Three years ago Stacey was walking out of clothes stores because jeans weren't made in her size. Now she competes internationally as a fitness model. Read about her transformation and how to plans to inspire others with tips and tricks she has learned along the way.
When did you first realise you wanted to be part of the fitness industry?
There is a degenerative genetic illness (Huntington’s disease) that runs in my family, and has tragically taken the lives of many of my loved ones far too early in life. Being at high risk myself, and being the main carer for my father in his later stages, was extremely stressful and lead me to a state of depression and obesity through emotional eating.
However, it was my father who inspired me to pursue a passion in the fitness industry, as I watched him fighting for his life through fitness, as he knew that by keeping the mind and body active he could prolong the degenerative illness. He would get up and run up and down the hospital corridors to try and keep fit, and as a result, he managed to live more than 10 years longer than any Doctor had diagnosed.
This inspired me to start my own weight loss journey, losing over 30kgs and developing a deep passion for fitness. After knowing how much better I feel as a result of living a healthy fitness lifestyle, it became my desire to help others by studying Fitness and becoming a Personal Trainer, and now a Fitness Ambassador, Model and Motivational Speaker.
What was your biggest fitness achievement in 2013?
In 2013 I competed internationally as a Fitness Model, and this was a big achievement for me, as it had been my dream when I first started my weight-loss transformation to grace the Las Vegas stage with the bright lights, in the Big Wings like a Victoria’s Secret model. It was a long and emotional journey for me, learning so much along the way, and knowing how far I have come! I used to wear size 20 pants on my cellulite covered backside with two pairs of spanx underneath to try and hold in the saddlebags, and I still remember clearly the day when I was told by the girl in a shop, that “we don’t make jeans in your size.” So in 2013 when I was running around backstage at the WBFF World’s in my bikini amongst some of the most amazing bodies in the world as a Fitness Diva...I had to pinch myself!
Once upon a time I would not have been seen dead in a bikini, let alone walked onto a stage in one! I also made some amazing friends from all around the world who also share a passion for fitness.
What's your favourite meal to make when you are in a hurry?
I feel like I am always in a hurry! I work full-time, and run my own business, as well as being a busy model, so I always have photo shoots or appearances to attend and prep for, and I am always hurrying around between one place and another! But the one thing I always do first, is make time to prepare my food and be organised for the day with my meals on hand. My diet is now very clean and consists of all fresh and un-processed foods, so the only difference in my meals between being in a crazy hurry or not, would be that I don’t get time to cut or grate the fruit/vegetables up or cook them. But a raw carrot stick or whole cucumber is so much easier to eat on the run anyway! ;)