Over 40 Transformation Of The Week - Kim Newsom!

Shortly after going skiing, Kim realized just how out of shape she really was. She wanted to be a better example for her children, so she got serious about shedding the body fat. Learn how she dropped 16% body fat right here!
Before Before:
142 lbs
After After:
128 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Kim Newsom
Email: vicsangelkim@yahoo.com
BodySpace: vicsangelkim

Before:
Age: 40
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 142 lbs
Body Fat: 33.7%

After:
Age: 41
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 128 lbs
Body Fat: 16.78%

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Why I Got Started
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After going skiing shortly after turning 40 I realized how out of shape I was and how I wanted to be a healthy, vibrant woman so that my husband, Vic, and I could do all the things we've dreamt of doing over the years.

I did not want to be a weak, feeble old woman. I also wanted to be a better example of healthy and fit for our 4 children.

Kim Newsom's Body Fat Percentage Progress.
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Kim Newsom's Body Fat Percentage Progress.

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How I Did It
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I joined the gym my husband was going to and since I had absolutely no prior exercise experience, I signed up right away with a trainer (Bus Leach, GET FIT Personal Training & Weight Management).

Bus put me on a fat loss program doing cardio, strength training and a nutrition plan. In the first 3 months I lost 11% of my body fat. I've continued to lose ever since, while still building muscle. I joined Bodybuilding.com, I found Robert Kennedy's Oxygen Fitness for Women Magazine and discovered people like Jamie Eason, Ava Cowan, Tosca Reno, Diana Chaloux, and Gina Osterly.

In The First 3 Months I Lost 11% Of My Body Fat.
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In The First 3 Months I
Lost 11% Of My Body Fat.

I use them as my role models and inspiration. I am not where I want to be ultimately but I am that much closer every day. My original goal was to transform my body and I've done that. Now I want to continue to tweak it, sculpt it, lose a bit more body fat and build more lean mass.

I'm at the point now where I have other people telling me that I'm an inspiration, which is hard for me to wrap my head around. It's humbling and yet it also keeps me going to continue reaching for my goals.

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Supplements
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Diet
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My diet is very clean. I do cheat but usually only occasionally, it's not a regular occurrence. I try hard to stick to a super clean diet.

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Training
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My training started out 3 days per week rotating upper body with legs and shoulders, doing abs every training day and cardio 5-6 days per week. We did 3 supersets of every exercise with 12-15 reps per set, with a total of 18 sets (for 6 exercises).

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What Is A Superset?

Supersetting involves doing two exercises with no rest in between.

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Currently I'm on a 5-day schedule. Cardio is done daily and abs are worked every other day. I do 3 sets per exercise and 10-12 reps with the last set going until failure.

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.

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Suggestions For Others
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Get up and start moving, just do something. Take baby steps and be patient with yourself. If you can afford it, hire a trainer, at the least just to ensure you are doing the right exercises for your specific goals and to ensure you are using the weights and machinery properly to minimize the possibility of injury.

Also, be patient with others. I have found that women especially are not as understanding or as supportive of other women who are trying to improve their fitness and nutrition, especially if you have bodybuilding goals, they just don't seem to understand.

Get Up And Start Moving, Just Do Something.
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Get Up And Start Moving,
Just Do Something.

And it often seems like some people will try to sabotage you and your goals, do not get discouraged. Find like-minded people, surround yourself with them and use them as part of your encouragement to continue on with your goals.

Bodybuilding.com has been a good source for those like-minded people for me who have helped me stay on track. And I am now at the point where I can help and encourage others as well. It's time to give back what so many others have given to me.

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