Michelle McBeth strikes a pose at the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation’s national championships in Edmonton recently

Michelle McBeth strikes a pose at the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation’s national championships in Edmonton recently

Striking the right balance

Michelle McBeth takes a healthy journey towards fitness and comes out on top

Michelle McBeth has come a long way from the day she tipped the scales at 180 pounds after the birth of her third child.

The Vernon mom of three sons placed third in open women’s physique and third in master’s women’s physique at the Canadian Bodybuilding Federation’s National Championships recently.

A few weeks later, she flew out to Pittsburgh, Pa., where she placed eighth in North America in her category.

“It’s been such a journey and it’s so incredible to know that age does not have to be a factor,” said McBeth, 43. “Finding balance between real life and competition life has been a challenge but I’m managing.”

McBeth’s disciplined approach to diet and training has paid off, and while her meals generally consist of a lot of protein and complex cards, she does admit to an occasional indulgence in a sweet treat.

“I’d like to thank Fitness West and its staff as well as members, all of whom have been incredibly supportive, and I thank them for that,” said McBeth, who credits her coach, Dawn Alison with Team Fit Body in Surrey for helping her take her training to the next level.

Next year, McBeth heads to nationals in Halifax, where she will compete to get her pro card. She has also qualified for the Arnold Schwarzenegger amateurs in Columbus, Ohio.

“What a ride it’s been.”

Her next step is to present a motivational goal-setting seminar to help others begin their own journey. If anyone is interested in taking part or for more information, please  e-mail McBeth at mich33mcb@hotmail.com