Weight loss journey reaches pinnacle

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PROUDLY flexing her newly-acquired muscles and sculptured physique will be the “pinnacle” of Invercargill woman Paula Brown’s journey to self-acceptance.

She is celebrating her weight loss journey by competing in the Southland Bodybuilding Championships in Invercargill next weekend.

This would be her first time entering a body building competition. “The thought of wearing a bikini is terrifying. I have never shown that much of my body in public before.

“At the same time, it’s kind of liberating and confronting, which has been a very powerful experience.”

Mrs Brown’s personal trainer Judy Duggan, of J & T’s Fitness Studio, said she had enjoyed training her because she was so driven and passionate to do well.

“I just can’t wait to see her glowing on stage. It is not about winning, it is about achieving her goal.”

In November 2017, Mrs Brown weighed 87kg.

“My 5.2ft frame is not designed to be 87kg.”

The 42-year-old said she had always struggled with her weight. She had tried numerous diets over the years, but had been unable to sustain them over a long period of time.

The turning point was seeing a photograph of herself on show in the staffroom at work.

“I saw it out of the corner of my eye and I felt sick. I hated that I looked like that.”

It was then she decided to change her lifestyle, and took up Kim Beach’s diet and fitness plan.

“I wanted to look on the outside how I felt on the inside.”

She had embraced the new lifestyle to such a degree she was named one of Kim’s superstars and won a trip to Sydney last year.

However, it had been a difficult journey, particularly the initial two weeks of detox, she said. And, because it hadn’t been easy, she was determined never to revert back to her former self.

“I don’t miss my old life. I don’t miss it at all.”

Her advice for others wanting to lose weight was to be realistic and consistent.

“Don’t compare yourself to other people’s journey because it can be demoralising. It is your journey, no matter how fast or slow it is.”

Learning body acceptance was also important, because there would always be elements of your body you could not change, she said.

Mrs Brown is entering the novice physique women category of the Southland bodybuilding championships next weekend.

  • Southland Bodybuilding Championships, James Hargest College senior campus, Invercargill, Saturday, April 13. Evening show from 5pm. Adults $25, children $12.50. Door sales available.
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