Body Transformation: Lisa Lifts For Ladies
WEIGHT 120 lbs
BODY FAT 20%
WEIGHT 103 lbs
BODY FAT 7%
I competed after having my first two daughters and was in great shape, but after having my third child I became depressed about the weight gain. My body was older and it didn't bounce back as quickly as it did with the first two children. Every time I looked in the mirror I was shocked at how different my body looked. It looked like it had never been in a gym.
I came across a transformation challenge on Bodybuilding.com at the same time I was training to compete in a fitness competition. After a few weeks into my prep, my confidence started to grow. I saw visible changes and stopped crying about my body. My life is totally different now because I accomplished the challenge. I'm healthy and remain active with my children.
I made a vision/goal board at the beginning of the year. I put everything on that board that inspired me. I saw that board daily and held myself accountable to accomplish every one of my goals. There were days I was tired and hungry and questioned why I did this, but I always reminded myself why and never forgot.
I looked at my "before" photos and quickly remembered that I didn't want the body in that picture. If I gave up, I would quit on myself and go back to where I was before. That wasn't an option.
My cardio varied, but I spent 60-90 minutes per day on average broke into two sessions.
The diet challenged me most. I used to be a snacker and "found" a cookie or two every time I entered the kitchen. While dieting, I caught myself going to the pantry to grab a cookie and almost ate it, but I stopped myself just in time. I laughed to myself and handed it to my son. That's when I realized snacking was a habit.
I'm launching my online personal training program soon and plan to compete at the WBFF Central US Championships May 25, 2013. I'm coming back with a vengeance for what I call my "gold medal," a.k.a. pro status.
I hope to encourage and inspire other women out there, especially mothers. I found through experience and helping other women that we can't be given a generic cookie-cutter diet. Each woman is different and needs individual attention and I want to help them. There's an epidemic of depression among women that has to do with self-esteem and self-worth.
If I can find a handful of women and teach them proper training and nutrition, they can see the real value and beauty that's inside them. I want to build their self-esteem, confidence, and assure them they are sexy.
- Remember why you started.
- Look up to people who inspire others.
- Surround yourself with positive energy.
- When things get tough reach out to someone for a pep talk.
This is totally possible. The only way this isn't possible is if you aren't alive. But only you can do it. Don't let anyone say you can't. Think of the amazing benefits you will receive if you conquer your goal. Stick with it and never give up. If you have a bad day, don't let it go. Get right back on track.
I was inspired by other female fitness competitors and transformations. BodySpace played a big role in my daily influence. When I was having a bad day, I read someone's transformation story and knew I had to dig deep and find the drive. I love reading the articles on training, nutrition, and supplements. The more you know, the more you grow. You can never have too much knowledge.
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Rest is actually really important to allow your muscles time to heal, recuperate and build themselves. I've find that when I incorporate split rest days (like she does) I make a lot more progress as far as gains and overall tone is concerned..
I'd guess that her rest is probably "active" rest as well, meaning that she likely does some sort of activity those days. I usually go for a hike or nice walk or something on my rest days. I might be out of the gym and not doing weights, but I'm still doing something; it's just not something as strenuous.
I was going 7 days a week and did notice a positive difference when incorporating split days too. 3 days on and a day off or 2 days on and a day off. I aim for 5-6(max) days a week being that I now really do see an overall benefit of 2 days off a week.
I guess the frustrating thing with being deployed is not being able to eat as clean or the type of foods you'd want. While this seems quite easy to do IRT (well, I'm fairly certain I'd be hungry all the time on this diet), out here in Afghanistan, you eat what they make you.
I hear ya.... I'm deployed as well... trying to stick to chicken, egg whites, oatmeal, fruits, veggies, tuna, salads.... and I'll eat Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal too... I had to order some luna protein bars and whey power and casean... they help out significantly....
Thanks everyone for posting comments! I am totally here for motivation and to inspire others. I know what it's like to be down and feeling like nothing is working... I've learned a lot about nutrition and getting ready to compete again and i'm about 7 lbs heavier than last competition. I'm happy and super positive!! xoxo!
This was really inspiring to read. 3 years ago I lost 130 lbs. I am skinny now but still am not as lean and toned and in shape as I could be. I have seen big improvements since developing a regimen for myself. And each week and goal I meet makes me want to keep going, it would be a dream for me to one day enter a competition!
Congratulations! I had 3 children later in life (34, 35 and 39) and face sagging skin and weight challenges. I always got fairly close to my "starting weight" with exercise and nutrition but now a slower metabolism with age adds an extra challenge. You and others demonstrate how it can be done and the "never give up" attitude. I am so grateful for these profiles. Thank you,
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