100 1 25 25 bodybuilding.com
Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:

Body Transformation: From Rock Bottom To Rock Solid!

Lizzy jumped off a cooler to dunk on a six-foot basketball hoop and ripped the rim off the backboard. She crashed hard, realized her body was a problem, and did something about it!
Name: Liz B
BodySpace: Cheezziitt

Liz B Liz B
AGE 28
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
135 lbs
BODY FAT
25%
AGE 30
HEIGHT
5'2"
WEIGHT
127 lbs
BODY FAT
10%

Post To Fitboard
Why I Decided to Transform

As we move forward in life, careers, and family, we tend to neglect what matters most: our bodies. In my mid 20s, I gained momentum, bought a house, enjoyed a flourishing career, had awesome friends, and attended many social parties. But I was ignorant to the effect it had on my body.

My "rock bottom" funny story happened in 2010 at my birthday party. It was a fun summer party with beer pong. My friends and I enjoyed the social aspect of drinking. I vividly remember this particular birthday started with me dreading what clothes I was going to wear for the first time. I couldn't wear a cute sun dress or hot shorts, so I threw on cozy stretched-out jeans on an 80-degree day in July and a baggy tank top. I had 140 or more pounds on my tiny frame that summer. The fat slowly added up each year.

Despite my insecurities, I had a blast that day. Drinking comes with silliness and wild and funny events, which led to my eye-opener. Toward the end of the evening, we started to play drunken basketball. The hoop was about six feet off the ground attached to my garage. Unlike my friends, I struggled to dunk the ball and was frustrated, so I pulled up the cooler and used it as leverage.

In the midst of all the fun, I showed off my non-existent ball skills and snapped the rim off the backboard. I slammed to the ground and laid there, half laughing, half crying in embarrassment. It didn't register that night, but I hit rock bottom. This is when I knew I was headed in the wrong direction.

How I Accomplished My Goals

Despite my small frame and stature, I remember having determination to keep up with the neighborhood kids no matter what (I have countless scars to prove it). In junior high, I realized I carried more muscle than most girls. My friends thought it was entertaining when I arm-wrestled boys, but for me it wasn't until I actually won a few times.

I continued to be fit and active through high school by playing soccer, tennis, and running track. Being active and fit came easy back then. I never had to worry about what I ate and had no idea how fortunate I was at the time.

I continued to be active through college with intramural leagues and weekly trips to the university gym, but I continued to eat mindlessly; greasy dorm food, ramen noodles, and Cheez-Its. I didn't realize I was slowly gaining weight. I avoided the "freshmen 15," but once I graduated college and real life began, the pounds started tacking on.

Despite eating healthier as a working professional, it took about 10 years after high school to gain 15-plus pounds. At age 28, I weighed the most ever, but I was completely clueless. I thought I did everything right. I went to the gym and thought I watched what I ate, but the true sign I ignored was that my clothes didn't fit the same.

My boyfriend and I decided to make a change together because we weren't happy with how we looked or felt. We signed up for the BSN Elite Physique 12-Week Transformation Challenge on Bodybuilding.com more than a year ago and found Jamie Eason's 12-Week LiveFit Trainer. I started eating and training according to the program, experienced huge success, and won the grand prize for top female transformation! This ignited my healthy lifestyle and encouraged me to compete that same year. I placed third and fourth at my first two shows.

During the past year, I continued to research and gain more insight about my body and tweaked my diet and workouts to gain more muscle. I started working with IFBB pro Casie Shepherd and John Schlecht in November to gain muscle and lean out for my upcoming spring shows. Her program is amazing and my body responded tremendously. I plan to shift from figure and compete in women's physique.

Apply Here To Be A Transformation Of The Week!

Apply Here To Be A Transformation Of The Week!

Bodybuilding.com honors people across all transformation categories for their hard work and dedication. Learn how our featured transformers overcame obstacles and hit their goals!
Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Pre-workout
All Day
Before Bed
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation

What works best for me is a three-day carb cycle with high carbs on leg days, lower carbs on off days, and medium carbs on all other muscle group days. This is a sample of my moderate carb day.

Meal 1: Pre-workout
Meal 2: Post-workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6: Brownie
Meal 7: Before Bed
Training Regimen that Kept Me on Track

My goal for the LiveFit program and transformation was to push through the hurdles and plateaus to see my fullest potential. After winning the BSN competition, I was hooked. For the last two years, my boyfriend and I continued to hit the gym every morning at 5 a.m. with the goal to improve our physiques.

I gained lots of muscle during my last off-season that I'm not willing to lose. I learned from my current coach, Casie Shepherd and John Schlecht. Their training style is performance-based and focuses on explosive training that minimizes eccentric stress and focuses on contraction.

My favorite LiveFit week is Week 9. It incorporates weight moves with plyometric exercises. Combining strength moves with explosive movements allows me to train for hypertrophy and power.

amie Eason's LiveFit

Jamie Eason's LiveFit
12-Week Trainer

The LiveFit trainer is a simple 3-phase program for transforming your body and your life in 12 short weeks.

Get Started Today!
Day 1: Legs

Working Set + Active Rest:

Superset:

Superset:

End of superset; resume normal sets

Working Set + Active Rest:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Day 2: Back/Biceps

Working Set + Active Rest:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Superset:

Superset:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Cardio:

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Running, Treadmill

    30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total
Day 3: Chest/Shoulders

Working Set + Active Rest:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Superset + Active Rest Combo:

Triple Set:

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Running, Treadmill

    30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total
Day 4: Hamstrings/Glutes/Calves

Superset:

Superset:

Superset:

Working Set + Active Rest:

Triple Set:

Day 5: Back/Biceps/Abs

Superset + Active Rest Combo:

Superset:

Superset + Active Rest Combo:

Superset:

Working Set + Active Rest:

End of superset; resume normal sets

Cardio:

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Running, Treadmill

    30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total
Day 6: Shoulders/Triceps/Calves

Working Set + Active Rest:

Superset + Active Rest Combo:

Superset + Active Rest Combo:

Superset:

Triple Set:

Cardio:

  • Running, Treadmill Running, Treadmill

    Running, Treadmill

    30-second sprints on treadmill; Level 8; 30 seconds on/30 off; 30 minutes total
Day 7: Rest

What Aspect Challenged Me the Most

My personal experience with my bilateral hip dysplasia challenged me in many ways. It's a condition I continue to overcome every day. My diagnosis was acetabular dysplasia; the acetabulum (hip socket) is too shallow to receive my femur correctly. The center-edge angle (what is called the "angle of Wiberg") isn't a normal angle.

I found out at age 25 that this is a genetic condition that I have to live with forever. I recall minor discomfort in junior high when I started sports, but it wasn't until my mid-20s that I started to notice the pain and constraints. I felt sharp pain and locking sensations in both hips around my groin area, which became more and more acute and frequent as time went on. When it started to restrain everyday tasks, I knew something needed to be done.

To prevent hip replacement surgery, the doctors said I needed to get active and transform my lifestyle. My active weightlifting lifestyle is one reason my pain is manageable. I aimed to strengthen the muscles around my hips to help balance and regulate movement. I can feel my stronger muscles cushion my joints. I don't feel like my joints take a pounding anymore.

My Future Fitness Plans

I want to continue to show females that it's possible to be sexy and gain muscle. I want to be a leader who demonstrates that dedication, hard work, and passion provide you amazing results. I strive for balance with a positive attitude and enthusiasm in all aspects of life.

I learned that good health, muscles, and smiles are contagious. I'm on a mission to spread the fitness bug through my blogs, video logs, and hopefully a partnered sponsorship.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers

Fitness is a journey, and like any journey, it requires time, persistence, and patience. I worked hard the last few years and dealt with obstacles, excuses, and dead ends, but I didn't let them stop me. You must strive for improvement that germinated from the first day you decided to change your lifestyle.

How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

Bodybuilding.com demonstrates how change can be simple. With the right tools and attitude, it's within everyone's grasp. Eat and drink clean, sleep often, lift heavy, and have fun. More importantly, join BodySpace and enlist in fitness groups and forums with the same goals. Find a gym buddy, personal trainer or nutritionist, and inspiring friends with similar interests. Having a resource for advice and encouragement is priceless. BodySpace surrounds me with supportive and positive people every day.

Thanks

I'd like to say thank you to my current coaches, Casie Shepherd and John Schlecht. They created my amazing program to prepare me for competitions. Thank you to Jared Lee, my photographer. He has an amazing eye and captured some awesome photos of me. Thanks to my boyfriend, Michael. I couldn't have gotten where I am now without his inspiration, support, and encouragement.

Competition History
  • 2013 MN NPC Gopher State Bodybuilding Competition - 3rd Place Women's Physique Figure
  • 2013 Fargo NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Competition - 3rd Place Amateur Women's Physique
  • 2012 GREAT NORTH CHAMPIONSHIPS - 4th Place Amateur Figure
  • 2012 MN NPC Gopher State Bodybuilding Competition - 3rd Place Amateur Figure
  • 2011 BSN and Bodybuilding.com National Transformation Contest Elite Physique Winner
  • 2011 Lifetime Fitness National Alpha Showdown (Crossfit) - 24 out of 100+
Awards/Accomplishments
  • Sponsored Athlete for True Fitness Clothing and Hard Body Bronze
  • 2011 BSN and Bodybuilding.com National Transformation Contest Elite Physique Winner
Photo Credit
  • Jackson Faith Photography
Liz's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Midnight City" by M83
  2. "The Fragile" by Nine Inch Nails
  3. "With Teeth" by Nine Inch Nails
  4. "You Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix)" by Florence + The Machine
  5. "Levels" by Avicii

Start Your Own Transformation Today


Bookmark and Share

Related Articles

About The Author

Have you made a dramatic change either by gaining muscle or by losing all the weight you have been hoping for?

RATE THIS ARTICLE
POOR
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
EXCELLENT
OVERALL RATING
N/A

Out of 10

4 Ratings

35

Comments

Showing 1 - 25 of 35 Comments

(5 characters minimum)

      • notify me when users reply to my comment
plmcute8402

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
plmcute8402

YAY! You look amazing! ( Im so proud that your my bodyspace friend!)

Apr 29, 2013 12:04pm | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

:) THANK YOU!!! ps how's training? Shows coming up right?!? :)

Apr 29, 2013 5:02pm | report
plmcute8402

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
plmcute8402

I would of been 2 weeks ago, BUT life happened and my grandmother passed away a few weeks into my prep- I started again this past saturday for a show here in VA in july

Apr 30, 2013 6:12am | report
xrizzox

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
xrizzox

wow amazing :) congrats

Apr 29, 2013 6:08pm | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

Thank you! :)

Apr 30, 2013 4:31pm | report
RWilks90

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
RWilks90

You look great! Thanks for the motivation :)

Apr 29, 2013 8:37pm | report
cdevocht

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
cdevocht

Wow, would never have guessed the side by side pictures were the same person. I'm trying the coconut oil thing too, perhaps it does indeed help in dropping fat? Anyways, huge congrats, keep at it!

Apr 30, 2013 12:19am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

Thank you! Yes try it, along with avocado! :)

Apr 30, 2013 4:32pm | report
darkrai

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
darkrai

Great results! Good tunes

Apr 30, 2013 9:20am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

thank you and love my NIN! What are your top 5?

Apr 30, 2013 4:33pm | report
blaap

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
blaap

Incredible transformation, hard work and dedication!

Apr 30, 2013 9:56am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

Thank you! :)

Apr 30, 2013 4:33pm | report
jwethall

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jwethall

That's the best bodyfat:bodyweight drop I think I've seen on this site. Great job!!!

Apr 30, 2013 10:20am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

hahaha I worked hard but I know I am not the only one! :) Thank you!

Apr 30, 2013 4:34pm | report
prettyboy811

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
prettyboy811

Congrats! Im glad the hard work paid off for you! mkeep up the good work

Apr 30, 2013 11:16am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

:) Will do and thank you!

Apr 30, 2013 4:34pm | report
dsgb610

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
dsgb610

KEEP IT UP!

Apr 30, 2013 11:51am | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

:) done!

May 4, 2013 6:34am | report
RJBoisvert

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
RJBoisvert

Great work Lizzy!!!! You are an insperation to many!!!!! :)

Apr 30, 2013 2:55pm | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

Thank you Thank you!! :)

Apr 30, 2013 4:35pm | report
TheStandUpGuy

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
TheStandUpGuy

Great article! Thanks for the insights.

Apr 30, 2013 5:15pm | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

Of course, let me know if I can share more!

May 4, 2013 6:34am | report
00Gymrat00

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
00Gymrat00

That is one hell of a transformation

Apr 30, 2013 8:00pm | report
Cheezziitt

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Cheezziitt

:) <----- Me Smiling. TY.

May 4, 2013 6:35am | report
Kitcatsherr

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Kitcatsherr

awesome you look and thankyou for sharing it's so important not to give up and conquer our goals in fitness .. I'm going through a rockbottom stage rght now and turning 49 yikes tommarow but its a new day and year to keep at it and keep getten fit with bodybuilding tips and ideas =3 kitcatsherr

Article Rated:
May 16, 2013 1:01pm | report
Showing 1 - 25 of 35 Comments

Featured Product

Give Us Feedback:
Report A Problem
Site Feedback
Follow Us:
Twitter
Facebook
RSS Feeds
Bodybuilding.com Newsletter

Receive exciting features,
news & special offers from Bodybuilding.com