Sophia Mohnani Transformation Contest

Sophia Mohnani Transformation Contest

My fitness journey started when my ex-husband went to prison for DV. I weighed 192 pounds and had low energy. My son was three with a speech delay and so I made a lifestyle change in order to be a stronger mother. I first did all cardio. Then body pump and suddenly I was introduced to weight lifting. Now I am squatting over 265. Pull-ups. pistol squats, and have recently became vegan.

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Keng Cheah Inspirational Award

Keng Cheah Inspirational Award

I was involved in an auto-motorcycle accident back in 2013. A drunk driver ran me over from the rear while I was waiting to turn left on a motorcycle at a stoplight. My left foot got caught underneath the tire of his F150 truck, which resulted in a shattered ankle joint and broken fibula/tibia. The driver who hit me drove off but was apprehended by the Washington State trooper a few moments later. I was prepping for a local bodybuilding show when the accident happened. Both the doctors at St Joseph Medical Tacoma and Harborview Medical performed a total of 9 surgeries on my left foot. Seven small cleaning preventive surgeries and two major ones. An internal fixation of titanium plate and twelve screws were inserted into my ankle and a patch of skin was taken from my left thigh for a skin graft. I tried to maintain my physique while staying almost 2 months at the hospital. My buddy brought me some elastic bungee so that I can tie it to the hospital bed and get some pump. The recovery and rehab process took awhile since the ligaments and tendons took a hard hit, and they heal a lot slower then the broken joints/bones. I was able to progress from crutches to walking with a cane after 5 months. My body shrunk down to an all-time low weight and there was a point where I actually thought about giving up competitive bodybuilding. I went to the 2013 Emerald Cup in Bellevue WA and that event sparked up my interest on lifting weights seriously again. I had my final surgery in 2015 where the doctors took out the plate and screws from my ankle. I told myself that I will step on stage again within the next 3 years once I recover. Although there is still pain most of the time and I walk with a noticeable limp, I decide to train hard to compete for this year’s 2018 NPC Washington State bodybuilding show. This will be my first time ever participating in NPC federation. I would like people to realize that sometimes in life we often get hit by a big obstacle or barrier. This can be physical,financial, relationship,mental etc. The most important thing is to evaluate life and identify the obstacles, then make up small and big goals to conquer them. It will take time and persistence, but well worth everything in the end. Lost time is not retrievable so we might as well make the best of what we have. Thank you for reading my story. I look forward to having an awesome time on stage.

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Jon Knight Transformation Contest

Jon Knight Transformation Contest

Jon Knight Transformation Contest

Jon Knight Transformation Contest

 

In 2015 I was very overweight in excess of 375 pounds with a 44 waist. Everything was difficult including bending over to tie my shoes. In addition, I had developed sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and a cholesterol of 370. I decided I was taking my body back and wanted to bodybuild. Since then I lost 180 pounds and have not looked back. Like magic, all my medical problems went away, and as my body became smaller, my world got bigger.

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Keng Cheah Transformation Contest 

Keng Cheah Transformation Contest

Thank you for taking the time to read about my transformation. I was involved in a motor vehicle accident 5 years ago in which a drunk driver ran me over from the back, while I was stopped at a left turn signal on my motorcycle. My left foot got caught underneath his truck and when he reversed to run away, my entire ankle joint was crushed. The great orthopedic doctors at St Joseph Medical Hospital contemplated about amputating my foot, given the severity of the injury. They decided to save it and a few surgeries later I was fitted with a titanium plate and twelve screws, along with a skin graft surgery taken from the side of my thigh. I had always been an active person who enjoys weightlifting and bodybuilding. The ability to transform oneself through sound training and nutrition always fascinates me. I like the idea that this sport is almost entirely a solo practice, in which you are in control of how much effort you put in every day. After the accident, I wasn’t able to walk for almost 6 months. I progressed from wheelchair to walker, crutches, and cane, then after a lot of physical therapy session was finally able to walk on my own for Mother’s day. I have decided to give up bodybuilding but the passion was ignited once again after attending the NPC Emerald cup. The guests were given a free daily pass to a local gym in Bellevue and I remember sitting on an incline barbell bench for the first time since the accident. I completed one semi struggled set and decided there that I will build up my strength and physique again. Fast forward to 5 years and my last surgery in 2015, I decided to enter this year’s NPC WA State Open bodybuilding competition. My goal is to be able to step on stage as a way to acknowledge the conquer of all the ups and down in the past years. I look forward to meeting my fellow competitors and have a fun time at the event.

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Monica Gilmore Transformation Contest

Monica Gilmore Transformation Contest

I started my fitness journey a little over 3 years ago, I have always lived a very active lifestyle but I let my body go. 2 years ago I destroyed my ACL in my left knee, the MRI made me so sick at that moment I made the choice that I was done being overweight! As soon as I was released from the doctor I started down this road. Here I am today. I am here to prove to myself and every girl out there you can do whatever you put your mind to. It takes 21 days to create a habit; good or bad! Never give up on yourself!

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Jerry Seid Transformational Contest

Jerry Seid Transformational Contest

The beginning of February as I was approaching my 55th birthday, I decided it was time to finally get in the best shape of my life. With the help of my son coaching me I finally achieved my goal and it feels amazing. People always try to say that after a certain age it’s time to give up on your dreams but my mentality couldn’t be further from that! It’s never too late to achieve your goals. It’s been a long 6 month journey and all this hard work will be put to the test at the WA State bodybuilding championships. After losing over 40lbs I’m ready to hit the stage!

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Paul Saelee Transformation contest

Paul Saelee Transformation contest

 

I was the guy who kept unconsciously tugging on his shirt to hide belly fat and the contour of my love handles. I remember the day when my mom tried to convince me to start a weight-loss program with her. That hit me hard and awakened my unconsciousness to how bad my weight was. My health was really turning into an issue. The day I changed, I looked in the mirror and was disgusted at what stared back at me. I stepped on a scale and it tipped right below 300.

I didn’t know where to start or how to work out besides doing push-ups and bench press. I started running and doing sets on a flat bench. Shortly after, I started reading magazines and online articles to pick up demonstrated exercises and find resources to build lifting routines.

I changed my eating habits and tightened up my diet. Being of Asian descent, it’s hard to tell your parents that you don’t want rice or noodles. I gave up most of my favorite foods and started eating clean. I started monitoring what I put in my body and ate nutritious food.

It was discouraging when I started working out. I gave up many times and told myself I wasn’t going to do it. The first morning I attempted to run wasn’t pleasant at all. 300 pounds pounding on my knees was excruciating. I had to pace myself and work my way up slowly. I started slowly jogging, then jogging faster, and eventually jog-running.

I remember when I first began in this fitness journey, I never imagined taking it as far as the whole “bodybuilding” or “competition” epidemic.

I was just overweight my whole life and lacked self-esteem, lacked self-confidence, lacked the feeling of feeling good in my own skin.

Exercising does something to you more than the aspects of physical shaping. It opens up a new world of what more you can do and what more you can learn about yourself, for yourself, to help yourself, and shape yourself.

ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT THESE PHOTOS AND WHAT MOST BEFORE AND AFTERS DON’T SHOW.

I overcame eating disorders.
I overcame the fear of eating certain foods
I overcame peer pressure of using drugs
I overcame my desire to go through surgery for perfect skin
I overcame losing who I was and the purpose of the goal
I overcame idolizing bodybuilders and bodybuilding
I overcame myself by transforming who I was but not changing who I was

These pictures don’t show all of the struggles and most people won’t understand that the physical transformation was less difficult than the life transformation. Having my heart broken between who I was and I am, was much harder.

Nothing is ever worth so much to change who you are to have or become.

I’m so blessed that I can share my love, passion, and fitness journey with you. But I’ve been thinking long and hard and after this year, making a total of 10 years, It might be time to take a break and end this chapter of my life.

Before and afters never show the during and in-between. The best advice I can ever give to you is to keep being the best person you are because of who you are now and who you’re going to become. Because who you become isn’t a stranger to who you once were, who you once were is every reason you are a better you now.

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Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise – Transformation contest

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise - Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

Courtney Wise – Transformation Contest presented by NW Fitness Magazine / Williams Productions

My story is all about me. I didn’t have anyone tell me I needed to loose weight. I didn’t have anyone name call or put me down. I had positive people in my life who always supported me.

My story comes from me being unhappy. Me always complaining about my weight. Me always dreading clothes shopping because I didn’t like the way I looked. My self confidence was down. I had a hard time doing physical activities that I loved, or knew I couldn’t try some.

I woke up one day and wondered, “Why am I complaining? Why haven’t I started? What is keeping me from obtaining what I want?”

Then answer was simple, it was me. I was depressed. I was overweight. I threw myself a pity party every other day. The only thing keeping me from obtaining what I wanted was myself. I only had myself to blame.

That was all it took. It took me starting action. I began simple, with adjusting my diet (though I knew nothing about it) and cardio. Some gym classes-  an unexperienced newbie in the gym who was terrified to even use the machines, because I was afraid to look “untrained” like I didn’t know what I was doing.

Every pound that shed, and every new person I met with a passion for fitness, put a little spark into my motivation. I picked the brains of those who let me. I graduated to “upstairs” where the weight lifting section resided. I moved to the free weight section TERRIFIED. I hired a personal trainer and learned so much more. I was HOOKED. It was now my passion. My stress relief. My fun.

What I learned was it is a community. A community of people who have similar goals and are your cheerleader. They will help guide you, stand by your side, sing your praises, and pick you back up when you fall.

I have fallen, I have picked myself up. I have educated myself. I have grown. I have lost wight. I have gained it. I have gained muscle. I have lost it. I have found my happy place. I am confident. I am happy. I am proud.

I went from 189 pounds – size 16/18 jeans, to a size 2. It wasn’t a fad diet, it wasn’t a gimmick, it wasn’t a weight loss pill. It was ME. I choose to put in the hours, log my food and educate myself. I love inspiring those like me. I love the path I have chosen. PROUD AND HAPPY.

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Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Clarence Watkins – Transformation contest

Four years ago I weighed over 325LBS and I was very unhappy and seen no light for my future. I had no friends so the only way I seen to comfort myself was through food. I ate and ate until my heart was content or till I was happy. By the time I was 22 I had reached 325LBs I decided that it was time to change and start living a better, healthier life. I started on my 22nd birthday with my weight loss journey. First by cutting out all bad food then started going to the track everyday and run. Before I knew it I started running more longer than I did the last time and the weight started melting off. For 2 1/2 years I did this. I then started working at the YMCA in my town and I meet a group of guys that were physique and bodybuilding competitors and they suggested I started lifting with them. At first I was like “I don’t want to get big again”. They told me that I wouldn’t so I agreed and started lifting with the in October of 2013. They proceeded to suggest that I should compete before I could even think I went off of impulse and registered for NPC Vancouver that following April. I can’t lie, it was one of the best decisions I had made in my life. The people, the lifestyle is truly amazing and I never thought that I would be among these type of people. I absolutely love it.

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