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F/30/5'4" Progress Isn't Always Weight Loss a Six Year Fitness Journey

Read about the six-year fitness journey of a Reddit user who transformed her body through bodybuilding and sharing her story online.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A photo of a 5'4" woman showing a muscle gain from 108 pounds to 130 pounds. A total gain of 22 pounds.
F/30/5’4” [108 > 130 = 25] (6years) progress isn’t always weight loss 💕✨🌱
Originally posted on /r/progresspics


The transformation of a Reddit user, dalejai, from weighing 108 pounds to 130 pounds is a story of hard work, dedication, and persistence. However, it's not just about losing weight. Dalejai's fitness journey is about building muscle, pursuing bodybuilding competitions, and overcoming physical challenges. With her story, she has inspired Reddit users to chase their fitness goals, regardless of where they are in their fitness journey.

The Six-Year Journey

Dalejai's journey to her current physique was not an overnight success. It took six years of hard work, including eight bulks and seven cuts. She built up her quads through exercises like leg extensions, lunges, Bulgarian split squats, and leg presses. Despite having scoliosis, she refused to let it stop her from building and defining her leg muscles. She also overcame misconceptions that strength training would make her look bulky and masculine.

Competing in Bodybuilding

Every fitness enthusiast has different goals, and for Dalejai, it was competing in bodybuilding. Her first competition was in the IFBB bikini category, but she has since moved up to WBFF fitness. Dalejai also sought to become a personal trainer and eventually received her Cert IV in Fitness, which allowed her to help others train for bodybuilding competitions.

Inspiration for Others

Dalejai's journey has inspired Reddit users to pursue their fitness goals, no matter their size or gender. Dalejai's transformation demonstrates the importance of consistency, taking the time to build strength, and pursuing what brings joy and fulfillment. She has shown the world that strength comes in many forms and sizes and that a successful fitness journey is not defined solely by weight loss.


Dalejai's story is a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and persistence in achieving one's fitness goals. Through her journey, she has shown that everyone's path to fitness is unique, and it's essential to find what works for you. Her journey also demonstrates the importance of sharing one's story with others to provide inspiration and motivation for those in need. Dalejai's story is a reminder that it's never too late to start your fitness journey and that you, too, can achieve your desired level of fitness.

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