Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Lisa Ree

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Lisa Ree 
  • Age 28
  • Height 5’8
  • Weight 159 
  • Occupation: Medical Social Worker by day/Certified Personal Trainer by night

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Lisa) My fitness journey started exactly on April 4, 2014. Like most, I was unhappy with the way I looked in the mirror and especially with no clothes on. I gained a ton of weight after losing a baby mainly emotionally eating just not caring anymore. I was always tall so I was told that I carried the weight well but I knew the health conditions I was at risk for. My highest weight was 215. So I said to myself either you do something about it or shut up. So I decided to take action. I made small daily changes to my diet and started to walk in my neighborhood park 3 times a day and the weight started to melt off just like that. I said to myself “hey this is working” so that’s what kept me on my journey and I haven’t looked back since then.

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Lisa) My main struggle at the beginning of my journey to remain consistent was my job at that time. I was working in child welfare as a social worker. I had hardly any time for myself after working over time most days and of course not getting enough sleep. It was hard to keep my workout schedule going and especially hard to keep my nutrition on point as I would often make excuses to put off a workout until the next day because I was so tired or I’d decide to eat fattening unhealthy foods as comfort foods due to the high stress of my job.

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Lisa) Don’t stop! Even when you think or feel like you’re not progressing, trust me your body is making small internal changes that will lead to the big external changes you’re working so hard to see. Change doesn’t happen overnight but if you’re consistent and persistent it will happen!

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Lisa) I can’t stress enough how major nutrition is. It is KEY! Exercise is the easiest part. The other 23 hours can be the most difficult if you allow it to be. My suggestion is for anyone to download the free Myfitnesspal app it is a life savor! It tracks all of your meals, calories, macros and everything! I’ve been logging everyday since 4/4/14 by habit. Start by making small changes to your diet. For instance, if you love little Debbie cakes and can’t live without them and you eat about 4 a day, cut that back to 2 a day until eventually you get to 1 a day and then ZERO a day! Find other healthier substitutions for the things that you love. Clean eating does not have to be boring 🙂

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Lisa) I’m currently training/dieting for my first figure competition. This is not an ideal diet for the average person wanting to lose weight as it is a bit more strict with no snacking involved. I eat 6 meals a day. Meal 1: Oatmeal and Eggwhites Meal 2: Protein Shake Meal 3: Chicken, Broccoli, Sweet Potato Meal 4: Ground Turkey, Asparagus Meal 5: Salmon, Broccoli Meal 6: Protein Shake

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Lisa) I workout 6 days a week. Training different body parts each day. For instance, legs one day and back and bis the next day. I also complete 45 minutes of cardio each day as well.

  • For instance, Quad (front thigh) focused Leg Workout exercises: Front Squats, Leg Extensions, Leg Press, Lunges, Sissy Squats as a finisher

Favorite body part to train?

(Lisa) Shoulders by far 🙂

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Lisa) I mainly listen to a lot of motivational YouTube videos and Pandora stations such as CT Fletcher, Eric Thomas and Steven Furtick. I also listen to Gospel stations.

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Lisa) Of course Protein Powder for my protein shakes, Branch Chain Amino Acids, Preworkout and a Fat Burner. Multivitamins and other vitamins such as Vitamin C & D that I take daily to supplement what I may miss in my strict diet for competition prep.

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Lisa) I have to wear my Workout Belt daily as well as my Polar Watch and HRM to let me know exactly what my heart rate is each workout and also the amount of calories I’ve burned that workout.

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Lisa) Unfortunately I don’t do cheat meals as often as it’s mainly by choice I honestly don’t crave meals like pizza or burgers. A cheat for me would be a donut from Publix Bakery 🙂 I love Sweets anything from cake to donuts to pie.

One interesting fact about you?

(Lisa) I’m a Goal Getter. Once I set my eyes on a prize, it has to happen. I have to go after it with everything I have in me to get it. I’m also slightly too competitive lol often times with myself I like to outdo the old me every day.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Lisa) I love seeing other beautiful black women take control of their health. I love to see “us” in the gym at the park or wherever working it out! Health is wealth! Also My personal training business is Balanced Bodies Fitness. Always accepting new clients!


For information on whats new with Lisa check out her IG page @balancedbodiesfitness16