March 01, 2022

Transformation Tuesday #61

Happy Transformation Tuesday! I only have one reader transformation to share today, so I'll fill in the gap with a new progress picture of Eli. (Eli is my 16 year old son, if you're new here!)

I wrote before about how he has taken up weight lifting; he absolutely loves it! The recreation center at the school has a weight room, and it's only five minutes away. It's super convenient and I'm thrilled that he found something active that he can do year-round and he really enjoys. He has gotten addicted to PR's (personal records)--increasing the weight he lifts.

He started in August and was able to bench press 85 pounds and dead lift 185 pounds at the time. And now he's bench pressing 245 pounds and dead lifting 405 pounds! He's gained 8 pounds since he started, but his body fat is down 10%--it's amazing how much muscle he's built.

From the time he was little, I always told him that if he ever decides to lift weights, he's going to be a monster. He's always been a thick and very dense kid (meaning he was a lot heavier than he looked). I'm proud of him for working so hard on this!

And here is a transformation from reader Letitia...

Finally redid my bathroom- been in my house for almost 7 years and have wanted to lighten up the bathroom and make it feel more spa like.  We repainted the dark paint and choose a light gray for the bead board and white on the upper wall.  I love the brightness of the bathroom now. 

- Letitia

Letitia, it looks amazing! I think it looked good even in the before picture, haha. But I really love the shade of gray you chose for the bead board. You're right--the color change definitely makes it look more spa-like. I love the little cabinet under the window, too! Thank you for sharing :)  - Katie

If any of you have a transformation to share, please do! As we're approaching spring, think of anything that needs spring cleaning and just make sure you take a before photo. I'd love some motivation for spring projects! To submit a transformation, just send me a before photo and an after photo at: katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. Make sure you include your name and a description of your transformation!

I'll end with the random fact of the day...

I thought this sounded a little too vague to be an actual fact, so I looked it up. According to American Sleep Association:

This kind of makes me wonder how accurate the rest of the facts in the calendar are! Oh, well, at least I'm learning things by looking up the facts that interest me ;)


  1. Eli looks incredible!! Weight lifting is truly amazing but its crazy hard work. He should be very proud! And the bathroom transformation is beautiful as well!

  2. Wow! Eli looks great! He's like the Incredible Hulk!

  3. Lovely transformation, and thanks for clarifying about the lack of sleep! I haven't been getting enough and the "Did you know?" post had me worried. As for Eli, wow! So glad he found a movement form that makes him happy.

  4. HI Katie - thanks for sharing my transformation - I've since changed the shower curtain to a white one - I didn't like the darker blue and I changed out the rug for a solid gray - but still loving my space.


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