It was about 20 years ago. I'd just got back from holiday and was looking through my photos. I was slim and flabby. Skinny fat as we say in the trade. I wasn’t happy with how I looked. 2 years before I'd quit smoking and was ready to take the next step towards living a healthier lifestyle. I joined my local gym, hit the weights and never looked back. I'd get up before work and work out. I loved how I felt, the social aspect and before long it became a permanent habit. Because I was working out regularly I became more conscious of my eating habits and that improved.
Having trained on my own for so many years and been fit and in shape I was beginning to lose my motivation and focus. I admit I was bored. I had been wanting to compete for some time and decided that at 49 it was now or never. Getting into competition shape was a huge challenge and I was motivated from day one. I met new people that also compete or are just into hard training and this also helps me to stay on track I. spent a year under the guidance of my trainer Ian Dowe building my foundation and eating clean. Going forward I have just found a training partner. She also competes and we will be encouraging each other as we prepare for more competitions.
Interval training on the treadmill is a great fat burner. I also love long power walks for my competition prep. I’m losing body fat without compromising my muscle gains.
My Tex Mex Turkey Meatballs! Who would have thought ground Turkey could be a trigger food?! but I always have to use restraint on this one.
I eat mainly chicken, turkey, steak, fish and eggs for my protein sources. Brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato, yam and oats for complex carbohydrates. I eat vegetables in a variety of colours: Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots. Fruit in moderation. I'm partial to apples and berries.
I have a sweet tooth! Off season I allow myself one "free" meal a week. Often pizza and cheesecake. I eat moderate amounts of salt daily therefore I don't crave salty food.
Barbell squats are a definite favourite. I can feel my glutes and quads firming up as I do them. For my back, seated cable rows and for strong sexy shoulders, upright rows.
I never train with an ipod. I am happy with whatever is on in the gym, but my own music is a must whilst doing cardio. I am a child of the late 1970's and 1980's and I love funk and disco. For me that really is music to get my heart rate racing!
I lift 4 days per week with days off in between.
I am looking for sponsorship. At 51 years of age, having lived a healthy lifestyle for many years I would be a great brand ambassador for a clothing or supplement company. I get many messages from men and women around the world asking for advice and help achieving their fitness goals. So my current plan is to make my diet and workout plans available online. Helping others feel good about themselves is hugely satisfying.
Long term I'd like to present a fitness and lifestyle show and of course maintaining and improving my physique is an ongoing process.
My two boys, Oliver 13 and Jamie who is 8. Being a good Mum is my most important job in life. Winning my first show is right up there and placing in every show and category to date, for me is a massive achievement.
Juggling my busy life with training and competition dieting can be challenging. The occasional injury is a set back. Last year I had an issue with my hip and I couldn’t squat for a few weeks. There are always alternatives. I just did more sets on the angled leg press to target my glutes and quads until I healed.
I don't weigh myself. I go by the mirror. If I'm doing the work in the gym consistently I know I will make improvements.
Jennifer Nicole Lee, Ava Cowan, Zak Pallikaros and Usain Bolt.
Whey protein is great for meeting my daily protein requirements, it's convenient and tastes good. I use L Glutamine daily to help me keep my muscle mass. Bcaa's aid my recovery after a hard workout and a multivitamin with minerals. Those are the basics I recommend.
Donna de Lisser
Weight : 53 kgs
Height: 5ft 2 in
Facebook page: facebook.com/Donna-de-Lisser