Sometimes I think about what I’d do if my partner cheated on me and it was all over, as a “living well is the best revenge” kinda move. Move to Hawaii? Lose 20 kilos? Cut an ill-advised fringe? To be honest I’d probably do none of the above, but a breakup contingency plan is a very real thing (just watch the First Wives Club if you don’t believe me). And it seems Natalie Joyce — the ex-wife of Barnaby Joyce, the former deputy PM who created a scandal by knocking up his media advisor Vikki Campion (twice) — has one in place.
Local outlets including the Daily Telegraph have published pics of Natalie, 49, looking completely unlike her past self, buffed up and tanned to the heavens competing in a bodybuilding contest in Newcastle over the weekend.
The Tele reports that Natalie scored fourth place medals in both the First Timers and Miss Fitness Model Momma categories at the I Compete Naturally (ICN) North Coast Classic bodybuilding competition on Sunday, quoting ICN NSW president Rab Mehajer as saying: “She has come a long way. She graced the stage remarkably well for a 49-year-old woman taking on women in their 20s.”
Natalie’s body transformation, including a 15kg weight loss and biceps that would make Barnaby weep, has been documented on the Instagram account of her Tamworth-based trainer, Kylie Steel.
Just look at Natalie go:
In an interview with Woman’s Day, Natalie said that after her husband and father of their four daughters left her for another woman, she “had two choices: either unravel, or shake myself off and aim to get the best out of myself.”
Natalie explained: “In June last year I looked in the mirror and thought ‘I’m not going to let someone else’s appalling behaviour derail me’. So I joined the local gym, and I’ve never looked back. And I’ve always wanted to compete in a bodybuilding comp.”
This is way more powerful that cutting yourself a fringe with a pair of blunt nail scissors after too several large glasses of Sauvignon Blanc. So for this post-breakup contingency plan Nat, I salute you.