Kimberley Bowman – Transformation Interview

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What is your fitness background?

I don’t really have a huge fitness background – apart from doing A-level PE and taking part in small sport clubs when I was younger- I did a lot of sport but I have no qualifications or a great knowledge of fitness!

Why did I choose to transform my body?

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 18.45.51I stopped taking part in sports when I finished sixthform as I did so much of it- I just wanted a break. I went to university and I never had a big problem about my weight- it wasn’t something I ever worried about. Until 3 years in to my university course of partying/takeaways/drinking, a big heart break then, meeting someone and becoming ‘comfortable’ I realised I really had piled on the lbs or, should I say a couple of stone but shockingly, I’d never noticed- I was in complete denial when I went up a dress size I actually blamed the shop. The biggest realisation was not being able to get my old jeans on and being called ‘fat’ by quite a few girls. That really hit me hard.

What was your training like?

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 18.40.45Wow, to begin with difficult – I used to run as much as I could. My first attempt I lasted for about 4 minutes of light running and I remember I felt like crying but I kept at it and I was then running for at least an hour. I did cardio every week as it was the only thing I knew how to do! I was losing the odd lb but, I wasn’t seeing any difference and this was after about 2 months of going at it! It made me so depressed I then starting observing others in the gym and watching people use weights, I then did my own research and I thought I’d have a go. I was completely embarrassed stood there, overweight with 2.5kg weights in my hands, in front of lots of men but I felt the burn and my love for lifting grew from there, each week I would go heavier or increase the reps, I even asked gym members for advice to correct my technique I had nothing to lose and I finally started to see a huge difference!! I now have people asking me for help and it’s just a shock and inspirational at the same time! Now I train 6 days a week and very hard for my comp in November. I know my bodies limits and I always try to find work out which are outside my comfort zone!

What was your diet like?

Well day 1: my boyfriend actually put a padlock on our ‘junk food cupboard’ to control my intake as I get easily carried away and, I cried and tried to pick the lock. haha The cravings were horrendous as I was eating an awful amount of sugars and fats per day! I decided to cut my portions opposed to cutting all junk out altogether as it was easier for me. But the cravings were leaving after a week, I would eat healthy 5 days a week so greens, meats, veg, fruit and rice then I would have 2 chest days… it worked for me!Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 18.42.35 I was also drinking protein shakes after gym sessions. Now it’s completely controlled and different; I eat super clean 7 days a week with one cheat meal. This involves a controlled amount of carbs, proteins, fats and fibre to keep myself maintained but I am on a muscle-building diet so it’s 6 meals a day all of my food is weighed out but I really enjoy doing it. Prepping my food each evening stops me picking at food during the day and I rarely ever crave bad foods!!

What supplements did I use?

image-1I started off with just protein shakes which I’d take morning and post workout. Now I take protein shakes, L-glutamine, fat metabolisers (FAHRENHEIT), ZMA, CLA, BCAAs, casein and lots of vitamins (the list goes on) I love supplements now. You see a greater difference and, I’m rarely ever ill either which I think could be down to the supplements. It’s great for me as I am now a sponsored athlete for BodySupplements (@bodysupps1) so, they provide me with the advice and supplements to help me along the way! I have a cupboard full!

How has your lifestyle changed?

Massively! I’ve gone from a raging, overweight alcoholic to a fit and heathy girl who doesn’t drink at all! There’s highs and lows to it- the highs are I’ve made so many new friends, I get lovely messages from people who inspire me, my twitter followers grew from 5 to 2k+, I’m happier within myself and I am so much more confident! image-5I even got a sponsorship and I am doing my first competition in November!! My life rapidly changed once I posted about my weight loss.

The lows, I lost friends, best friends. However; that has a high to it as it shows who really are your friends. I suppose I can be classed as ‘boring’ to some as I can rarely eat out, I don’t like drinking anymore, fitness keeps me happy and that’s the main thing. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

What challenges did you face?

Losing friends was the largest as I used to go out constantly and now the thought of going out makes me feel sick! But I overcame the negativity. I also had girls attempt to put me down once people were recognising my hard work ‘jealousy’ I like to call it. I face them head on now- I’m proud of myself.

Another challenge would be getting my parents to understand why I eat so much chicken but they’re so supportive and love seeing me grow!

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 18.40.03How do you feel about your transformation?

I feel great. I’ve never felt better and I wish I’d done it sooner! It’s amazing how I had a goal and I constantly moved the goal posts when I got to that particular point- fitness is not perfection- there is something that can always be improved and that’s why I love it- the possibilities are endless! It’s also amazing hearing other peoples stories, even from people who I’ve inspired- I’d never have thought this time last year, I’d be where I am today!

What are your plans for the future?

Well a part from finish my university degree, I’m hoping to gain a lot more muscle within the next few months with the help of my comp coach which is going great, my comp November!! I am entering a body transformation and a bikini comp (amateur). I’m silly nervous but it’ll be a great experience and if I get placed that would be an amazing achievement and bonus for me!! I would love to do professional eventually but, I don’t want to run before I can walk!! I see big things though and I hope to become a fitness model in the future (fingers crossed it’s my dream!)

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

image-4Just a message to all the ladies and guys out there who are thinking about doing what I did – do it! I gave up a few times during my fitness journey which is still going and it makes you stronger mentally and physically! Never be embarrassed and never accept that ‘you can’t do it’ because if I can, you can! It’s not going to be perfect or easy to begin with but it does with time!

If you have any questions never hesitate to leave a comment bolos or drop me a message or a tweet on twitter – I always get back to everyone!

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Comments

  1. Hi..you look amazing and you are so inspirational. I’m looking to start the transformation but at the moment I am undecided as to how to train. Is it better to have someone guiding you and training you or can you do the training on your own in the gym? If so which training plan should I follow? I’ve signed up to Bikini Queens so have access to their programmers and nutrition. Also how long did it take you to get to where you are now? Thank you for any help/advice..Carrie

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