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F/22/5'11 [175>136=39Lbs] Weight Lifting for Weight Loss a Journey

Read the inspiring weight journey of a 22-year-old mom who lost 39 pounds through weight lifting instead of solely dieting.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A progress pic of a 5'11" woman showing a fat loss from 175 pounds to 136 pounds. A respectable loss of 39 pounds.
F/22/5'11 [175>136=39lbs] The left was 2 days after giving birth, a little over a year ago- I recently started weight lifting instead of solely dieting & I'm really liking the difference!
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AnchorageGypsy, a 22-year-old mother, shared her inspiring weight loss journey on Reddit. She lost 39 pounds after giving birth and instead of solely dieting, she started weight lifting to boost her progress. This article delves deeper into her journey and how she achieved her remarkable transformation.

Losing weight through weight lifting

AnchorageGypsy started weight lifting after her fiance suggested as a good resource for training routines. She downloaded their app called BodySpace and took a test to figure out a good routine. She started with the Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer program, and after six weeks, she's now using 15-pound hand weights, which is a vast improvement from the 5-pound weights she started with.

Not focusing on the scale

Although AnchorageGypsy's weight plateaued after a while, she continued to lose body fat and saw changes in the size of her clothes. She stopped stepping on the scale and focused on toning up and becoming stronger instead. She also avoided cardio exercises as much as possible, and she only started adding them to her routine around week 7 of her program.

Overcoming gym anxiety

Although AnchorageGypsy had some anxiety going to the gym, she found a solution by going early in the morning with her son, and they had the place to themselves. She encourages everyone who's starting with weight lifting to follow her lead and try lifting at home, using free weights or machines.


AnchorageGypsy's journey shows how weight lifting can help enhance weight loss efforts. Moreover, it's not just about losing the extra pounds but strengthening and toning muscles as well. Anyone who's starting with weight lifting should not be discouraged by their lack of experience because there are resources like that can help create a customized routine. AnchorageGypsy's experience is proof that with dedication, anyone can achieve their fitness goals.

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Madeleine Smith

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Madeleine is passionate about empowering individuals with the information and tools they need to transform their bodies and lives.