I was busy training to compete in my first NPC show when I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer. While training pretty hard-core at the gym several guys and other competitors gave me the name “Fitsurvivor” due to my style of training and the fact that I was going through radiation treatments at the time. The name stuck and after winning a sword in an NPC figure competition, it only made sense to make this part of my business logo. It’s hard to imagine that I published a fitness inspiration e-book, became an NPC figure competitor and designed my own business logo all during cancer treatment!
Fitness Inspiration: Lisa Nicolette
I had to cut my training down by seventy-five percent during radiation treatment for seven weeks and gradually started with light weights three weeks after cancer surgery. I had lost an executive sales opportunity within days after receiving a cancer diagnosis and hit rock bottom during that period. I often felt like my entire world came crashing down and felt very depressed. To stay sane, I would take my radiation treatment in the morning and then go to the coffee houses in the city and started writing my book and got certified in personal training with the goal of starting a fitness regime for cancer patients. I stayed focused and goal oriented during this very difficult time even though everyone advised me to take it easy! I had attended the Arnold Expo just weeks before my cancer surgery and did the USMC Men’s Fitness challenge and was going to try out for the American Gladiators – I had tried out in the nineties!
I wanted to give a sense of hope and motivation to those surviving cancer or any life-threatening illness. I personally survived two life-threatening illnesses, a bleeding disorder and breast cancer. I quickly learned that those facing such difficult situations in life often lose hope. I also became aware that many going through cancer treatment were not in very good shape and that is why I became a personal trainer with the goal of helping them regain everything that they lost. The first thing that any individual facing a health challenge will need is motivation just to get started and on track.
Motivation and hope are two very powerful things that often become lost during a health crisis. That is why my motivational e-book is more visual than anything else. Pictures are powerful and I used many of my photos from fitness competitions and a fitness photo shoot to give a sense of empowerment to others. I’m now training to do another show with the goal of encouraging others to become more active and embrace the fitness lifestyle! I have a website, blog and my motivational e-book is available on all electronic media.
Keep up with Lisa Nicolette at www.fitsurvivor.com.