16-stone weight loss mum comes run­ner-up in fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

A woman from Ash­ford is hop­ing to in­spire oth­ers with her in­cred­i­ble weight loss af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ner-up in a ma­jor fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion.

Melody Wake­lin, 36, from Godinton Park, se­cured sec­ond place ear­lier this month in the trans­for­ma­tion cat­e­gory at Pure Elite, the fastest grow­ing bikini, fit­ness and mus­cle model com­pe­ti­tion in the world, which was staged in Mar­gate..

The fit­ness en­thu­si­ast, who is orig­i­nally from Ash­ford but also lived in Canada un­til 10 years ago, now wants to pur­sue her am­bi­tion of coach­ing oth­ers.

She said: “I have strug­gled with obe­sity my whole life. At my heav­i­est I weighed 25 stone.”

In her 20s, she barely ate in a bid to lose weight, faint­ing up to five times a day and eat­ing only one meal a week.

She met her hus­band at the age of 28 while still suf­fer­ing with anorexia, and found out they were ex­pect­ing their first baby.

Melody said: “I didn’t know how to eat healthily. I ate what I thought was a nor­mal amount, and in the nine months of my preg­nancy I gained eight-and-ahalf-stone. My son was healthy, but I was obese again.”

Four­teen months later, she was preg­nant again, and gained an­other four-and-a-half-stone, but de­cided to change things af­ter she gave birth.

She said: “I had to lose the 13-stone I had gained from preg­nancy, plus an ex­tra three-and-ahalf to put me at a healthy weight.

“I started walk­ing ev­ery day and eat­ing bet­ter. There were times I wanted to give up but I never did. I kept go­ing as my life de­pended on it.”

Five years later, she has lost a to­tal of 16.5 stone, the fi­nal three­and-a-half of which she has lost since Jan­uary this year, when she signed up to the com­pe­ti­tion.

She pre­pares all her meals and at­tends the Any­time Fit­ness gym at Ash­ford’s Panorama build­ing up to three times a day, six days a week.

Melody Wake­lin has trans­formed her­self from the woman who once weighed in at 25-stone

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