Progress Report

In November, I began a pursuit of fitness, which was rather rocky at the beginning. I missed workouts and struggled with my diet. I wanted to give up, but my body begged for results. After getting the hang of counting macros and exercising, I began seeing results. Although, the results were difficult to see since I was examining my body in the mirror on a daily basis. But a side by side by side photo opened my eyes. My body was undergoing drastic changes, and I was super excited!

I am now coming to the end of the “lean” phase of my diet as I now have 13.7% body fat. Now for the scary part – reverse dieting. Ah, it just sounds like a bad idea! However, after several encouraging conversations with my personal trainer, I am ready for the next step in this process. The best part is, I get to enjoy more carbs!

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When I started this transformation, my goal was to have abs. I didn’t care how I got them, I just knew it was my goal. Fast forward several months – I now want more than just abs. I want to continue to stay healthy and feel good about myself. I’ve always worried about my arms getting too big. I have since moved past this fear, and I am beginning the process of muscle development.

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Enough of me talking about my progress. Here are my measurements from the day I started compared to now. Results speak for themselves, and all my of hard work is finally paying off!

Nov 10th

May 14th









8 3/4”


17 3/4”



124 lbs

115 lbs

Body Fat:




I’ve lost all of this weight and never set foot in a gym? That’s right! You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment at home to see great results. Read more about when the gym isn’t an option on a previous post. To me, this proves the saying “losing weight is 80% diet and 20% working out”. Anyone can workout. It takes real dedication to stick to a diet.

If you’re looking to start or have started a life style change, my advice is to document everything. Start from day one. On the days you lack motivation, you can take a look at your progress and keep moving forward. Not everyone is going to get the same results I have at the same pace. It may not happen as quickly as you want, but don’t give up! Keep fighting for those changes you want to see. Anyone can get on track to a happy, healthier lifestyle if you’re willing to put the time and effort into it. I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I dive in to this next stage.

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  1. Casey Mabus says:

    You look fabulous!! Congratulations on the new you! I definitely need to get in shape as well and I’ve struggled a lot. Just wondering what trainer you have and how much she charges? Thanks!

  2. Courtney Pauley says:

    I’ve found for me it’s the opposite. Eating healthy is easier than working out. For the times I do exercise I kind of have to forget that I’m exercising. That’s why I enjoy hiking. My mind is being stimulated as well as my body. Though one observation I’ve made is that one healthy choice has the tendency to lead to another. If I start my day with a healthy breakfast of yogurt and fresh fruit, I’m more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day. If I just have coffee for breakfast, I’m starving and wanting something that will lead to instant gratification, such as pizza (my weakness).

    • fbarbare says:

      You are exactly right!! Same goes if I start my week out with exercising and hitting my diet. It just motivates me for the rest of the week. Pizza is my weakness, as well. That’s why I have to do this flex dieting, because I just can’t give up pizza. So sad, haha. That’s the beauty of working out you can totally adjust anything to your liking. I often get board so I have to add in something small here and there to switch things up a bit.

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