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Morbidly obese woman sheds HALF her body weight to become stunning BIKINI MODEL

Mirror logo Mirror 6/04/2016 By Joshua Nevett
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A morbidly obese woman who shed half of her body weight has swapped binging eating for bikinis to become a gorgeous swim suit model.

Stunning Donna Gillie, who used to weigh in at a whopping 16.5 stone, has undergone a miraculous transformation into a competitive fitness model in just two years.

The 30-year-old saw her weight shoot up as a teen when she would binge on junk food such as chocolate, ice cream and cheesecake all day long.

But the turning point came when she became embarrassed colleagues might be staring at her when she started a new job.

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

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After losing an impressive eight stone, Donna proudly took to the stage to reveal her hard work and her new svelte figure for the first time.

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.

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

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"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.

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"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 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.

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"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.

"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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