(I know....my waist was larger than my chest and hips. Sad.)
Why You Got Started?
I was suffering from severe emotional and physical distress. I was a wreck in every way, shape and form. Basically, I was dying a slow and painful death from the inside out.
How You Did It?
I journaled first of all. I used powerful
quotes. I stopped eating whatever crossed my path and became more attentive to what I put in my mouth. I decided that I was worth the effort it took to do so. (Self-love-the most important ingredient to weight loss success. I can not emphasize this enough.)
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Before & After.
I joined a
and made it the number one priority in my life. NOTHING comes before the gym to me. It took THAT severe amount of dedication and intent to make things stick.
What Supplements Did You Take?
I have tried and taken many things off and on. The supplements I have stuck with consistently and still take to this day are;
nitric oxide enhancer
Give Us A Sample Week Of Your Diet.
My diet is still my weak point. I have gone through periods of doing well with it, and periods of not. My
is for others to know of the importance of exercise. Sure, we all know diet is primary. However I am here to say that I lost more than 100 pounds, PRIMARILY with exercise alone. No real diet-simply healthy changes-most importantly which included greatly increasing my protein intake.
I also cut out most junk food. No fried foods, a dramatic reduction in all processed carbs (which I LIVED on before), and little sugar with the exception of fruit.
At this point I no longer cut or count calories. My goal IS however to start a cutting diet in the next couple of months to prepare for a competition in the fall of this year.
A typical day for me is not the typical day for your average bodybuilder. I am a
, so protein intake is a bit harder for me. I will eat certain fish and eggs at this point however.
Here Is What I Had Today:
Breakfast: 2 South Beach Diet Bars
shake, 1 banana, about 10 strawberries
Lunch: cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, baby carrots
Snack: 1/2 peanut butter sandwich on 9 grain bread
Supper: Tilapia, peas, salad
EAS Strawberry Protein Shake
What Did A Sample Week Of Training Consist Of?
I am often accused of
. My typical week consists of exercising 6 days per week. This consists of 35-60 minutes of
daily and an hour to sometimes an hour and a half of weights per day. I usually get in about 20-25 sets per body part worked daily.
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Before & After.
I train a bit intuitively, and switch things up regularly.
One Week's Example:
Monday: 35 m elliptical, 15 minutes of stretching, 1 hour weights
flat bench press
incline bench press
incline DB press
**Go back in PM for 30 minute walk/jog intervals on treadmill
Tuesday: 35 m stairmill, 15 minutes of stretching, 1 hour weights
Lying Leg Curl
Wednesday: 35 m elliptical, 15 m stretching, 1 hour weights
**Go back in PM for 30 minutes of walk/jog intervals on treadmill
Thursday: 35 m stairmill, 15 m stretching, 1 hour weights
Overhead DB ext
7 sets, (mix of 1 arm and 2 arm),
close grip bench press
Friday: 35 m elliptical, 15 m stretching, 1 hour weights
front DB raises
Lateral DB raises
Smith Overhead Presses
Bent over Lateral Raises
**Go back in PM for 30 minutes walk/jog intervals on treadmill
Saturday: 35 minute stairmill, 15 m stretching, 1 hour weights
Bent over DB rows
Bent over BB Rows
Standard BB Deadlift
Smith Straight Leg Deadlift
Wide Grip Lat Pulls
5 sets, Body Weight Hangs/
Sunday: Total day of rest.
I usually work my abs and obliques in between sets about 3 days per week. I haven't been regular as of late with my calves, but probably work them directly about once per month.
Suggestions For Others.
struggling to lose alot of weight. Please figure out how being fat has been serving you. For women it is usually a complex mental process. The more punds you have allowed yourself to put on, usually the more complex the problem. There are many things that can be involved.
If I had not done the mental work, and the journaling throughout, I do not think I could have gotten to where I am today.
We tend to sabotage our own efforts until we overcome whatever mental blocks we have erected.
Common ones are: fear of being desirable, fear of sexual temptation, fear of the jealousy and envy of others. Yes, many are fear based!
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Also, for mothers especially, there tends to be a martyr complex attached to being the "good" mom.
Realize that in the end, you are setting the example for your children through your actions. What good does it do to haul your children to lesson after lesson and activity after activity if YOU are fat, depressed and have no life outside of them? We teach our children the world in love and sacrifice but forget that ultimately it is OUR LIFESTYLE that affects them the most. They will learn by your actions and how well you treat YOURSELF what kind-of life THEY are ultimately deserving of as adults.
Our children need to see us happy and fulfilled ourselves more than they need one more extra curricular activity. Make yourself a priority. Love yourself. Do not let anything stand in the way of your exercise or gym time. Make it sacred.
You Could Be Our Next Transformation Of The Week!
Male Transformation Of The Week.
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Female Transformation Of The Week.
Through with giving excuses, these ladies have given themselves the bodies they always wanted!