So I can't say I've had a huge weight loss transformation, but I have made a lifestyle and body composition transformation. First photo one the left was on a girls trip to Vegas, and I loved my body! (Still do) I did a lot of cardio, ate whatever I wanted and that was OK (especially in your early 20s). but several years after that photo I started thinking about body composition, so I started lifting weights, a year or so into lifting consistently (with the help of @toryfitness ) I started paying more attention to my diet and started the long road of not being afraid to eat ! Now we come to the middle photo... I went a step forward and started competing in the NPC, now the middle picture is my last competition and I love this look too- however it's not sustainable if I'm being honest and too many time I see men and women rebound after shows - two steps forward and three steps back- yikes! Now as I look at photo on the right... taken a few months after my show, I made an effort stay in my "happy shape". After several years of being consistent in the gym and with the food on my plate it really wasn't hard to stay in my "happy shape." At this point in my fitness journey lifting 4-5 times a week and doing cardio the same amount has become habit , a normal part of my routine. Same goes for the nutrition piece. At the begining of this post I said I made a "lifestyle" transformation and that's exactly what the photo on the right shows, a women who has balanced fitness and nutrition into her daily life. It may have taken me 6 years to get here, and I'm sure I'll still go back and fourth finding balance, but I'm here for now. My advice to someone who wants to get "toned", "in shape" "lose weight," is to think about how you can incorporate fitness and healthy eating into your lifestyle. Find a program that works for you, hard core preps & crash diets work for some but can often lead you back to were you started. Learn how to eat out and still make healthy choices. Make a slow healthily change, learn healthy habits and find a healthy balance .