Months of hard work, plus a diet dominated by chicken breast and broccoli, has helped Maroochydore's Becky Tarzia finish second in the Miss Fitness Australia competition.
Despite the carb-craving mood swings over the past six months, the 23-year-old feels she is realising a decade-long dream.
Finishing second in the national contest qualified her for the Miss Olympia world titles to be held on the Gold Coast in October.
"It's like the bodybuilding and body-shaping competitions, but they want you to be feminine too," she said. "This was my first competition after training for about six months so it was a huge step."
Becky quit gymnastics when she was younger after being told she was too muscular.
"I stopped that when I was 12 and went into sports aerobics. The dieting was the hardest bit because I've never had to diet in my life."
Becky said she had to do a 90-second fitness routine involving gymnastics and strength to show the judges she was dynamic, strong and fit, followed by bikini and dress rounds to show her femininity.
"The bikini round was the worst bit for me because you have to wear these tiny high-cut things and basically stripper shoes with them. That was horrific," she said.
"The leaner you get, the more masculine you get, but they don't want you to get like that because they want your shape to be out of reach for anyone and I love my food too much to get that skinny."
Becky said she was rapt Oxygen magazine had asked to do a story on her and she was on a high.
"After I got home I didn't even want to pig out," she said. "I think my attitude to food has changed."
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