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Lilly Hayes

Gaining muscle and strength in the weight room gave this JYM Army member a huge boost in her confidence.

Lilly Hayes

Written by Lilly Hayes

When I first started, my goals were to reduce my BMI, shed some fat in those annoying areas (tummy, thighs, hip area), and to gain muscle mass. I've always been told I'm "skinny" or "slim," but I've always wanted to tighten, tone and get some muscle mass and definition. After the first few weeks of Shortcut to Shred(the first of Jim's programs I tried), I found myself addicted to lifting weights and the high I got from setting PRs, so lifting heavier became a goal as well.

I started at around 152 pounds (height 5'9") and when I completed Shortcut to Shred, I was 145 pounds. A couple months later, I participated in Jim's New Year's Challenge, cutting down to 135 pounds but also adding some noticeable muscle mass and definition. One thing I learned from these measurements is that I should have also done BMI and BFI measurements and calculations, because just weight can be misleading. The mirror doesn't lie though, as well as overall performance in the gym, so that's how I judged my progress.

Over the past couple years, I’ve completed Shortcut to Shred twice and Jim’s New Year Challenge (Fitter, Faster, Leaner). I've also done a bit of the Daily Grind, HIIT 100, and Super Shredded 8. With these programs, I also followed Jim's Dieting 101 program and the nutrition plan for Shortcut to Shred. I counted my macros, and I kept my carbs fairly low because I found that worked best for me for getting and staying lean. I supplemented my diet with Pre JYM, Post JYM Active Matrix, Post JYM Dextrose, Pro JYM, Shred JYM, Omega JYM,...

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