12 months progress.
Weight: 118 lbs to 104 lbs.
Body fat: 27% to 20%.
I cut for 8 weeks and lost 14 lbs. After the 8 weeks, I added calories back in to the “maintain” phase due to my increased activity.
After the holidays and events–where I was a bit more relaxed on my diet–I cut again for a few weeks, then went back to a maintain plan. Consistency has been key for me. I haven’t gained any weight for a year.
The scale hasn’t moved much, but I am most proud of the amount of weight I can lift. I am a little person by bone structure, but I feel SO STRONG!
Squat: 50 lbs to 95 lbs
Deadlift: 50 lbs to 115 lbs
Leg press: 90 lbs to 200 lbs
I use the 5-day split.
I have a long history of fitness. I have been in sports, dance, and teaching fitness classes all my life. I was also an NFL cheerleader in my late 20’s.
I really never struggled with weight until after my 3rd baby. In the two years after she was born, I ran a half marathon and I did other lifting programs to no avail.
I had never struggled to lose weight prior to this stage in my life. I was completely defeated and almost resolved to the fact that maybe it was just my age/stage of life.
Results were quick for me because I started being honest with myself about what I was eating/not doing. I was shocked at how quickly the weight started to fall off.
The program is very easy to follow and I love the 5, 4, 3-day split options. The workbook is my favorite and keeps me accountable and allows me to track my progress.
This program is superior to any program out there. I was afraid I wasn’t doing enough at the beginning because other programs took forever and I didn’t see results.
It wasn’t that my lifts were “easy,” I was just used to spending 1.5 hours in the gym with no results–how was I going to get results in an hour or less?
When I couldn’t drop the weight, I felt terrible about myself. I was constantly beating myself up because I had never struggled the way I was struggling.
This program wasn’t just about dropping weight though, it was about taking time for myself as a mom and finding just one way to put myself first. I am most proud of my strength and that my kids ask me to flex on the daily–especially my girls.
We don’t talk about weight in our family; we talk about strength and feeding our bodies/muscles so we can do things. When I wake up in a bad mood or just “not feeling it”, that workbook staring at me in my car gets me to the gym.
99% of the time after my workouts, I am happy, energized and ready to conquer my two jobs, kids, home life, and all that is on my plate.
I already have! My proudest moments have been when strangers come up to me in the gym and ask me what I am doing. I always lead them to the Thinner Leaner Stronger book, the workbook, and the website.
I have had people comment on the weight I am pushing with astonishment at the amount. This program is flexible, easy to follow, and I am living proof that it works.
I tell everyone I can about this program. If you look up all the orders that ship to MN, you can bet that 70% of them were recommended by me ☺
I think the thing I have repeated to myself over and over is “trust the process.” I trust Mike Matthews and his no nonsense, “this is science” approach. Read the book, apply it to the workbook workouts, and you WILL see results.