My Fitness Transformation – Skinny Fat to Fit

I went from skinny fat to fit in five months and here’s how I did it.

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If you guys have been following me for a while, you know I’ve been on a quest to get abs for years. In the past, I tried everything under the sun and failed. But now, I finally succeeded! Check out my transformation video below.

 

Here’s how I did it in a nut shell. I took every piece of good fitness advice I ever got and did it all at once for five months.

  • I ate a high protein, low carb diet
  • I cut out most of cheat meals
  • I worked out twice a day five to six times per week
  • Some days I lifted heavy weights with low reps
  • Some days I lifted light weights and high reps
  • Some days I did HIIT cardio
  • Some days I ran sprints
  • Some days I did hot yoga
  • Some days I did CrossFit
  • I stopped drinking (for a few weeks at least)
  • I calculated my macros and counted calories
  • I cut out sugar
  • I cut out all processed food
  • I increased my water intake
  • I cut my sodium (the last week before the wedding)
  • I was constantly looking for new workouts and tips to give me the edge

I did this every day, every weekend, every holiday, every social gathering with few exceptions. Erry day I woke up, worked out, ate my prepped breakfast, went to work, ate my prepped lunch and snacks, worked out again, went home, ate my prepped dinner, went to sleep and did it all over again the next day and the next day and the day after that.

My top 5 no BS tips to get abs

1. Make it your singular focus

I’m not kidding. You have to have a one track mind. You have to eat, sleep and dream about getting abs. Every action, every step, every piece of food you eat, every drink you drink either brings you closer or further from your goals. Seriously. I rarely went out since watching people eat food that wasn’t on my diet was a binge-eating trigger for me. I pushed myself as hard as I could go in every workout, even yoga. If I wasn’t tired when I was done with my morning workout, I went harder in my evening workout. You have to want it more than you want anything in your life.

2. Block out the haters 

If I had a dollar for everyone that told me that I was crazy or told me I looked just fine they way I was, I would be a freakin’ millionaire. We’re they right? Yes. I looked fine before but my quest had nothing to do with them. It was my personal goal and I wasn’t going to let anyone make me doubt myself and give up on my goals.

3. You will cry

Just count on it. The day you can barley walk because your CrossFit workout was a beast, or when your mind is telling you you’re hungry for pizza even though you just ate your grilled fish and veggies, tears will fall from your eyes. Wipe them away. Remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and press on.

4. It will take longer than you ever thought it would

It took me five whole months to lose 12 pounds. Here’s the thing, I wasnt just losing water weight. I lost weight from all over my body. I had to get my wedding ring resized and I swear my feet got smaller! Losing those last 5 – 10 lbs is brutal especially if you’re a woman. We’re biologically programmed to hold on to extra weight, especially in our mid sections. Five years ago, I thought it only took 4 – 6 weeks to get abs. I was bitterly mistaken which is part of the reason it took me so long to actually achieve my goal. Initially, I didn’t see progress for months (check out my video above if you don’t believe me). The scale hovered around 135 lbs and my body didn’t seem to be changing but I kept going anyway. Suddenly one day, abs appeared. It was amazing.

5. Bask in your ab-filled glory 

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Once you achieve your goal, BASK IN THAT SHIT. My goal date was my destination wedding in Puerto Rico. I wanted to look amazing in my dress as well as on the beach. I knew good and well I wasn’t going to keep up my brutal diet and fitness routine afterwards. I planned on returning to my regular healthy diet full of good carbs and working out once a day 3 – 5 days a week. But chile, I flaunted all of my hard work on every beach in Puerto Rico and on five of the Virgin Islands.

Life After Abs

It was fun while it lasted, but there was no way in hell that I could keep up that diet and workout regimen. Some girls can do it and look awesome year-round. Personally, I missed pizza and wine too much. After my two week, carb-filled binge during my wedding and honeymoon, I gained back about six pounds. Which is still seven pounds less than my starting weight. I consider that a win. I’ll let you guys know what crazy fitness challenge I have on the horizon.

 

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1 Comment

  • Rechinda Smith says:

    Thank You Thank You Thank You… while watching your video I was even more motivated to get my abs, just seeing your progress before my eyes is so inspirational … I’m going after my abs and keeping it realistic as nothing happens overnight – this takes work, patience, dedication & commitment … Thank You for your transparency … I’m loving it

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