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My name is Lindsay and I'm a proud mommy to the most precious little boy in the universe! Gabriel is 2 1/2 years old and he's the greatest joy in my life!

2009 was a year of tremendous change for me: Got divorced, got laid off from my job (gained more time with my son!), and spent a lot of time at the gym getting in shape and working toward my goal of competing in a figure competition. I experienced a lot of change and personal growth in 2009 that laid the ground work for an amazing year in 2010. I'm following my training and meal plans and seeing great results, and most importantly I feel amazing!!

A little history: I was thin & looked and felt great throughout my teens up until I was about 19 years old & started gaining weight. Not knowing much about nutrition or fitness, I just assumed that was the way I was intended to look as a woman, that I was growing into my body and I was meant to be heavier. I didn't realize exercise should be a part of my daily life, and I was careless about what I put in my mouth. I continued to steadily gain at least 5 pounds every year, until I weighed 178 at age 24. I hated my job which required me to work 50-60 hrs/wk, and I drank alcohol every evening with my fiance to kind of forget about my stress. We got married when I was 25 and I stayed heavy until I was interested in having a baby. I didn't want to be a fat prenant chick, I wanted it to be obvious that I was pregnant, not just chunky. I lost 30 lbs (mostly from doing Weight Watchers and power walking every day) in about 6 months when I was 26, got pregnant just after I turned 27, and went crazy with cheese, pasta & chocolate during my pregnancy which resulted in a weight gain of 52 lbs.

Through some major changes in my diet and A TON of exercise I finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight of 148 in January 2009 (my son was 18 months old). I am now working toward getting my weight down to 130-ish, maybe less, & reducing my BF to about 16% in preparation for my first figure competition. It's been a long journey but I've learned A LOT that has helped me excel more efficiently toward my goals, especially beginning in January 2009 when I started getting serious about competing in figure.

I did a12 wk Body-for-LIFE challenge 02/16/09 -05/10/09. I went above & beyond the program's exercise guidelines but didn't do so hot with my meal planning and tracking. By the end of the 12 wks my scale weight had increased by a few pounds but I lost about 5% body fat so I knew I'd gained a lot of muscle.

I started working with a personal trainer at the gym 05/20/09 and he taught me a lot about nutrition, including the importance of meal timing. I started eating 7 small meals a day and tracking my nutrition on Spark so I'd know how did every day. Then I had some major upsets in my life, quit my diet plan, exercised only 2-3x/wk and ate dessert every single night. I gained 10 lbs in 2 months, and then it took me 4 months (July - November) to lose it.

NOW I've started a new program, 11/19/09, for an indefinite amount of time - until I achieve the results I want. Details are under the "My Program" section of my SparkPage. I'm very determined to stick to this plan, it's the most harcore plan I've ever done. And of course I will acheive tremendous results from it! By the time I finish this program I'll have a better idea of which figure competition to choose as my first!!! That's such a huge goal of mine, and I'm proudly working HARD toward it!


Member Since: 9/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,363

My Goals:
*THIS IS MY TIME TO SHINE!!!

*I will compete in my first Figure Competition soon!!! (2010/2011)

*03/20/10 ST Goal: Bikini shopping in 8 weeks, 05/15/10! I'm gonna rock a HOT bikini body, starting this year and continuing the rest of my life! :)


My Program:
Train 6 days/week, 1 day of rest:

1.) CARDIO
*15-30 m/day, 5-6x/wk
*Increase intensity (still max 30 mins) every few weeks (main focus is on training, which depletes a lot of my energy!)
*Elliptical only for the first few weeks, then switch it up with stairmaster... avoid treadmill :( cause I don't want to lose muscle mass
* Plyometric-type conditioning after cardio/ before training 2-3x/wk, 1-min intervals performed 4-6x (jump rope, platform jumps, etc.)
*Cardio before Training

2.) TRAINING
*Splits:
-Legs.........Sat or Sun
-Chest.............Mon
-Shoulders.......Tues
-Bi's & Tri's......Wed
-Abs & Calves..Thurs
-Back...............Fri
-REST.........Sat or Sun
*Abs 3-4x/wk
*Calves 1-2x/wk
*Upper body circuit training 1-2x/month

3.) DIET
*Clean!
*Lots of protein
*Re-evaluate & modify as necessary depending on results
*2 (fairly clean) cheat meals/wk
*Alcohol limit: 2 drinks/wk



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