GETFOXFIT | IFBB Bikini Fitness Athlete & Kidney Cancer Survivor Lisanne Keir

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Why you have to lose sight of the shore…

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“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” – Christopher Columbus


Coming from a person who would always take the least riskiest approach, these are such awesome and powerful words.

This quote really helps you to re-think not only where you are currently at and what you want, but how you have to leave your ‘safe zone’ to reach your goal.

Please don’t waste your energy on worrying

If you want something in life you need to ‘un-worry’ yourself about the things that may go wrong; the doubts, the risks, what could, or may/may not happen… those emotions and thoughts serve no purpose.  As a born worrier I know what it’s like to over think things and worry about ALLLLLL the things that could happen – it’s wasted negative energy.  And that precious energy can be far better spent on positive thoughts, ambitious thinking and actionable doing.

Why you need to lose sight of the shore

Over this past year I have had many learnings, the biggest being that in order to progress in life you have to let go of the safe and the familiar.  You need to take that first step and you need to get out your comfort zone.  If you want to move forward with your life you need to make a choice, make a plan and take steps that may seem scary at first but will bring you closer to what you want.

No matter what it is – a new career move, a new friendship, a new hobby, a new lifestyle, a new family tradition, a new place to call home, a new study, a new way of eating, a new venture… whatever.

You have one life so, seize the day and do what makes you happy.

What’s the worst that can happen?  It doesn’t work out?!  So what!  You tried and that’s more than if you were to just sit there and wonder ‘what could have been’ whilst worrying unnecessarily about all the stuff that may/may not happen.

In order to get to where you want to be you need to leave the shore.

Just Do It

To those who keep thinking about changes they want to make in their lives: stop thinking – start doing.

Start planning and start taking small baby steps each and every day to inch yourself further to your dream / ambition / goal / idea.

Use your internal compass to guide you, start drawing your ‘map’ and set sail.

And please please enjoy the journey – the hours, weeks, months it may take you.

The joy and the pleasure and the hard work and the sweat and the tears and the frustrations and the moments when you want to throw in the towel – those are the moments that make you, build personal progress and growth.  Good character building stuff, as my mum would say.

You will look back and cherish both the good and challenging memories so dearly – they make reaching your goal all that more worth while.

Your journey and your voyage is your legacy, don’t forget that!

So, un-hook your anchor, set off on your exciting voyage and spread those sails!  New, and magical, lands are waiting for you…

What would you lose sight of the shore for?

Special thanks to Dave Vartan for my beautiful leg piece – a total work of art, which is a constant reminder to set sail and embark on new journeys.


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8 weeks out (Bikini Competition Prep) “Change”

8 weeks out bikini competition diary (


Body fat: 12.3%

Weight: 52.5 kg


“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” Max DePree

Not a truer word spoken and a quote that has stuck with me for the past 7 days.

After receiving my new food plan from my coach and trainer Jerry Koolhoven last Sunday I thought, “OK, now the hard work begins.”  Like the quote says – if you want to make (and see) progress, in any area of your life, you need to change something.  So changes had to be made…in the form of nutrition.

As mentioned on previous blogs, I love the science of bodybuilding – feeling and witnessing the changes and progress and how your body reacts to even the smallest of changes in food and trainings.  The outcome of the changes we made last week has been awesome – down in body fat and into the 12% mark – woo hoo.

Yes, there were times that I didn’t have the energy to train, yes there were times that I wanted to eat differently, but I stuck to the programme and, most importantly, listened to my coach.  And it’s clear to see that the changes he put into place are reflected in not only body changes but also in the stats.  Cool stuff!

It’s an interesting lesson to have – this whole change business.  If you keep doing what you always do, then things will remain the same.  There won’t be progress.  So, whatever your goal, or whatever you want to achieve, change will be necessary to reach it.

In all honesty I’m not such a big fan of change.  I’m a creature of habit and routine.  I like to plan and stick to it, so when Jerry handed me the new schedule I had to first and foremost change my mental attitude – see it as a challenge and… you got it… make a new plan for myself.  Note to self – change isn’t so scary as long as you can find a way to implement these changes.

Fail to plan, plan to fail :)

An attitude of “You Can Do This” had to happen.   Like the sayings – ‘The Body Achieves What the Mind Believes’ and ‘Your Body Won’t Go Where Your Mind Doesn’t Push It’.  Not only for trainings but particularly for the nutrition part, especially when you (and your body) are used to eating certain foods and certain ways.

So, here we are at 8 weeks out of the Enercup.  Every day, every training and every meal counts.

Today’s afternoon at Fitness Boulevard was great.  Always such a pleasure to meet with our coach, train, practice posing routines, hang out with the crew and shoot a few photos and videos in between.

Be sure to check out fellow Team JK athletes Gregori Braxhoofden and Souroush Moosavi who are in the photos above, and also in contest prep.

If you want to see more photos and videos be sure to follow our Instagram where we’re posting daily contest prep updates.