Bikini Competition Body Transformation Updates, Progress, & Takeaways

December 11, 2013

week 10

Happy December, folks! Time is flying, the holidays are fast approaching, and it seems like everywhere we turn there’s more and more to do. Sound familiar?

I’m happy to announce that I reached my goal of my 12-week bikini competition training challenge. I completed 12 FULL weeks (and then some!) of regimented dieting for competition, training for competition and completely changing my body! In the process I learned a TREMENDOUS amount. Completely invaluable information about health, fitness, pushing my body and mind, and really, truly reaching a goal.

The process has been incredible and I’m here to share some of my key take-aways from the journey, along with some fun, useful, and 100% results-oriented tips (soon!). Just for you… šŸ˜‰

NOTE: I’ll be getting more photos on progress up, as this journey will never truly be done. This post only includes photos on progress up to 10 weeks. I’m now in week 12!

10 Week Bikini Competition Transformation

2013-12-11

I never really realized how much inflammation I had. My body was puffy, swollen, retaining water, and unhappy- and once I changed my diet, I dropped weight FAST, inflammation went down, and water retention was a thing of the past.

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After 10 days of the program I had lost 10 pounds. Yes, some was water and but some was fat. After 2 months, I was down 14 pounds and a LOT of body fat melted away.

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Progress Week 4.5

Week 1 Body Fat (September 9th, 2013): 22-21% appox.

Week 8.5 Body Fat (November 6th, 2013): 13%

I was stunned to get back the Hydrostatic (dunk test) body fat test. This is one of the most accurate tests out there for body fat. In just 8 weeks I had dropped 9% body fat. That is a drastic change and is the key to weight loss. (Side note: The scale should probably not be your #1 indicator on weight loss- always look for body fat loss.) I haven’t taken the body fat test again, being that it’s now at week 12.5 but I’m pretty sure it’s the same or slightly lower. I’m pretty lean. šŸ™‚

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Progress Week 6

Through eating lots of healthy food and doing the correct exercises, getting plenty of sleep and water, and finally, supplementing smart (through essential oils! More on this later!) I was able to completely overhaul my body.

To me, this journey has been almost like magic. I woke up and it was done. Although it did take a lot of hard work, days where I was simply miserable with my meals, some boring food, and really, just not wanting to go back into the gym, the overall process was SIMPLE. Not to be confused with EASY…

To gain results, 100% PURE results, it takes consistency, discipline, motivation. The process is SIMPLE but not EASY. It takes work to get from point A to point B (especially over a short time span) but the actual process, steps involved, are simple and proven.

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Progress at Week 8 

I’ve had tremendous support in my journey and I really think that is what separated success from failure. Without the encouragement of my family, friends, trainers, and everyone on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog, I’m not sure I would have been able to stick to my diet and exercise fully.

I did get cheat meals, which helped and kept my sanity, but for 95% of the time, I ate squeaky, sparkling clean. Those few “cheat” meals/re-fueling meals were a life saver. I can’t lie about that. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream never tasted SO (freakin’) good.

More photos are coming AND the update on the actual contest that hasn’t taken place yet.

What are your thoughts?

What goal have you had that you completely crushed, blew-out-of-the-water completed? Did you find that outside help made a difference? Tell me your experiences! We can only learn more from others!

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Melissa February 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Hi Lori, I was curious what your macro percentages were for the first month of your training diet?

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Tangela September 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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andria August 24, 2014 at 7:37 PM

I am late to the game, but can you talk about how many calories you consumed throughout this process along with your height and weight (so I can see if it would be practical for me to follow your diet plan)? You seem to have been eating a good amount of food. I am hesitant to do competition because I know I would be miserable going low calorie!
Great job!

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Angeli May 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Wow wow wow! You can see so much definition in your muscles now, looks amazing!

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Fiona Mak April 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

You’re transformation is amazing Lori. Did you have a coach or a someone to guide you through the nutrition and exercise? I really want to transform my body but I really want to find the right meal plan for me.

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Ashleigh ritchie April 1, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Wow!!!!

Babe you look amazing, it’s such a major change in such a short time.

Could you share your meal plans with me?

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Sarah Mitchell March 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Could you post your diet for the weeks following 7-12?
I’m interested in competing and just wanted a little more info on the diet aspect. Thanks!

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J March 21, 2014 at 11:16 PM

What is the difference in how much you weigh in each of the pictures?

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Tami January 18, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Lori, thanks so much for sharing your story and progress pics. I came across your blog by way of Pintrest and I am super impressed. I spent two years working with a nutritionist to lose 50 lbs. Awesome in its own right but I still find myself not being fully committed to losing the rest. Reading your blog the last 30 minutes has given me a new drive and motivation to get it done. I have the resources and tools to do it, I just need to do it. I started working out with a trainer two weeks ago once a week but have not kept my end of the bargain of getting in the gym two more days a week. No more! This weekend I am sitting down to write a schedule and my food plan to start back on Monday. I hate cardio too but will definitely be doing more to shed these fat pounds. Thanks for your inspiration.

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Lori September 28, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Glad you found my blog and GREAT JOB, Tami!!!! YOU are inspiring!

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Janet January 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

U never mention your workout routine??

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Ali December 15, 2013 at 7:50 AM

Super curious how the “oils” helped?? What oils & how much?

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Alisa December 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Wow Lori, this is amazing!!! I echo Heather on this. I’m so impressed and inspired. Now, how to get our diet clean with a cupcake and mac ‘n cheese teen in the house!

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Lori January 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM

You definitely have a much harder time with tempting treats like cupcakes!! I’d honestly have probably caved if that was the case!

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Krystle December 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Wow. This is absolutely amazing. Great, great, great work! It really looked like it paid off. How are you feeling mentally? This is extremely inspiring. Thank you for posting about your progress. I will be following your tips and am determined on a bikini competition transformation ASAP now that finals are over and I’ll be living stress free for about 4 weeks!

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Terry Moran December 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Thanks for sharing your photos and congratulations. You’re inspiring me to get focused on reducing BMI.
It looks like this was an 8 week effort and I believe I can:
cut out alcohol / wine
eliminate suger and processed foods (breads, etc)
eat smaller portions, and increase intake of veggies

I think I need the support to make this happen and some options for meals

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Lori January 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Hi Terry,

GREAT list of things that you can work on!!

Alcohol is the biggest factor in weight gain or weight loss, from my experience… it adds so many extra calories.. yummy calories, but calories.

GOOD luck and please report back on how things are going!!

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Autumn R. December 12, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Any tips on how you avoided injury during this intense training? The 2 a days steady state cardio – did you do that mostly on treadmill? Great job!

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Lori January 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I did my cardio on the stairmill then finished each session with 10 min on high incline treadmill- I never ran though.

Tips on injury prevention… REST and RECOVER! I actually have a tendency to NOT get injured (knock on wood!!) but rest is SO so so important. Just taking care of yourself, body, and listening to your body (and honoring it) will help to keep you in action and feeling good.

Also, keep up nutrition by eating enough food. šŸ™‚

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Amy December 11, 2013 at 8:35 PM

You look amazing! Congrats….I’m sure it takes incredible discipline (not easy). Awesome job!

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Lori January 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Thank you!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies December 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

AMAZING transformation – I’m so impressed!! I agree with you – it wasn’t nearly as tricky as I expected it to be for my competition prep. When is your competition?

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Patrick December 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Wow, great work Lori! This is amazing and you definitely need to share some of your learning experiences for what some of us can do and eat that will help transition us positively but without the need for a competition.

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