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Elle Mackenzie's Amazing Transformation

Elle Mackenzie's Amazing Transformation

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Pear shaped women around the world this one is for us! Elle Mackenzie's amazing transformation proves it doesn't matter what your starting shape is. You can sculpt your body into a fit, lean, sexy self! I'm honored to share Elle's amazing and inspiring story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

--How tall are you?

5'9"


--How old are you?

25 (see: What's Age Got to Do With It?)


--What was your heaviest weight?

13st 11lb (193lbs!)


--What do you weigh now?

10st 7lb (147 lbs)


--When did you start your transformation?

5 months ago


--Did you have an "ah-ha" moment that triggered the beginning of your transformation?

Yes- at the end of August, I had just moved back to the UK, after living in Ireland for 8 years. I had started a new job, I was single for the first time in a long time, and everything was waiting for me to go get it. I had "yo-yo'ed" on fad diets since 2009, after I gained a lot of weight after having a bowel resection due to Crohns Disease. I was literally risking my health (again) to be thin. I had always thought about bodybuilding, and one morning getting dressed for work, I decided: enough was enough. It was like a switch flicked in my head.


--How did you accomplish the transformation?

I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful (now friend) of mine, Dougie Black from Extreme Nutrition who offered to help me. He introduced me to his partner who was a former Miss Britain, Jo Fairbairn, and they welcomed me to their home for a weekend and set me in the right direction.

I changed from eating once a day to six times a day, starting with mostly protein shakes and minimal solid food as my bowel couldn't tolerate it and it would make me sick. I started training weights 3 times a week, and cardio around 3 times a week. I stopped drinking alcohol as often (now I don't drink at all when on season and rarely off season).


--What has been the most difficult part of your transformation?

Losing my friends (see: How to Deal with Weight Loss Naysayers). I have had my eyes opened to who will really stand by me. I have made choices to change my life for the better and unfortunately, others have seen that I'm on a different path and have lost contact. I find it hard spending so much time alone- it's a lonely and selfish sport.


--What has been the best part?

Meeting my wonderful boyfriend, Aaron. I started a facebook page concentrating on my transformation in order to hold myself accountable, and that's how we met. He accepted me as I was from the day he met me, to the woman I've become now. I wouldn't be able to do it without him, he's also a competitor and supports me in all the decisions I make.

I also feel more alive- I used to sleep as soon as I got home from work, right through to the next day! Now I can survive on 6-7 hours a night.


--If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is looking to transform their bodies for competition, what would it be?

From day one, accept yourself as you are the day you start out, and then let go of the past. Look forwards, and not backwards. Break down your goals into mini goals to make them much more achievable.

Find a goal that ISN'T weight loss- like gaining confidence, smaller clothes, or making new friends in a fitness club. Believe in yourself and picture the end result all of the time.

Author: Kristin Shaffer
kristin@figureandbikini.org

Member Comments

I am very impressed by your transformation and inspired by your story. I too, suffer from crohns. It would be great to hear of more women who deal with serious medical conditions who compete in figure/bikini/fitness!
--feldy18

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