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Read on to learn how Sarah decided that enough was enough and got motivated to lose 125 pounds!

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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 | Read on to learn how Sarah decided that enough was enough and got motivated to lose 125 pounds!Sarah knew she had hit rock bottom when she went to visit a friend in Virginia and her friend didn’t recognize her. Read on to learn how Sarah decided that enough was enough and got motivated to lose 125 pounds! 

Vital Stats

Name: Sarah Bell

Email: oceanblue149@yahoo.com

BodySpace: oceanblue149

Before:

Age: 29

Height: 5’10.5″

Weight: 274 lbs

Body Fat: 42%

Arms: 17.5″

Chest: 48.5″

Waist: 46.5″

Hips: 53″

Thighs: 30.5″

Calves: 17.5″

After:

Age: 34

Height: 5’10.5″

Weight: 149 lbs

Body Fat: 17%

Chest: 38″

Arms: 11″

Waist: 28″

Hips: 35″

Thighs: 20.5″

Calves: 14″

Why I Got Started

The turning point came after a trip to visit a friend inVirginiawho had not seen me in several years. She did not recognize the girl standing in front of her. You see, I wasn’t always this heavy.

I used to be active and slender in high school, but, after graduation the pounds started creeping on until finally by my mid 20’s I finally maxed out at over 270 pounds.

It wasn’t until after seeing the reaction of my friend for the first time since the weight gain that I finally decided enough was enough. I was sick of being fat and unhappy, made a resolution to finally do something about it and stop making excuses.

How I Did It

I an appointment with my doctor, thinking he’d suggest gastric bypass surgery. Instead, he told me to sign up for Weight Watchers. Within two weeks, I went to my first meeting and began to faithfully keep a journal of what I ate.

I dropped about eight pounds that first month. After I lost 30 pounds, I got on the treadmill and walked: first 15 minutes, then 20.

I added the incline feature and then one-minute running increments until I was running more than walking. Now I run six miles every other day, and I’m thinner than I was in high school!

Supplements

* Hydroxycut Max! Advanced

* Hydroxycut Advanced Instant Drink Packets

* Hydroxycut Maximum-Strength Cleanse System For Women

Diet

Meal 1:

o Protein Shake

o Bran Muffin

Meal 2:

o Met-Rx Protein Plus

o Fresh Fruit

Meal 3:

oTurkeyBreast

o Low-Fat Cottage Cheese

o Tomato Bisque Soup

Meal 4:

o Fresh Fruit

Meal 5:

o Protein Shake

o Bran Muffin

Meal 6:

o Chicken Breast

o Greek Yogurt

o Broccoli

o Cauliflower

Meal 7:

o Met-Rx Protein Plus

o Yogurt

o Angel Food Cake

Training

I perform cardio 5 times a week for 30 minutes using a mixture of running, the stairmaster or spinning depending on what I feel like at the moment. Cardio is either completed early morning before work or after. I would prefer the morning but it depends on how much sleep I got the night before.

I do P90X 5 times a week 15 to 45 minutes. My company has a gym at work and we’re fortunate to have a DVD player in our cardio room. So, I just pop it in for a healthy break up to office stress. I don’t follow the fitness guide that is outlined with the P90X series.

I pick the workout depending on what body part I feel like working on that day. The time also varies depending on what the days work load brings me. It’s hard to find time to exercise, especially for those of us who work in an office.

However, studies show that people who enjoy a workout before going to work or exercise during lunch breaks are happier, suffer less stress and are more productive.

I do weight training 3 to 4 times a week. I can’t tell you that on Mondays I always do this and on Wednesdays I do that. The way my brain is wired doesn’t allow me to have that kind of configuration. I’ve tried and it just doesn’t work for me.

I have to be able to walk into the gym and perform what I feel. I do follow some structure when it comes to what body parts and how often. I never work the same muscle group within a 48 hour period and I break it up in to:

* Back & Biceps: 3 sets of 6-8 reps

* Chest, Shoulders & Triceps: 3 sets of 6-8 reps

* Legs: 9 sets of 6 reps

I lift heavy so each set is pushed to muscle failure. I use both machines and free weights. There are so many to choose from for each muscle group that I mix it up each time.

When it comes to legs I follow a different approach. I take 1 second during the lifting phase and 3 to 4 seconds during the lowering phase. I also split my routine in to threes: 3 sets of full extensions from top to bottom, 3 sets of lowers, which is lifting from bottom to mid point back to bottom, and 3 sets of uppers, which is midpoint to top back to midpoint again.

I don’t have a particular abdominal routine. The P90X gives me what I need as far as abs go. Sometimes I will use one of the weighted machines and pump out 30-50 crunches if I have time after I lift.

Suggestions For Others

Take before pictures, set realistic goals, eat frequent small meals that are low in fat and high in fiber, exercise daily, drink lots of water and most importantly, accept mistakes and don’t give up.

There are times when I start my day with good, healthy intentions, and before I know it I’ve just had my second slice of pizza. The important thing is to accept it. I write it down in my journal and move on.

Source: bodybuilding

Originally posted 2013-02-07 06:36:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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