Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Leading The Charge

Zumba only takes you so far. If you want to lose more than a few inches off your waist you're going to need iron. Victoria hit the weights with reckless abandon and showed her peers how it's done!

Name: Victoria Lodise
E-Mail: nyrox1@gmail.com
BodySpace: vickybug
Location: East Meadow, NY
Age: 42  Height: 5'2"  Weight: 104 lbs
Years Bodybuilding: 1 year

How Did Your Fitness Journey Begin?

I couldn't stand looking at my 130-pound self in the mirror anymore; it wasn't me. I lost "me" somewhere and needed a change. My attitude was poor. I had low self-esteem and could care less whether the sun was shining or not. I have a husband and three kids to care for, even though two of the kids are adults, they've proved on many occasions they need me.

Zumba, DVD boot camps, and the Fitness Ball were not enough, so I started following my husband in the gym. It was hard. I wanted to vomit and cry when he shouted out "four more Vicky!" The rush was amazing after I accomplished his routine, but with lighter weight of course. I am the only female in the gym that lifts heavy, so I have to keep up with the big boys.

They don't give me any attitude or talk down; they stand back, watch, and give me the occasional "good job."

My schedule changes with the school year; kind of like an offseason. Having a 10-year-old child in school makes it difficult to find my own athletic side, but it works. I think education comes first; you get nowhere in life without proper education.

How Did Your Passion For Fitness Emerge?

Change! I'm absolutely fascinated by my own body and emotional state. We are the perfect machines and I like working on my machine. My attitude about everything has changed. I'm lifting heavier and I'm addicted to the pain the next day and need to feel it. It's a true fact it does make the libido spike.

I want women to know that you don't have to be ashamed and hide under baggy shirts and pants. With a plan, you can do it. Take the time to map it all out. You don't have to be a competitive athlete. You are allowed to do this for you as I do for me. Just do your homework.

What/Who Motivated You?

It was pretty much 90 percent self-motivation and 10 percent family. I wanted to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know that I've done my absolute best to look good and be healthy. I want to look exceptional on the arm of my husband. I want every head to turn when I'm on the sidelines cheering on my daughter. I want people to ask me how I did it, laugh, and insist that putting down that bag of chips and Diet Coke will be the first step toward their inner goddess.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

To be brutally honest, I've yet to feel uninspired; I wake up looking forward to going to the gym.

I want to be the inspiration; I want to be the reason you get up and go to the gym. It's the best form of therapy. All my troubles just wash away when I'm working out. My daughter got into a car accident recently and I was going to skip the gym to make sure she checked out okay in the hospital. She insisted that I go to the gym considering she would if the shoe was on the other foot. I'm so glad I did. All the anger and worry was gone and I could refocus with a clear head.

What Are Your Future Fitness Plans?

I really have no competition plans at this point of the game. My life is extremely active as a wife, mom, co-owner of a new up-and-coming company, and all that comes along with life. I will keep training hard and be the best I can be. I can't let myself down or my followers. I've been asked by friends, family, and complete strangers to train them after I finish my personal training and strength training courses.

What Is The Most Important Fitness Tip?
  • Don't look for the big changes; it's the little ones that count.
  • Quitting takes you directly to the end of the game.
  • Why quit when you can be successful and beautiful?

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder/Fitness Athlete?

Dana Linn Baily. She's awesome and keeps my attention. Jay Cutler - what can I say look at him? He's a great bodybuilder and a smart business man.

How Did Bodybuilding.com Help You Reach Your Goals?

BodySpace has been a successful tool in my every day active life. There is so much information. I'm always scavenging for new recipes and diet tips. Training forums are tops when it comes to needing a switch up. I don't want my muscles to get bored.

I do have to say it's my friends on there that have been most successful in my journey. They are little people like me looking to make themselves healthier, not to necessarily compete.

Thank Yous: I really have to thank my husband for pushing me every day we are at the gym and our 10-year-old daughter who puts up with us going every night with no complaints. She has set her two-year training plan, as she trains moderately for tennis and track, but she has a new sport to prepare for and it's a secret we can't share. Thank you both for being there for me and letting me share your goals. I love you.