Total transformation ... Dunedin amateur bodybuilder Lisa
Williams (45) enjoys her time in the spotlight during
judging of the National Amateur Body Builders Association
(NABBA) South Island championships at the College of
Education auditorium in Dunedin on Saturday. Photo by Peter
Dunedin grandmother Lisa Williams hopes to inspire other
women resigned to becoming ''flabby old ladies''.
In an extraordinary role reversal, Mrs Williams (45) went
from being an overweight spectator at her son-in-law's
bodybuilding competition to being on stage as one of nine
women competing for a South Island title.
She placed fourth in the novice figure tall section of the
National Amateur Body Builders Association (NABBA) South
Island championships held at the College of Education
auditorium in Dunedin on Saturday.
Mrs Williams used to weigh more than 90kg and with nearly 40%
body fat, she was ''obese''.
Now a svelte 55kg with 8.4% body fat, she has never felt
''About three years ago I was at my heaviest and I started to
lose weight, but I just accepted that I would be one of those
flabby women that got thin.''
At last year's NABBA South Island championships in Dunedin,
Mrs Williams watched her daughter's partner compete and was
''mesmerised'' by the participants.
''I thought: `Jeez, I wonder if I could do that'.''
With a year to train, she cut out alcohol from her diet and
increased her workload in the gym under the guidance of her
Seeing physical results motivated her further and, 16 weeks
ago, she sought the help of a nutritionist.
''That's when preparation for the competition really got
serious and food became fuel, nothing more. Before, I didn't
understand nutrition. I thought a portion was what you could
fit on a plate.''
Mrs Williams said posing on stage and being compared to her
rivals in front of judges while wearing a bikini and high
heels was ''scary to begin with'', but she hoped to do it
''I kept telling myself that I worked really hard for this
''If I get placed, that would be fantastic, but if I don't,
then I already have my personal trophy, which is where I have
come from to where I am now,'' she said before results were
Mrs Williams said she would allow herself two or three days
to indulge before resuming her training regime.
''Toast with peanut butter and banana will be bloody
amazing,'' she said.
''But I would love to continue to compete as well, and keep
improving on my personal best.
''I hope to inspire other people, because I used to flick
through those magazines and think: `Yeah right', but if I can
do it at my age, then anyone can.''
About 60 bodybuilders from throughout New Zealand competed at
the South Island championships, hoping to secure places for
next month's national final in Auckland.
Judging from 1pm attracted about 200 people, and more than
450 people watched the sold-out 6pm show in which winners
Results: Overall Ms Physique and Ms South Island, Tania
Pitt-Guthrie; Overall Mr Athletic and Mr South Island, Peter
Hart; Overall Ms Figure and Ms South Island, Janine Haywood;
Overall Mr Physique and Mr South Island, Graeme Evans; Ms
South Island Shape, Susan Baxter; Mr South Island Fitness
Model, Basem Andijani; Ms South Island Fitness Model, Aimee
Jones; Best Male Performance, Abdul Al-Beshri; Best Female
Performance, Lily Allen; Top Gym/Team, Sky Fitness.