Bikini Body – Thanks, Daniel!                                               Photo by: Caroline Poe Photography

She’s Losing Itis a blog about my own journey into transforming my size 14 body into a bikini body in five months by entering a female bodybuilding competition.  In this memoir I will recount my ongoing adventures and share some of the diet tips and exercises my trainer, Daniel Rufini, designed for me.

January 2012 - 50 lbs overweight

January 2012 – 50 lbs overweight

On January 1, 2012 I weighed 150 lbs and felt just awful.  Saying, “I’m going to be healthy from now on,” was not working for me, so I gave myself a very specific goal.  At age 38 and size 14 I was going to train for a female body building competition.  I figured facing public humiliation in a bikini would be an excellent motivator…and guess what?  I was right!

I also discovered that I needed some help.  I signed up for ten personal training sessions with Daniel.  In the first month I dropped to a size 5!  As of the competition date, June 23, 2012, I lost 50 lbs, went from a size 14 to a size 1 and re-evaluated my life in the process.

Here are some mid-point progress pics:

April 2012

April 2012

1 week before competition

June 2012

Melissa Merritt Coker

Melissa Merritt Coker

Daniel moved to Houston in November, so now I’m on an all-women’s bodybuilding team called Mel’s Machines with the elite figure competitor Melissa Merritt Coker.

Fitness changed my life.  I’m now a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer – what a difference a year can make!  I’m happier, more confident and my family life is much stronger now.  I’m currently training for my third competition.  I hope reading about my ups and downs might inspire someone to set their own fitness goals.

The really cool thing about doing bodybuilding competitions is that even if I lose…I’ve won.

And without further ado let’s start She’s Losing It!

Lisa Traugott - November 2012 - ION Studios

Lisa Traugott – November 2012 – ION Studios

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  1. Daniel is my trainer too – but I’ve ‘delayed’ my training classes… I have until September to use them, or I will lose them…. I’m giving him a call this week! Thanks for posting and sharing your journey with us.

    • Daniel is leaving 24 Hour Fitness at the end of the month, so it’s good you are calling him this week! If you email him he can tell about his new location I’m sure.

  2. Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! All of the information is in my latest post: http://happierhealthiermorefitme.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/ive-been-nominated/ And I did this because I’m totally loving your blog and you truly are an inspiration to those of us trying to get fit! Your commitment is unbelievable…and hopefully contagious! I look forward to learning so much more fro your blog…thanks!

  3. Lisa, I’ve been nominated for Liebster Award and wanted to pay it forward by nominating your blog for one too!

    The Rules:
    1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.
    3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.
    4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.
    5. No tag backs.

    Happy blogging!

  4. Wow! I am so impressed and proud of you, and I don’t even know you! I was born thin and remained thin no matter what I ate until I hit my 30’s and then slowly ballooned out till like you reached 145+. That’s when I had my gallbladder attack! I thank God every day for that, for me, that was my wake up call to get healthy! Took me years to figure out the food thing but I’m still saying “I have to get into shape”! My size (5/6) is not a concern but being fit is! I am closing in on 60 and I need to get strong and flexible for myself! I know I will never be 20 again, but maybe I can get some flexibility back!

    You’re an inspiration!!! I will be checking out your site further! I have devoted this year to working out. Nothing crazy to start, but definitely trying to make exercise part of my daily routine!

    Thanks for finding me! And hope you find my site helpful as well! 🙂

      • You’re very welcome and thanks for the tip! I started Interval training (run/walk) and I am doing Yoga for flexibility right now. It’s sooo hard when you are, and have been stiff as a plank for years! I never should have stopped! I am going to try really hard to make it part of my daily routine!

        I will sit your site for inspiration! Thanks again for your interest! 🙂

      • I used to go to a yoga class when I was in my 20’s. It was fun but I always felt just a little awkward in some of those poses. Maybe I should just get over it and try a class again 🙂

  5. Hi She’s Losing It!
    I just nominated you for the inspiring blogger of the year award! You can see it on my blog, http://www.hangryhippo.com. I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share them with my readers. To accept, just repost the award, mention who nominated you and link to their blog, then write 7 things about yourself. You should also nominate 15 others and let them know! Thanks for writing so well and inspiring people.
    All the best 🙂

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  7. Thank you! I have recently lost 30 pounds, but this post was the motivation and push I needed to pick up the phone and call a personal trainer. Congrats to you for all your hard work!

  8. Hi Lisa – I found your blog on Mother & Fitness. I am your before picture. I am 5’1 and 150 pound (not a good combo). But I am determined to get fit and healthy. My little man is 4 years old and I want to set a good example for him. But I also just want to be happy in my own skin again. Thank you for blogging and inspiring us. 😀

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