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The difference 4 years makes. I spent my late teens & early 20s fighting autoimmune diseases (mainly sarcoidosis) lots of surgeries, lots of bed rest, lots of corticosteroids, lots of Big Macs too! Still, despite feeling sorry for myself more often than not, I kept up with my fitness regime as much as I could handle at the time, and boy when I got my health back, I did not stop. Short term loss was never the goal, just health, strength & happiness! #transformationtuesday #2bros #pca #ukbffwellness #ifbbwellness #ifbb #fit #fitspo #fitfam #fitness #fitnessjourney #ebonyfitness #girlswithmuscle #girlswholift #weightlossjourney #dreamteamfitnesstn #fitnessmodel #pureelite #miamipro #weightlossinspiration #bikinicompetitor #abs #lean #shred #fmc #ukup #ifbbproleague
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 our UK sista shared with us.
I’m Tracy, and I’m from London. Before my transformation, I’d tried many times to lose weight. I cut my calories to ridiculously low levels and did endless cardio. Each time, I found myself 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 two 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 healthy 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 favorites). It wasn’t a hardship, as I love cooking, I was able to explore and create new delicious alternatives to my favorite meals. Cooking also saved me money! I didn’t do it for weight loss, but more so for health. After four 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 four 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 two 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 remained at 72KG (158 pounds) during my bikini competition (I’m 174cm/5’7″ tall). For me, that’s a UK size 6 (or US size 2), so don’t focus too much on the scale!