Congratulations Kirsty for completing your first photo-shoot challenge with us!
Tell us, what was the best part of this journey?
I loved my entire fitness journey, especially the amazing feeling I received from achieving my goals. Winning the "best female transformation" award was incredible and I hope my transformation will inspire other people to start their MP journey.
(Kirsty won a cool $2,500 cash at the MP Awards Gala)
What was the biggest habit holding you back? And have you conquered it completely yet, or still working on it?
The biggest habit I had when I started my journey was snacking and not preparing my meals in advance. Once I was preparing my meals in bulk and increased my meal frequency, I was consistently becoming leaner and stronger.
I have conquered this habit by ensuring I set particular times for shopping, chopping and cooking. It is the best feeling driving to work in the morning knowing you have enough meals to eat throughout the day.
What did you struggle with the most on this journey, and how did you overcome it?
I found it hard with all the uncontrollable challenges I was experiencing in my life. I was dealing with a lot of personal stresses, however, I was determined to use this stress to my advantage by training hard and focusing on achieving my goals.
Investing in myself with training and nutrition was my escape, and a great way to relieve my stress. I am a true believer good things do come out of challenging situations.
(It's been a very productive 14 months for Kirsty, despite all the challenges she has faced)
What did you find the easiest?
I absolutely love weight training regardless of how hard the session is. I look forward to it and will put everything into my training session because there is no greater feeling than smashing my PBs on a weekly basis.
Favourite motivational quote:
Arnold Schwarzegger: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”
What advice would you give to someone who resonates with your story and might be struggling?
Stop thinking and talking about making change, just take the first brave step and do it!
Don’t put pressure on yourself by trying to be perfect and fix all your habits at once. As long as you are making consistent small changes mentally and physically, you are heading into the right direction.
It is amazing how particular foods and habits that you thought would be impossible to eliminate from your life will slowly slip away as you progress in your fitness journey.
(Kirsty says the sacrifices were worth it to achieve better health and happiness)
In bullet point form, list 3 ingredients that you feel are vital to a successful transformation?
- Don’t get distracted by what other people are doing, keep focused on the goals you want to achieve and block out the noise.
- Prepare your meals in advance, train hard, recover well with quality sleep.
- Share your fitness journey with ‘only’ people who will support your goals and push you hard to achieve them.
What did you learn from this experience?
The best way of achieving a big goal is to set little goals along the way to keep your motivation high and to have a sense of achievement on a regular basis. I now know that if I can achieve a great transformation in the most stressful year of my life, I have the mindset to achieve much more in less challenging times.
(Kirsty says working on her transformation during the most difficult year of her life has helped her develop a stronger mindset)
Tell us something about yourself?
When starting your journey it is important to have a very good reason WHY you want to achieve your goals to keep you motivated and accountable.
I started my journey because I had reached a point where I was over feeling physically and mentally drained. I was not only wanting a better physique but I was desperate to feel healthy again for not only me but for my family.
My fitness journey has been an amazing experience because it has improved so many aspects of my life. I am happy with my physical changes however the mental changes have been phenomenal. I feel completely different. I am now a better partner, mother to my 3 daughters, discovered my passion for weight training and MP nutrition and clearly know which people in my life genuinely care and bring out the best out in me.
I am forever grateful to have experienced this fitness journey because I know it doesn’t end here, I have this for life!