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The simple way this woman lost 95kg

At her heaviest, Michele weighed more than 180kg stone and ate meals big enough to feed four families
At her heaviest, Michele weighed more than 180kg stone and ate meals big enough to feed four families

AN obese nanny who was moo'd and oinked at by cruel bullies has lost 15 (95kg) stone after her doctor gave her four years to live.

Michele Elbertson, 30, from Philadelphia, USA, weighed a heavy 29 stone (184kg) when she was told that she would die unless she drastically changed her lifestyle.

Michele, who works as a nanny, would eat meals that were big enough to feed a family of four and even broke her foot in three places because of her excess weight.

But, during a doctor's appointment in 2010 she was told she'd never make it to 27 if she carried on with her extreme fast-food diet.

Determined to make a massive change, Michele had a Lap-Band fitted to restrict her food intake, began to prep her meals and started an exercise regime.

Michele has now lost a staggering 95kg and has run over 30 marathons
Michele has now lost a staggering 95kg and has run over 30 marathons

 

After losing an impressive 15 stone, Michele has finished 30 marathons and is now in training for her first bodybuilding competition later this year.

Michele, who is now a trim 13st 12, said: "I was very honest with my doctor, I told him that I ate fast food multiple times a day and could barely walk to the end of the block without getting winded.

"He looked very serious and told me if I continued down the path I was on I wouldn't live to see 27.

"I knew I was very morbidly obese but that was the moment I realised I needed to do something, it wasn't just people making fun of me anymore, it was life or death.

"At my heaviest, I was eating meals that could feed a family of four - I just had no filter to stop eating.

"I became addicted to fitness and once I reached one goal I would set a new, higher one for myself."

Michele admits that she was overweight throughout her childhood - but says that bullying led her to eat even more.

She said: "The bigger I became the more I was bullied and the more I was made fun of, the more I ate - it was a vicious cycle.

Michele even broke her foot because of he excess weight, pictured at her heaviest
Michele even broke her foot because of he excess weight, pictured at her heaviest

 

"In school I remember being called the 'fat girl' and walking around the corridors people would moo and oink at me.

"Even as I became older, adults would name-call, taunt and jeer.

"It made me very self-conscious, isolated and all of that made me eat more."

At her heaviest, Michele admits that her weight caused her serious problems.

Michele added: "I remember walking from class to campus and my body was so heavy that it the weight was breaking the bones in my feet, I had to wear flip flops all the time.

"I broke my foot in three different places because of the weight on my feet, they were taking a pounding."

She decided to have a Lap-Band fitted seven years ago but, after losing 20lbs within her first month, her weight plateaued and Michele decided to start exercising.

Now, the super-fit nanny has completed 50 half marathons, 30 full marathons, two 50-mile-runs and one 100-mile-run.

Michele is now training to enter her first figure competition – that will analyse her muscle definition
Michele is now training to enter her first figure competition – that will analyse her muscle definition

 

She said: "Running was something I never enjoyed - I dreaded it at school and would try to get out of it.

"But after completing my 5km race, I was watching people running the half marathon, i'm not sure if I was jealous or my competitive side kicked in but I wanted to run a marathon.

"I became addicted."

In 2013, Michele then had an abdominoplasty to remove an "apron" of excess skin from her stomach that made exercising uncomfortable and caused rashes and infections.

In the time following her op, Michele has been working at chiselling and toning her body and is now set to compete in her first figure competition in August.

Michele, who says her confidence has soared since losing weight, added: "Now I'm determined to become a figure competitor to show what I've achieved with my body when competing in a few months' time.

"Some days I'm terrified of being in a bikini in front of hundreds of people, but I'm excited because I know I deserve and have worked hard for this."

Last year, we reported on the obese lad who lost 21 stone to become a bodybuilder and this super-fut gran who still body-builds at 80.

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