site.
How I Did It
I always had an excuse about why I could not be consistent with my workouts: I am tired, I worked a long day, I had a bad day, I am not a morning person, I do not want to be away from home too long, I will not be able to find parking when I return, I do not feel like it, etc. The blogs introduced me to people who had similar challenges, but made their health a priority. I had to change my mindset.
My life consists of a family, my job and graduate school. These things are important to me and I make time for them. If I want to change my body, I am going to have to make it a priority. So, in March 2007 I made a choice. I was going to change my body by any means necessary. I was going to meet each challenge with a solution. And I was going to address bad habits. That is how my profile name, Making_A_Change, came about.
I began to ask questions around the site. I got excellent advice about the importance of protein. I learned about macronutrients and discovered that over 55% of my diet was coming from carbohydrates! Then, I had to be realistic about the effort that I was putting into my workouts. I was not working out with enough intensity or frequently enough. I began by committing to 3-4 days per week, no exceptions. I worked each part at least once per week and began to see progress.
Around September, I noticed a trainer in my gym training a woman about my age. He was motivating and creative and I thought it would be great to work with him. On the day that I decided to ask about his services he walked up to me and said that he had been watching me train and wanted to work with me. My efforts were not going unnoticed.
Within months, my body began to change. Billy worked on my balance and my strength. He was a bit proponent of multi-joint exercises, for me. For example, we would get on the cables and I would hold the horse-shoe handle and go from a squat to a shoulder press. I would end each session drenched and invigorated! We changed my program every 4 weeks or so. I began to enjoy working out and I certainly enjoyed my changing body. I treasured the 'me time' and being pushed passed my limits.
My confidence level increased to the point that I competed in my first figure competition on October 11, 2008. It was one of the most thrilling experiences I have ever had. I came in second place in my class! I am preparing for another competition in May.
Today, I work out 6 days per week. I work each body part 2-3 times per day. I do cardio at the end of each workout. I eat clean everyday and I like how my body feels when I do.
I supplement with: BCAAs, glutamine, glucosamine, a B-complex, a liquid multivitamin, flax seed oil, and Scivation's Xtend. I eat every 2-3 hours, now, without fail. I also keep a very detailed bodyspace profile to chronicle my journey and keep myself motivated.
I enjoy being a fit wife and mother.
I started off taking BSN's Dessert line. Currently I take:
- ON Vanilla Whey
- Scivation's Xtend (preworkout and during)
- Lipo 6x
- Muscle Milk
- Flax seed oil
- A liquid multivitamin
My meals vary, but this is pretty standard:
Pre-workout (Meal 1)
Pre-workout (Meal 2)
My staples are: chicken, talipia, ground turkey, red meat (on occasion), spinach, asparagus, yams. I like to use peppers, onions and garlic for flavor. I drink about ¾ gallons of water and I am trying to increase that.
Abs and calves are incorporated during most workouts.
- Day 1: Back/Biceps/Shoulders
- Day 2: Legs (Quads and Hamstrings)
- Day 3: Chest/Triceps/Abs
- Day 4: Abs/Calves/Shoulders
- Day 5: Legs (glutes)
I follow my workouts with 10-20 minutes of cardio. During contest preparation, I followed workouts with 30-45 minutes of cardio, and I did additional cardio in the evening.
Suggestions For Others
The best advice that I can give is:
By Any Means Necessary:
We all have challenges and obligations. But if you truly want to change your body you have to change you mindset. If working out in the morning is the only way to get a decent workout in, then you will have to wake up, early. It will get easier. Make fitness a priority and you will reap the benefits. Be consistent.
Change will not happen overnight. But celebrate getting to the gym however many times you planned for. Celebrate the new lines that you found on your body. Celebrate just feeling better and stronger than the week before. Think of different ways to reward yourself besides food. New
gym clothes motivated me.
If you have not had the results that you want, you need to evaluate what you are doing and be honest. Are your workouts intense enough? Is your diet really clean?
Do Your Research:
Read and learn about nutrition and exercise. Ask questions. Most of what I learned was from bodybuilding.com and individuals on
bodyspace. Learn your body and pay attention to how it reacts to food and your workouts.
Think of fitness as a Gift and not a Burden:
The benefits that have been the result of changing my lifestyle FAR outweigh the 'inconvenience' of getting up early and eating clean. I have become a stronger, more confident and happier person.