Kelli Blanchfield first   started weight training eight years ago and is a proud mum of two girls who are 18 and 21.
Kelli Blanchfield first started weight training eight years ago and is a proud mum of two girls who are 18 and 21. Danny D'mello photography

Kelli is muscling her way to body success

KELLI Blanchfield is mum to 18 and 21-year-old girls, but looking at her, you wouldn't know it.

The 42-year-old fitness model has just taken out first place in a Gold Coast body building competition.

Ms Blanchfield will travel to Singapore next week to compete in her first international body building competition.

 

Shaye Blanchfield, Kelli Blanchfield and Tahlia Blanchfield.
Shaye Blanchfield, Kelli Blanchfield and Tahlia Blanchfield. Contributed

The Ergon Energy stakeholder engagement advisor said she could never have envisioned starting weight training eight years ago could lead to a life-long passion for the sport.

"I started training about eight years ago, I didn't feel great about how I looked or felt and I fell in love with shaping my body and feeling fit and strong," she said.

"I did a 12-week challenge in 2014 and loved the results so I decided in 2015 when I turned 40 I was going to stand on stage and be in the best shape ever.

"On the day after my 40th birthday I stood on stage in Brisbane at my third competition and placed third."

 

Ms Blanchfield is now about to compete in her 11th body building competition and says the sport has helped her self-confidence and made her a stronger person mentally, emotionally and physically.

 

Ms Blanchfield said self-motivation and discipline were key to her success in body building.

"I always remind myself why I am doing it and that's important - I do this for me and no one else," she said.

Working hard in the gym is only half the battle, Ms Blanchfield also works hard in the kitchen preparing her meals so she stays on track.

 

"Sometimes it feels like the eating part is the hardest part of my prep as I need to stay disciplined, even on special occasions," she said.

"During the prep for my latest competition I had my daughter's 21st and my other daughter's 18th birthday parties. I still had a great time with my girls I just sat there with my little Tupperware container and ate my meals.

"Society is very much about eating and drinking so sometimes it does get hard.

 

FITNESS WOMAN: Kelli Blanchfield has just won first place in the Southern Hemisphere Championships.
FITNESS WOMAN: Kelli Blanchfield has just won first place in the Southern Hemisphere Championships. Danny D'mello photography

"But in my view it's totally worth it and it's my decision to do the comps so I don't feel like I am missing out as I know what I am working towards with my stage physique."

Ms Blanchfield said she would have days occasionally which allowed her a little flexibility in her diet.

 

Ms Blanchfield said the sport wasn't for everyone.

"As a big introvert I need to push myself out of my comfort zone," she said.

"Having a passion for what you do makes it fun and I love competing and working towards a goal and then achieving it.

"The feeling of satisfaction and achievement is something that is incredible to experience."



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