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Female Transformation Of The Week - Stacie Hunt.

Stacie had trouble with self image and weight control her entire life, including a battle with eating disorders. See how she fought back and lost almost 40 pounds and 16% body fat right here!

Before Before:
157 lbs
After After:
118 lbs

Vital Stats

Name: Stacie Hunt
Age: 38
Weight (May 1, 2005): 157 Lbs.
Body Fat: 26%
Mental Stats: I actually finally reached a point in my life when I was accepting myself this way. I was okay with the way I looked in the mirror and in front of my husband. I guess it was more of an acceptance of defeat at being young anymore.

Weight (January 27, 2006): 118 Lbs.
Body Fat: 10%
Mental Stats: Oh, my gosh! I've never been a size 2. I think I was a size 2 as a toddler once. It's not time to throw in the towel on youth after all!

Why I Got Started

I had been unaccepting of my body ever since the 2nd grade when my brother told me I had a big butt. As I grew through elementary, my clothes were ordered from the pretty plus sizes in the Penny's catalog. When I got to high school, I made a mental commitment that I would not be fat.

I took up running and signed up for every sport available. I only ate one meal a day ... supper, because it was the only meal I was held accountable for. I became anorexic.

I was proud of going from a size 12 in misses to a size 3 in jrs. But, I was getting too much criticism for not eating enough, so I converted to eating and throwing up. This became my practice for weight loss and my way of dealing with stress for 25 years.

When I finished college and began to enter the different life style changes i.e.: marriage, full-time desk job, babies, etc - my weight was more difficult to control with the occasional bulimic episodes. So, I joined a gym when I was 29-years old.

After After
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November 2005.

A few years ago, my husband's boss announced that a position needed to be filled in Chicago. As we made plans to relocate, I gave notice at my desk job and for the first time in a long time, was faced with a decision of what I wanted to do when we got there. I wanted to be a personal trainer.

I was excited about the change and the chance to start fresh. Maybe I could even go to an Oprah show once in a while! When my husband's boss told us that the new job position could actually be done from either Phoenix or Chicago and that it was up to us where we wanted to live, we chose to stay in Phoenix where we were close to family and what we had grown to know and love over the past eight years.

After After
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December 2005.

I chose to still pursue personal training and got ACE certified. Thankfully, there was a man, who soon became a close friend of the family, who believed in my passion to help people, and offered me a job as a trainer in his department. Through time, we got better acquainted and he saw my determination to be good at what I do.

I shared with him that I wished my body could look great again. I worked out all the time, but couldn't seem to change my body composition. He agreed to work out with me and kick my butt around the gym to see what kind of heart I had with the weights.

After After
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January 2006.

The heart was there, the willingness to be pushed hard was there. It was time to set a goal. I wanted to compete. This kept me motivated and on a timeline. I took pictures along the way to show change and help keep the motivation.

How I Did It

Initially, I used the Body for Life workout plan and did a lot with the pyramid: 12-10-8-4-2-10. This helped me gain strength and muscle to boost my metabolism. After about 6 weeks, I switched to just heavy reps and got 5 days of 45 minute cardio sessions in per week.

After After
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February 2006.

Three months before the competition, I shifted gears again and added an evening cardio session, went down to lighter reps and started a new eating plan.

After After
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March 2006, Competing NPC Figure.

In 9 months time I went from 157 pounds to 118.

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Sample Diet

A sample diet during my 12 week countdown before competing:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup cooked egg whites, 1 slice light 100% whole wheat bread, 1 small orange or tangerine
  • Snack: brown rice cake with natural peanut butter
  • Post Workout: 2 scoops ON Whey protein with water
  • Lunch: tuna, 11 reduced fat whole wheat crackers
  • Snack: green apple
  • Dinner: chicken breast, steamed green beans
  • Snack: 1 scoop ON Whey protein with water

I followed this daily and then on weekends I would trade out dinner for whatever the kids were having i.e. pizza, tacos, Chinese take-out. I often had dessert once during the weekend too.

Sample Workout

A sample workout during my 12 weeks out before competing:

Monday: Back

Tuesday: Chest

Wednesday: Quads

Thursday: Hamstrings, Shoulders

Friday: Biceps, Triceps


  • Cardio, 45 minutes on recumbent bike A.M.

Sunday: OFF

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I Love Working My Arms.

Suggestions For Others

If the passion is in you, you can accomplish it. It has to be your goal in order for it to be passion-driven. If you need to splurge, do it for a controlled amount of time and then, get back to the program. A little variation in the routine here and there seemed to jolt my metabolism.

Maintaining my transformation has been a whole lot easier than getting to my goal. That is one of the rewards to accomplishing the goal. I eat clean during the week, do whatever I do in the gym with intensity, not half-heartedly, which allows me to not have to do near as much to maintain.

What's most important is to love yourself and celebrate your accomplishments by acknowledging them. Someone else's best, is not your best. You need to find what YOUR best is and set IT as your standard.

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If The Passion Is In You,
You Can Accomplish It.

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