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Female Transformation Of The Week - Jennifer O' Conner!

The stresses of college left Jennifer eating for comfort and gaining weight. But after her boyfriend decided to become a bodybuilder, Jennifer gained the motivation she needed to hit the gym. Read to learn how she lost 115 pounds and began competing ...
Before Before:
230 lbs
After After:
115 lbs

Vital Stats

Name: Jennifer O' Conner

Weight: 230 lbs
Waist: 44"

Weight: 115 lbs
Body Fat: 12%
Waist: 26"

Why I Got Started

I wasn't always overweight but in high school my weight slowly crept up. By the time I graduated from high school in 2004 I weighed about 180 pounds.

Then the stress that college brought with it left me depressed and eating for comfort. In May 2006 I topped the scale at 230 pounds. I barely had energy to get out of bed, and was out of breath just from walking to my classes.

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The Stress Of College
Left Me Eating For Comfort.

Then my boyfriend who had always wanted to be a bodybuilder decided to get into shape and possibly compete. This was what first pushed me to change my body.

I did not want to be the fat girlfriend; if he was going to be rock hard, so was I! I began by just doing cardio, and by February 2007 I was down to about 180 pounds again, and then I found figure.

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I Didn't Want To
Be The Fat Girlfriend.

I remember seeing a picture of IFBB figure pro Jelena Abbou and thinking "wow, I want to look like that!" This was my new motivation, to be a figure competitor. And with my boyfriend training me I stepped on stage for the first time in November 2007 at 115 pounds and 12% body fat.

How I Did It

I started by just doing cardio. And trust me, a 230-pound girl can't do a whole lot! Most days I just went for a walk. Eventually I began going the gym on my college campus, usually using the elliptical. I also began to keep track of what I was eating more closely.

I ate protein with every meal, and separated my carbs and fats. In February 2007 is when I got more serious about my training.

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In February 2007, I Got
Serious About My Training.

I began to use the weight machines and was dedicated to doing an hour of cardio before breakfast each morning. This wasn't easy while I was still in college. I gave up a lot of late night parties to get sleep and be at the gym by 6am.

And I lived in student housing, so if my car got blocked in (which it usually did) I had to walk the 1/2 mile to the gym, in upstate New York, in the middle of the winter, but I still did it because the results I was seeing were totally worth it.

Then in April, with my boyfriend guiding and supporting me I began lifting heavier, using free weights and the programs that he wrote for me. I lifted 5 days per week, and did cardio 6 days.

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The Results I Was Seeing Were
Worth The 1/2 Mile Walk To The Gym.

It became apparent fairly quickly that I had great genetics to put on muscle and lose fat, so the figure competitor inside me was born.

I tightened up my diet and began training like a figure competitor does; some days doing as much as two hours of cardio, and the fat began to melt off. By August I knew it was time to start my final prep to compete, and by November I was on stage!


I love biotest's products; everything I have used from them has worked extremely well. The only supplement I used in the beginning was Fahrenheit.

Now while cutting I use Hot Rox Extreme, BCAA's, Biotest's Se7en, and ZMA. I also like to drink a spike shooter sometimes before I work out; it really gives me an energy boost! I have also used storm and shock therapy from Universal Nutrition and really liked them.


Now that I compete, my diet is very strict when I am in season. I carb cycle; 2 days per week are low carb, 4 days per week with moderate carbs, and one high carb day.

Here is an example of a moderate carb day:

I end up eating about every 2-3 hours. In the off season I also add in fruits, dairy, and a wider variety of carbs, as well as increase my calories.


All of my training programs come from my fantastic trainer Chris Wilson ( I also do cardio for 1 hour a day, 5 days a week and HIIT one day per week.

Suggestions For Others

Don't deprive yourself. Take that cheat meal once a week, fill up on veggies until you're full, and find a type of exercise that you enjoy.

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Everything Is Easier When
You Envision Your Goal.

Not missing your old life will enable you to create a new one. One with health choices and a fabulous new body! Also remember why you are doing this, everything is easier when you can envision your goal.

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