Name: Lena Chiv-Chhlang
Why I Got Started
I never was really heavy as a child. Yes, I was always told I was "Big Boned," and maybe it stuck in my head, but overall I had pretty good self esteem. I was average though; at least that's how I felt. Even after college, I married my husband, and yes, we were happy, and I was very, very comfortable.
Year after year, 10 pounds at a time would creep up on me, but like I said, I was used to being average. I didn't really care about my physique or at any rate my health. And then, trying to conceive children and my difficulties in conceiving took a toll on my body. Between the medications and just sheer depression, I gained even more weight. By the grace of God, I delivered two beautiful children, but found myself, fat, fat and fat. I hated looking at myself. I needed to change myself for me and my family.
My husband, my children and myself, relocated to a new state. New home, new business, new location, new everything. I met a friend who happened to be a runner. I always admired the fit and athletic people. I had hoped that maybe I could change and become somewhat active.
With enough encouragement, I decided that daily walks in my neighborhood would be my way of getting acquainted to where we lived, and also some quiet time to myself. Those daily walks became daily runs, and before I knew it, the weight melted away. But, there I was, definitely thinner, but now I was a saggy mess. We women are never satisfied, lol.
I needed to do something different. I decided to join the new gym that just opened nearby. I decided I wanted to learn how to change my body into something more attractive than where I was physically at the time. I met a couple who were fit and into weight training. It stirred my curiosity.
At the same time, I watched a documentary on Jennifer Nicole Lee, and was truly, truly inspired. I came across Bodybuilding.com and just went crazy reading, and learning about the body, nutrition and exercise for hours and hours. Life-changing. I didn't want to be skinny anymore. I wanted to be ripped!
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I Decided That I Wanted To Learn How To Change My Body Into Something More Attractive Than Where I Was Physically At The Time.
How I Did It
Still running every other day, I decided that weight training would be my answer to finally having control on my body and mind. I started weight training 3 days per week, focusing on one body part per day. I printed out some of the people who were inspirational Bodybuilding.com Transformations and their workout regimen for guidance.
I didn't have money to hire a trainer, so those workout sheets were my Bible. It took me a good 2 years before my body changed. And then, it became an addiction. I bought every fitness magazine there was. I watched any documentary on bodybuilding there was. I was inspired and motivated.
A fellow friend spoke about her favorite fitness person, and it was Ava Cowan. She became my favorite too. I taped her picture on my fridge and tried to channel her anytime I could. Whether it was trying to eat cleaner, or train harder, I surrounded myself with positivity.
I started my BodySpace when I finally felt confident in myself enough to post progress pictures for all the world to see and also when I had short term goals set for myself. It forced me to kick it in high gear. I had definitely hit some major plateaus, but educated myself about HIIT and decided to change my daily runs to sprints. I changed up the diet, eating cleaner and finally saw results again.
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Whether It Was Trying To Eat Cleaner, Or Train Harder,
I Surrounded Myself With Positivity.
Note: At least 1 Gallon of Water a Day
|TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW|
Day 1: Shoulders/Abs
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Front Dumbbell Raises: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Upright Barbell Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Crunches: 2 sets to failure
- Hanging Leg Raises: 2 sets to failure
- Side Bridge: 3 sets of 1 min
- Cardio: HIIT Sprints 20 min, 20 min on Stairmill
Day 2: Back
- T-Bar Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Lat Pulldowns: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Back Extensions: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Cardio: 40min on Elliptical
Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Abs
- Barbell Curls: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Seated Triceps Press: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Preacher Curls: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Skull Crushers: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Triceps Pushdowns: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Hanging Leg Raises: 2 sets to failure
- V Ups: 2 sets to failure
Day 4: Cardio
- 6-7 mile Run
Day 5: Legs/Abs
- Leg Press: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Barbell Squats: 3 sets of 10
- Dumbbell Lunges: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Crunches: 3 sets failure
- Cardio: 30 min on Stairmill
Day 6: Cardio
Day 7: Rest
Suggestions For Others
The first step in being successful is realizing that this is a lifestyle change. It is not a diet. For me it became a means of losing weight, and lead into a true passion. The second step is to find time for yourself.
Everybody has excuses as to why they cannot find time, but if you want anything bad enough, you make the time. And third, surround yourself with people who give positive vibes and energy. Get rid of the toxic people. They will only hold you down. I lost a lot of friends surprisingly because, for once, I decided not to settle for being "average," "unhealthy" and the "fat friend." Instead of support, came jealousy. It stunned and saddened me. However, boy, what a drive it provides. I now know how to channel that angry energy.
I firmly believe now, and it has taken a few years, that in order to be successful at anything, you need to set goals. Once you are able to focus on what that particular goal is, everything falls into place. But you have to be realistic in what you can do. Little steps lead to bigger steps. And then once you see results, and you feel good, and then start believing in the imaginable.
I have finally found myself, mentally and physically. And it has changed all aspects of my life, not just the outside, but the inside. My marriage couldn't be better, my children are happy because I am happy.
Aiming for things I never dreamed, like going back to school to pursue a higher degree. I am also hoping to learn more about the NPC and IFBB, attend some shows and hopefully compete in the Bikini Division. And I cannot wait to find the Bodybuilding.com booth. I might just burst into tears from being so damn happy.
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