Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:

BEFORE
BODY FAT 35%
WEIGHT 186 LBS

AFTER
BODY FAT 14%
WEIGHT 148 LBS

Body Transformation: Lisa Torched Body Fat!

Fitness became an afterthought when Lisa leapt headfirst into motherhood. See how she restarted her muscle motor and lost 21 percent body fat!

Lisa Torched Body Fat!

Lisa Sahadi
female transformation

Why I decided to transform

I was a single parent for years and my son and I lived an active lifestyle. I loved to lift weights and hit the gym every day after work. In 2006, I got married and fell off track. In 2008, my husband and I had our first son together and it was difficult to leave our new baby for the gym and make time for myself.

In July 2011, we had our second son which made it even more difficult to put myself first. By nature, we mothers tend to help others first and overlook our needs.

By Christmas 2011 I reached my breaking point. I was unhappy how I looked and felt. I was broken inside and turned down invites to go out because I was embarrassed of my image. Then, just before New Years, I received an answer to my prayers from Bodybuilding.com inviting me to join the 2012 Dymatize $100K Transformation Challenge.

I thought about it for a couple days and knew if I joined the challenge there would be no turning back. I felt nervous and doubted myself. Deciding to upload progress photos was a big deal. It was humiliating, but also a huge eye opener. I needed to see how terrible I looked.

There was always a voice it the back of my mind that told me "you look great" and I never wanted to see the truth. When I uploaded the before pictures to Bodybuilding.com I felt a sense of hope.

Before /// 186 lbs
After /// 148 lbs
AGE 27 / HEIGHT 5'7" / BODY FAT 35%
AGE 32 / HEIGHT 5'7" / BODY FAT 14%
Post To Fitboard

How I accomplished my goals

Joining the challenge and uploading my before pictures for the world to see gave me accountability. I chose Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer and joined a gym at the hospital I worked at. I was dedicated to the lifestyle and hit the gym every day at lunch.

The challenge came and went, and I completed the LiveFit Trainer, but didn't stop there. I loved the changes to my body and how happy I felt. Throughout my transformation, I completed many training programs and pushed outside of my comfort zone. I took bi-weekly progress photos with body measurements and checked my body fat monthly.

I suffer from Hashimoto's disease, which is an autoimmune disease, but I never let it become an excuse. It slowed my metabolism, which only made me push harder. At that point, my transformation was featured at my gym and it felt like a great accomplishment.

There were days when I felt down and discouraged, but I always brought myself back up with BodySpace. I connected with many wonderful people who were always there to encourage, motivate, and inspire me. They are the reason why I pay it forward and send out as much encouragement and motivation as possible. If I can do for others what my friends on BodySpace did for me then I will save someone the way I was saved.

Throughout my transformation, I got to know my body and what worked best (low carbs and HIIT). I just completed Jim Stoppani's Shortcut to Shred and am happy with the results. This form of training and the nutrition plan helped me overcome a plateau that I was stuck on for months.

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

Morning
Evening

Diet plan that guided my transformation

I eat every 2-3 hours and drink at least a gallon of water per day.

Meal 1
Meal 2: Pre-workout
Meal 3: Post-workout
Meal 5

Training regimen that kept me on track

Day 1: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Day 2: Shoulders/Legs/Calves
Day 3: Back/Traps/Biceps
Day 4: Chest/Triceps/Abs
Day 5: Shoulders/Legs/Calves
Day 6: Back/Traps/Biceps
Day 7: Rest

What aspect challenged me the most

Training six days per week was a challenge and my gym lacked equipment, but I learned to be creative. I worked out every day during my lunch break which allowed me ample time with my family during the week.

My future fitness plans

I want to walk on stage before I turn 40 years old. I'm not where I want to be yet, but I love every step of the journey. I was recently asked for help by colleagues and love training them on the side. It's motivating to guide their fitness journey.

Suggestions for aspiring transformers

  • Follow a training and nutrition program.
  • Cook your meals and pack them ahead of time.
  • Take progress pictures every two weeks.
  • Track your meals.
  • Join BodySpace.

How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals

Bodybuilding.com is where it all started. It provided the training and nutrition programs I needed and delivered reliable supplementation. I would've been lost without BodySpace. I received support, inspiration, and motivation from all of my BodySpace friends.

Lisa's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Till I Collapse" by Eminem & Nate Dogg
  2. "Live For This" by Hatebreed
  3. "Get Up!" by Korn. Feat Skrillex
  4. "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ray Dalton
  5. "I Don't Wanna Stop" by Ozzy Osbourne

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
9.9

Out of 10
Excellent
89 Ratings

45

Comments

Showing 1 - 25 of 45 Comments

(5 characters minimum)

      • notify me when users reply to my comment
jayberne

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jayberne

Great article! Very inspirational.

Sep 6, 2013 6:35pm | report
 
Brucef

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Brucef

Great article. I'm glad she liked the results of shortcut to shred because I'm getting ready to start that program.

Sep 6, 2013 7:14pm | report
 
TonyMMARock

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
TonyMMARock

Great job Lisa!!!! you are such inspiration!!

Sep 6, 2013 7:38pm | report
 
Elmont

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Elmont

Way to go Lisa!! Keep it going and continue to be great

Sep 6, 2013 9:40pm | report
 
3littlebirds

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
3littlebirds

This is truly an honor! I would have never imagined I would be featured on a body building site!! So freaking excited, lol!!

Sep 6, 2013 9:52pm | report
 
elcapo17

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
elcapo17

great article!! so proud of you lisa!! you deserve it :)

Sep 11, 2013 7:49am | report
BriGuy34

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
BriGuy34

Great Article Lisa!! You figured out how to overcome the obstacles in your way, how to utilize your time best to both fit your goals, and still have family time. Much Applause! I'm a big fan. Keep going. Cant wait to see you compete. You are there!

Nov 1, 2013 10:19am | report
charliecohat

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
charliecohat

That is freeken awesome, congrats my friend, you are an inspiration!

Sep 6, 2013 10:07pm | report
 
jramaral

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jramaral

Lisa you are inspiring so many of your friends on BodySpace. We love watching your progress. Keep on killing it!!

Sep 6, 2013 10:36pm | report
 
powerstroker24

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
powerstroker24

Lisa you are a perfect example of hard work and dedication. I have been on your team since I joined body space and will always continue to follow you on your journey. You will walk that stage and I would love to see it! Keep the motivation coming!! Congratulations on this article and you deserved it for sure.

Article Rated:
Sep 7, 2013 4:27am | report
 
hformaus

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
hformaus

Great work, Lisa! I learned a lot about you just now. Congrats on your transformation and good luck with your future goals, Lady! :)

Sep 7, 2013 6:31am | report
 
stacyfit40

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
stacyfit40

Lisa you are the best girl !

Sep 7, 2013 7:24am | report
 
marionkine

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
marionkine

You rock Lisa ! Pure positive energy !!!!!

Sep 7, 2013 9:23am | report
 
TiJa78

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
TiJa78

My inspiration. I am still taking notes girl!

Sep 7, 2013 11:43am | report
 
abeastrules

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
abeastrules

She's my hero.

Sep 7, 2013 2:51pm | report
 
WayneMc

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
WayneMc

Great job Lisa. You really deserve this recognition!!

Article Rated:
Sep 7, 2013 6:40pm | report
 
zayy862

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
zayy862

Good deal lisa

Sep 8, 2013 10:20am | report
 
casdav

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
casdav

Congrats Lisa! You inspire all of us! You look amazing!

Sep 8, 2013 10:21am | report
 
krisloock

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
krisloock

Congrats to you Lisa! Amazing and inspirational! Keep up the great work...

Sep 8, 2013 10:46am | report
 
dylanfan61

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
dylanfan61

Congratulations, Lisa! I actually don't know why you didn't get this sooner.

Sep 8, 2013 11:05am | report
 
Vic1123

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
Vic1123

So good so see a familiar (and quite fit!) face on the cover of bb.com!!! Amazing transformation and a true inspiration!

Sep 8, 2013 2:15pm | report
 
tmittan

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
tmittan

Awesome work Lisa

Sep 8, 2013 5:05pm | report
 
Jstnrodriguez

Rep Power: 10

  • rep this user
Jstnrodriguez

I saw this on Facebook and i was like I KNOW HER! i am so excited to see you on here Lisa. You really are someone we all find inspirational. You are Awesome!

Sep 8, 2013 6:02pm | report
 
jsahadi

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
jsahadi

HELL YEAH! THAT'S MY MOMA!

Sep 8, 2013 7:53pm | report
 
clguynn

Rep Power: 0

  • rep this user
clguynn

Great work 3LB! Can't wait to see where you will go next!

Sep 8, 2013 9:52pm | report
 
Showing 1 - 25 of 45 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