Transformation of the Day: Tracy lost 44 pounds and transformed her body with weight training. After being diagnosed and treated for an autoimmune disease for 2 years, she made a commitment to improve her health with nutritious food and lots of exercise. Check out what she shared about how she transformed.
I’m Tracy from London. Before my transformation, I’d tried so many times to loose weight, cutting the calories to ridiculously low levels, doing endless cardio and each time failing. This left me feeling a little more depressed about my body with every ditched diet attempt.
In my early twenties, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, similar to lupus. This meant heavy steroid treatment and a lot of bed rest, causing my weight to go from healthy to an obese 92KG (202 pounds). It took 2 years for my health to improve to the point where my lungs were functioning properly and I was able to workout again. I took the most healthful approach, ensuring each of my meals were packed with nutrients and lean proteins.
(Mid 2014) I completely ditched sugar, wine and white rice (my absolute favourites). It wasn’t a hardship, as I love cooking, I was able to explore and create new delicious alternatives to my favourite meals. Cooking also saved me money! I didn’t do it for weight loss, but more so for health. After 4 months, friends, family, colleagues and people at the gym were congratulating me on my weight loss. I didn’t even notice it!
The weight fell off with ease, especially when I added 3 HIIT sessions per week to my routine.
I decided early last year, to push my body even further to get a lean muscular physique. Out went the cardio. By February 2015, I’d gone from a size 16 to a 10, by working out less and eating more. I reduced my HIIT to 1-2 sessions per week and added 4 heavy weight lifting sessions per week! It wasn’t an effort anymore, it was just a happy part of my daily routine.
I’m a fan of challenges, so decided to enter into a bodybuilding competition, with only 2 months to train for it. I barely lifted weights before so I knew I’d have to invest in a trainer, and it was the best present I have ever bought myself. In that time, I went from a slim 10 to a ripped 6 without starvation or endless hours in the gym! I actually remained at 72KG (158 pounds) during my bikini competition (I’m 174cm/5’7″ tall) but for me that’s a UK size 6 (or US size 2), so don’t focus to much on the scale!