Hi, I’m Lisa, a full time shift worker, and part time figure competitor.

After 3 years of competing with the OPA and CBBF, I finally achieved my dream of achieving my IFBB Pro Card. If you’re not familiar with those acronyms, it doesn’t really matter, this blog is still for you. There’s something for everyone; healthy recipes, reviews, training tips, and competition and training advice.

Figure prep takes willpower, dedication and time, which leaves a lot of room for excuses. I don’t use, nor do I accept excuses. I created this blog to prove that having a demanding full time job, being a little “older” in the game (I’m 38 years old), and having an intense love for food, it is still possible to be successful when it comes to looking after number 1.

A little about me…

I work hard, at everything I do.

After graduating College in 1996, I moved to England by myself and created success with just $500 in my pocket. After spending time in Germany, training Olympic show jumping horses, I moved back to England to pursue my radio career. Soon, I was employed as an entertainment presenter at one of the biggest radio stations in the country. When it was time to move on, I successfully ran my own PR company in London, I.D. Publicity.

From there, I moved to Thailand to pursue a career in underwater photography. I survived the 2004 tsunami, when my friends did not. I remained to help clean up and, when there was nothing left to “clean up”, I moved to the Philippines where I continued a very successful career as an underwater photographer and videographer, shooting still and filming dive destinations throughout the Philippine islands for Scuba World, which I would then promote and show my films at dive conventions throughout the world.

When I returned to Canada in 2006, I made the most out of what little I had. I worked at GoodLife Fitness as a Customer Services Representative and made the most of the access I had to the gym. I picked up an Oxygen magazine and decided I wanted to try my hand at figure competitions. I entered my first show in May 2007, and placed 2nd.

Later that year, again I re-invented myself and picked up my journalism career, getting hired by Corus Entertainment. I worked my way up from overnight news anchor, to breakfast news anchor for their 3 stations (AM640, Q107 and 102.1 The Edge)

My mantra:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Life is too short to waste. Do as much as you can, and have a good time getting there.

No excuses, no excuses, NO EXCUSES.

There is ALWAYS time to workout. There is ALWAYS time to eat good clean food.



6 thoughts on “About

  1. Love love love the blog! Just stumbled across it–there don’t seem to be enough bikini/figure competition blogs around if you ask me!–and you’ve been such a great help and inspiration! I’m 11 days out from my first comp and I’ve been logging progress and all on a blog of my own (http://primalcompetitor.wordpress.com/), but there’s such an unbelievable community out here, even if it is small. Thanks again 🙂

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  3. Just wanted to say that you are very inspiring! You have done so much with your life and have had so much life experience . I too am a police officer, with Peel. I have been on job for 12 years and as I am getting older (36) I realize there is more to life! I love the job but now I want to do and see so much more! My husband and I have always said we want to move away and do something different! It’s so hard to leave given the pay and benefits! In the mean time I have focused on training and comp prep. I did my first show last Nov- IDFA novice fitness. I placed 4th and loved every minute of the entire experience. It was an amazing day and I met so many great girls.
    After comp I kinda fell into a rut and can’t snap outta it! I wanna do another comp in July and stay focused this time around. Anyway, you are very inspiring and motivating given we do the same job as work the same shift work!
    Great job on all your accomplishments! Your crystal suit photos are amazing!!!
    Take care:)

    • Melissa,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a message, and for your kind words.

      I love my job, but I’m still pretty new at it, so the novelty hasn’t worn off – I hope it never does! I also got the living around the world “sort of” out of my system. I’m happy to be back in Canada, I just HATE the cold weather.

      Keep in touch and let me know how your show prep goes this year. If you need any help, guidance or just someone to vent to, I’m an email away 🙂

      Good luck in your pursuits!


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