Thursday, January 21, 2010

Meet Judy

I think all of us have a pair of trousers we really want to fit back into!!

A friend of mine, Judy, really wants to lose the remaining 15 pounds she has retained from her last pregnancy.  She has two children and leads a very active lifestyle, but has struggled to shift those stubborn pounds.

Judy is a member of a local gym and visits a couple of times per week, but after speaking to her and looking closely at what she is eating and how she is exercising, I spotted a few simple changes she could make that will hopefully make some significant changes.

Here are Judy’s before photos.  You can she is beautiful and has great legs! But there are a few unwanted inches around her torso that she would like to remove and redefine – yes she will get a six pack at the end of this and fit into those trousers!!

She lovingly calls these her ‘disgusting fat before pictures’.  She also provided me with some simple body measurements and her starting weight:
Neck            34.5cm
Shoulder     109cm
Chest         100cm
Upper arm    30cm
Waist           93cm
Hip              96cm
Thigh           52cm
Calf             37cm

On the scale 154.5pounds

Here are the changes we are making to Judys lifestyle:

  1. Firstly I am asking Judy to make a food journal.  She won’t do this forever, but initially she is writing down all the food that she chucks down her mouth – everything!  She is already a healthy eater by most peoples standards, but she doesn’t eat enough, not nearly enough. Most people are surprised to know that to lose weight its important to not only eat the right foods but to eat enough of the right food.  She therefore needs to avoid going into starvation mode.  Instead Judy is now eating approx. 5 – 6 meals a day, each of these meals contains a combination of lean protein/complex carbs/good fats. 
  2. Secondly, Judy has divorced the treadmill and said goodbye to 1 hour boring runs. Instead she is picking up weights and doing strong metoblic workouts.  To burn fat you need to create lean muscle tissue. Running for hours on end on a treadmill is going to improve your endurance no end, but that’s not going to help you to efficiently burn fat. She is also writing up her workouts in a journal to track her progress.
  3. Setting goals.  Judy has created both a set of long-term and short-term goals to help her through this process, and joining up with me she also has a support network. If you want to lose weight and get fit, team up with a friend and make the process a joint venture, with less likelihood of failure.

Over the next few weeks, Judy will  document how she is feeling with the new workouts and food plans, if she notices any differences in not only her size and shape, but in her moods and energy levels.

I want to congratulate her on being so brave posing for the photos, and using this forum as a catalyst to losing those last few pounds.

(thanks Judy for providing these photos)


  1. Judy, you look great the way you are, but I totally get how you feel. My pants were uncomfortably snug two kids and 15 pounds later, but a bit of time with Amanda changed that. I'm still not back to my pre-pregnancies weight but I am fitter than ever and I feel great. Good luck, I'm rooting for you!

  2. Hey Judy, I started a program with Amanda about the same day as you, so I'll be cheering for you privately as I face those same compound muscle exercises and journal my food too. Together we are stronger! Looking forward to reading about your progress for my own motivation.



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