Coast mum pushing the limits for bodybuilding comp
BY definition, determination is the act of deciding or settling on a purpose.
But the word is better summed up by Kerri Griffiths' eating habits.
The Sunshine Coast mother of five, including three stepchildren, has eaten the same thing every day since December last year.
Each week she juggles cooking meals for her family, dropping the kids to and from school, completing her daily two-hour workout and after-school activities with prepping her meat and vegies.
But life if not as bland as it might sound for the health enthusiast.
With five friends, four of them mothers, Mrs Griffiths has trained for months to compete at the INBA, or International Natural Bodybuilding Association, competition to be held in Brisbane next month.
"Everyone does it for different reasons, but I did it to see if I could stick to it and see how my body could change," she said.
Mothers Kylie Bent-Dexter, Sarah Hansen, Debbie Holland and Kellie Howard and Sarah McConville are Mrs Griffiths' support unit.
The women train together, swap food tips and share their frustrations and fears.
"To be honest some weeks I feel like my head's spinning, but it also makes me thrive on it," she said.
"I have wanted to throw it all in to be honest, especially when you have birthdays and events and you still have to be disciplined, but that's why it's good that we're all in the same boat.
"It's so nice to empower one another."
Mrs Howard works full-time as a personal trainer at Invigorate Health Club Marcoola, the gym where the women train, and said achieving a competition body was a balance between diet and exercise.
The women train a minimum five days a week, with a clean diet making up about 75% of their training.
"It's not for the faint hearted that's for sure," Mrs Howard said.
"It's been a full-on journey for me of ups and downs and every week has been different because of the time it takes you away from your family.
The women will compete in the INBA Competition in Brisbane on May 23 and 24.