Female Transformation Of The Week - Laura Johnstone!

Laura had always been interested in training but never had the structure. Read on to learn how she lost 49 pounds and made it to the competition stage!
Before Before:
154 lbs
After After:
105 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Laura Johnstone
Email: Thejohnstones@hotmail.com

Before:
Age: 28
Weight: 70.3 kg (154 lbs)
Body Fat: 27.8%
Chest: 90.0cm
Waist: 82.0cm
Hips: 99.0cm

After:
Age: 28
Weight: 48.0 kg contest weight / 56kg off season weight (105-123 lbs)
Body Fat: 14.3%
Chest: 76.0
Waist: 63.0
Hips: 82.0

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Why I Got Started
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And I have always been interested in training with weights but have never really had the structure or known exactly what I should be doing. I got in contact with my trainer Brandon Marjoram and talked to him about what I wanted to achieve (to see if I could be good enough to stand on a body building stage).

I thought he would laugh me out of the gym but he made me do a couple of poses and said I had potential and if we started training and dieting straight away I could be in a show in a few months. I never looked back from that moment. It was 24 weeks from start to finish and I am still amazed when I look at the photos (My own Dad did not even recognize me!)

Laura Johnstone Before Laura Johnstone After
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I Am Still Amazed When I Look At The Photos.

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How I Did It
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I started eating little and often and training hard. To start off with I still had a cheat meal once a week but as my weight loss slowed down that turned into a high carb day instead. It really helped to have the focus and the goal of the competition at the end of it because it has been excellent motivation to stay on track with my eating. If I had to stand on stage in a thong I was NOT going to wobble!

Around week 12 I started doing 25 minutes of cardio on my bike after my morning supplements and before my breakfast to help burn body fat. At the start of the transformation my goal was to be good enough to stand on a body building stage and look like I belonged there. I accomplished that on October 5th this year (24 weeks from start to show day) and came 3rd in that competition.

Now the show is over I am getting stuck into my off-season training to gain some more muscle mass and hit that competition stage leaner, more muscular and tighter than ever next year.

Laura Johnstone Before Laura Johnstone After
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My Goal Was To Be Good Enough
To Stand On A Bodybuilding Stage.

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Supplements
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Diet
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arrow High Carb Day:
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Laura Johnstone After
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I Plan To Hit That Competition Stage
Leaner, More Muscular And Tighter Than Ever Next Year.

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Training
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arrow Workout 1: Back/Abs:
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arrow Workout 2: Chest/Biceps:
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arrow Workout 3: Legs (My Least Favorite!)
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arrow Workout 4: Shoulders/Triceps:
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I would do 1-2 sessions with my trainer per week and the rest on my own. As we got closer to the competition my training with the trainer was more intense and he had me doing drop sets and really heavy sets with him. I would make sure I got all four sessions in per week but did not have set days for set workouts (I work shift work).

Laura Johnstone After
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As We Got Closer To The Competition
My Training With The Trainer Was More Intense.

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Suggestions For Others
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Any time the food/training/early mornings/endless planning starts to get hard - remember your motivation! Junk food is not really as tasty as you think it is. Believe me I never thought I would be craving things like rice cakes and tuna. Planning is the key - one thing that worked for me was on my day off I would prepare all my vegetables for a few days (chopped onions, broccoli, lettuce, cucumber) and keep it in containers in the fridge so all I had to do when I came home was grab a handful of this and that to make my dinner or my salad for the next day.

The George Forman grill is the best invention ever. In 2-4 minutes you have hot, fat-free chicken that tastes great. Who needs takeaways when you can prepare a chicken stir-fry or egg white omelet in less time than it takes to phone up Pizza Hut! Your health is more important than some greasy takeaway and you will feel so much better for it.

Laura Johnstone After
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Your Health Is More Important Than Some Greasy Takeaway.

My last words would have to be: Ladies, don't be afraid to push heavy weights and for everyone: drink loads of water - it really is one of nature's super foods.

Happy Training X