Stepping Up: From the Scale to the Stage

By: Jeanine R. 

Looking back at the “before picture” of myself brings so many awful memories.

There I was, 30 years old at 280lbs, my heaviest weight.

I used every excuse imaginable to avoid taking care of my body and health but the real weight of my poor habits became more and more inescapable.

I was obese.

I didn’t want to leave the house.

I dreaded gatherings and always found excuses not to attend.

I was always feeling tired and sluggish.

This was not the person I wanted to be as a wife or mother for our two young girls.

I knew I needed a change and I was willing to do anything to make progress. 

I committed to a personal trainer, working out 5+ times a week at 4:30 am and following a strict meal plan. Being consistent was VERY hard but what was even more unbearable was the thought of returning to my former weight. 

Through many tears, smiles, setbacks, milestones... I did not lose hope.

Aside from all the physical pain that goes with starting a pretty structured personal training routine from scratch, in the beginning, I somewhat felt like I was always isolated from my family, which tested my mental and emotional strength.

But as days went on, everything became easier. In fact, my family even started to adopt some of my healthy habits!

We were incorporating more physical activity into our daily routines and the kids started understanding the importance of healthy eating.

The daily support from family, friends and even complete strangers have been a blessing. 

From the scale to the stage 

After 3 years dedicated to decreasing the number on the scale, I decided to set my BIGGEST and HARDEST goal yet! I wanted to walk on stage and compete!

Insecurities certainly crept up, but nevertheless, I decided to commit. 

The first competition was October 10th, 2015 with the WBFF-Transformation Division in Toronto, Ontario Canada. I found out that I actually qualified to compete in the August 2016 WBFF World’s-World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Inc. against all the amazing people with similar stories who had won around the world in 2015.

The NEW TRANSFORMATION division is dedicated to those who have transformed their lives, challenged themselves and have the courage to show the world that anything is possible if you put your mind, body and spirit into making a positive fitness change. 

Set your goals, stay consistent, don’t be afraid to work hard and do NOT let setbacks stop you from getting to the end. There will be good days and there will be bad days. You have to learn to balance it all out. 

I knew I wanted to take on the challenge.

I wanted to prove to myself that I could work harder than my first prep (even though this scared me). I knew that I needed to make it to that stage and show the world the new me. I didn’t know what the outcome would be, but what I did know is that I worked hard every day to create the best version of me. 

Fast forward to August.

There I was, lined up with 14 other fabulous competitors on the WBFF World Stage, waiting for the winner to be announced.

Everything was quiet, and then my name was called as the World Transformation Champ of 2016. I was speechless...I was crowned and then asked to go walk the stage one last time as the CHAMP!! I went out there wearing my tiara with pride, realising that I worked so hard for it, despite any struggles along the way!  

A 4.5-month prep was by far the hardest thing I have ever done to date and by far the most rewarding. I had to leave many insecurities behind and face the fact that this was doable. I can finally say that I am proud of my accomplishments and success.  

I used to read fitness articles of people who have lost 100+ lbs and remember thinking that this was not possible! My journey has not been perfect, it has not been easy but one thing is for sure; I will never regret sticking to my goals!  

There will be good days and there will be bad days.

You have to learn to balance it all out. 

A quote has always stayed in my head and I have had to repeat quite a few times is, “I know what quitting feels like, I want to know what it feels like if I DON’T!” 

Basic Weight Loss Strategy 

  • Personal trainer-1x a week
  • Working out on my own 4-5 days a week
  • All workouts paired strength training with 30-minute cardio training or HIIT. Anything from boot camps, spin, outdoor running to treadmill or stepper
  • Hired a nutritionist who put me on multiple meal plans according to goals. From high/moderate and low carb days & carb cycling 
  • Throughout my long journey, from losing weight to getting fit I have been a faithful supporter of Cellucor’s products.
    • Throughout the course of my transformation, I used Whey Protein (all flavors), BCAAs to help me recover from intense workouts. C4 pre-workout, as well as C4 Ripped to help me lean out and give me explosive energy. Toward the end of my preps, I also used SuperHD to help with the fat-burning stage. Cellucor’s Glutamine has also helped my body replenish its levels and played a huge role in muscle recovery as well. 

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