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March 11, 2012 11:38 AM
I woke up in May of 2011 and never looked back. I'm not really sure what woke me up, maybe the huffing and puffing when I tried to hike with my family, or sounding breathless from running to catch the phone, or maybe the fact that my clothes were getting tighter and tighter, but really I think it was how miserable I felt in my own skin.

I started like most on here, plugged in my numbers, wanted the weight gone asap, ate less, drank water, and walked as fast and as much as I could, weight fell off at a nice clip. I did eat my exercise calories, but looking back I should have upped my calories by a few hundred because imo MFP sets you a little low. I was netting around 1400 a day. I am 5' 9" and was hungry all the time (duh). After 25 pounds fell off (August 2011) I decided to learn how to run and began the C25K program. The first time out I thought my heart would explode. It wasn't pretty and I wasn't fast but I kept pushing myself. Inches were now flying off. I lost another 10 pounds and finished the program in October 2011, in time for my 42nd birthday I weighed 169 and was on top of the world. I kept reading and seeing other post about calories and how much to eat and realized my body needed more so I started eating around 1600-1800 net. 10 more pounds came off by Christmas, but I wasn't totally thrilled with some of the changes, sure I could run and found enjoyment in that, I looked pretty good in clothes, people were noticing, but I knew I could do better. I got hooked with strength training and l found my way in the free weights aka man cave section of the gym. I got the book New Rules of Lifting for Women for Christmas and haven't looked back. I have only lost another 5 pounds since lifting heavy but I can wear a size 6 jeans and my body is looking better and better. I have had 5 children and can't believe how things have lifted and how much better I look since lifting heavy. Not to mention how empowering it is to know I can squat 145 pounds, dead lift 100 and bench press 85. I still run 4-5 miles about 2 days a week, I lift heavy 3 days a week and I am now eating 1700-2300 a day depending on what I do that day.

I'm not at goal yet but I am so close. My goals now are more fitness related. I want to get to a 20% BF and I am at 24% now. I really want to be able to do a pull up and of course be a smoking trophy wife for the love of my life. I keep on keeping on and I know I will keep improving.

Stay the course, I believe every single person can have success if they stick with it. Sorry this was long winded and I hope others can get some encouragement from it. If I have learned anything along this path it has been to be patient, do some research and take care of yourself.

Enjoy the journey.

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March 11, 2012 11:43 AM
Look at you go! Congratulations on all your hard work paying off!
March 11, 2012 11:44 AM
You look amazing.
You are amazing.
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March 11, 2012 11:50 AM
amazing. Proud of being your friend and have a steamy girlcrush on you (don´t tell your husband)
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March 11, 2012 11:50 AM
You have done a spectacular job Laurie! You inspire me every day! Oh, and damn you look hot!
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March 11, 2012 11:52 AM
You're looking fantastic!

Inspiring story and great commitment. Well done.
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March 11, 2012 11:52 AM
*sniff, sniff* - you're awesome, Laurie!!

A great role model. A true fun spirit on mfp. A real story of *why* heavy-lifting matters!

Good for you....and I know you are just getting started!!
March 11, 2012 11:58 AM
Awesome... I don know if it is about women or its d same wid men but u want to look good not just for yourself but also for the special one eho never complains about you being fat... Want to be a trophy wife myself want all our friends (male) to be jealous of himand females ofmeit might not show me in a gud light but... I gyess after five years ofbeing fat... I can want this
March 11, 2012 12:02 PM
Wow, you look phenomenal. As a fellow lifter and NROLFW user, I am so excited that others will hear your story and start to pick up the weights too. I'm also 5'9 and I was netting around 1400 but I was tired all of the time. I'm now up by 200-300 pounds and the weight has started to come off again.

Again, congratulations. You really are an inspiration to others!
March 11, 2012 12:05 PM
Wow - what in inspiration! Someone here a couple of days ago was telling me I should stop worrying about those last 5 pounds and start lifting heavy if I want a bikini body for July - looking at your pics has just convinced me. Bookstore on Monday for the New Rules and craigslist for cheap weights are now top of my 'to do' list.

May I add you as a friend here?
March 11, 2012 12:10 PM
You are a true inspiration for all of us. Keep doing great job!
March 11, 2012 12:17 PM
YAY!!!! Good for you!
March 11, 2012 1:15 PM
Fabulous job!
You look wonderful!flowerforyou
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March 11, 2012 1:19 PM
You are so darned cute, Laurie! You've done great. Be proud :)
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March 11, 2012 1:22 PM
Great job
March 11, 2012 1:24 PM
Great job!!! You look amazing!!
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March 11, 2012 1:27 PM
Ahhh my favorite role model <3 Fantastic results! Hard work pays!
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March 11, 2012 1:30 PM
Laurie, you are an inspiration. I have just been reading NROLFW! Must get onto it!!
March 11, 2012 1:34 PM
You look fantastic and I am sure your husband is proud of you. Great commitment and excellant motivating story. Way to go!!!
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March 11, 2012 1:45 PM
You look awesome!
March 11, 2012 1:47 PM
Thanks for the encouragement!! You look fabuous!!!
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March 11, 2012 1:49 PM
Wow! Great job and awesome lifts!
March 11, 2012 1:55 PM
Wow you look great nice work!!
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March 11, 2012 1:57 PM
you look beautiful and i would agree that is the trophy wife look. :)
March 11, 2012 2:01 PM
Congratulatioins!!!! You are an inspiration to me. :)

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