Can I firstly introduce myself – I am Miss Louise Jane. A female wrestler from London, winner of Miss Personality, a finalist of Miss Great Britain (I came 9th), South Coast Bikini Bodybuilder Winner and finalist for NABBA’s Novice Finals (5th place). But the idea of prancing around in a bikini or lycra a few years ago would have been hell on earth. Being a shy over weight and mildly depressed size 18, I was the queen and master of layering up to cover all the lumps and bumps that were in all the wrong places. The awful thing was I had no idea how to change this. Yes I know I needed to do more exercise and eat better, but how and what. What do I need to do at the gym? How do I tone up, loss body fat and build muscle? What do I need to eat and not eat? How do I plan my meals? How much protein, carbs and fat do I need to eat? With so many questions and many conflicting answers from ‘experts’, websites and in magazines it took me a few years of tried and tested workout styles, diet plans and just listening to my body to work out what worked for me.
The moment I released I need to do something was when I was on holiday in Italy. Not once on that 10 day holiday did I put on a bikini because I felt so uncomfortable just thinking about wearing a bikini. Weeks later I got the photos printed and I looked through a stack of holiday snaps a mountain high. Not once looking at the beautiful Italian scenery or architecture but at my double chins, flabby gut, chubby arms. I could not pick out one positive. The next day I began my gym journey.
For the first few months I went at it alone at the gym. But lifting light weights, with no technique and doing a few minutes on the treadmill was not the right way to go, and I learnt this fast with not much of a change on the scales and in the mirror. I decided to get a trainer who could show me what weights to use and how to use them to help build up my gym confidence. I chose to go with a female personal trainer who had won competitions and had a killer body as she knew exactly what I wanted to achieve and how to go about it.
The first few training sessions were hard work. The following days were the worst. My body was in complete shock from actually having to use muscles and burn fat. It was brilliant.
I began a food diary and with the help of my trainer and some online diet plans designed for bikini competitions, I began realizing were I was going wrong. Over the next few months my diet improved along with my training and overall fitness knowledge. As my body began changing with all these alternations, a sense of addiction to the improvements fueled. I was in a new relationship. Me, I and the gym.
It was in 2013 I felt confident to put everything to the test and begin training for a competition. It was a great boost to get me through the next few hurdles so I didn’t just settle into a routine, instead I had to completely up my game.
At the same time I was training for a bodybuilding competition I was also competing in Miss Great Britain, so had to find a balance of gaining a toned body for the bikini aspect but not too muscular and very feminine for Miss GB. Weeks of fasting cardio, meal planning, long gym sessions all whilst wishing I could eat my body weight in chocolate buttons past.
It paid off.
I didn’t give in to the buttons and waste all the hard work I had done, and walked away winning and achieving things I thought I could never do.
With just over 3 stone and 17 inches lost, I felt like a new and improved me. My body wasn’t perfect, after all perfect does not exist, but I was happy to have the dream body I had worked so hard for. And it felt damn good.
Now day by day I aim to keep improving and keep dreaming.
Miss Louise Jane
Fad diets, fitness DVD's, diet pills, diet teas, detox's, fitness routines all tried and tested by moi. Once a size 18, now a happier, leaner and most importantly healthier size 8, I am going to share my journey, fitness routines, goals, recipes and anything else fitness related.