Lisa was a competitive gymnast who ate fast food every day, a long-distance runner who wasn't feeding her body with proper nutrients, and a springboard diver who ate anything and everything in sight. Lisa is a gymnastics coach and a nationally-qualified bikini competitor, placing 1st in both Novice and Open Divisions. Throughout her entire life, Lisa also struggled with an addiction that a very slight percentage of women in the United States deal with, let alone other body building competitors. Lisa is a compulsive overeater in recovery.
"It preoccupies my thoughts at all times: What can I eat next? When do I get to eat again? What if I run out of macros for the day? Saying no to food goes far beyond 'self-control'," she explained. "Even when my food is measured and prepped [...] I can't escape the compulsion to eat, no matter what plan or strict diet I'm on. After my bodybuilding competition, where I took home two first-place trophies, I was confident that I could tame the beast that had built up inside of me." That wasn't the case. One bite of food that didn't adhere to Lisa's meal plan ended up leading to a huge binge. "This binge brought up so many feelings of disappointment, anger, and guilt," she said dejectedly. "I thought I had enough "self control" to keep from binge eating. Heck, I went 5 months without cheating on my contest diet even once. What I'm slowly learning is that self control has nothing to do with it. I am not weak, I am strong. I have admitted to feeling powerless over food, and I'm ready to let it go."
As a former gymnast, Lisa always led a fairly active and healthy life. She admitted that taking care of her body didn't always rank as her highest priority. "I lifted weights a couple of times per week but rarely did cardio, and didn't have a problem stopping at the drive-through on the way to work," she recalled. "I convinced myself that it was okay because I worked out. My energy was low on most days, but I assumed that it was due to my busy schedule."
10 months ago, Lisa joined the PumpUp community in search of a support system. "My [students] were very proud to tell me that they were working out on their spare time using PumpUp," she explained. "They seemed to be having fun creating workouts [on the app]. I was immediately interested and downloaded it. I love posting everyday: whether it be a picture of what I ate for breakfast or logging a workout that I completed. My body and health are now my top priority." Since she began to share her journey with the PumpUp community, Lisa's exercise and diet regimen has been more consistent than it has been in her entire life. "I plan on keeping it that way," she stated proudly.
After all of the hurdles and obstacles that Lisa bravely endured and overcame, she managed to pull herself back on track and hopes to inspire others on the PumpUp community to do the same."PumpUp has given me a reason to be more open and accepting! People are using this app for support and it really allows me to feel like I can be myself, as well as accept others for who they are on each step of their fitness journey," she gushed. "I don't feel judged or disrespected, and in return I want to use PumpUp to inspire people to be confident with who they are right now."
Hard work really does win, and months of training and preparation really allowed Lisa to shine after she won first place trophies at her competition, despite her compulsive eating disorder. "I know I'm not alone, and I will continue to recover one day at a time," she affirmed. "Today I feel free from the thoughts that seemed to run my life. I hope to inspire my fellow friends on PumpUp to keep pushing no matter what obstacles they face! My compulsive overeating is like a sleeping lion. I hope to keep the lion at rest, and keep my goals in sight. Today is a new day, and for that I am thankful. Just for today, I will abstain from compulsive overeating."
Lisa's Favourite Eats
"One of my favorite meals is my morning protein pancakes! I blend spinach, oats, egg whites, and prime nutrition's Phytoform together to make delicious pancakes that taste like fruity pebbles! You can always substitute sweet potato instead of oats! I also enjoy making French toast out of rice cakes! Soak rice cakes in egg white batter (with cinnamon and stevia) then cook it just like French Toast!"
"I absolutely love weightlifting! Lifting makes me feel strong, and in my opinion is the best workout anyone can do! I enjoy training back and shoulders! Pull-ups, leg lifts and shoulder presses are some of my favorite exercises. I lift 6 days a week and that is how I choose to stay active. I'm currently also doing cardio 6 days per week. I will taper off the cardio until it's at 2x per week now that my competition training is over."
Lisa's Best Advice
"If you are looking to lead a more active life, you have to realize nobody is going to do it for you. You aren't going to want to workout everyday, you're going to want to choose a bag of chips over a piece of fruit. The reality of it is, you will need to make sacrifices. Sacrifice time each day to get to the gym, and sacrifice foods you know won't help you reach your goals! You have to install these habits and even then, it won't be easy. I have been on one heck of a roller coaster ride with ups and downs of leading a healthy lifestyle. It doesn't come easy, but once you decide to change it will be the best decision of your life! Day in and day out, do it no matter what, until giving up isn't an option anymore! You have to rise above the doubt in your head. Making this a lifestyle will take time, so don't get discouraged when you have a setback. Take it one day at a time and you will do great things!"
"You've got what it takes, but it's going to take all you've got! This saying reminds me that even when I'm having a hard day that I'm not weak, I just have to give my all plus a little more."
More about Lisa
"I coach springboard diving, and gymnastics. I was a competitive gymnast for 7 years. In 2013 I placed second in the state for springboard diving. I am a nationally qualified bikini competitor placing 1st in both novice and open. I have a hairless cat named Baldwynne. I'm studying to get my NASM personal training certification."
Keep Lisa pumped on the PumpUp app @fitlisa!