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May 6, 2012 5:47 PM
Here are a couple of my "during" pics. All of March I did a combo of running, Zumba and calisthenics using 7lb weights. My weight was 168.4 with close to 34% body fat. In a month I lost 6 lbs, but my body fat was still at 33%. I decided to cut back on cardio (elliptical or light running twice a week) and started the Stronglifts 5x5 power lifting program. Since then I have only lost another 3 lbs, but my body fat is now at 28%. Not to mention, I am much stronger. Here are my current stats:
Squats - 115 lb
Bench - 85 lb
Pendlay rows - 90 lb
Overhead press - 70 lb
Dead lift - 145 lb

I still have a long way to go, but hopefully my progress so far will motivate someone to pic up some weights! :)

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May 6, 2012 5:49 PM
Looking good!
May 6, 2012 5:51 PM
Excellent progress! Looking great!
May 6, 2012 5:51 PM
Awesome!!!! Great job! Huge progress!
  16900703
May 6, 2012 5:54 PM
You look fantastic. Great job. I'm already doing the weight lifting with my PT. I feel so much better even if I'm not losing weight, I'm stronger and losing inches. :) Keep it up.
  6547503
May 6, 2012 5:58 PM
Thanks guys! It's hard seeing the numbers on the scale move slower, but the reflection in the mirror makes it worth it. I'm excited to see where my progress will be in another couple of months!
May 6, 2012 6:11 PM
Thanks for posting!! I just started lifting!!
  4113259
May 6, 2012 6:14 PM
Awesome!!

You should post that same post, here:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/535512-real-mfp-women-weight-training-befores-and-afters

Good for you =D!
  7434194
May 6, 2012 6:14 PM
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Thanks for posting!! I just started lifting!!


Stick with it! Results are slow but steady and my body is finally changing shape instead of just getting smaller. Congrats on your loss so far, btw!
May 6, 2012 6:17 PM
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Awesome!!

You should post that same post, here:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/535512-real-mfp-women-weight-training-befores-and-afters

Good for you =D!


Thanks!! I'll do that. Women on here are the reason I decided to give lifting a try!
May 6, 2012 6:22 PM
It looks like a lot more than a 3 lb loss btwn no strenght and strenght. Great job!
May 6, 2012 6:23 PM
Awesome!! definitely need to add strength training into my exercise routine!
  14037059
May 6, 2012 6:23 PM
Inb4 Tae Bo is strength training. LOL.

Also you look awesome. :)
Edited by EbbySoo On May 6, 2012 6:23 PM
May 6, 2012 6:25 PM
Great job.
  11614737
May 6, 2012 6:26 PM
QUOTE:

Here are a couple of my "during" pics. All of March I did a combo of running, Zumba and calisthenics using 7lb weights. My weight was 168.4 with close to 34% body fat. In a month I lost 6 lbs, but my body fat was still at 33%. I decided to cut back on cardio (elliptical or light running twice a week) and started the Stronglifts 5x5 power lifting program. Since then I have only lost another 3 lbs, but my body fat is now at 28%. Not to mention, I am much stronger. Here are my current stats:
Squats - 115 lb
Bench - 85 lb
Pendlay rows - 90 lb
Overhead press - 70 lb
Dead lift - 145 lb

I still have a long way to go, but hopefully my progress so far will motivate someone to pic up some weights! :)

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Great results in two months!! Keep it up!! I think having the mix up makes a big difference!!
  17330736
May 6, 2012 6:28 PM
You look awesome!
  15437412
May 6, 2012 6:28 PM
you look wonderful!
  16973056
May 6, 2012 6:33 PM
What a difference !! Keep it up
I have been doing stronglifts also why running 3x a week as I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and then the 10 mile race I ran today. My plan going forward was to cut back running and focus on lifting only

Do you do anything but Stronglifts now? Was the Mar 31st picture when you cut back on cardio and the May 5th picture after alittle over 1 month of stonglifts?
  7479439
May 6, 2012 6:36 PM
QUOTE:

It looks like a lot more than a 3 lb loss btwn no strenght and strenght. Great job!


Thank you! Sometimes the scale isn't the most accurate indicator!
May 6, 2012 6:49 PM
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What a difference !! Keep it up
I have been doing stronglifts also why running 3x a week as I have been training for a 1/2 marathon and then the 10 mile race I ran today. My plan going forward was to cut back running and focus on lifting only

Do you do anything but Stronglifts now? Was the Mar 31st picture when you cut back on cardio and the May 5th picture after alittle over 1 month of stonglifts?


Thank you! I love running, but I was really curious to see what the difference would be if I made lifting my focus. I started 5x5 on April 2nd, so the May 5th pic is after just a month and couple days. Before that the only weights I used were light dumbbells during calisthenics. I do Stronglifts on mon, wed and fri. Tues and thurs I do 20-60 min of light cardio(usually a mix of elliptical and a 1-2 mi run) depending on how my lift the day before went. The cardio is mainly to de-stress and so I can eat more since I get ravenous after lift days, lol. I suspect that whether I like it or not, I'll have to cut my cardio more as I lift heavier though.

Congrats on your 10-mi! I like sprinkling in 5ks and half marathons here and there cuz they make your body feel so great afterward!
May 6, 2012 6:57 PM
Really inspiring.

I started 5x5 two weeks ago and am going with the program, so I really drastically reduced my loads. You're outlifting me right now! smile
May 6, 2012 6:59 PM
Amazing!!!
May 6, 2012 7:12 PM
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Really inspiring.

I started 5x5 two weeks ago and am going with the program, so I really drastically reduced my loads. You're outlifting me right now! smile


I started with just the bar too! Adding 5 lb every lift seemed so daunting, but it's amazing what the human body can do. I was so excited to put my first 45's on the bar!

Good luck with 5x5! You will do great!!
May 6, 2012 7:22 PM
Awesome results! I too have cut back on cardio and am doing the New Rules program - hoping to see similar results!

I'm curious - do you still eat at a deficit?
  5038925
May 6, 2012 7:31 PM
Congrats! I really needed to see this today. I also recently cut back on cardio to try heavy lifting. Since I started I have only seen the scale go down 1/2 pound. Can I ask how you are eating? Did you keep you calories the same as when you were doing mostly cardio or did you up your calories? I'm so confused about how much I should eat.

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