Name: Diva Lamotte
Location: Boise, Idaho
Why I decided to transform
I felt lost before my transformation. I didn't feel confident or inspiring. I was drowning in my own insecurities which paralyzed me from feeling any sense of joy. Without loving myself, I was incapable of shedding light onto others. I was the girl who went into an empty room at the gym or a hidden corner to work out. Even though I knew several friends admired my physique, I didn't feel beautiful, confident, or healthy.
It was a huge wake-up call when I posted my before photos on BodySpace. I couldn't believe it was me. I went from thinking I would transform, to actually believing that I would. I promised myself that I would be an inspiration for other women and commit 100 percent for six weeks to see how hard I could push myself.
The main trigger for my transformation was to help motivate other women to chase their goals. The challenge became much more than trying to improve my aesthetics. I wanted to show the world that women can be incredibly fit but still have femininity and feel desirable. I wanted to exemplify that you can work full-time, be a rock for your loved ones, and focus on fitness.
I was about to start my doctorate of physical therapy program, and regretfully, I didn't know how to perform many exercises that I would prescribe patients. Through my transformation, I was exposed to countless exercises that helped me understand proper form to reduce the risk of injury. The vast pool of info on Bodybuilding.com helped me assist hundreds of patients looking to live healthier.
After transforming mentally, physically, and emotionally, I love myself again. For the first time in my life, I feel like a strong, confident woman of whom I can be proud. Fighting through the six-week transformation helped me grow in countless ways. Fitness is a part of happiness. I also learned to stay persistent, focused, calm, and confident.
I receive messages daily from people across the world. These people inspire me to keep pushing and striving for more. I now have the ability to inspire those who are standing in the shoes I started in.
How I accomplished my goals
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome during the Cellucor 6-Week Strong To The Cor Challenge was accepting that I'm not perfect. I think balance is the key to truly accept fitness as a lifelong commitment.
Some may think your devotion to fitness is selfish, but the truth is that you need to surround yourself with people who will support and admire your strength and devotion.
It's crucial to individualize training programs to fit your personal goals. During my transformation, I used Jamie Eason's LiveFit 12-Week Training Program, which consists of three phases that get more challenging as the weeks go on.
What aspect challenged me the most
The biggest obstacle was the diet. Beginning my transformation in the prime weeks of summer seemed daunting. I've always loved food, but I overcame cravings by looking at healthy recipes on Bodybuilding.com. Another challenging aspect was pushing myself during high-intensity interval training.
My future fitness plans
I fell head over heels in love with fitness. I feel a huge release of negative energy when I work out. I love pushing myself in the gym to build confidence. I love inspiring others.
I would love to be in a position where I can reach and motivate people. Fitness will be a lifelong journey. I hope to become a spokesmodel one day.
Suggestions for aspiring transformers
- Love the imperfections that make you unique.
- Be your only competitor.
- Incorporate outdoor workouts.
- Post photos on BodySpace to track progress.
- Embrace what you have.
- Create a solid support system.
How Bodybuilding.com helped me reach my goals
I love BodySpace members as a support system. I received many compliments as I transformed. My BodySpace was the most efficient tool to help me conquer my fitness goals.
Jamie Eason's trainer helped me understand what lifting is about. The endless articles about nutrition and supplements helped me understand how to fuel my body.