Over 40 Transformation Of The Week - Melissa LaLone!

Melissa's pregnancy caused her to put on some extra weight. After her child was born, though, she decided she needed to get her body back. Read on to learn how she shed 113 pounds right here!
Before Before:
250 lbs
After After:
137 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Melissa LaLone
BodySpace: Littlred67

Before:
Age: 38
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 250 lbs
Chest: 38 H

After:
Age: 41
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 137 lbs
Chest: 32 C

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Why I Got Started
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I really started lifting about the time my oldest was 5-years old. I settled into that mid-twenties complacency and was about 195 pounds. I got down to 148 and then got pregnant with my second son. I went back up to 220 by the time I delivered. It took me a full year to lose the weight.

I stayed around 150 for the next 6 years which, because of the muscle I carry, was a size 4/6. Then in 2004 I was pregnant again. I went back up to 250 pounds. It seemed like I had uncontrollable cravings for everything that I rarely allow myself to eat when I am not pregnant. It took a good year and a half to lose the weight this last time.

Progress
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Melissa LaLone's Weight Loss Progress.

My last pregnancy I lifted up until the day before I delivered. I was back in the gym 9 days later. Nothing was going to keep the weight off me it seemed when I was pregnant, but lifting and having all that muscle underneath my fat is what allowed me to get my shape back.

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How I Did It
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I kept lifting and going to the gym 5-6 days per week all during my pregnancy. I got right back into the gym as soon as I could after each baby. Some days the best I could do was to just be there. I was tired, many times discouraged. I was frustrated with myself for not seeming to have the will power to keep all the extra weight off.

I always reminded myself that the gym was my time for me. I firmly believe I have to take care of myself in order to take care of my family so working out was for them as well as for me. I took the boys with me, had them in sports classes and I coached their sports teams.

Melissa LaLone
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I Take Care Of Myself To
Take Care Of My Family.

I coached my middle son's basketball team in early spring of 2005 and was his soccer coach when I delivered my last son in late May 2005 - I missed one game. I coached because I knew if I was at the gym doing something I would get to the weight room that day as well. I always believed I could get where I wanted to be and I think really believing in myself helped me a lot.

Also - setting mini goals along the way was crucial. I might not have been able to fit into any of my pre-pregnancy clothes - but maybe I could lift 10 pounds heavier on a deadlift one week then the week before. They were goals that might not have been visible to other people - but I knew when I had reached them.

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Setting Mini Goals Along
The Way Was Crucial.

Another result of the mini goals was that I became pretty strong. I loved that. It made carrying around my purse, a diaper bag, a gym bag, a baby while herding the other two just a little easier.

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Supplements
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Diet
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It varied some but I always tried to eat more protein then carbs with every meal. I would try and have really low carbs a lot of the time but increase my fat intake. That seemed to work better for me than really low fat and a higher carb intake.

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Melissa LaLone.

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Training
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I switch out exercises and vary which I exercise I start with every workout. I also cycle - so for 12 weeks I might increase the sets and lower the reps while increasing the weights. I'm always changing my workouts up to keep my muscles guessing and to keep my workouts interesting and challenging.

I don't do a lot of cardio. I'd love to but I just don't have the extra time to spend in the gym and away from my family. A goal for me in the next year is to get a nice elliptical machine for at home. I'm not getting any younger and I think that cardio is crucial for overall health and wellness. I've had to focus a lot on my diet to control body fat because I don't do enough cardio.

Melissa LaLone
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I'm Always Changing My Workouts Up.

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Suggestions For Others
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Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to your family, especially your children. Your healthy lifestyle will give them the tools they need to live long and healthy lives.

Melissa LaLone
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Taking Care Of Yourself Is The Best
Gift You Can Give To Your Family.