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My story of sweet revenge (pics)

usmcmpusmcmp Posts: 21,347Member, Premium Member Posts: 21,347Member, Premium Member
I lied, my story really isn't about revenge. But, it started out that way.

In 2010 my life hit a very low point. I weighed 217 pounds and my husband wanted a divorce. The entire four year marriage had been rough, so divorce was a bit of a relief. The downside of that was having to move across the country and back into my parent's house with two children under the age of two. Being unemployed, a disabled vet, a newly single mom and being fat sucked.

I decided to get revenge on my ex by losing weight and looking super hot. I failed.

It wasn't until I just got tired of being fat that I started making the changes that made a difference. Eating well, working out and learning to just love myself. It was no longer about revenge, it was about taking care of me.

Tomorrow marks a significant point in my life. It marks three years of being single and my first bodybuilding competition. In total I've lost 70 pounds. As a single parent with a full time job and my own little house to take care of I have found a way to get a degree and get in shape all at the same time. I have tons of legitimate excuses to why I can't or don't have the time to eat right and workout. If you want it bad enough you WILL find a way!


**ETA: Workouts, I just lift heavy and do little cardio. Eating is TDEE-20% and IIFYM (with macros set correctly for my goals).

Update as of October 2014- Since my original story I have competed in two bodybuilding competitions, placing second and first respectively, as well as two powerlifting competitions, one of which set a world record for deadlift for my weight class. I continue to workout and balance the fun things in life with maintaining fat loss.

*For those of you who have been asking, I wrote a guide on how I lost the weight. You can find it here:
edited February 2015


  • dupaboodupaboo Posts: 174Member Member Posts: 174Member Member
    Dang girl! Nice work...and dedication!
  • 1tjs101tjs10 Posts: 8Member, Premium Member Posts: 8Member, Premium Member
    WOW, WOW & WOW!! You are a true inspiration. You looking AMAZING. Thank you for posting. :)
  • janeensanjaneensan Posts: 66Member Member Posts: 66Member Member
    Woman---what a freakin' inspiration you are!!!

    And yes, your transformation is sweet revenge, indeed. I'm so glad that you've done this for yourself.

    btw, amazing tattoos. Love the Japanese artwork.
  • ladymnliteladymnlite Posts: 19Member Member Posts: 19Member Member
    Great job getting to where you are today. You are an inspiration :)
  • LeopardPrintedLoveLeopardPrintedLove Posts: 34Member Member Posts: 34Member Member
    Thank you for this!!
  • MelsAuntieMelsAuntie Posts: 2,843Member Member Posts: 2,843Member Member
    Absolutely amazing.
  • williecruiserwilliecruiser Posts: 27Member Posts: 27Member
  • najlaamundsonnajlaamundson Posts: 46Member, Premium Member Posts: 46Member, Premium Member
    So inspiring! Way to go girl!
  • Amyp7777Amyp7777 Posts: 79Member Posts: 79Member
    WOW! I have chills! Amazing!
  • lowerh22lowerh22 Posts: 20Member Member Posts: 20Member Member
    you look AMAZING!!! x
  • hannahpistolashannahpistolas Posts: 290Member Member Posts: 290Member Member
    Oh my gosh! AMAZING. You look KILLER. Congrats! Way to inspire!
  • lhgalantlhgalant Posts: 101Member Member Posts: 101Member Member
    how amazing! what a complete inspiration. congrats on earning your degree & having your own little home to take care off, too. those are great accomplishments worth mentioning as well. and more importantly, you're teaching your kids how to manage a healthy lifestyle around all of that. you look amazing, congrats!
  • Mia_RagazzaTostaMia_RagazzaTosta Posts: 4,960Member Member Posts: 4,960Member Member
    kick *kitten*!!
  • shells1234shells1234 Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    Awesome thanks so much for sharing!!! You look amazing love the tattoos.
  • wizwitchwizwitch Posts: 82Member Posts: 82Member
    You ARE amazing and a true inspiration!!
  • svgarciasvgarcia Posts: 599Member Member Posts: 599Member Member
    Wow- sorry about the marriage! Congratulations on ur transformation! U look fabulous!! What type of workouts? Do u eat clean?
  • SadoreSadore Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Holy crap! You look awesome!!! Great job. You deserve it!
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