Body Transformation: Rashidat Owe Body Transformation

Avoiding her mother's Southern cooking, Rashidat Owe lost over 50 pounds and is now involved with fitness modeling and figure competitions.
Editor's Note: Everyone is different and these results may not be typical for the average person. To achieve these results you need to be willing to put in the work both in the gym and in the kitchen. Use this transformation for motivation for you to make the changes you want!

Before Stats

  • February, 2010
  • 222 lbs
  • 5'11"
  • 36%

After Stats

  • October, 2010
  • 170 lbs
  • 5'11"
  • 23%

Lifestyle Prior To Change

Ha! Eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep, work...

What was your low point or turning point?

My low point was when I stepped on the scale and couldn’t see the numbers because my belly was in the way. I could not stand seeing 222lbs. I started to be REAL with myself and had to do something about it.

Were there any unique challenges or circumstances that made your transformation particularly difficult?

YES! MY MOTHER! I love her to death but she loves to cook southern style food “my favorite” and she makes me come see her on a weekly basis. I had to distant myself from family for a while and that was difficult because they didn’t understand.

Transformation timeline:

  • Transformation Start: I started 2/2010.
  • Milestone: 6/2010 people started asking me my secrets on my diet. Yeepee!
  • Transformation End: There is never an end! Constantly reinventing myself.

Rashidat Owe fitness model.

Rashidat's Training And Cardio Approach

What was your weight training approach and split during your transformation?

My approach was to start slow and get a trainer before I hurt myself.

Monday - Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Curl 3 15
Seated Leg Curl 3 15
V Squat 3 15
Standing Calf Raise 4 20
Tuesday - Back and Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Preacher Curl 3 15
Bicep Curl 3 15
Bicep Pull 3 15
Back Extension 4 15
Assisted Pull Ups 3 15
Seated Row 3 15
Wednesday - Triceps and Shoulders
Exercise Sets Reps
Tricep Extension 3 15
Overhead Tricep Extension 3 15
Dumbbell Kick Back 3 15
Dumbbell Front Raise 4 10
Shoulder Press 3 15
Upright Row 3 15
Thursday - Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Leg Curl 3 15
Seated Leg Curl 3 15
V Squat 3 15
Standing Calf Raise 4 20
Friday - Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Bench Press 3 15
Push Ups 1 50
Seated Chest Press 3 15
Saturday - Abs and Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Back Extension 4 15
Assisted Pull Ups 3 15
Seated Row 3 15
Crunches 1 100

Please detail your cardio approach during your transformation?

I started slow with cardio, 20 minutes light jog and gradually increased in 5 min. increments weekly.

Please list 3 things you learned about exercise, weight training and/or cardio during your transformation that helped you succeed:

  1. I learned you that in order to lose weight properly your diet has to be on point as well
  2. Take a rest day for heaven's sake.    
  3. Protein helps rebuild the muscle after you tear it up weight training. 

How are you currently training, and has your training changed since the completion of your transformation?

I am now lifting heavier than ever before. I start of really heavy and pyramid down.

Rashidat's Diet And Nutrition Approach

Rashidat OweWhat was your diet/nutrition approach during your transformation?

My approach for eating was NO PROCESSED FOODS! I eat clean 90% of the time.

Can you provide us with a sample eating plan (please be specific):

  • Breakfast 730 - 8am - ½ cut of dry oatmeal ”yes dry” w/ small handful of dried cranberries, 5 egg whites, 1 regular egg with 1/2 cup of fresh spinach.
  • Snack 1030 am - Small green apple with 1/2tbs of almond butter.
  • Lunch 12-1230 pm - 4oz chicken breast and ½ cup of green veggies, ½ cup of brown rice.
  • Snack 2 pm - ½ cucumber and 7 cherry tomatoes.
  • Pre-workout meal 5 pm - 4oz chicken breast and ½ cup of dry oatmeal.
  • After workout meal - 6 egg whites, fruit.

Were there any diet/nutrition mistakes you made that you learned from?

Yes, not taking in enough protein with the amount of weight training I was doing. Also, I wasn’t drinking enough water.

Please list 3 things you learned about diet & nutrition during your transformation that helped you succeed:

  1. Drinking a gallon of water a day.
  2. Packing my lunch everyday and preparing my meals the night before.
  3. Eating 5-6 times a day!

Did you allow yourself cheat meals?

Not in the beginning, I didn’t cheat for the first 6 months.

What supplements did you use during your transformation?

Advice For Others

What are your best 3 tips for someone looking to make their own transformation?

  1. Prepare your meals and PACK A LUNCH! Invest in a Lunch box!
  2. Drink lots of water and stay away from refined SUGAR!
  3. Set goals and treat yourself every time you succeed.

How do you stay motivated? What advice would you give to someone who’s having trouble staying on track?

READ! It is empowering!

Rashidat Owe

More From Rashidat Owe

What is your life like now that you’ve made a transformation?

I am now involved with fitness modeling, competing in figure competitions and I have the energy to do so much more then what I used to have.

What motivates you currently to keep improving yourself?

My motivations comes from the encouragement that I give others. I feel like I am held accountable now. Hey! I have an image to uphold NOW!

Anything else you would like to share?

Yes. Your body is a block of ICE! You can melt away fat and sculpt it the way YOU want to. Only you can dot this. Be true to yourself get to know yourself and figure out your weakness and your strengths and play off of them.

How can people contact you?

Email me at owerashidat@yahoo.com.

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Posted Mon, 07/23/2012 - 21:38
Michele Brock

Man, how in the world can we justify being overweight when we can look like this! You know, only because I've been here and I'm trying to get back, you even ACT differently! You CARRY yourself differently! You THINK differently! You FEEL differently! Your SWAG is different! When you're FIT, FINE and HEALTHY, few people can say anything to piss you off! Even if nobody says anything, YOU KNOW YOU'RE DA BOMB because you saw it for yourself when you looked in the mirror and THAT'S ALL THE COUNTS! Baby please! I AM SO READY TO GET BACK TO THAT PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted Sun, 11/06/2011 - 16:10
murijana

am not sure how much i weigh but am fat with a big tummy. I am sometimes ashamed about my weight. I need encouragement to carry ou weight reductin exercises. Am a very busy person. Plse help

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Posted Tue, 02/08/2011 - 01:48
Brenda

That is just how I would like to look, Beautiful!
I need a lot of help, your before picture is me right now, dont have the money for a trainer at the time, but do have a membership @ La fitness. Just nice to see it can happen, Thank for the Story.

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Posted Mon, 02/07/2011 - 19:57
Ginger

You look amazing! I have gone from 230 to 170, but now I am fighting to tone it all up. I am taking a fitness bootcamp right now, and hope to have arms like YOURS someday! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Posted Mon, 02/07/2011 - 17:02
Ben MSISKA

Rashidat, you are an inspiration. I admire your self-worthiness and no excuses attitude.

Thanks for sharing.
Keep it up.

Ben
Dallas,TX

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Posted Fri, 01/28/2011 - 06:41
Kav

This is great, well done on your transformation! I'mm gonna go hit the gym - thank u!!!

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Posted Tue, 01/25/2011 - 15:13
Tiffany

I am ABSOLUTELY AMAZED!!!! I am 5'10 and have the same weight when you started. I usually use this website to find strength training workout plans and today I caught a glimpse of your "Transformation Story."

Seeing your profile was like having a B-12 shot for energy!!!! LOL
I am thankful that you shared your story because there are so many women who need a boost of inspiration, motivation and the go getter spirit to achieve their goals.

You have done that for me and I will keep you informed! Your pic is like a billboard in my home/office.

Keep up the good work and continuing the inspiration!

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Posted Sun, 01/23/2011 - 18:53
Johanna

Wow you look great good work this motivating me!!

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Posted Sun, 01/23/2011 - 17:45
Vicky

I was truly amazed by your transformation story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. I am just getting into strength training. Been doing cardio but now will start doing more strength training. Thank you again. I'll be looking at what you did to help me do the same thing... I hope!

I am 46, 181 lb and 5'5
I want to get down to 135 and tone up for what will be my first time.

Vicky
vicmaine

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Posted Mon, 01/17/2011 - 15:25
esk

Great article...very inspiring and informative! Love this quote: Your body is a block of ICE! You can melt away fat and sculpt it the way YOU want to.