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Former bodybuilder Lisa Appleton hints at steroid use after being branded ‘fat and unattractive’

Monday 6th August 2018
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Whatever you think of Lisa Appleton, you can’t deny that for 50 she looks incredible.

But it wasn’t always the case that she was praised for her youthful looks and toned physique—the reality TV star has revealed that she was once called “fat and unattractive” when she took part in her first bodybuilding contest.

In her upcoming book ‘BALLS: Beyond Anxiety—Love, Light, Success ©’—written by her sister Sarah Appleton—Lisa lifts the lid on the highs and lows of the bodybuilding world, including the use of steroids.

Mum-of-one Lisa, who trained hard for six years before mustering up the courage to get on stage and show off her muscular bod (see videos below)—but not everyone at the competition was quite as supportive as she first thought.

In an exclusive excerpt sent to Reality Bite, Lisa said: “Bodybuilding made me feel like a warrior. It restored my confidence.

“After training for six years I entered my first competition.  It was held at a Theatre in Grimsby. I went there believing I’d make new friends and have a laugh. Maybe receive advice from the more experienced competitors.

“I wanted to win, but didn’t expect to, with it being my first ‘go’. I was naive. The other competitors were bitchy and deadly serious about the competition. A few of them commented that I was fat and unattractive.

“I thought, ‘can’t we have fun, be polite to each other and compete?’ It was Miss Figure, for heaven’s sake, not the Olympics.

“Wherever I go, I like to make friends and enjoy people’s company. It was a rude awakening.”

Despite her upset over cruel remarks, in typical Lisa style she managed to turn the judges around and ended up coming third, despite not being “ripped” enough.

And it was this moment that the dark side of bodybuilding was introduced to her.

She said: “With hindsight, I think I was lucky to go that far. They must have thought I was taking the Michael. Nevertheless, I felt crushed.  Apparently I wasn’t ‘ripped’ enough.

“The woman who won looked like a more masculine version of Arnold Schwarzenegger with Farrah Fawcett’s hair (on her chin!). I realised the only way I’d win competitions was to take steroids.

“I was health conscious and didn’t like the idea of putting a drug into my body. I was reluctant to take headache tablets, never mind anything else.

“The temptation proved too strong.”

BALLS: Beyond Anxiety—Love, Light, Success © will be published later this year.

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