Body Transformation: Powerful Performer!

Celiac disease held Bethany’s goals hostage for decades. At age 28, she diagnosed the problem, alleviated the symptoms with a gluten-free diet, and burst into fitness and hip-hop!

Name: Bethany Nelson
BodySpace: bethanyjnpeanut

Bethany Nelson Bethany Nelson
AGE 20
145 lbs
AGE 30
110 lbs

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Why I Decided to Transform

Hip hop dance and performance has been in my blood since I can remember. I danced throughout middle and high school, but was never considered fit or thin. I was a strong and "curvy" dancer. In my 20s, I auditioned for several professional dance teams and advanced to tryouts, but never made it because I wasn't in shape.

By age 28, I overcame three years of a chronic pain and was diagnosed with celiac disease. My body reacted to gluten and wheat and it had a horrible effect on my overall heath. Within two weeks of eliminating gluten from my diet, I was a new person. My new life came with a fresh understanding of what it means to eat clean. Performing a fitness routine as a competitor was my chance to fulfill a dream and have my "rock star" moment.

I want be a strong example of a healthy life, especially to young girls who can adapt to this lifestyle much earlier than I did.

How I Accomplished My Goals

I discovered my gluten allergy during the Master Cleanse, which helped my body reset from prolonged sickness. I dropped 10 pounds with the cleanse in 10 days. When I started training for my first competition, I had 15 percent body fat and hired a personal trainer and nutrition coach to guide my journey.

When I was 13 weeks out from the show, I started carb-cycling, trained five days per week, and documented my steps. I built new lean muscle and whittled down to a size my body had never been before. I was about nine percent body fat on stage and won the beginner figure overall title at the natural show. Performing my fitness routine was icing on the cake and I experienced my first "rock star" moment.

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Supplements that Helped Me Through the Journey
Diet Plan that Guided My Transformation
Meal 1
Meal 2: Pancake
Meal 3: Lettuce Wraps
Meal 4: Pork and Beans
Meal 5: Popeye Salad
Meal 6: Caribbean Catch
  • tilapia


    4 oz

  • asparagus



  • salsa

    Pineapple Salsa

    1 tbsp

Training Regimen that Kept Me On Track
Day 1: Shoulders/Abs/Dance Class
Day 2: Chest/Triceps/Plyos
Day 3: Back/Biceps/Abs/HIIT Cardio
Day 4: Full Body Cardio
  • Dance class

    Warrior Sculpt Yoga

    30-60 min
Day 5: Rest
Day 6: Legs/Glutes/Cardio
Day 7: Rest

What Aspects Changed Me the Most

It took a complete mind-shift to prove to myself that I can accomplish my dreams with hard work and dedication. Fitness and competing blessed me with a new life, new friends, and amazing new opportunities. I love that my journey continues to influence and inspire others to take care of themselves and follow their dreams too.

My Future Fitness Plans

I plan to compete as long as I can. There's no better rush than strutting your hard work on stage and trying to reach a new level each time.

I want to be a strong example of a healthy life, especially to young girls who can adapt to this lifestyle much earlier than I. I'd love the opportunity to be the face for a health and fitness brand that could elevate my platform and story.

Suggestions for Aspiring Transformers
  • Take it one step and day at a time.
  • Don't be overwhelmed and don't go too extreme with your diet, supplements, or training.
  • Allow yourself treats and vices. Constant deprivation will eventually make you crash or binge.
  • Fitness should be fun and enjoyable even if it's hard work.
How Helped Me Reach My Goals has been an excellent resource and motivational tool as I venture in my fitness journey. I loved reading articles from athletes who inspire me. When I was in a training rut, I visited the site for new exercises and supplement ideas.

Bethany's Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. "Where Have You Been" by Rihanna
  2. "Play Hard" by David Guetta
  3. "Trumpet Lights" by Chris Brown
  4. "#thatPOWER" by
  5. "I Love It (remix)" by Icona Pop

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