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Weight Loss Before and After: Michelle Lost 51 Pounds And Ditched The Muffin Top!

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Michelle lost 51 pounds! See my before and after weight loss pictures, and read amazing weight loss success stories from real women and their best weight loss diet plans and programs. Motivation to lose weight with walking and inspiration from before and after weightloss pics and photos.Michelle was having a hard time looking at herself in the mirror until she decided that it was time to change her lifestyle and her body for good. Read on to see how Michelle transformed herself through diet and exercise!

 

Vital Stats

Name: Michelle McInnis

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Email: Scorpio@eastlink.ca

Bodyspace: SpicyHot

Before:

Age: 32

Height: 5’4″

Weight: 173 lbs

Waist: 32″

After:

Age: 42

Height: 5’4″

Weight: 122 lbs

Waist: 26″

Why I Got Started

I was at a size 31 waist in my jeans and I had fat hanging out over the waist. A gigantic muffin top! I couldn’t buy the size 32, this wasn’t me. I didn’t like the Michelle staring back at me in the mirror. I dreaded walking past windows where I might catch my reflection. I couldn’t undress in private in front of a mirror. I was too disgusted with myself. Everyday I would do my hair and face up really nice, hoping that no one would notice all the fat I was trying to hide in baggy shirts and pants.

Being tired of hiding under baggy clothes, not being able to look at myself in the mirror, and health issues is what got me started.

How I Did It

I started reading Muscle & Fitness magazines and educating myself on nutrition, weight training and cardiovascular exercise. I use to re-write the articles and take notes on the makeup of food and how it metabolized in my body.

I started watching what I ate closely, reduced portion sizes drastically and ate smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. I felt this let me eat all day until I was satisfied. No more big plates of food and the resulting bloated full stomach. I grew up on a farm so the norm was big plates of meat and potatoes and boiled vegetables, and you didn’t get up from the table until it was all gone.

I walked everyday at least an hour at a high intensity. I use to stretch and lift weights in my basement. I bought my first weight training book. It was Rachel McLish, Flex Appeal. I forced myself to look at myself in the mirror. When the thought to give up because this was too hard came in my mind, I would just say ‘Keep going Michelle, you’re doing great’.

My heaviest was 173. In 1985, I was 18 and went from 122 to 173 pounds. Over a year I lost the weight and kept it off until 1998. In 1998 I started back up the scale. I was well on my way back to 173 pounds. I was yo-yo dieting, up 10 pounds down a few, up 10 more, down a few, and repeat! In 2000, at 152 pounds I decided to take some pictures, these are the pictures that are posted on my profile here at Bodybuilding.com.

At this time, I had been living in another province for 8 years. I was unhappy and it reflected in every area of my life, especially my weight. I was avoiding the hard decisions and changes that needed to be made in my life. I took those pictures and decided I was going to change my life. I leftPEI, went to school for 4 years, and transformed my body and my life. I also made it a personal goal to put an end to yo-yo dieting and vowed to never go on a diet again.

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This is where I took my previous knowledge of macronutrients to a new level. I learned how to combine foods to create a lean, nutritious and satisfying meal that is low glycemic index. I learned discovered the best ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins for my body. I learned when to eat starchy carbs and how much, eliminated refined sugars and fast food, and I limit fruit severely. I learned you can achieve different results in your body composition based on the food choices you make. I started ramping up my cardio back to an hour a day of walking (6 days/week) or 30 minutes of jogging (4 days/week). I started a weight training rotation of 3 days on 1 day off, a 6 day a week schedule. Weights and cardio has always been in my weekly routine, even when I regained the weight. The big difference was the food intake and choices, it truly is 80 percent, or higher, of your effort.

If you want to see serious results, pay attention to what you eat and when you eat it, or you’re wasting your time in the gym.

Today, I put Michelle, her nutrition, and fitness first! Everything else then just falls into place in my life.

Supplements

* Scivation Xtend

* Optimum Instanized BCAA + Creatine

* Optimum Nutrition Egg Protein

* Worldwide Pure Protein High Protein Bars

* Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Gold Hi Protein Energy Bar

* Multivitamin

* Vitamin C

* Vitamin B 50 Complex

Note: Supplement dosages and schedule listed below in Diet section.

Diet

Meal 1:

* 1 Egg Yolk, 4 Whites scrambled

* 1 cup Spinach

* 1 cup Tomato

* 1/2 cup of slow cooking Oatmeal

* 2 tbsp unsweetened Apple Sauce

* 1 tablet Vitamin C

* 1 tablet Vitamin B 50 Complex

* 1 Multivitamin

Meal 2:

* 1 cup of plain Non Fat Yogurt

* 1 cup of 1% Cottage Cheese

* 1 cup of Blueberries

* 1 cup of Raspberries

* 1 serving Optimum Nutrition Egg Protein

Or

* 1 Worldwide Pure Protein High Protein Bar

Meal 3:

* 1 serving Spinach Salad

* 1 cup Peppers

* 1 cup Zucchini

* 1 cup Cucumber

* 1 cup Red Onion

* 1 cup Tomato

* 1 cup Snow Peas

* 1 cup Asparagus

Or

* 1 cup of Sweet Potatoes or Brown Rice

* 1 cup Red & Orange Pepper Strips

* 3.5oz of Chicken, Salmon, Shrimp or Scallops

Meal 4:

* 1 Red Delicious Apple

* 10-15 Almonds or Walnut halves

Or

* 1 Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Gold Hi Protein Energy Bar

Meal 5:

* 1 serving Whole Grain Wrap

* 1 scoop Hummus

* 1 serving sliced Cucumber

* 1 cup Red and Orange Pepper strips

* 3 oz Chicken or Salmon

Meal 6:

* 1 serving Protein Shake w/ NF Unsweetened Soy Milk

* ½ Banana

* 1 cup frozen Mixed Berries

* 1 scoop Optimum Egg Protein Powder

* 1 scoop Optimum Instanized BCAA + Creatine

* 1 scoop Scivation Xtend

Training

Day 1: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

* Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Incline Flyes or Butterfly: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Side Raises: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Front Raises: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Tricep Extension w/ EZ Bar: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Cable Pressdown: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,8-10 reps

* Dips: 3 sets to failure

* Cardio: 20-30 min on Treadmill or Elliptical

Day 2: Quads/Glutes/Hamstrings/Calves

* Squats: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,10 reps

* Standing Cable Kickbacks: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,10-12 reps

* Stiff Legged Dumbbell Deadlifts: 2 sets of 12-15,10-12 reps

* Split Squat: 2 sets of 8-10,10-12 reps

* Walking Lunges: 2 sets of 12-15,10-12 reps

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* Hyperextensions w/Plate: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Leg Press: 1 set to failure

* Calf Extensions on Leg Press Machine: 1 set to failure

* Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 15-20,20-25,20-25 reps

* Single Leg Curl: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Leg Extensions: 2 sets of 10-12,8-10 reps

Day 3: Back/Abs/Biceps

* Lat Pulldown: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,10-15 reps

* Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-12 reps

* One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,8-10 reps

* Curls w/ EZ Bar: 3 sets of 8-12 reps

* Seated Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 12-15,8-10,8-10 reps

* Hanging Leg Raise: 3 sets to Failure

* Reverse Crunch: 3 sets to failure

* Cardio: 20-30 min on Treadmill or Elliptical

Day 4: Rest

Day 5: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

* Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Incline Flyes or Butterfly: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Side Raises: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Front Raises: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,12-15 reps

* Tricep Extension w/ EZ Bar: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Cable Pressdown: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,8-10 reps

* Dips: 3 sets to failure

* Cardio: 20-30 min on Treadmill or Elliptical

Day 6: Quads/Glutes/Hamstrings/Calves

* Squats: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,10 reps

* Standing Cable Kickbacks: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,10-12 reps

* Stiff Legged Dumbbell Deadlifts: 2 sets of 12-15,10-12 reps

* Split Squat: 2 sets of 8-10,10-12 reps

* Walking Lunges: 2 sets of 12-15,10-12 reps

* Hyperextensions w/Plate: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Leg Press: 1 set to failure

* Calf Extensions on Leg Press Machine: 1 set to failure

* Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 15-20,20-25,20-25 reps

* Single Leg Curl: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-10 reps

* Leg Extensions: 2 sets of 10-12,8-10 reps

Day 7: Back/Abs/Biceps

* Lat Pulldown: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,10-15 reps

* Seated Cable Row: 3 sets of 12-15,10-12,8-12 reps

* One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 10-12,8-10,8-10 reps

* Curls w/ EZ Bar: 3 sets of 8-12 reps

* Seated Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 12-15,8-10,8-10 reps

* Hanging Leg Raise: 3 sets to Failure

* Reverse Crunch: 3 sets to failure

* Cardio: 20-30 min on Treadmill or Elliptical

Suggestions For Others

Take action and commit. This is not a 12 week plan. This is a life plan.

What you focus your energy is what you get. Read everything you can about nutrition and learn what works for you, everyone is different and what works for me may not necessarily work for you. Start with a fat shredding program then move to a maintenance program. Experiment with new recipes. Eat clean, cook clean, drink plenty of water daily, get your rest, take a good vitamin and mineral supplement.

Start with a total body workout with weights, one exercise per body part working the entire body at least once a week, twice a week if you can. After about 4 weeks increase the number of exercises per body part and split your routine up. Eventually advance to an intermediate program where you are working your entire body twice a week. I can’t stress the importance of weights enough. It will keep your muscles toned, fit and add sexy curves while burning more calories at rest.

If you have a lot of weight to lose do lots of cardio until you get your body fat down to where you like. Then follow a maintenance routine of 4-5 times per week in the morning or after weights for 20-30 minutes.

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