Sasha Brown decided it was time to get her eating under control when she started to put on weight. See how she changed her lifestyle around and shed an incredible 50 pounds!
What Made You Turn Your Life Around?
I grew up in a small city in Ukraine on a farm that my parents own. Healthy meals were considered fried pork, mashed potatoes, gravy and a lot of bread with homemade butter. Between working on my parent’s farm and swimming classes in school, being active was part of my life but that all changed when I attended University.
After six months of being a student, I gained weight and got scared. I started practicing Martial Arts, taking step-aerobic classes and doing weights. I would starve myself to death and lose weight only to gain all that weight back and more. I never thought about my nutrition. I was skinny fat and was yo-yo dieting.
I moved to America in 2005 and stress of changing my life, added 35 pounds in first months. I was just comforting myself with food. At 25 years old, five-foot-six and 175 pounds I was very unhappy with how I looked. I got gym membership and started my fight with body fat again. I lost 19 pounds by doing cardio every day and starving myself. I was tired and lost, because I had no idea how to eat right.
Everything changed after meeting Kim Oddo. He explained to me what I was doing that was un-healthy and how I needed to change my nutrition plan. I started with a 12 week transformation program. Amazed with the results of how my body was changing, I decided to go farther and compete in a figure competition. Never in my life I did not think about being on a stage in a teeny-tiny bikini. No Way! But I did it! And it was the best experience of my life. I took 1 place and overall in my second show!
How Did You Do It?
Before meeting Kim Oddo I was doing cardio almost every day for 2 hours, but my nutrition was very bad. I would have protein bar and Red Bull drink for breakfast and go to gym. After workout, I would wait till lunch time and eat big salad (tomatoes, chicken, cheese, olives and olive oil). I could eat whole bag of trail mix, thinking it is healthy. Dinner for me was just “healthy and light”: apples, grapes, apricots, plums…
I never watch my meal portions and now I know that it was my biggest mistake. Kim put together nutrition plan for me, and I still follow this plan.
What Helped You Stay Motivated?
Seeing my abs! I could not believe that I have them!
What Was Your Approach To Training?
Cardio every day before breakfast (35-50 min), weights workouts after lunch and one more cardio after dinner (35-50 min). Weights workouts 4-5 days a week. 3-4 sets with 15/12/10/8 reps adding more weight for next set.
What Does Your Training Plan Look Like?
DAY 1: Back and Calves
DAY 2: Shoulders and Biceps
DAY 3: Legs
DAY 4: Rest Day
DAY 5: Chest, Triceps and Abs
DAY 6: Back and Calves
DAY 7: Rest Day
What Was Your Approach To Nutrition?
Kim put together nutrition plan for me, and I still follow this plan. At first it was very hard for me to eat 6-7 meals a day! I thought, it’s too much!!!
I am eating every 2.5 – 3 hours.
What Does Your Nutrition Plan Look Like?
MEAL 1: 4-5 egg whites & 1/2 cup oats
MEAL 2: Protein shake & an apple
MEAL 3: 4 oz chicken breast, veggies or salad & 4 oz yam
MEAL 4: Protein shake & 15 almonds or Peanut Butter
MEAL 5: 4 oz chicken breast veggies
MEAL 6: 5 oz white fish, salad & 15 almonds
MEAL 7: 4-5 egg whites & flax seeds
Did You Allow Yourself Any Cheat Meals?
Usually I don’t plan my cheat meals. I just know, if I have been good all week with my nutrition, I can reward myself with my favorite food. I love steak, or tuna steak salad. PB with apples or baked yam.
What Supplements Did you Use?
I love MRM supplements.
Whey protein (vanilla+flax is my favorite!)
Multy-v Smart Blend (omega+cla)
L-carnitine (love it! helps me to do my evening cardio)
What Is Your Lifestyle Like Now?
My life has changed completely!!! I am confident and healthy! My goal is to help as many people as I can to get in shape and live healthy lifestyle.
I work as personal trainer and do on-line nutrition consultations. I am getting emails from all countries – Russia, France, Australia, China, Mexico! I am ready to help anybody, who is trying to live healthy.
Any Suggestions For Others?
Believe in yourself! Never give up!
If Some Wants To Connect With With You How Can You Be Contacted?
You can contact me on the following sites/networks.