Name: Jennifer Chamberlain Schmidt
Location: Logan, Utah
Why I decided to transform
I was miserable and uncomfortable at 192 pounds. I missed having energy and couldn't do activities that I once loved.
People always said my body would never be the same after I had a baby and I should accept my body the way it is, but I didn't want to accept it.
I wanted to show people that my body could change and get better than ever. I wanted to prove to myself that I could compete and accomplish the so-called impossible.
How I accomplished my goals
I ate clean and eliminated all processed foods from my diet. I was nursing at the time, so I still ate lots of healthy food and had fruits or vegetables with every meal. If I needed a snack, it was a fruit or veggie. I also ate lots of nuts and seeds and tried to eat lots of lean protein to keep me full.
When I started training for my competition, I upped my protein and cut down on high-sugar fruits. I averaged two protein shakes per day and ate lots of lean meat. My carbs came mostly from brown rice and yams.
I love teaching group fitness classes and taught cardio and boot camp classes 4-6 times per week. I started lifting three days per week and came to love it. It made me feel strong and unstoppable. When I started training for my competition, I lifted heavy five days per week.
The weight came off slowly at first. I lost a pound per week and sometimes thought I would never get there. Whenever those thoughts crept into my mind, I reminded myself that it would pay off. I looked at photos of people I wanted to look like every morning and never quit. I watched videos of fitness competitions online and looked at photos to keep my ultimate goal in mind.
Less than ten months after I had my daughter, I stepped on stage to compete and felt amazing. The girls touching up my spray tan on the day of the competition were shocked when I told them that I had a little girl. I felt proud of my accomplishment and happy that I never give up.
What aspect challenged me the most
The most challenging aspect was being patient. I wanted to be in shape yesterday! It was discouraging when there were weeks that I worked hard, did everything perfect, and still didn't lose a pound.
Staying focused was hard because junk food is everywhere. I made a commitment and stuck to eating healthy no matter where I was. I kept a journal and wrote down my weight, thoughts, and feelings about my weight loss journey, which really helped me stay focused and on track. I also took progress pictures every month and weighed myself weekly.
My future fitness plans
I hope to compete again and continue to stay in shape. My goal is to stay active during future pregnancies and eat nutritious foods so I can feel great and have energy. I love teaching group fitness classes and plan to teach for a long time.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
- Don't give up.
- Find photos and quotes that inspire you and read them every morning.
- Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings and write about it instead of eating.
- Find a cheerleader; someone who believes in you.
- Sign up for a motivating event.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
I looked at Bodybuilding.com's Female Transformations at least four times per week. I thought if these people can do it, so can I. Bodybuilding.com was my main source of motivation.
I wanted to look like the people on the site, so I looked at their meal and workout plans and developed a system I could follow. I also watched Jaime Eason videos when I felt unmotivated.
Jennifer's Top 5 Gym Tracks
- "Hey Baby" by Pitbull
- "Welcome To Paradise" by Green Day
- "Back In Black" by AC/DC
- "Going The Distance" by Cake
- "Miss New Booty" by Bubba Sparxxx