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How a 25 Year Old Woman Went From 108 to 123 Pounds in 8 Months

Read about one woman's successful journey in gaining weight and building muscle through exercise and healthy eating habits.

Article by Madeleine Smith

A picture of a 5'5" female showing a weight gain from 108 pounds to 123 pounds. A net gain of 15 pounds.
25/F height 5'5'' Went from 108 to 123 pounds in 8 months.
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The Start of the Journey

Potatoandcheese, age 25, stood at 5 foot 5 inches and weighed 108 pounds. After some self-reflection and health concerns, she decided to embark on a journey to gain weight and build muscle. In 8 months, she went from 108 to 123 pounds through lifestyle changes and exercise.

Eating Habits

Potatoandcheese made a conscious effort to eat more and healthier. She stopped skipping meals and began incorporating high-protein foods into her diet, such as chicken, shrimp, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, egg whites, vegetables, and fruit. She also allowed herself some indulgences, such as cookies and pizza in moderation.

Exercise Routine

Potatoandcheese hit the gym 5-6 days a week and ran 10 miles a week. She worked on lifting weights and improving her strength, focusing on exercises like squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, and bench presses. She also drank protein shakes after each workout to aid in muscle recovery and growth.

Consistency is Key

It's important to note that Potatoandcheese was consistent in her efforts. She didn't obsess over her diet or exercise routine but made a conscious effort to make healthier choices and stick to her plan. She also sought out guidance from fitness plans and experts.

Celebrating Success

Potatoandcheese's hard work paid off as she gained weight and built muscle. She received an outpouring of support and praise from the online community. Her journey serves as an inspiration for anyone looking to improve their health and wellbeing through exercise and healthy eating habits.

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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.