Meet the Mom Who Lost 45 Pounds After Building Her Own DIY Gym

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joanna boyles before and after
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When looking to lose weight, there are endless carb-reducing diets, workout classes, trainers, and expert-approved fitness books out there that can help you reach your goals. But mom-of-two Joanna Boyles is living proof that you don't really need any of it. In fact, she was able to drop 45 pounds and score an amazing six pack sans a gym membership or expensive spinning classes. Redbook has the scoop below!

"I read a fitness article one time that made it sound like if you want to get results you have to have a top-of-the-line certified trainer and pay a little extra for the better gym," she told Redbook. "I read that and thought, 'that's just dumb. Watch me do it all by myself'... Now, I'm right where I want to be," she says.

joanna boyles before and after
(Photo: Image via Redbook)

The struggle with Joanna's weight really began when she put on 25 pounds after embracing a not-so-healthy college lifestyle: aka eating too many carbs via instant mac and cheese, skipping the gym for study sessions, and hitting up happy hour a few times a week with her friends.

After graduating, she continued to gain weight. Before she knew it, Joanna got married, pregnant, and put on another 25-30 pounds from yo-yo dieting and indulging in pasta, burgers, Hot Pockets, chocolate, and pizza every week. As a result, Joanna says she felt more sluggish and got sick with colds more often than ever before. Though she shed 20 pounds by the start of 2012 by going on 30-minute runs after her second pregnancy, she still wasn't happy with her results.

joanna boyles beach before and after
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"I always liked the really lean physique look and running and cardio didn't give me that," she says.

It wasn't until 2013 that she picked up a fitness magazine and got truly inspired by the transformation articles.

"The stories were so cool and amazing. Afterwards, I went to bodybuilding.com and read even more," she says. "So many women overcame such crazy obstacles that I found it so motivating and helpful. I thought, if they could do it with all the challenges, what was stopping me?"

Through further internet research, Joanna learned the importance of eating a diet high in complex carbs and protein to get the arms, abs, and legs she wanted. So, for breakfast she started eating scrambled egg whites with a pinch of cheese, two pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana slices on top; a salad with tuna, onions, carrots, and avocado for lunch; salmon, broccoli and quinoa for dinner; and protein bars in between.

To see how Joanna worked out to lose the weight, click here for the original story from Redbook!

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