If you’ve always lived by the adage that less is more, it may be time to switch things up!

Nessa – a 39-year-old finance worker from Luxembourg- turned this idea on it’s head, and STILL achieved the figure of her dreams.

After starting a new high pressure role Nessa began gaining weight and feeling less than her best.

“I was focused on my job and not on my body. I was making poor food choices, and I constantly felt stressed and tired.”

And like many dieters before her, an unflattering photo provided the wake up call she needed to make changes to her lifestyle.

“I didn’t realize how much my body changed during the time that I didn’t care enough about it.”

Work those back muscles! πŸ‹πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ€— Good morning guys, so happy there is still weekend 😍 Upper Body session done and now it's time for some rest and meal preparation for tomorrow. Again another crazy week at work for me but that's fine. Only 6 weeks and Christmas is here πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ Happy Sunday! πŸ’•πŸ˜˜ Sports bra: @lornajaneswitzerland Leggings: @k.deer #womensbest #fitness #motivation #bbg #kaylaitsines #bikinibodyguide #bbgweek86 #kaylaitsines #kaylasarmy #thekaylamovement #bbgjourney #bbgover30 #healthylifestyle #bbgcommunity #sweatwithkayla #polar #polarm400 #polarwatch #bbgjourney #workoutgear #workoutclothes #lornajane #nike #underarmour #strongnotskinny #weightlifting #cardio #lifting #kdeer #nutrition

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So in March last year she started taking steps to becoming both happier and healthier. Setting her alarm for 5am, she committed to a gym session before her working day. Her workouts centred on Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guides – a series of high-intensity interval training.

While her new figure slowly but surely began to take shape – Nessa noticed that things started to plateau at the six month mark.

And after an honest assessment of her eating habits she realised that while she’d been eating pretty healthily 80 per cent of the time a few old habits had begun to creep back in. Swinging from 1,000 to 3,000 a day calorie intake, her balanced diet was out of kilter.

A transformation from a girl who was constantly tired and stressed to the happy and confident woman! πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’• I used to work a lot and this is not something that makes your life easier in terms of workouts and nutrition. Only one year ago, my eating routine was a total mess. There were days when I was skipping my meals (a lot of tasks and you forget about food) or eating way too much (stress, half of a day without food and then a box of donuts for dinner)… And exercising basically didn't exist. I couldn't drag myself out of the bed in the morning and I didn't have any strength to get to the gym in the evening 😏 Thousand of excuses daily: too old, too tired, too stressed, too busy, always something πŸ’πŸΌ Now: daily exercising (at least 5 times per week usually before heading to work), daily meal preparation, 5-6 balanced meals, linear daily calories intake: 1'900-2'000. My days are well organized from the early morning until late evening, however one thing didn't change – I still work a lot! But this only proves, you can always find a way to make things work. Stop finding problems and excuses, find a solution! Be happy about your life and about who you are. Do what you love and enjoy every second of it! ❀️ PS. One more thing – #screwthescale πŸ‘†πŸΌβœ… #throwbackthursday #beforeandafter #bbgprogress #sweatwithkayla #bbg #lifting #weightlifting

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But instead of cutting back, she opted to eat more. And enlisted a colleague with a personal training certification to devise a healthy meal plan.

Sunday! And Sunday means a new start into meal preparation πŸ€— I decided to do today Chipotle inspired bowls πŸ‘†πŸΌπŸ˜ What is inside of those 3 lunch boxes? Basmati rice with lemon juice and cilantro, pinto and black beans, chipotle spiced chicken thighs and fried bell peppers with onion. I have also avocado to be cut tomorrow. I will also have a tomato salsa that I will quickly prepare in the morning and green salad cut to have it fresh πŸ… I will eat all of those 3 meals at work, each every 3 hours. I will also have my protein oatmeal with almonds, hazel nuts, cashews, raspberries and plums for breakfast and scrambled eggs with spinach, tomatoes and avocado for dinner πŸ΄πŸ˜› If I feel like snacking, there will be a Maple-licious Protein Bar from @empactbars in my bag πŸ«πŸ’• And now I am off to bed, alarm is set up, morning workout on my plan for tomorrow πŸ’ͺ🏼😴 #proteinbar #nutrition #mealpreparation #mealprep #fooddiary #kaylaitsines #kaylasarmy #sweatwithkayla #bbgjourney #healthyjourney #fitness #healthyeating #healthymeal #bbgfooddiary #bbgcommunity #bbgover30 #bbgmotivation #fitnessmotivation #foodroutine #foodinspiration #foodgoals #iifym #macros #flexibledieting #macrocounting #lunchbox #mealprepsunday #chipotle #chipotlebowl

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Eating every three hours, she packed in five to six balanced meals. Her total calorie count? A surprising 1,900 to 2,000 calories a day!

Good morning! πŸ’• Killed my Upper Body session today followed by HIIT workout πŸ’ͺ🏼 I was lately doing my HIIT on a bike but today decided to do it easier and went for high knees and it was such a great idea! My chest, arms and shoulders were already smashed after weights, so I wanted to work on my legs and butt and this kind of HIIT targeted them perfectly πŸ’£πŸŽ―βœ… Now it's time for breakfast and work. I am looking forward to have a good day as my energy level is reaching the top πŸ’―πŸ’› Happy Thursday everyone! 😘 (πŸ“·: @stephanie.h.park) #bbg #bikinibodyguide #kaylaitsines #kaylasarmy #thekaylamovement #sweatwithkayla #bbgcommunity #bbgweek87 #healthyeating #healthymeal #fooddiary #morningworkout #bbgjourney #bbgover30 #bbgbreakfast #healthybreakfast #weights #weightlifting #tacos #nutrition #healthynutrition #wholewheat #smoothiebowl #breakfastinspiration #foodinspiration #sandwich #nutrition #lifting

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And while she now takes a break from her plan at the weekends, she stuck to it diligently for the first 11 weeks. And the results are impressive!

Transformation Tuesday πŸ€—πŸŽ‰ Let's talk goals! When I started my journey I wanted to get rid of fat and cellulite on my thighs and bum and I wanted to slim my legs. Believe me there is no magic pill to do this. You need to move your butt and you need to eat healthy. It took me quite a few months but I am finally happy with what I've achieved. Do I get comfortable and stop? No, there is a new goal πŸ‘‰πŸΌπŸ‘πŸ˜ There is always a few people commenting on my photos that I lost my butt. I don't agree. Yes, I lost fat but my butt is still there 😏😜 Now I want to work on it and build it (you know those booty gains 😁) and this is one of the reasons I started to lift. It's only 4 weeks but I love it and I love the changes I start to see πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜ˆ It's so good to have goals, they are a huge part of my daily motivation. And once you notice you're approaching them, you just can't stop! Find yourself a goal, start with a short term one, see how good it feels to achieve it and then fight for more! ❀️πŸ’ͺ🏼 #transformationtuesday #bbgprogress #sweatwithkayla #strongnotskinny #weightlifting #kaylaitsines #motivation #fitinspiration #lifting #beforeandafter

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