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12 Week Progress Pictures & Update

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Proud. Amazed. Humbled. Inspired. Grateful. Transformed.

The end of my first 12-Week Transformation Challenge is here & these are just a few emotions I feel.

My journey actually started in 2006, when I was 95 lbs. heavier & couldn't walk 2 miles without wanting to cry (there were days I did). Even after all these years, I'd have to say this was my first true transformation, where the outside is beginning to reflect the warrior spirit on the inside.

For numbers nerds, here are the stats:

• 15.2 lbs. lost - 135.8 lbs. to 120.6 lbs.
• 6.4% bodyfat lost - 21% to 14.6%
• 10.1" lost overall

New PRs

• deadlift x 301 lbs
• bench x 155 lbs
• 55-lb sandbag pistols

New Skills (to name a few)

• high knee jump rope with crossed-arms
• clapping pull-ups
• plyo pull-ups
• plyo push-ups with all limbs off the ground
•sledgehammer swings with 8-lb sledge


• First 6 weeks was 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats
• Second 6 weeks was 50% protein, 25% carbs, 25% fats


• Whey & casein
• Optimum Opti-Women multivitamin
• Vitamin D
• Dark Matter post-workout (first 6 weeks only)
• Cellucor C4 Extreme pre-workout as needed
• Cellucor Super HD (last 4 weeks only)
• Scivation Xtend BCAAs intra-workout


• First 4 weeks: Full-body circuit training x 3 days/week; cardio 3 days/week
• Second 4 weeks: Full-body circuit training x 3 days/week; cardio 4-5 days/week
• Third 4 weeks: Full-body circuit training x 3-4 days/week; PM cardio 4-5 days week; AM fasted cardio 5 days/week

The absolute highlight of the challenge was unexpectedly being featured on Ross Enamait's website, The man promotes excellence in everything you do, inside & outside of the gym, & it's his methods & philosophy that keep me motivated to see how far I can go. I've shared this already but here's the link again

Thanks to the challenge, I built the courage to apply for Season 5 of the reality TV show, American Ninja Warrior. A large part of my video application is sharing my story - dealing with my dad's sudden death, losing my childhood home, supporting myself early on - which was enormously scary for me. I'm now happy to have applied & shared it on YouTube, because if there's only one person out there that's motivated to make a change, it was worth it.

No matter what happened yesterday, just keep doing work today & your life will change.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITGIRL15 4/14/2013 11:47PM

    You've inspired me too!!! Thank you for sharing!

I'm PROUD of your achievements, Z! You are the poster child of sticking to your plan, and making things happen! Excellent results!!!

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MEMEEMEEE 4/5/2013 7:00AM


You look amazing!

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KNH771 4/4/2013 7:13PM

    Amazing definition in the back! emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 4/4/2013 11:02AM

    Amazing you have come so far!

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GAYEMC 4/3/2013 5:28PM

    OMG Z! Look at that awesome body! And the smile to match.

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VAZHUNT 4/3/2013 9:38AM

    You Rock!!! Amazing job! Well done! emoticon

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APED7969 4/2/2013 11:37PM

    You look seriously amazing! And in 12 weeks of hard work! Awesome job :-)

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PEARLMARIE13 4/2/2013 10:37PM

    You look amazing!!! emoticon

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ADIOSALL 4/2/2013 9:23PM

    emoticon , really emoticon . You look terrific and I love the smile! I'm amazed and in awe. emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/2/2013 9:32:15 PM

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MICHIGANLORI 4/2/2013 8:29PM

    emoticon WOW! emoticon

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CANDEE412 4/2/2013 7:10PM

    You go girl!

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