Before: January 2, 2007
Weight: 203 lbs
Waist: 36 ½"
After: May 5, 2008
Weight: 142 lbs
Body Fat: 23%
Why I Got Started
Everyone who's ever talked to me knows I have a love for Mixed Martial Arts. I was at the fights one night and after a few too many drinks mentioned to a friend that I would love to get in shape like the guys who fight. The friend I was with that night turned out to become my trainer and ended up being one of my best friends in the world! Marty Holmes has been such an influence; I can't imagine this journey without him!
There were days when I cursed him and days when I cried and days when I didn't want to get out of bed to meet him at the gym, but If I hadn't I would still be 203-plus pounds.
How I Did It
It wasn't easy. It took a lot of drive. It took a lot of desire to not be the "fat girl" anymore. I was coming up on my 45th birthday and I could barely make it up the 3 flights of stairs to our apartment without feeling like I was dying.
My mom was beginning to worry about me with all the meds I was taking for blood pressure and cholesterol, and all other assorted middle age illnesses. I made a deal with myself that I needed to get off all that "cr@p" and start eating right and living right.
I cleaned up my eating. I was already a vegetarian, so I cut out all the greasy, fried, fast food. I ended all the snacking and daily soft drinks, cut down on the beer at night and made a simple eating plan for myself.
My diet was kind of boring, I ate the same thing day-in and day-out for about 6 months until I was able to control my appetite. I have a bit of an OCD personality, so this worked. Finally I got tired of it and then I was able to make sensible food choices.
- 1 cup Brown Rice
- 1 cup Broccoli
- ½ cup Green Soy Beans
- 1 Soy Patty
- 1 serving Fruit
- Green Tea Extract
- ½ Cup Raw Almonds
Arrival To Work:
Arrival At Home:
Other Snack Options:
Here's what Marty (my trainer) wrote out for me! We workout 5 days per week Monday - Friday!
Warm-ups are performed based upon the body part being exercised that day. Each day before the workout is 10 minutes of cardio: treadmill, stairmaster
- Dumbbell bench press (2 sets of 10)
- Rotator cuff (2 sets of 10)
- Standing Military Press (2 sets of 10)
- Incorporated with cardio
- Rotator cuff (2 sets of 10)
- Lat pulldowns (2 sets of 10)
- Shrugs (2 sets of 10)
- Military press (modified, 2 sets of 10)
Arms (2.5 lbs Weight):
Chest & Shoulders (2.5 lbs Weight):
Lats & Traps:
Pyramids, drop-sets, compound, "prison" sets are incorporated to change up fatigue level and includes weight increases/decreases. This is dependent upon my schedule (whether we are working on toning or building) which usually incorporates a toning cycle and building cycle. Most workouts are performed with dumbbells to incorporate other muscle groups.
- Standing EZ Curl (20 - 50 lbs)
- Seated Tricep Press (10 - 20 lbs)
- Incline Dumbbell Curl (10 - 30 lbs)
- Kickbacks (5 - 15 lbs)
- Cable Curls (10 - 50 lbs)
- Concentration Curls ("prison", 15,10,5 in succession 3 sets)
- Hammer Curls ("prison", 15,10,5 in succession 3 sets)
- Seated Tricep Press (30 - 70 lbs)
Suggestions for Others
Blog! Blogging gives you a release! Seek the support of friends and family. I let my husband and my brother, my mother and several friends have access to my blog so they could see what I was doing and how I was progressing. That made me accountable for my mission!
Find a great trainer and/or workout partner. Get someone who will push you! There is no way in this world I could have done this alone! Marty has been the best. I love him! He calls me "Tank" during my workouts, because the "Tank" keeps on rolling!