A Story of Discipline, Focus, and Consistency

Prinsa Shrestha, Professional Accountant and Amateur Physique Competitor, shares her life journey thus far and what is on the anvil

How did you come into health, wellness, and bodybuilding?

Back in 2009 when I came to Australia to pursue my higher education, I got into a very unhealthy lifestyle and in a matter of few months I put on a lot of weight. Three years later I found myself overweight to a point where I completely lost my self-esteem, and I knew I had to do something about it. That realization to not only look good, but feel my best was the starting point of my fitness journey.

I was desperate to lose weight but I was not sure how to start.

Growing up I was never into sports. The only form of exercise I enjoyed was dancing, so I took this to my advantage. I would start my day with an hour of dance/aerobics exercise at home, six days a week. Then I incorporated yoga into my routine and changed my eating habits. Not seeing the result I was seeking, I added in bodyweight exercises. I was reluctant to join a fitness centre at the time because I was not confident enough to train in a public place.

In 2016 I got in touch with an old friend who had just completed his fitness certification. He encouraged me to start weight training to shape up my physique. After a lot of convincing I agreed to join my local gym, and that one decision changed my life forever. He has continued to train me as a Coach since then.

My Coach, Srijan Maharjan, had seen the potential in me as a physique competitor from the very beginning. At first, I did not give much thought to it because I had never pictured myself to be on stage and compete as an athlete.

After a year of weight training and following a healthy lifestyle I saw amazing results in my physique so I decided to take this to another level.

After a year of weight training and following a healthy lifestyle I saw amazing results in my physique so I decided to take this to another level. I wanted to do something different and challenging for myself, that’s when I got into bodybuilding, a competitive sport.

What are some of the challenges you face on a daily basis to keep you motivated? 

You see, bodybuilding is not just about building muscles or looking good. Those superficial features do not reflect the most serious dimensions of bodybuilding as a sport. To be an athlete involves so much more than going to the gym and lifting weights. It comes with physical and mental challenges on a daily basis.

Sometimes, being able to balance your personal life and the strict training schedule is pretty exhausting. Life can get very monotonous and repetitive because you are following a structure, day in day out. I am not allowed too much flexibility in my lifestyle that can throw me off track, which means no pizzas and momos until I get the work done.

How do you set physical and nutritional goals?

My workout regime and diet is strategically planned based on my competition goals. During competition season I follow a strict diet which helps me attain the standard of leanness required to be on stage. I measure out all the food that goes into my body.

When I am not competing, I am still counting calories and eating well-planned meals mainly to improve performance in the gym.

How do you take care of your emotional well-being? 

Getting a quality sleep is part of my routine. I try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep for optimal physical and mental health.

I believe in the healing power of music therapy as a way to manage stress and soothe my soul.

I believe in the healing power of music therapy as a way to manage stress and soothe my soul.

I also make time to interact with my loved ones and stay connected. 

What role does your support system – family, friends, relatives, co-workers – play in helping you grow?

I have the most amazing support system in my life for which I feel truly blessed.

My family has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue my passion. 

My Coach has invested time and effort into making me a champion. Being a good friend and a coach I can rely on him for emotional support and regular pep talk.

I have a close-knit circle of like-minded people who are also into competitive bodybuilding and know exactly what I go through during competition prep. We share similar goals and aspirations and help each other get through difficult times. They have always been there to cheer me on.

Your achievements till date in bodybuilding and your future plans.

1st show – April 2018

Federation – ICN (iCompete Natural)
Event – Sydney International Supershow 2018
Sports Model Novice – 2nd place
Sports Model First Timer – 3rd place
Fitness Model Novice – 4th place

2nd show – October 2018

Federation – ICN (iCompete Natural)
Event – Australian Nationals 2018
Sports Model Novice – 3rd place
Sports Model First Timer – 4th place
Fitness Model Novice – 5th place

3rd show – September 2019

Federation – ICN (iCompete Natural)
Event – NSW State Championship 2019
Sports Model Open Class – 1st place
Sports Model Overall – 2nd place
Fitness Model Open Class – 5th place

4th show – October 2019

Federation – ICN- (iCompete Natural)
Event – Australian Nationals 2019
Sports Model Open – 5th place

Future plans

My aim is to get a ‘Pro card’ and turn into a Pro Athlete. I am also looking forward to becoming a World Champion and represent Nepal in the international platform. I am currently working on my physique to bring the best package next time I step on stage.

Words of wisdom for people who are struggling with health and body goals. 

The key to achieve any goal in life requires discipline, focus and consistency.

If you are starting out with your fitness journey, it is important to be clear about your goal and what you want to achieve. Put a plan in place, execute, determine the best route to achieve your goal and work your way up.

For someone who is lacking motivation to keep fit, ask yourself one thing, “how bad do you want it?” If you want it bad enough, you will find a way to make it work.

Consistency binds these two factors together. Without consistency your plans are unorganised and you might not have a structure for progress and growth.

Prinsa Shrestha is a professional accountant and amateur physique competitor currently residing in Sydney, Australia. 

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