Mother becomes champion bodybuilder after ditching takeaways

Mother who piled on weight by eating McDonald’s and doughnuts sheds more than 5st and is now a champion bodybuilder

  • Blanka Harvey,31, from Leicestershire, decided to ditch the fast food 
  • Within months of her weight loss journey she had started in the gym  
  • She shed more than 5st after her weight ballooned after pregnancies
  • Blanka managed to drop four dress sizes and won first bodybuilding contest

A mother who piled on the pounds after giving birth by gorging on McDonald’s and doughnuts has become a champion bodybuilder just three years after joining a gym.

Blanka Harvey, 31, a mother-of-two from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, shed more than 5st after her weight ballooned following her second pregnancy.

She decided to join a gym after reaching an unhealthy 13st in 2019 and within a matter of months she had become a qualified fitness instructor and Zumba teacher.

Blanka Harvey, 31, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, who piled on the pounds after giving birth by gorging on McDonald's and doughnuts has become a champion bodybuilder just three years after joining a gym

Blanka Harvey, 31, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, who piled on the pounds after giving birth by gorging on McDonald’s and doughnuts has become a champion bodybuilder just three years after joining a gym

The mother-of-two claimed her weight ballooned following her second pregnancy and reached 13st in 2019

The mother-of-two claimed her weight ballooned following her second pregnancy and reached 13st in 2019

Blanka managed to lose an impressive 5st and dropped four dress sizes in two years before turning her passion to bodybuilding in April last year.

The 5ft 6ins fitness fanatic, who trains six times a week, then began entering bodybuilding contests – and winning them at the first attempt.

She will now represent the UK at the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) Championships in the USA this month after turning her life around in just three years.

Blanka, who currently weighs 8st, said she was inspired to get into shape during lockdown after putting on weight during her second pregnancy.

Blanka shed more than 5st and then began entering bodybuilding contests - and winning them at the first attempt

Blanka shed more than 5st and then began entering bodybuilding contests – and winning them at the first attempt

She had become a qualified fitness instructor and Zumba teacher before turning her passion to bodybuilding in April last year

 She had become a qualified fitness instructor and Zumba teacher before turning her passion to bodybuilding in April last year

The 5ft 6ins fitness fanatic trains six times a week managed to lose an impressive 32kg and dropped four dress sizes in two years

The 5ft 6ins fitness fanatic trains six times a week managed to lose an impressive 32kg and dropped four dress sizes in two years 

But she soon fell in love with bodybuilding and went on to claim two British titles the same year she took up the sport.

Blanka even left her job in hospitality to focus on training others and taking part in competitions.

The professional personal trainer and fitness instructor will now compete against 20 other bodybuilders from around the world at the finals in Los Angeles on November 19.

Blanka, who lives with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son said: ‘I joined the gym six weeks after giving birth to my second.

Blanka pictured before her weight loss journey three years ago with her daughter in matching leopard print pants

Blanka pictured before her weight loss journey three years ago with her daughter in matching leopard print pants 

Blanka posed up a storm in a sparking green bikini and clear heels at a body building championship

Blanka posed up a storm in a sparking green bikini and clear heels at a body building championship

Blanka, who currently weighs 8st, said she was inspired to get into shape during lockdown and she now trains six days a week

 Blanka, who currently weighs 8st, said she was inspired to get into shape during lockdown and she now trains six days a week 

‘I was always very active and fit before the children and I gained a lot of weight during the second pregnancy.

‘I love doughnuts, I used to have them all the time and I just wanted to feel myself again.

‘I went back to the gym and stated doing spin classes. I did a qualification and within a few months I was taking personal training sessions myself.

‘During lockdown I taught Zumba from home and I completed my level two fitness instructor license.

Blanka, who lives with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son said she joined the gym six weeks after giving birth to her second child

Blanka, who lives with her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son said she joined the gym six weeks after giving birth to her second child 

During lockdown she taught Zumba from home and completed a level two fitness instructor license

During lockdown she taught Zumba from home and completed a level two fitness instructor license

‘I left my job in hospitality. I came out of lockdown with an entirely new career.

‘Then I’ve got into bodybuilding and I happened to be a successful at it.

‘I wanted to join the gym to get back to the fitness levels that I had before my pregnancy to feel a bit better about myself.

‘But I haven’t stopped exercising since.’

Blanka started her bodybuilding training last April before winning her first show in September 2021 and then winning the WNBF British Finals the same year.

She added: ‘I wanted to take my physique to the next level.

‘I also wanted to set an example for my clients and to be someone to look up to. I needed help to get there and I decided to get a coach.

‘I had my first competition last year and I won my first show, which qualified me for the British finals, and I won the British finals last year.

She will now represent the UK at the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) Championships in the USA this month after turning her life around in just three years

She will now represent the UK at the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) Championships in the USA this month after turning her life around in just three years

Blanka works as a personal trainer and she coaches about 25 ladies as well as the Zumba classes

Blanka works as a personal trainer and she coaches about 25 ladies as well as the Zumba classes

‘I won in two categories – the beginner class and the open height class on November 28 last year.

‘I am now a British champion.

‘I used to live in high heels so I loved competing. Walking in high heels is natural to me. It might sound a little bit cheesy but I do love the attention.

‘I’m working in the gym 24/7 and I’m sweaty and worn out and it’s so lovely that I can showcase what I’m working for. I have the glam and the tan and the beautiful makeup.

‘For the world championship I’m trying my real best to get the training in but I’m just really excited about the whole experience and being part of Team GB.

She said she still manages to fit the school run in everyday before she heads to the gym to life weights

She said she still manages to fit the school run in everyday before she heads to the gym to life weights 

‘Before I was in a management role in hospitality, there was so much stress and long working hours.

‘Now I get to laugh and dance and giggle with the Zumba ladies.

‘My family were really proud of me. My dad thinks I’m a bit too thin, they joke around with me, but they are very supportive.

‘I want other women out there to get the confidence to get back into the gym and have a better body and have better goals.

‘I work now as a personal trainer, I coach about 25 ladies as well as the Zumba classes which people are welcome to come and join my classes.

‘And I still manage to fit the school run in every day.’

Blanka’s diet before

Breakfast: Full English breakfast.

Lunch: Sandwiches with snacks of chocolate, crisps

Dinner: Curry, fish and chips

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Blanka’s diet after

Breakfast: Eggs, toast, raw salad

Lunch: Chicken breast, rice, roast vegetables, protein shake

Dinner: Protein with potato and veg

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