Tonya Carter Shed 13% Body Fat And Competed In Her First Figure Competition!

Tonya Carter cleaned up her diet and began weight training. Learn how she lost 13% body fat and competed in her first figure competition.

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Vital Stats
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Name: Tonya Carter

Email: THAYES11@NEO.RR.COM or TONYA.CARTER@GE.COM

BodySpace: TONYAJO

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Before:

Age:
38
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
130 lbs
Body Fat:
19-25%
Waist:
28"
Hips:
38"
Thighs:
21.5"

After:

Age:
41
Height:
5'6"
Weight:
128 lbs
Body Fat:
10-12%
Waist:
26"
Hips:
35.5"
Thighs:
20"

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Why I Got Started
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I used to be able to look in the mirror and like the girl I saw, and one day that same girl reflected a tired, pale-faced, dry haired, “skinny-fat” girl with some obviously noticeable bad habits and unpleasant attitude toward life and everyone in it. I knew things had to change.

I was a single parent of two kids, lead an unstable life, and felt that nobody would ever want that type of baggage, especially looking and feeling the way I did. When you do not like yourself, nobody else can either. Also, I knew if I couldn’t put forth positive energy, I would never get anywhere but farther down.

I had heard two years prior through my constant flipping through of Oxygen magazine about the results people were getting by changing their lifestyles through health and fitness, and also how to obtain “free” information, help, and support on health and fitness through Bodybuilding.com’s BodySpace members. I actually thought these people had this healthy lifestyle because they were already millionaires and had nothing better to do with their money than use it to look good. Not true! Everybody can look and feel good no matter what your financial status is.

I Learned How To Obtain Information, Help, And Support On Health And Fitness Through Bodybuilding.Com's BodySpace Members
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I Learned How To Obtain Information, Help, And Support On Health And Fitness Through Bodybuilding.Com's BodySpace Members.

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How I Did It
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I started cleaning up my diet and implementing weight training into my daily schedule with examples I obtained from my BodySpace friends as well as a few other fitness magazines I liked to read. I had already tried what I thought would be easier with “speeder pills,” hanging out with a younger crowd, and so many more embarrassing things to try bringing back that youthful look and feeling and only felt worse.

I set new goals with scheduling photo shoots and purchasing pieces of clothing I wanted to look good in. It worked…just this past March 2010 I even entered my very first figure competition and placed 8th. (All with free information)

I Even Entered My Very First Figure Competition And Placed 8th, All With Free Information I Even Entered My Very First Figure Competition And Placed 8th, All With Free Information
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I Even Entered My Very First Figure Competition And Placed 8th,
All With Free Information.

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Supplements
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Some favorite supplement companies I have are BSN and Gaspari Nutrition. I tend to switch between these two product lines to keep my body guessing.

Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.

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Diet:
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Meal 1:

Meal 2: Post Workout

Meal 3:

Meal 4:

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

Meal 7:

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Training
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My training schedule usually changes weekly because I am a hard gainer. If I do not shock my body continuously, I am not able to build any muscle, just strength.

I weight train 5-6 days per week with two of those days focusing on glutes and legs only (2-3 days rest between glute and leg days).

One day a week, usually on a Wednesday, I will do Billy Blanks Tae Bo Ultimate Ab Workout video. As long as I am keeping my core tight during all other weight training exercises, my abs tend to stay tight. Therefore, focusing on or singling them out for any resistance training isn’t a MUST for me personally.

Day 1: Lower Body

Day 2: Upper Body

Day 3: Biceps/Triceps/Abs

Day 4: Lower Body

Day 5: Full Body

Day 6: Cardio

  • 1 hour of Cardio such as Elliptical, Cycling, or Plyometrics

Day 7: Rest

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Suggestions For Others
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Always take criticism as a way to learn more, do not cut yourself short…set reasonable goals and build from there, be open-minded and try new things. Also, just because you are strongest in a particular area or muscle group, do not leave it out of your fitness regimen. Instead, continue to train it regularly and add emphasis to your weakest areas. As always, make fitness fun to get your BEST results. Your rewards will speak for themselves!

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