WHAT started out as trying to shed a few kilos has turned into a winning pursuit for Gympie woman Kelly Renyard.
New to the sport, the dedicated bodybuilder won a first and third place at the International Bodybuilding Association Classic in Brisbane last month.
Against 17 competitors, Ms Renyard was first in the Ms Figure First Timer event and third in the under 47kg figure class at Chandler's Sleeman Centre.
In a huge competition made up of bikini, fitness and figure classes. Ms Renyard said it was a great feeling knowing her hours of hard work had paid off.
"I was in disbelief," the passionate competitor said.
"It was surreal to think I had won when I was up against some great weighties."
Ms Renyard credits her submersion in the world of bodybuilding to when she joined the Cooloola Fitness Centre three years ago.
This exposed her to the importance of eating well and making exercise a daily routine.
In November, Ms Renyard hired a coach, and the constant guidance in training and meal plans helped ready her for the highly competitive world of bodybuilding.
For six months Ms Renyard followed a healthy diet according to specific quantities, but did not have to cut anything out of her previous one.
"It is all about sticking to a plan," she said.
Competition preparation began 12 weeks before the event; requiring a lot of commitment and determination and towards the end there were no cheat days for Ms Renyard.
"I was putting a lot of hours in at the gym," she said.
"I found it challenging but I had a goal in sight which kept me focused."
With the support of her mother, who was by her side at the Brisbane Classic, Ms Renyard has her sights set on September's Queensland State Championships.
"I am excited for the future because it is something I would want to continue."