It’s already time for a Deb update. We made her famous with the Attention Scale Addicts, part 2 post back on June 22, and the Limitations post on June 1. You should really read those posts for the individual points they make, but I will review the motivational parts here today.
Deb started here.
First things first, she lost her fat and got all the way down to a size zero.
We saw this comparison picture of 2 very different Debs at 155 lbs. (Be sure to click on all these pics to see more detail.)
At this point in her health and fitness evolution, Deb’s focus was strength and power. She was trying to get as strong as she possibly could and pack on as much muscle as possible to counteract the effects of menopause on her muscles. (In my humble opinion, it’s a huge mistake when women at this age skip this step.) So, hot flashes be damned, her workouts often looked like the videos below.
Deb has been happy with her body for a long time now, but about six weeks ago she told me she thought it would be fun to see how lean she could get for the summer. We made a few small changes to her nutrition and backed off her big lifts just a little. The results have been astounding!
These pictures look great, but they aren’t exact comparisons so the results can be hard to see. We will need to look at the data.
Deb probably lost around 15 lbs of fat by my rough estimates. The scale says 20 lbs, but the it is often too vague to be useful, and household methods of body fat testing are usually worthless. The good stuff is in her circumference measurements. Just 6 weeks after changing her focus, here are her measurements:
Waist went from 32.75 inches to 30 inches.
Chest went from 39.75 inches to 37.25 inches.
Hips went from 36 inches to 34 inches.
Upper arm went from 11.25 inches to 10.75 inches.
Not too shabby considering we are talking about a (almost) 52 year old woman, in the middle of menopause, who has already made some extremely dramatic changes to her body. It’s not like this was her first 6 weeks in the gym. Deb has plenty of excuses she could fall back on, but she chooses to get results instead.
Deb is one of my favorite people in the whole world, but their isn’t anything inherently special about Deb that gave her an advantage here. You can have these exact results. Want it like Deb and you will have it like Deb.
If you are motivated by Deb, she will be happy to be your friend on Facebook. Ask her about her fitness. I’m sure she will tell you she hasn’t ever felt this good.