Weight: 220 lbs
Weight: 155 lbs
Why I Got Started
I have always been the chubby one in school and at the age of 15, I was weighing in at 200 pounds! I decided to see what my doctor could do to help me. Prescription drugs became my first tool to assist with my weight loss. I practically stopped eating and lost a lot of weight in little time.
Of course, I was happy that I looked good in High School but I still didn't know how to live a healthy lifestyle. Once I got to college the weight started to creep up again until I was at my biggest of 220 pounds. I tried several crash diets and bought the products that were advertised on TV. Needless to say, that failed! I wish I knew then what I know now.
In the summer of 2003, I decided I had enough of being fat and I wasn't going to accept myself the way I was. I joined a support group that teaches you about healthy eating and by the fall I had lost my first 20 pounds. I then decided it was time for me to join a gym and hire a personal trainer.
At the time, I was living on a small salary and I knew I couldn't afford a trainer. But I knew it had to be done, I had to re-evaluate my budget and made sacrifices that first year to have someone to teach me a proper workout and a healthy lifestyle. When I first met my personal trainer he asked me a series of questions and one of them was "What's your goal?"
I said to him "I want to look hot." He smiled back at me probably thinking "that's going to be a challenge," but I was determined and motivated to reach that goal. Walking into that gym for the first time was the scariest experience. But I spent a lot of money on my trainer and there was no way back.
Managing it at the beginning wasn't too bad once I got into it. I loved my workouts; I loved the sweating and soreness. The diet on the other hand, was the hardest thing for me to know what worked and what didn't work. It took me months to figure out what I should eat, what to avoid, what time I should be eating and what time to stop eating.
By November 2005 I joined Bodybuilding.com. I started reading articles and other peoples views about training and dieting. It has made the process of my successful weight loss easier.
For the past 5 years I've been watching my body transform and by January 2007, I needed a bigger and more challenging goal than just fitting into a cute bikini. I decided I want to compete in a figure competition, hoping to get myself in the best shape of my life. My biggest goal now is to show off the hard work, the time and the dedication.
Eating 6 meals per day was hard at the beginning. I never thought I needed to eat to lose weight. I always made sure I had lean proteins, good carbs, fruits and vegetables in my day and drank my gallon of water. I did allow myself a cheat day once per week.
Day 1: Chest & Biceps
Day 2: Legs
Day 4: Back & Triceps
Day 5: Shoulders
Suggestions For Others
The best advice I can give is not to give up and be patient. Whenever I felt down and worried that I would never achieve my goal, a good friend of mine would ask me the same question over and over "How bad do you want this?" Keep telling yourself this question. You will push through.