Over 40 Transformation Of The Week - Sonia Jimenez Shed 41 Pounds And Began Competing!

Sonia first got started down the road to fitness at the end of a 17-year marriage. She needed something to cope with the stress, so she turned to weight training. Read on to learn how she lost 41 pounds and set her sights to the stage!
Before Before:
165 lbs
After After:
124 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Sonia N. Maldonado Jimenez
Email: Jimenez.sonia@epa.gov
BodySpace: SoniaJ

Before:
Age: 38
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 165 lbs

After:
Age: 42
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 124 lbs

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Why I Got Started
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I first got started at the beginning of the end of a toxic 17-year marriage. As all crumbled I got more into my workout. First I started running everyday and eating only protein such as grilled chicken because I was so stressed and nervous all the time coping with the different issues and aspects of the end of my marriage that I couldn't eat much.

The weight/body fat started to come off. I'd lost about 35 pounds within 4 months. Things started to turn and I began training for a goal once I met my trainer, Clif. My way of thinking about myself also started to shift from "can't" or "not-good-enough" to "I can" and "I am good enough."

I First Got Started At The Beginning Of The End Of A Toxic 17-Year Marriage.
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I First Got Started At The Beginning Of
The End Of A Toxic 17-Year Marriage.

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How I Did It
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At first, when dealing with my situation at hand, I started coping with stress by running 3-4 miles on the treadmill everyday and eating only protein, such as grilled chicken. I lost weight very quickly.

Then, after meeting my trainer, Clif Johnson, I began taking 45-minute conditioning classes with him and with his encouragement, I began my weight training and conditioning program 3 times per week and the cardio in between with my goal being competing in bodybuilding or figure at some point.

I Began My Weight Training And Conditioning Program.
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I Began My Weight Training
And Conditioning Program.

It's been about 3-4 years since and in May 2009 I finally competed in my first figure comp. This Fall we plan on training for my first Women's Bodybuilding competition.

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Supplements
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Diet
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For cravings I'd eat a Gala Apple (my favorite) or get a drink of water.

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Training
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Suggestions For Others
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Be true to yourself. Also, I was given a very good piece of advice that has impacted me greatly that I would give to others, especially those living in toxic relationships, "Respect everyone. Fear no one." Fear is your worst enemy. So don't believe the hype. Live a day at a time.

Live A Day At A Time.
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Live A Day At A Time.