Lisa Traugott Bikini Competition Award Winner

Mom’s Can Be Fit, Too

How Lisa Traugott got Results & Became a Coveted Personal Trainer

I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and not recognize the frumpy middle-aged woman staring back, and I know how to turn your life around and get your groove back with results.

When this started, I was in a rut. I was 38 and 50 pounds overweight. My business was failing. My marriage was failing. I was stressed out. My doctor told me I was borderline obese, and that’s when I got the invitation to my 20th high school reunion because God has a sense of humor. I was running a half marathon and exercising, and I was trying pre-packaged foods and yo-yo diets, among other things, and nothing gave me results.

As a last-ditch desperation thing, I found out that all the fittest people in the gym were training for a bodybuilding competition. I knew nothing about that. I didn’t even know women did it. I signed up for it as a challenge to myself, and within two weeks, I realized that this was more than just about looking hot in a bikini. I realized that this was going to change my life. And it did.

Learning about nutrition, learning about strength training (while potty-training my son), learning about my relationship with food and all the obstacles that were holding me back – it was just life-changing. Mentally, physically, emotionally. I had to overcome the excuses, self-sabotaging, and time management issues that stood in the way. By going through the process of breaking down a whole bunch of walls and barriers, I was able to fix my messy life in the process, getting the results that I wanted. That’s part of the reason why I decided to go and write a book about it.

After I lost the weight, I decided, ‘I’m going to do everything I ever wanted to do but was too afraid to try.’  I’ve gone skydiving, got cast on a reality TV show called “American Grit” and tried five minutes of stand-up comedy.  Even when I fail, it’s empowering to know that at least I’m living my life with no regrets.  I’ve changed myself, I’ve fixed my life, and that is empowering. Now I want to empower others. I want them to look at my story and see that it is possible to change; that others who feel frumpy or unhappy can get their groove back; that they can get results that matter, too! That’s why I became a Personal Trainer.

She’s Losing It!

A Quirky Guide to Losing Weight While Dealing with Small Children

I always wanted to write a book.  I thought it would be a romance novel.  When I started contemplating writing it, I had just started training for my bikini competition.  Some other writers told me that I needed to start blogging, which made me kinda nervous.  What do I blog about?  Motherhood?  Sexy scenes from romance novels?  That didn’t seem right.  So I figured I could blog about training for the bodybuilding competition because it had a clear beginning (“I need to lose weight”); hopefully, a happy ending (standing on stage in 5 months looking hot in a bikini) and the middle would write itself.  No one would be expecting me to be an expert because I had no idea what I was doing. Brilliant!

My husband and I have a business, so I had all this paperwork on the desk, plus tons of romance novels (for research) everywhere.  I was potty training my son, so he was sitting on my lap without a diaper.  My husband comes home and looks at the room in chaos like a giant had just sneezed love letters and tax statements everywhere, and I tell him, “Guess what? I’m starting a blog, but I need to know what to name it. What do you think I should name it?”

He says, “Okay, you’re going to be running our business, training for a bodybuilding competition, potty training our son, and now, because that’s not enough, you’re going to write a blog?…. She’s Losing” That’s where I got the blog, and then I ended up turning the blog into my book.

She’s Losing It is like a Rocky for moms. I want people to read this and take away the idea that change is possible. I think a lot of people hear stuff that says, “No excuses,” and it makes them feel bad. I don’t want anyone to feel bad; I want everyone to feel empowered. I want them to look at my story and see I’m nothing special – I don’t have any genetic superpowers. I was just like everybody else, but I followed the system, and if I can follow through and get results, they can do it, too.

Training for a bodybuilding competition changed my life in such a positive way I wanted to share what I learned with the world, which is why I wrote She’s Losing It! There are lots of books and movies out to inspire men and even young girls.  This book is written for the rest of us.

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