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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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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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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