By the conclusion of filming season two of VH1’s hit television series Single Ladies, actress LisaRaye McCoy had already set her sights on another big project; however, this project was a bit different and a bit more personal.
She decided to pursue living a healthier lifestyle by undergoing a very drastic body transformation through her participation in the Body by Vi: 90-day challenge. The former First Lady of Turks and Caicos took some time to discuss this transformation with Frugivore magazine.
What was your health and fitness regimen like prior to this 90-day challenge?
I’m a person that works out per project; when I get ready to go into production or something, that’s when I start working out. It’s usually a fast, get-quick scheme, get it together kind thing. This constantly makes me go up and down because I’m torn. I don’t really like to be as small as it takes for me to be on TV. I like to actually get a little thicker during the summer.
So I tend to go up and down, but that’s not good for my body. The more I educate myself about the process, the more I learn that I can find a means that works for me. Which means staying at a size that works for TV and for me.
Also, being able to eat healthier. There are so many pesticides and there’s so much stuff out here and you’re just like “What do I eat and how do I make this work for me?”
What inspired you to pursue a healthier lifestyle?
While I’m on the set for Single Ladies, I have absolutely no time to work out. So what happened this season is after I came back from Single Ladies, I realized that being on the set for 16 hours a day made my ligaments and my muscles lock up. When I came back and started to try to train again, I had to condition myself before my workout even started. I was like “Yeah, it’s too hard to have to get back into the game of things.” I started seeing cellulite places and fat pockets and I’m like “Oh, no honey. I can’t have that.”
ViSalus caught my attention and I saw the testimonies. I had never tried anything like this before. So I said, “You know what? Let me try living a healthier lifestyle or a healthy fitness challenge and challenge myself.”
“And that is what it’s about for me.”
Master P actually does it and Romeo was on our show this season and I saw him on the website so I was just browsing through and seeing if there was another “quick” way I could get it together and I just got intrigued by all of the testimonies that they had on the website.
Then, they reached out me like “Hey, would you like to try it?” and I just kind of thought, “Why wouldn’t I want to try this?” I’m trying to get my body together. I wanted to see a change and I didn’t want to be as harsh on my body as I have been. If I start eating right and treating my body right then it is going to treat me right. It’s hard though, I’m telling you.
Do you have any specific goals in mind?
I got my body fat taken. For a woman of my age, my height, and my weight there is a certain range in which I’m supposed to be in. My goal is to see how I would look being toned like that. So really I’m supposed to lose 11% body fat. So I’m going to lean out, tone out, stretch out, and elongate and see what that looks like on my body. Maybe it will help me get rid of these cellulite pieces that we all have.
I’ve lost muscle mass just sitting around filming and having my whole life revolved around Single Ladies.
How will you being going about achieving this goal exactly?
I’ll be using the Transformation Kit from ViSalus and that includes two shakes per day and one meal per day, and two snacks. And that is to keep my metabolism going throughout the day.
I’m taking in a lot more calories than I ever have, but I am working out as well and burning the fat while I’m toning.
What sort of physical training will you be doing?
So, I have a trainer, Don from Don Matrix and he works out with me at least three times per week. Then I’m also taking pole dancing classes because its very sexy, very sensual, very slow and you’re burning your fat by controlling your movement at a slow pace and you can actually feel the burn while using core and strengthening my upper body so that I am able to be as fit as I was when I did Players Club.
Are you seeking overall fitness or are you targeting specific areas of your body?
A little bit of both. You can kind of target certain areas. My back went out when I first started the challenge so I couldn’t do much of anything. But, what I found out was that my core was weak so I tend to do a lot my training with my core to strengthen that. Without that you can’t drive, swim, run on the treadmill, everything has to do with your core. I want to tone up my whole body, but there are some things that I am targeting as well.
How far are you into your challenge?
I have about 30 days left.
Can this program work effectively for an everyday person who maybe can’t afford a trainer?
I am an average person, what you talking about [Laughs]? No, absolutely and that is really where the focus comes from. If you want to see a change in you, you have to put in the hard work and it is work. Just because you may not have any money to pay for a trainer doesn’t mean you can’t do it. I always get to thinking, “Why pay money for a trainer when I can just muster up the energy and do it myself and I sure got the memory to remember what he’s telling me to do and so let me go ahead and do it.”
I use my trainer for the beginning stages to push me and motivate me and show me what I have to do, but after that you start forming a likeness for it and you start hiking and running and just knowing how to burn your metabolism in any way that excites you and you do just that.
How can people learn more about participating in their own 90-day challenge?