From Skinny-Fat to Super-Fit

My name is Jessica and I would definitely consider myself a fitness and nutrition freak.  For several years now many people in my life have sought me out for advice on working out, eating right, and “toning up” and I’ve been told repeatedly that I should be a trainer.  After deciding that working in the fashion industry wasn’t for me, I am now considering that profession in training.  I must admit that I haven’t always been this way.  I used to be an average, “skinny-fat” girl (you’ll notice I use this term often), but now I am becoming a much firmer, leaner, “toned” woman.  I didn’t like exercising and I loved eating delicious, high calorie foods.  This was all until I put on 10-15 lbs. during my Freshman year of college.  During my Sophomore year I devoted my afternoons to the gym to lose that extra weight.  At this time  I was what I would now consider a “Cardio Bunny.”  I did a lot of running, spent a lot of time on the elliptical, and would toy around with weights every now and then.  This routine continued for several years and I definitely lost that weight that I had put on during my Freshman year, but I still didn’t have the body that I felt I could proudly flaunt in a bikini.

After college I moved to New York with my fiance’ to start my career in fashion.  I got the job of my dreams and felt pressure from life in New York to lose some additional weight.  I went on a dumb, extremely low calorie diet and found myself shrinking.  At the time I was thinking “Yay!  I’ve never been this thin before!” But eventually I found myself thinking “Damn, I’ve never been this hungry before…but what else can I cut out of my diet to keep losing weight?”  This was an unhealthy mindset and I knew it.  Plus, I wasn’t really looking THAT much better outside of my clothes.  My body was just a smaller, lighter version of its old self.  I didn’t look like a toned, bikini model.  This is the point in my life that I discovered the amazing world of bodybuilding and figure training and I will NEVER look back!

Weight training and nutrition are the two things in my life that I am most passionate about, other than my dog Tiki and my husband Don…in that order. Hehe.  I spend much of my free time reading studies, blogs, forums, and articles regarding these topics, plus, there’s the obvious time that I devote to the gym and planning of meals which has gotten me to where I am today.

Just so you know where I’m at in my own journey, below I have posted before and after front pics of my body.  I still have areas that I’m working on (mainly leaning out my legs, but they are MUCH more solid now than they were in the picture to the left), but this is a lifestyle and a journey and I’ll never be finished.  I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely content because once you become content progress just might stall.

So, welcome to my blog!  Stop learning from your own mistakes and start learning from others’!  Quit wasting your time and spinning your wheels to get the body that you want.  Of course there’s going to be some trial and error along the way, but there are sure fire rules that apply to everyone and I’m going to teach you them if you haven’t been taught them already.

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7 thoughts on “From Skinny-Fat to Super-Fit

  1. You look incredible! Can you blog about what you do workout-wise? I’m trying to figure out the best way to train, and there’s so much contradictory info out there. The Body Sculpting Bible for Women advocates lifting 6 days a week for about 45 minutes in order to get results like yours (less for general fitness), but the bodybuilder forums I’ve come across usually say that’s bad news. I don’t know enough to know who I ought to pay attention to and who I ought to stay clear from. Thanks!

    • Thanks! Sure, I’ll talk about my current training in my next post. There are tons of plans out there, you just have to find the right one to fit your schedule and goals. I’m currently doing a 4 day split, but might add in a 5th day when I move back to the states. Details to follow!

  2. Hi Jessica, I stumbled onto your blog by accident but have ended up sitting here reading the whole thing! I just want to say it’s awesome to see your progress!! You’ve made an amazing transformation from what was a pretty normal, healthy body to begin with to a cracker physique!! Well done! So you have inspired me (as I sit here on the couch on a Friday night!)
    and I am writing for a bit of advice 🙂 I’ve always been a fairly fit but skinny girl, always able to eat what I liked, but never wanting to be skinny-skinny. I distinctly remember doing 300 sit ups every single night before bed when I was in high school because I wanted abs! I got them and I think that helped keep me relatively consistent with exercise, seeing that progress. I am now 30 and my husband and I maintain a pretty fit active lifestyle with regular sport and I do pump and yoga classes 3-5 x wk but am just a bit bored and though I play with free weights every now and then, it’s just that, playing, a bit aimlessly really. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting some sort of body-sculpting program for a while. I’ve had a couple of PT sessions, but its never been something I was really into.
    SO! If you have any suggestions of where to start, basic training guides or tips or sites that might be helpful as a starting point I’d love to hear back from you!
    Thanks and keep up the hard work!

    • Hi Jane! Thanks for commenting! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to change things up! That’s what this blog is all about. When I was starting out, I spent a lot of time reading articles and checking out the forums on http://www.bodybuilding.com. I learned sooooo much there! I still read things on there every day! I would definitely recommend checking out the training articles on that site. You’re bound to find one that suits your goals and schedule. Here’s a couple of tips that I wish someone had told me right when I had started:
      1. Lift Heavy!! Lift as heavy as you can with good form and be sure to keep increasing that weight. When you are new to the game of building muscle, you can really add a decent amount of muscle right off the bat. These gains are often referred to as “newb gains.” When you’ve been in the game for a while your muscle-building potential kind of slows down, so really take advantage of this period! And be sure to eat plenty of food to support those gains!
      2. When you pick a plan, stick to that plan for a couple of months. Give it some time before you decide it’s not working for you. You can’t tell if a plan works without giving it a fair chance, so don’t hop around from plan to plan.

      If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away!

  3. Hello! I came across your blog while looking for answer to get rid of the skinny fat notion (which I believe I am). I really liked your blog and was wondering if you could give some advice and help me out. The issue is that I am also underweight and trying to lose fat and simultaneously gaining muscle is quite confusing. I was wondering what I could or which order should I follow: gain weight(bulking) or lose fat first? Your advice would be of lot help! Thanks

    • Hi! I would definitely advise that you solely focus on adding muscle for the time being. If you’re underweight, I would spend about a year on a solid and simple strength and muscle gain program eating a bit over maintenance. If you’re new to lifting in general, you should be able to put on a decent amount of muscle with relatively minimal fat gains. Later on you can always do a little mini-cut to reduce the amount of fat you have gained in conjunction with the muscle. But you’ll be much happier with your overall physique if you simply focus on packing on some muscle now. Trust me. 😉

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