Lisa Powers Gives Insight on Hunger Pain Pains

Bodybuilding.com Transformation challenge Runner-Up and Dymatize Challenge Winner gives us some insight on what she went through from feeling like she was starving, even right after eating a meal.


Feeling the pain - Hunger Pains

"I knew I was hungry when I was driving home after running the day’s errands. I felt it and looked at the clock. It had been 2.5 hours since I last ate…right on time.

Once I was home I just got busy doing stuff. I was putting away the dishes when I grabbed a bowl. I instantly wanted one of my “go-to” indulgences…1.5 cups salsa, 1 hunk of cream cheese and a BAG of Santitas Tortilla Chips. I craved them so bad in that instant.

A year ago, I would have went to the grocery store in that minute (it’s only 5 blocks away), bought the ingredients, and mix them in the bowl I was now holding.

However, today my mind flashed to the thought that I still haven’t eaten. I put the bowl away, cleaned the skillet and started to thaw some lean turkey.

It has taken me NINE months to recognize and understand the signals my body gives me. Additionally, during these nine months I have practiced how to respond appropriately to these signals.

I still have intense cravings for the foods that helped me to be obese. Maybe they won’t ever go away. I have learned to recognize that they usually pop up in a weakened state of mind…like right before it’s time for me to eat again.

For me, I work to be diligent about my meal timing. I feel my best eating every 2-2.5 hours. Some people like to eat every three hours. However, I have noticed that is really pushing me mentally (and physically) to stay on track.

Of course, I would have loved that all this had taken a shorter time frame to realize these signs/responses – nine months is a really long time.  I still have a lot to learn. However, it has brought me to a place of such peace and I am finally happy with myself.

I have also recognized that when I frequently make better choices, the happier I seem to be. And that is such a great feeling."


Dymatize Challenge Winner Lisa Powers Tells Us "How she almost quit".

The author of this blog post is the Dymatize challenge winner (Lisa Powers). Lisa is also a very dedicated member of Team Poynter / Fitnesspoynters.com .
You can read her full testimonial at our site location of :

Lisa can be found at the following places:
Facebook.com as Lisa Powers
Bodybuilding.com as MissTeacher : http://www.bodyspace.com/missteacher

Lisa has made some of the most amazing strides with her transformation that I have ever witnessed, I must say it has been a pleasure to work with her for the past year and watch her change in so many ways.
She is a great motivator and inspiration to many many people, including myself.

Below you will see a post written by he telling how quitting came close to happening.


I teetered on the edge...seconds away. I was TIRED. Tired of working so hard every single day. Tired of weighing and measuring everything. Tired of logging workouts in a notebook. I JUST WANTED IT TO ALL END.
 I had been pushing hard consistently for seven months. I had already lost almost 60#. I felt really good about myself. WHAT ELSE DID I HAVE TO PROVE? WHO WAS I TRYING TO PROVE IT TO? WHY AM I STILL DOING ALL OF THIS?
 I didn't have an answer to any of those questions. However, what I did have was a lot of negativity inside of me. I began to hate everything form my workouts to even my hair! I was internalizing the anger and projecting it on myself with stuff that had nothing to do with my fitness/health goals. I kept pushing.
 Now, I fell so blessed to have been chosen as the Female Winner of the Dymatize Elite Ambition Challenge. I still can't believe it. This moment would have never have happened if I had quit!
 I wonder about past things I stopped/quit. How close was I from "winning"? Maybe if I had held out a couple more months, or kept trying a few more times. Maybe the only thing I needed to do was 'gut it out' for 10 more seconds and I would have had success.
 I will never know. That is a very unsettling feeling. "

Lisa Powers