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Transformation Of The Week - Stacey Widger!

I needed to do something because I was sick of feeling uncomfortable and self conscious in my clothes. Then one day a co-worker brought in a 'Body For Life' book. To see how my life did a complete 360 after reading the book, continue reading!

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 158lbs
BF: 28%
Weight: 139 lbs
BF: 16%

Why You Got Started?

I first decided I needed to do something because I was sick of feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious in my clothes. Nothing looked good anymore and I just felt blah! I had always bought the fitness magazines and admired the look of muscular women, but I just didn't think I had it in me to look like that.

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Then while at work one day a co-worker brought in the Body For Life book and after looking at the pictures of "normal" people who made extraordinary results, that was all I needed. I went out and bought the book and read it. I was gung ho at first and then lost track, and then got pregnant with my third child. After this life got in the way. Then in 2004, I decided I'd had enough and I was going to get in shape!

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How You Did It?

I joined the local YMCA and have been in love with exercise ever since. I had to make it a point to get up at 4:15 a.m. to be at the gym by 5 a.m. With work and having 3 kids, that is the only time I had to do it. So it was then, or not at all. It took a while to get used to it, but now it is second nature.

I followed the Body For Life program for my first two challenges and then decided I wanted more! I read everything I could get my hands on regarding fitness and nutrition and then I tweaked my diet a little going from a 40/40/20 to a 50/30/20, started counting calories, and switched from a free day to 2 free meals instead.

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I changed my 3 days of weight training to 5 days but kept 3 days of HIIT and threw in some distance running on the weekends. I made sure after 12 weeks of working out I would take one week off to let my body rest.

I kept a journal for both my workouts and nutrition and made sure to take progress photos and measurements at regular intervals. Every 12 weeks I would make a list of new goals I wanted to accomplish.

I was never totally perfect, but I never gave up and in the end, that is what counted.

What Supplements Did You Take?

Give Us A Sample Week Of Your Diet.

    Meal 1 - Protein Shake with 2 scoops of Betagen

    Meal 2 - Labrada Lean Body Gold Bar

    Meal 3 - Albacore Steak, rice (white or cheesy ~ I do not like brown rice at all) ,Brussel Sprouts

    Meal 4 - 1 egg plus 4 egg whites, Cream Of Wheat made with splenda, cinnamon, and vanilla

    Meal 5 - Chicken Breast, Green Beans, 1/2 a potato

    Meal 6 - Protein Shake (depending on macros for the day I might double up on the protein here).

    Saturday and Sunday I would replace meal 5 with a free meal of my choice and omit meal 6.

What Did A Sample Week Of Training Consist Of?

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Suggestions For Others

  • Try to workout in the morning so life doesn't get in the way of your workouts.

  • If you must weigh yourself, do so only once a week before any cheats.

  • Take photos and stats to show and help track your progress.

  • Start with the basics and then progress from there.

  • Drink at least 10 cups of water a day.

  • Chew sugarless gum when hungry.

  • Read as much as possible on fitness and nutrition.

  • Change workouts every 6-to-12 weeks to prevent boredom and to keep your body guessing.

  • Make every workout count.

  • If you mess up, don't worry about it, just get back to it.

  • Last, but not least, someone once told me this: "You are always stronger than you think you are." I tell myself this every time I am at the gym lifting my weights. I love that!

You Are Always Stronger
Than You Think You Are.

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