Weight: 165 lbs
Body Fat: 28%
Weight: 127 lbs
Body Fat: 14%
Why I Got Started
I got started shortly after my daughters 1st birthday. I thought I looked good until I saw the pictures from her birthday party. I knew it was time to get my body back. I gained a lot of weight with both pregnancies and had a hard time getting it off.
I found out that I also have hypothyroidism which makes it difficult to lose excess weight. And it makes you tired. I was tired and depressed about my body and just got tired of being tired!
Hypothyroidism is the disease state in humans and in animals caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. Cretinism is a form of hypothyroidism found in infants.
I always admired bodybuilding and figure competitors, so I figured there wasn't any better way to keep myself on track than to enter a show a few months out. I didn't see why I couldn't be the one up there on stage being in the best shape of my life! So I got started right away!
How I Did It
I hired my trainer John Kreklo after a few months of training myself. That was the best move I could have made. I told everyone about my upcoming competition, whether I knew them or not so not only did I have my husband and kids and trainer holding me accountable, I had friends and strangers at the gym keeping track of my progress too!
That definitely helped on days that I felt like giving up. I didn't want to let anyone down including myself! I had a goal and a burning desire to succeed! The training was intense, but I love that! The meals are doable but strict. It really helped having a trainer there to help me with this part because I have learned so much along the way!
As it got closer to my competition my training got more intense and the diet more strict. I am lucky because I have a supportive family and was able to work my training around my son's pre-school schedule and husband's work schedule. I joined different forums where I met some wonderful new friends and gained so many great resources.
I got subscriptions to Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness Hers. I also started to blog about my journey and posted my before pictures right away and wrote about my ups and downs too. Having people actually read my blog and comment really helped motivate me too! It's amazing the support that is out there!
I would plan and prepare my meals on Sunday for the week so that way I had them ready to go when it was time to eat (makes it easier not to deviate from your planned diet). I also work part time at my local YMCA and have a business making organic dog toys; while raising my two children.
So my schedule would fill up fast. I made my training a priority and now it has become a lifestyle for all of us. It took me 11 months of strict diet and training to reach my goal and I'm not done yet. I competed May 16th in the Wisconsin State Bodybuilding and Figure Championships and placed 5th.
I have 3 more competitions coming up this year so I am constantly trying to improve my physique so I can take home a first-place trophy! I have 2 wonderful children (ages 5 and 2) and a very supportive husband, I am thankful for them and their support and understanding.
I am on a rotation diet but this is an example of one of my days pre-contest.
- 1/2 grapefruit
- Cable Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 10 reps
- Dumbbell Lateral Raises: 4 sets of 12 reps
- Front Dumbbell Raises: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 12 reps
- Cable Flyes: 3 sets of 18 reps
- Incline Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Dumbbell Bench Press: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Pushups: 4 sets of 5 reps
- Dumbbell Step-Ups: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Barbell Squats: 3 sets to failure
- Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Cardio: 1 hour of low-intensity
- Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets of 20 reps
- One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 12 reps
- Lat Pulldown: 4 sets of 12 reps
- Dumbbell Shrugs: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Close-Grip Lat Pulldown: 5 sets of 12 reps
- Alternating Dumbbell Curls: 2 sets of 20 reps
- Hammer Curls: 4 sets of 15 reps
- Barbell Curls: 4 sets of 12 reps
- Dumbbell Kickbacks: 3 sets 30 reps
- Rope Pushdowns: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Lying Leg Curls: 3 sets 15 reps
- Leg Extensioins: 3 sets 15 reps
- Dumbbell Lunges: 4 sets of 50 reps
- Squats: 4 sets of 10 reps
Wednesday: Chest And Legs
Each day I also did abs and 30 minutes of hard cardio.
Suggestions For Others
I had doctors and people tell me that after having children I would never get my pre-baby body back. This made for extra motivation for me to prove them wrong. I would suggest to anyone out there who has a desire to compete or just lose weight or get in shape to just do it!
If you can dream it you can do it. It takes dedication and discipline but after you accomplish a goal you set for yourself you really feel like you can accomplish anything! Don't wait for tomorrow to start, start now!
There are so many great resources out there to help you get started. I found a lot of helpful information on Bodybuilding.com and magazines and of course I don't think I could have gotten this far without John, my trainer and the support of my family.