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LISA O'BRIEN STARK
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After pulling out some great wins in Figure, it was obvious that Lisa O'Brien Stark was ready to take it to the new division in Women's Physique after entering her first show and pulling out a win. Then stepping outside the Oregon area and challenging herself in Southern California and pulling out some more first place trophies. Lisa has found a new passion in Women's Physique and I will put money on it that you will see a new IFBB Pro running around with Lisa taking it to the next level and gearing up for the National level.

1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
In 2009 a close friend of mine was competing and I always thought…. nah… that’s just not for me. She asked if I wanted to go to a fitness camp with her in Boston. I jumped at the chance!! I was SO incredibly out of my element standing there with class room full competitors all walking around in their clear 5 inch heels! I was overwhelmed!… NO WAY this is NOT for me! By that summer I went to watch another friend compete in the Oregon State show and well… I HAD TO DO IT!!!! By October that year I was on stage at Seven Feathers my very first show and took first in both Masters and Open and I was HOOKED!!

2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
There are so many wonderful things about this sport. Where to start. To keep in so many words… A real biggie for me is that I consider this a “fountain of youth.” Nothing is more motivating in wanting to go further than the ability to continually improve upon your physique. This is the only sport that as you get older you can get BETTER!!! At each and every show I meet more new fantastic people that continue to motivate and inspire to continue to improve in this challenging sport.

3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
I train exactly the same way ‘on’ and ‘off’ season. Only thing that changes for me is the intensity of the lifting and the amount of cardio. ‘OFF’ season for me is what I consider ‘ON’ season. That is when I put in all the hard work. Dieting for the show is when I get to see the results of the previous months of HEAVY lifting. I think that no matter what division you are in you have to train like a bodybuilder! You want muscles/shape?? Train like a bodybuilder.

4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
Funny this brings to mind a little story… at my last show I asked a fellow competitor while we were all lined up waiting to compete “what are you going to chow down on after show?” her answer: “we have Greek yogurt and berries waiting for us back in the room” “doesn’t that sound good?” ummmmmm NO! You are kidding! NO WAY! My girlfriend and I had a ‘chocolate/red wine’ picnic waiting for us back at the room. In that little picnic was a taster of all the things we just had to have.

Took a little shopping trip to Trader Joes. Cookie butter and some waffle cookies (oh I know you know what I am talking about!) if you haven’t tried that stuff yet.. competitor crack in a jar! There was chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered pretzels (dark of course) and many other little goodies that we washed down with a beautiful bottle of ’05 Silver Oak… heaven. But in all seriousness.. my absolute favorite cheat meal is SUSHI!!!!! Bring on the rolls! And love going to dinner having a gorgeous cut of steak a fantastic bottle of wine and good friends. Of course let us not forget a good Mocha paired with a scone… sigh… Hitting up my favorite Frozen Yogurt spots with my best friend! Yes at this moment that I type this out I am ‘dieting’ for show ;-) The list could go on and on really. I have many favorites. I find that when I am allowing myself that cheat it becomes overwhelming to me. I want to make sure it is the BEST because what if it isn’t what I expected UHG!!! But I have learned if it is not… then put it aside… do not eat it and move on to another favorite.

Well my favorite dieting meal has to be my oatmeal pancakes with J Egg whites, oatbran, wheat bran and some rice with cinnamon and stevia blended super smooth in the bullet…LOVE IT! I like to  take ½ tsp virgin coconut oil mix in some unsweetened cocoa powder with a few drops of stevia and I you have instant chocolate!! Spread all over that pancake…delish."

5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
My husband is my Rock Star!! Without his continual support and love I could not have done this. He has stood beside me and supported me even at my lowest points when I think that if I have to eat another piece of tilapia I am going to gouge my eyeballs out!! He is there to pick me back up and help me off that roller coaster ride we all get on while ‘dieting’. I took an entire year off to build a completely different physique. I surrounded myself with the guidance and training/coaching/nutrition of Anthony Chacon and Noel Fuller.

With the incredibly rigorous training 5 days a week and many days with achy muscles and body… MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! They have helped me to get the physique I am striving for and continue to strive for. I feel HUGE amounts of gratitude for them!

6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
Honestly? ME. I always want MORE! What can I do to be better? What is it going to take? I look around me at so many amazing athletes and I am in awe of the ‘perfect’ physique. I WANT THAT! So what is it going take? That is what inspires me and drives me to keep striving for more.

7. What is next for you as a competitor?
Since I took the year off I came out with a bang… show after show… I am headed to the USA’s end of July and hoping to see how I look on that stage and caliber of athletes. From there I can see what it is that I need to improve upon on for future shows After that… not so sure… one show at a time.

8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory: was at the Oregon Iron Man up there on stage with a very close friend competing for the overall. It was hard not just start laughing how insane it was! The two of us doing a ‘pose down’ and keeping a straight face. All I could think about was ‘olive oil’!! Her husband is Greek so we had a good laugh before stepping on stage that we should rip out the EVOO and wrestle it out on stage in honor of her husband and his heritage!!

Each show there is always a hiccup of a bad moment or two. But I take that experience and learn from that. I have a growing list of things of what and what not to do for show. From that mental list I share with fellow competitors what I have learned so they do not have to make same mistakes that I have had to learn the hard way.

9. Any website you would like to plug, facebook, twitter, personal site, etc...
My husband has created a site for me www.lisastarkfitness.com. You can always find me on Facebook It is always a place that I keep up with friends and acquaintances with the same interests as me.

10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?

Some people would say that what I do can be ‘obsessive’ I suppose depending on who is pointing that finger it really could be considered that. My belief is that if you really want something and want to succeed in whatever that goal may be there has to be a certain amount of ‘obsessiveness’ to accomplish your goals. Call it what you want, for me I would call it driven to succeed. It does not matter the level of health/fitness that you are aspiring to achieve there are many… it is an individual goal. Whenever your goal is met no matter what that may be the rewards are priceless!!

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