MY FITNESS JOURNEY

It has taken me many years of trial and error and going through extremes to finally find balance with my health and fitness. I want to help others not to make the same mistakes I did, because extremes simply DON’T work! It is possible to get the body you want and be healthy and happy at the same time!

Growing up

From a young age I have always been very active. I tried many different sports such as athletics, basketball, football and I also went to the gym occasionally. I have never been overweight in my life. Up until I was 20 I could pretty much eat anything I wanted and I would not put on weight!

After I left school I started working full time in my early 20s and my exercise routine had taken the back seat. It wasn’t long until my inactive lifestyle and often poor food choices started to take an effect on my body. I put on some weight and felt soft, skinny fat and out of shape. All my clothes got very tight and I wasn’t happy with my body anymore.

Being comfortable in my skin has always been very important to me. I wanted to have a body I could be proud of again. I refused to let myself go and I knew I had to take action.

Kitti

Going to extremes

I realized that I couldn’t get away with eating whatever I wanted anymore and I had to start making a conscious effort to get back in shape and stay fit. I started reading a lot about diet and training methods. I became obsessed with my goal of getting a lean body.

I embarked on so many different diets like vegetarianism, veganism, raw food diet, low carb diet desperately searching for the perfect method to get the body I imagined. I was so strict with my food and wouldn’t eat anything that was not considered “healthy”.

I began doing high intensity, cardio type workouts almost every single day. When I didn’t train, I felt guilty. After about a year of following my restrictive diet and excessive exercise routine, I did achieve my goal and got very lean… actually too lean!  At the time, I thought I was healthy and fit. Was I happy with my body? For a little while I was, but it didn’t take me long to realize I was NOT healthy.

The realization

My passion for fitness encouraged me to become a qualified personal trainer. I continued to expand my knowledge about fitness and nutrition and I slowly began to understand that what I had been doing was not healthy at all. I was lucky I didn’t suffer any detrimental consequences to my hormonal health and metabolism. Due to my extreme dietary habits, my menstrual cycle stopped, I often felt burnt out, tired and irritable. I would go through periods of restrictive eating only to end up so hungry and binging on all the food I could get my hands on. I knew this was not normal and I had enough of the extremes! I wanted to have a healthy relationship with food and my body again. I was tired of looking in the mirror every single day only to notice the things I didn’t like about myself.

I didn’t want to be skinny and obsessive anymore. I had learnt that in order to build feminine curves, I needed to lift weights and eat more food. At first I was terrified about this idea and I thought I would gain fat and become bulky, but I gave it a go anyway.

Finding balance

I started lifting weights and cut back on the cardio. In a few months, my body had started to change. I put on lean muscle that made me feel more feminine than ever. I got hooked with lifting weights and being able to shape my body how I wanted. I now eat everything in moderation. No more cutting out food groups and feeling hungry.

I live by the 80-20 rule. I eat healthy and nutritious foods 80% of the time and allow myself anything I fancy in the remaining 20%. I do not have any cravings for junk food anymore because I give my body everything it needs, but occasionally if I want something I will eat it without guilt. I can have a little bit of chocolate without the need of eating the whole bar.

I am never hungry and still being able to maintain a lean, athletic body. I am full of energy and positivity.

I train average 4x a week with weights and I do a little bit of cardio just to keep in condition and to recover better from my workouts. However, if I feel tired I do not hesitate to give myself an extra day off from the gym. I have become wiser and I do listen to my body.

Lifting weights and adding lean muscle to my frame has increased my metabolism and it has become much easier to maintain a lean, toned body all year round without restricting myself of anything.

Throughout my journey I have experienced and learnt the difference between being extreme and unhappy versus balanced and full of life.

It has become my mission to help, inspire and motivate as many women as I can to stop the insanity and punishing themselves with unrealistic diet and exercise routines. Quick fixes don’t work! I believe in training smart, fueling your body with nutritious foods and most importantly having fun while doing it. Fitness is a lifestyle and it is never too late to start!

My competing journey:

After about 2 years of lifting weights consistently I was so happy with my results that I decided to enter a fitness competition to see what my body can look like in its peak condition. I hired my coach (Mirella Ingamells) who helped me get ready for the stage.

I won my first competition and was awarded my WBFF pro status in November 2014. That was one of the best days of my life.

After a year of focusing on my off-season goals, I went on to win the European Pro Show in November 2015. I was over the moon and so pleased with how far I had come.

In 2016 I stepped on stage again at my most challenging competition to date, the WBFF WORLDS in Toronto and placed 7th out of a very impressive line-up of 45 Bikini Pros. I am now proud to be amongst the Top 10 Bikini Pros in the world.

Achievements:

  • 2014 WBFF LONDON – 1st Place in Bikini Category – Awarded Pro status
  • 2015 WBFF EUROPEAN PRO SHOW (LONDON) – 1st Place in Pro Bikini Category – European Pro Bikini Champion
  • 2016 WBFF FEMALE MODEL OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
  • 2016 WBFF WORLDS TORONTO – 7th Place in Pro Bikini – Top 10 in the World