- Name: Dede Lee
- E-mail: None
- Age: 31
- Where: Atlanta, GA
- Height: 5'8"
- Weight: 132 lbs
- Years Bodybuilding :1
- Favorite Bodypart: Legs
- Favorite Exercise: Back
- Favorite Supplements: Infinite Labs
How Did You Get Started?
As a child I went through a lot which caused me to have very low self esteem. I grew up feeling very unloved after being put up for adoption at a young age and suffering from sexual and physical abuse. After I was adopted into great loving home, the scars of those very early years still remained. As a teenager I battled with self esteem issues and developed an eating disorder which I battled for many many years. I got down to a dangerously low weight.
After I married, my husband helped me get through the rough parts of the eating disorder and onto a healthy track. I started to work out, mainly just doing cardio and a few things for my legs. In 2005 I got pregnant with my son and I gained over 70lbs with the pregnancy, ballooning up to almost 200lbs. It was very hard for me to watch as the scale went up with my pregnancy.
It was hard because of my past with my eating disorder and I would come home from each doctor visit and just cry! I actually ate very well during my pregnancy but the weight just kept coming due to some issues with my pregnancy that couldn't be helped. But I would still blame myself.
After my son was born, my motivation to train diminished. I was a working mom and just didn't feel like making the gym a priority; I thought my life had to revolve around my child.
In 2008 I started back on the road to working out more regularly when I became pregnant with my second child. I didn't gain as much weight with the second but I still battled with the feelings of low self esteem as I watched the scale go up. After my daughter was born I decided that it was time to focus on me. I decided I was really going to push myself to be the best me that I could be and I set a goal.
I decided I wanted to compete. I changed the way I trained in the gym and starting hitting the weights hard. I started reading motivational magazines, and I joined the Bodybuilding.com site to interact with others and stay motivated. I changed the way I cooked and ate at home. Even my kids eat clean now and they would rather have chicken and sweet potato for dinner than mac and cheese!
It gives me so much pride and makes me feel so good to know that my kids are growing up living a healthy lifestyle and I am teaching them such good eating habits. After a little over a year of good hard training and eating clean, I reached my goal. In August of 2010 I did my first show, The NPC Coastal. I placed seventh in my class. I was so motivated and proud of myself that decided I would keep on going.
I just competed in my second show on March 19th of 2011 and I placed 2nd in my class! I am now qualified to do a National level show! I am so excited and so proud of myself for the positive changes I have made. Through this journey in life I have learned to love myself inside and out, and for me that was a big step!
What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?
- Stair Mill: 30 minutes
- Seated Cable Pulldowns: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Standing Alternating Biceps Curls: 1 warm-up set of 15 reps, 2 sets of 15 reps
- Bent Over Rows: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Biceps Cable Hammer Curls: 3 drop sets of 8 reps
- Pull-Ups: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Seated Preacher 21s: 3 sets of 7 reps
- Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Incline Treadmill: 30 minutes interval training
- Seated Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Triceps Cable Pushdown: 3 sets of 20, 30, 40 reps
- Lateral Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Bench Dips: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Behind The Neck Pulldowns: 3 sets of 15 to 20 reps
- One Arm Triceps Extension: 3 sets of 12-15 reps each arm
- Upright Barbell Rows: 3 sets of 15 reps
- Spinning: 30-54 minutes
- Leg Press: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Weighted Lunges: 1 set of 40 steps
- Cable Kickbacks: 3 sets of 30, 40, 50 reps each leg
- Deadlift: 3 sets of 20 reps
- Leg Extension: 3 sets of 20, 25, 30 reps
- Leg Curl: 3 sets of 20, 25, 30 reps
- Calf Raises: 3 sets of 25 reps
- Elliptical: 1 hour with intervals every 5 minutes
- Stability Ball Crunches: 3 sets of 30 reps
- Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 25 reps
- Decline Crunches: 3 sets of 25 reps
- Reverse Crunch On Bench: 3 sets of 25 reps
- Plank: 3 sets of 1 minute holds
Leg Press: 2 sets of 50 reps
Walking Lunges: 2 sets of 40 steps
Front Raises: 2 sets of 20 reps
- Giant Set:
Triceps Cable Pulldowns: 2 sets of 20 reps
Step Ups With Dumbbells: 2 sets of 15 reps each leg
Cable Rows: 2 sets of 20 reps
Leg Curls: 2 sets of 20 reps
Biceps Curls: 2 sets of 20 reps
Behind The Neck Pulldowns: 2 sets of 20 reps
Lying Leg Curls: 2 sets of 20 reps
What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?
- Salad with 4 oz grilled chicken breast, spinach, slivered almonds, flax seeds, and raisins
- 2 tbsp fat free, sugar free, balsamic vinaigrette dressing
- 1 can albacore tuna on whole wheat wrap with mustard and black pepper
- 4 slices apple with almond butter
- 1 1/2 scoops whey protein with water
What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?
- Infinite Labs Juggernaut: 1 serving
- Infinite Labs Massport: 1 serving
- Infinite Labs BCAA & Glutamine MTX: 1 serving
- Infinite Labs Carnitine MTX: 1 serving
- Infinite Pro 100% Whey - Vanilla/Chocolate: 2 scoops/1.5 scoops
Why do you love Bodybuilding?
Because it is a healthy way of life and because I love setting new goals. It empowers me, I am a goal oriented person and to reach a new goal only motivates me that much more.
What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?
Networking with others on Bodybuilding.com, support from my husband, my trainer and my teammates as well as posting photos of my fitness icons on the wall in my closet!
What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?
Because I wanted to be healthy and to focus on me and I wanted to know for myself that I could do it!
What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?
I plan to earn my pro card this year in the NPC bikini division. I want to be able to tell my story and help other women who have been through similar experiences to know that they can reach their goals too and to learn to love themselves again from the outside in, and to realize it isn't about being skinny, it is about being strong and fit and above all healthy.
I someday want to be able to help others to reach their goals and live out their dreams! I am currently working on my personal training certificate so I can do just that!
What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?
Don't give up. Remember that everyone has bad days. Just remember that tomorrow is a new day and you can pick back up and start fresh. Set a goal! Start with small, baby steps. Setting a goal and achieving that goal one step at a time is a great way to stay motivated and boost motivation throughout the journey. Network with others who are doing the same things you are.
It helps with staying motivated to have a good support system of people who are doing the same thing and struggling the same ways! For competitors: When you go on stage, don't compare yourself to the other girls. Just try to look your best and be the best you that you can be. Try to always be better each time you hit the stage than the time before. If you do that you will be meeting your goals and remember: Have fun!
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