Stacy Lost 16 Lbs, Trimmed Her Body Fat, And Ran In A Half Marathon!

Stacy's weight was up and down for years until she made the commitment to change her diet and make regular running a part of her weekly routine. See her results for yourselves!


Vital Stats

Name: Dr. Stacy M. Peterson

Email: erdrmom33@aol.com

BodySpace: doctorstacy

Stacy M. Peterson Stacy M. Peterson

Before:

Age:
39
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
130 lbs
Body Fat:
27-30%
Waist:
29"
Hips:
37"
Thighs:
24"

After:

Age:
41
Height:
5'3"
Weight:
114 lbs
Body Fat:
16%
Waist:
26"
Hips:
34"
Thighs:
20.5"

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Why I Got Started
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I have always had battles with my weight. I was up one year and down the next. The last pregnancy was a bit harder and the weight didn't come off as easily as the two previous. By the time my son was 2, I was down to my pre pregnancy weight, but I was a totally different shape. This is shown in the before pictures. Over the next 6 months I tried some cardio and may have lost a few more pounds, but still had the big thighs and butt and no definition.

I Have Always Had Battles With My Weight I Have Always Had Battles With My Weight
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I Have Always Had Battles With My Weight.

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How I Did It
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In Jan 2009 my husband got initial orders to Afghanistan to leave in April 2009. I started running. I had always hated it my whole life but the stress got me out on the road. I could hardly make it half a mile without stopping. Hubby's orders where changed many times over the next few months and he finally left in June 2009. I had added weight lifting and was running 3-5 miles 4-5 days per week. The fat was coming off but I seemed to be losing muscle at the same time. I started adding loads of protein to my diet and was able to keep and even put on a few pounds of muscle over the fall. I decided when my husband left, as I was turning 40, I wanted to run in a few races. I started with 5 and 10K's then moved onto the half marathon. I wanted my husband to see a different woman when he returned home. The running got me away from the kids and was my only alone time over those 6 months my husband was deployed. I worked on a diet with higher protein and lower carbs to help lose the fat. It seems that only in the last 3 months have I finally started seeing the results I've wanted.

I Wanted My Husband To See A Different Woman When He Returned Home
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I Wanted My Husband To See A Different Woman When He Returned Home.

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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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My diet does vary from day to day depending on my running schedule. If I do not run, I may not go for the ice cream at night. I do allow myself to cheat...my coffee creamer is a must everyday. I do eat pizza and Thai food ... and I do allow myself to have chocolate a few times a week. I do this on my long run days or the day before.

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Training
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My schedule does vary every week. For me the running is more important than the weights ... so if time is limited I do not lift ... or I try and do things in between errands.

I do most of my running at home and I have free weights and a bench and a bar at home. Most of my lifting is alone ... so that is why I use dumbbells. During the marathon training ... I use lighter weights and higher reps. Winter time I will go for heavier weights and lower reps.

Day 1: Cardio/Triceps

Day 2: Cardio/Chest

or

Day 3: Cross Training

Day 4: Shoulders/Biceps

Day 5: Legs

Day 6: Rest

Day 7: Triceps/Back

I Do Most Of My Running At Home And I Have Free Weights And A Bench And A Bar At Home
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I Do Most Of My Running At Home And I Have Free Weights
And A Bench And A Bar At Home.

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Suggestions For Others
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It has taken me over a year to figure out what works for me. There have been many plateaus and setbacks but I just kept pushing through. Sometimes just changing the type of cardio or exercise will help. Diet is key. I do not follow a totally clean high protein, low carb diet, but I do that because of the running I do. When the amount of running becomes less after the marathon I will be back on a cleaner diet. For those who think they don't have time, you have to make time and put it in your normal schedule. It will become the norm. I do a lot basic things (abs, pushups & pullups) while watching TV and taking care of the kids.

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