100 Pounds Lost

During her late 30s, a time when many people start backsliding on their fitness

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Adina Zanolli decided to move in the other direction. Here’s her amazing story. 

Vital Stats

Before:  Age: 35  Height: 5’5″  Weight: 256 lbs  BMI: 42

After:   Age: 41   Height: 5’5″   Weight: 145 lbs   BMI: 24.13

Why I Got Started

I got started on this journey a long time ago! You’ve seen me as a transformation of the week before, but it was before I turned forty! In fact, my weight has been off for about five years now, but I continue to transform. Isn’t that always the goal – to strive to be better?

A funny thing happens when you get your weight off and keep it off. You start to forget why you did it in the first place, because it’s just something you did – a part of your past.

There were several things I could mention, but it all comes down to one main reason: I was fed up. I don’t think many people would claim that they want to be overweight. I mean, it’s miserable!

You can’t sit comfortably at a booth or cross your legs. You can’t order dessert without looking around the room to see who might be thinking you should order a salad – or go jog!

So, what really got me started was the same thing that got me started every time I tried and failed – my unhappiness. Unhappiness is nothing but fuel for changing your life. If you are unhappy, that’s one of the very tools you need to get started.

How I Did It

I started with a simple box of diet food, delivered right to my doorstep. There was power in that box! I had spent so much money for it that I wouldn’t allow myself to cheat.

Isn’t that how it should work though? Invest so much in yourself that you can’t afford to mess up!

I had saved enough to buy a two month supply, so I committed to two months sans cheating! Without realizing it, I had given myself enough time to form a habit.

It’s important to note that I also created for myself my first attainable goal: make it two months with no cheats. Having spent the money on the food, I didn’t want it to be for nothing.

When the cravings overwhelmed me, I would remind myself this is only for two months. And I never ate the same again. You see, two months was long enough. New habits were formed in the place of old ones. New portions sizes were learned.

New tastes for healthy food and intolerance for junk appeared where a love of all things fried had once been. I would never dream the changes you could make in two months, but I’m a living testimony to it!

Who wouldn’t struggle through two rough months to win back their life? I progressed from there to eating healthy foods in the right portion sizes on my own! The diet food that came to my door was only a crutch I needed until I was well enough to stand on my own.

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The closer I got to goal, I struggled again, but that is par for the course. By this time, I had learned to ask for help when I needed it. Something I didn’t do so easily at the beginning of my journey.

My friend Kevin DeHaven stepped in to give me guidance. I was actually eating too little for my level of activity at the time. He straightened that out, and the rest is my history!


The friend who helped me at the end of my journey works for ISS Research, so I am pretty loyal to that company! I maintain my great results with the help of their products!

When I got stuck for several months at the same weight, I added one Oh Yeah! Protein Wafer Bar a day on days I worked out. It was Vanilla Crme flavor, if you must know!

Other supplements I use from ISS Research are:

Upon Waking & Before Bed:

* HGH Promino Plus AM/PM Formula: 1 packet

Post Workout:

* Oh Yeah! Total Protein System: 1.5 scoops, mixed with either 3 oz juice, or 6 oz Gatorade


* Super Vitamin Pak: 1 pak

When Needed:

* Oh Yeah! Bars and RTD Shakes: one or the other can always be found in my purse to avoid unnecessary cheats when healthy food is not available


Meal 1:

* 1 scoop Oh Yeah! Total Protein System

* ¼ cup Oats

Meal 2:

* 8 oz Greek Yogurt

Meal 3:

* 3 oz Chicken

* ½ cup Rice

Meal 4:

* 1 Oh Yeah! Bars (45g size)


* 1 Oh Yeah! Protein Wafer Bar

Meal 5:

* 3 oz Chicken or Fish

* Handful Asparagus Spears or Salad

Meal 6:

* 4 Egg Whites


I have always done early morning, fasted cardio. My friend, Dr. Layne Norton, has brought it to my attention that this practice really holds no benefit for me.

I’ve done it so long now that I told him I was going to have to learn to break this habit like someone giving up cigarettes. I’m working on it!

I do various forms of cardio to keep it interesting: jogging, walking on an incline, the StairMaster, or the Elliptical. When I was still needing to lose, I often went to the local high school track for sprints and bleacher running.

Let me just tell you, you will lose weight if you sprint!

I do cardio five or six days a week for forty-five minutes to an hour.

For weights, I do three working sets of everything for eight to fifteen reps. I do three exercises per body part, except for legs, which gets a few more!

I change my routine every few weeks to keep it fun.

Day 1: Shoulders


ArnoldDumbbell PressArnoldDumbbell PressArnold Dumbbell Press

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Barbell Rear Delt Row Barbell Rear Delt RowBarbell Rear Delt Row

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral RaiseSide Lateral Raise

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Day 2: Biceps

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Dumbbell Bicep Curl Dumbbell Bicep CurlDumbbell Bicep Curl

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Hammer Curls Hammer CurlsHammer Curls

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Barbell Curl Barbell CurlBarbell Curl

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Day 3: Triceps


Bench Dips Bench DipsBench Dips

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Triceps Pushdown – Rope Attachment Triceps Pushdown – Rope AttachmentTriceps Pushdown – Rope Attachment

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension Cable Rope Overhead Triceps ExtensionCable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Day 4: Legs


Barbell Lunge Barbell LungeBarbell Lunge

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Barbell Squat Barbell SquatBarbell Squat

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Thigh Adductor Thigh AdductorThigh Adductor

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Thigh Abductor Thigh AbductorThigh Abductor

3 sets of 8-15 reps



Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg CurlsLying Leg Curls

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Standing Calf Raises Standing Calf RaisesStanding Calf Raises

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Day 5: Back


Bent-Arm Dumbbell Pullover Bent-Arm Dumbbell PulloverBent-Arm Dumbbell Pullover

3 sets of 8-15 reps

One-Arm Dumbbell Row One-Arm Dumbbell RowOne-Arm Dumbbell Row

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Good Morning Good MorningGood Morning

3 sets of 8-15 reps


Day 6: Chest


Dumbbell Flyes Dumbbell FlyesDumbbell Flyes

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Butterfly ButterflyButterfly

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Cable Crossover Cable CrossoverCable Crossover

3 sets of 8-15 reps

Day 7: Rest

Suggestions for Others

My transformation was to save my life, not compete. My father left my family when I was nine. I immediately turned to food for comfort. After not seeing him for thirty years, I would find out that he died when I was thirty-nine.

What did he die of? Complications of morbid obesity. So, my main advice to others would be this: you have to grasp, grip, own it, understand it, and deal with the fact that your bad habits can and will kill you in the end, if you don’t choose to get your life under control right now.

I am sure my father did not want to die from being overweight. Who would? But he just didn’t get it.

That miserable feeling you get when you first start a diet is temporary. While you think eating clean and going to the gym are a pain in the neck, they’re really keeping you from having pains in the neck on down the road!

My weight has been off five years now! The odds of me keeping it off that long are staggering. There was over a ninety percent chance I would gain the weight back.

It’s all based on one single piece of advice I’m going to pass on to you!

Learn to feel, and act accordingly.

If you are sad, cry.

If you are happy, laugh.

If you are hungry, eat.

Learn to feel and deal, and leave the food to fuel your body.


Source: Bodybuilding

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