Fitness Fridays: Dezi Does It On The Diet, Workouts And Motivation It Takes To Excel In The World Of Bikini Competitions
When Desiree “Dezi Does It” Tizon was in high school, she was informed by her doctor that she had been born with only one kidney and two uteri (plural uterus). Mainly because of the disadvantages of only having one kidney, Tizon was instructed to stay away from team sports. Any contact sports that could possibly compromise her kidney function were frowned upon, and for years, she had to sit out competitive activities.
That’s what brought her to the world of bikini competitions. The now 25-year-old athlete and YouTube personality craved the chance to take part in athletic competition, and to transform her body (she’s naturally petite), so she decided to train and become disciplined so that she could stand on stage and finally place in something she’d worked hard for. She’s been able to do that and more, and since then, has been training consistently for competitions in her home base of Miramar, Florida.
“I feel like I kind of like to compete just to keep myself in check,” she said. “Like, let me do one competition a year or two a year just to keep my body in that physique.”
And as someone who wasn’t able to really be athletic during her formative years, we wanted to quiz Dezi on how she went from sitting out a lot of activities to taking home trophies and encouraging other women on their own fitness and self-love journeys. Here’s what it took her to train well, eat right and excel in bikini competitions.
Resilience – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; ability to spring back into shape 💪🏽 I placed 3rd in Novice B & 4th in Bikini open class at the #NPCRubyChampionships. My amazing trainer @jungle_queen_38 was my trophy presenter, my teammate @christiealysha grabbed that #1 spot, and #TeamLoleta racked up + won the team trophy 🏆 despite whatever setbacks occurred with the hurricane and competition being tough, I pushed through and will continue to work harder to be the best version of myself possible ❤️
MadameNoire: How and when did you decide to do bikini competitions?
Dezi Does It: So I began two years ago. Basically kind of what drove me to do it was I saw that I was going to the gym, and I was just kind of maintaining. I wasn’t looking any better, or looking any worse, but I really wanted to look better. I really wanted that challenge. And I basically found out when I was in high school that I was born with one kidney and two uterus. So because of that I wasn’t able to play any contact sports or basically do anything competitive after high school. So that’s kind of what drove me to do bikini competitions, because I was like, OK, it’s something that I can still compete in, and it can keep me on top of my fitness. So very similar to the sports aspect of it, something that you train for, but at least it’s something that won’t be harmful to my body and it’s not anything that’s contact.
Wow! So let’s take a step back. When did you start working out in general?
I started just kind of on myself, probably 2013 when I was in college. That was the year that I was just graduating college. So kind of after college you start realizing, well my body just changed a little bit! A lot of partying and then eating bad. So that’s when I started working out. That was 2013 and then I got a trainer probably three years later, and that’s when I started my competition training.
And how has working out been as someone with uteri?
Yeah, I mean, when it comes to working out, the only thing that’s really hard is that I basically get two cycles at the same time. So imagine, you know, no one wants to get out of bed and go work out when that time of the month is there. So imagine when there’s two, you know, two at the same time. I really just have to pull myself together and say, no, I can’t let this throw me off. I can’t let this sidetrack me. You have to fight through it. Even if you go light, it’s better than nothing. You know, even if I go to the gym, I’m like, OK, I’m not going to lift heavy today, I’m not going to go crazy cardio, but let me just go get a quick workout in. I really have to work past that. And it’s pretty difficult.
So what is a competition diet like?
So when I first started training, because I was trying to put on size and I already have a very fast metabolism, I would eat anywhere from five to seven meals a day. Mind you, two of those could be shakes, protein shakes. When I started I was eating meat, so I was having steaks, chicken, turkey. And then healthy carbs: brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato. But after my first competition I just didn’t like how it made me feel, eating so much food every single day. So during my second competition is when I changed to a vegetarian meal plan. So I did a lot of beans, a lot of beans, and fish, and sometimes occasionally here and there shrimp. So now, although I am training, but I don’t have a competition coming up, I still keep it around five to six meals a day. And that’s not for any reason besides me just being hungry. My body is so used to it that I kind of have to keep up with it now. But for the most part, everything is still pretty plant-based. I build a lot of my meals around any beans or any seeds that have a lot of protein.
And as someone training for competitions consistently, what is your workout regimen like?
Usually, I try to hit each body part at least once a week. I work out anywhere from four to five times a week. And lately, I just had a need for wanting to build up my legs a little bit more. So I’ve been training my legs three times a week and then I kind of just touch a little bit of my upper body. My upper body, I found, kind of grows and builds muscle kind of quickly. So I don’t like to be too buff on my upper body. That’s basically what I’ve been doing lately. But yeah, anywhere from four to five times a week.
When competition day comes, what runs through your mind on that day? I’ve heard for many it can be stressful.
Really, the day of my competition I don’t really have much stress because the work is already done. There’s nothing else that I could do that day to make myself any different for stage. I kind of just relax. Like the last one that I did was the week after the hurricane happened and I was going to cancel because I was just like, I haven’t worked out. I haven’t eaten right. I lost power for a week. But then I thought to myself like, I’ve already put in the work, you know, all this, all these months of me working and training have led me up to this day. So I might as well just chill out and relax and just get on stage and everything will happen on its own.
What advice would you give to women who are considering getting involved in training for a competition or who may be struggling to stay motivated?
The first thing that I recommend for anyone who wants to start competing is to go to a show [laughs]. I never even went to a show before I started competing. But I found my team, and they were really helpful in guiding me. Most competitions do have a team award. So if you’re brand new to it and you go to a show and you see, OK, this team just won the team award, one of their members won first place in this category and that category, that might give you a good idea as far as where to start. ‘Cause I do highly recommend going through a team versus just doing it alone because it can be very intimidating. Why not have that big support system, especially if the people around you aren’t used to that stuff? You know, I know a lot of people that go, “Well, my family eats really bad so I don’t know if I want to start this.” At least you’ll have that support system of people who are already involved in it. And get the information down on what show you want to do. Just being very transparent, your first show is extremely expensive. It’s not a cheap hobby, but it is something that is achievable when you really stop eating out and doing the things that you would normally take part in. You save a lot of money which can be applied to the competition.
How has training and competing changed the way you treat and view your body?
Not necessarily my body, but my discipline. Just my ability to do anything. When you have a specific goal in mind, especially one with a date, it’s a lot easier to have to stay disciplined because you know that day is coming up. And I also believe that — while I don’t believe everyone needs a trainer, I do believe it’s extremely helpful. I think that the financial commitment of being a competitor also encourages you to really stay disciplined. Because if you pay $35 for a gym membership and you don’t go, that’s not a big deal. But if you pay $35 a session with your trainer and you don’t show up and you know you’re going to get charged for it, then you might get to the gym. So it’s really developed my sense of discipline, what I can achieve when I truly put my mind to something.