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Going For Tone

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Great success story! Read before and after fitness transformation stories from women and men who hit weight loss goals and got THAT BODY with training and meal prep. Find inspiration, motivation, and workout tips | Going For ToneLee-Ann Brookes didn’t want to just get skinny.

She wanted to get toned and fit for life

Vital Stats

Name Lee-Ann Brookes

HomeThunder Bay,Ontario

Age 28

Height 5’1″

Job Cardiac rehab fitness instructor

Weight before 170

Weight after 120

The Gain: As a teen, Brookes kept trim by walking to and from school and playing volleyball and baseball. But when she went to college, she began putting on pounds: Between classes and studying, she never had time for exercise. Weekend drinks with friends and late-night pizza runs sent her weight soaring to 170 pounds.

The Change: As she began her senior year in 2001, Brookes, a kinesiology major, started panicking about how her weight might affect her career. “I was supposed to be an expert in exercise science, of all things!” she says. During a hiking trip with fellow students, she struggled to keep up with the group but felt exhilarated: “I thought, what would I be able to do if I was in shape?”

The Life: The next week, Brookes hit the gym and began cycling and walking 40 minutes a day, 3 days a week. She also rethought her food choices. Never a believer in dieting, Brookes didn’t count calories; instead, she focused on eating more vegetables and watching her portions. By the time she went home for Christmas 3 months later, she was down to 145. Adding weightlifting to her workouts helped her lose the last 25 pounds.

The Reward: When she graduated that May, Brookes was a svelte 120. Since then, she has shifted her fitness focus to toning and gained 5 pounds of muscle. “My goal was always to be fit, not skinny,” she says. To celebrate her new body, Brookes got a belly button ring and bought a bikini to wear on her honeymoon last year.

Her Tips

Compete with yourself. “If I did biceps curls with 10-pound weights last month, then this month I’ll challenge myself with 12-pound weights.”

Plan ahead. “I put workouts on my week’s schedule so I can always fit exercise in.” Shift your focus. “Don’t become obsessed with numbers. Instead, think about what you can do now physically that you couldn’t do before.”

 

Source: Womenshealthmag

Originally posted 2012-05-20 11:25:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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