Sunday, September 30, 2012

My body progress

I decided about 2 1/2 months ago that I need to start taking better care of myself.  I trained for my first duathlon and set a finish time goal.  I came within a minute of my goal, so I was proud of myself.  After that, I tried to focus on my endurance for running since that was my weak point of my race.  During this time, I decided it wasn't enough for me to just be doing endurance training.  I really wasn't seeing the changes in my body that I wanted.  I really needed to be doing a program that included weight training.  After doing my research as to what might work best for me, I came across Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12 week program.  Unfortunately, I didn't really follow the meal plan during the first week, which I saw as unfair for the outcome of the program (see previous post).  So I purchased the foods I needed and began to follow the program correctly last week.  

As promised, I am posting my transformation pictures.  It is very difficult for me to even look at the before pictures, much less post them.  I realize my body could be in worse shape, but for me, I don't like what I see in the mirror, so it was bad enough for me to say "This is it!  It's time to focus on me!"  I could tell I was making improvements, but seeing the photos side by side really helped motivate me to continue.  I will continue to post weekly pictures with the previous week's pictures below to compare with.  


  1. I would seriously be happy to look like your before pictures, but I am so happy for you that you are getting fit and strong.

  2. Thank you! That is why I was hoping to not offend anyone by posting the before pictures & "complaining" about how I needed to get fit. I have many people that are close to me (friends & family) that I know would be happy to be 135 lbs. I think there comes a point that we can no longer put off doing what is healthy for our body. I never ate horribly, but I knew my diet could use the most improvement. I weighed 156 lbs. the day I gave birth to my daughter and prior to my pregnancy, I never weighed over 135 lbs. I used to be very lean and had nice muscle tone and averaged about 125 lbs. It's hard to look back at those photos and then look in the mirror. I finally decided I wasn't going to allow the scale to increase one more pound. I'm a full time student and mother of a toddler (who keeps me very busy!) so finding time to workout has been a challenge for me. Some nights I have to go to the gym at 11 pm, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make to achieve my fitness goals. I am not a personal trainer (maybe someday I will be), but if you need some help, guidance or motivation just let me know. I will do what I can :)