Lena Lost 84 Pounds To Prove She Could Be More Than The Average Mom, And A SuperStar!

Becoming a Mom of two really made Lena happy, but when she looked in the mirror ... she saw something else. Find out how Lena turned her health and fitness level around and reached the stars - losing 84 pounds and getting ripped in the process!

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Vital Stats
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Name: Lena Chiv-Chhlang

Email: lenabenaRN@hotmail.com

BodySpace: lenabenaRN

Lena Chiv-Chhlang Lena Chiv-Chhlang

Before:

Age:
31
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
212 lbs
Body Fat:
28%

After:

Age:
34
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
128 lbs
Body Fat:
17%

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Why I Got Started
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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.

I Needed To Change Myself For Me And My Family
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I Needed To Change Myself For Me And My Family.

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!

I Decided That I Wanted To Learn How To Change My Body Into Something More Attractive Than Where I Was Physically At The Time
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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.

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How I Did It
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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.

Whether It Was Trying To Eat Cleaner, Or Train Harder, I Surrounded Myself With Positivity Whether It Was Trying To Eat Cleaner, Or Train Harder, I Surrounded Myself With Positivity
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Whether It Was Trying To Eat Cleaner, Or Train Harder,
I Surrounded Myself With Positivity.

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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:

Note: At least 1 Gallon of Water a Day

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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: Shoulders/Abs

Day 2: Back

Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Abs

Day 4: Cardio

Day 5: Legs/Abs

Day 6: Cardio

Day 7: Rest

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Suggestions For Others
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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.

I Have Finally Found Myself, Mentally And Physically
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I Have Finally Found Myself, Mentally And Physically.

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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