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Obese woman unrecognisable after ditching half her body weight to become hot bikini competitor

An overweight woman looks unrecognisable after shedding half her body weight and becoming a stunning bikini competitor.

Donna after losing 115lbs

Donna after losing 115lbs

After losing 115lbs (8 stone), Donna Gillie, 30, proudly took to the stage to reveal her hard work and her new svelte figure, for the first time.

The pretty blonde began her health journey when found even sitting at her work desk was uncomfortable.

As a teenager Donna admitted she overate and was shocked when she graduated college weighing a whopping 230lbs (16.5 stone).

Determined to get fit, Donna joined the gym and started exercise classes which helped her ditch 70lbs over two years.

However she hit a plateau and had to kick her bad eating habits too – adding more fruit and veg to her diet.

Eventually Donna hit her target weight of 115lb, hired a coach and entered her first fitness competition in 2014.

And after wowing the crowd in Moncton, Donna competed again last year in the East Coast Classic 2015.

Donna, who lives in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia, Canada, said: “I began to struggle with my weight in my early teens.

“I knew early on I struggled with food – I always overate.

Donna now and before

Donna now and before

“My trigger foods are with no question sweets. I love chocolate, ice cream and cheesecake and always will.

“My turning point when I really decided to make a change and get healthy was at about the age of 22.

“I remember sitting at my desk at work at my new job and feeling very uncomfortable, and at about 230lbs and 5’4″ it’s no wonder that was the case.”

Donna took up Zumba, step class and body pump. Then she began running and signed up for 10k races.

She added: “I began with small steps, I didn’t actually change the way I ate until fairly far into my fitness journey.

“I guess you could say I hit a plateau – so I started to change the way I ate.

“I watched my portions and ate more fruits and veggies, less packaged food more whole food.”

Donna before (insert) and now

Donna before (insert) and now

Donna began weight training to sculpt her figure and entered her first fitness competition after losing 100lbs.

She admitted being nervous the first time she stepped on stage but praised her coaches who helped prepare her.

She said: “I entered not because I wanted a plastic trophy or any recognition but something for myself – to prove to myself I could shape my body after all my hard work losing the weight I wanted to build my body.

“I truly enjoyed the process. I was 115lbs the day of my show – exactly half the woman I was when I started working out.

“Losing weight has changed my life in only positive ways.

“So many people have come up to me and said I made them want to make a change and they ask for advice.

“I always tell them my path and to keep a positive mindset because that alone can work wonders.

Donna before and now

Donna before and now

“The fitness community is often thought of as very superficial but to be honest it a great support system and social atmosphere.

“Since losing my weight I feel better physically and mentally.”

Donna is currently preparing for her third bikini show in December.

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