“Think I Have the Bug Now”: 42-YO Fitness Freak Mom’s Stunning 140lbs Weight-Loss Journey Ended on a Sweet Win

Published 06/26/2023, 12:15 PM EDT

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Fitness and bodybuilding change people’s lives sometimes. It can save them from health problems and make their life more positive. Bodybuilding helped Tanya Skelton when she was at her lowest. After almost losing 140 lbs, the 42-year-old is involved in fitness and coaches other people to inspire them about their own health through her Instagram.

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She was interviewed by Belfast Live and chronicled her life story so that her followers could get inspired by her. Let’s see how she changed her life forever.

Tanya Skelton–A mother and a bodybuilder

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Tanya was very young when she became a mother, and she was 294 lbs at that time. She reiterated her story by saying, “Throughout all my life, I have always been big and hated exercise. All I really did was walk because I was too heavy to do any other physical activity. When I finally started to do classes, and begin to lose weight, I really started to enjoy it.

She further explained, “I would never, ever have dreamed of being in a bikini. Vinny had said to me that there was a competition in January, and I said, ‘No, no way am I getting on a stage’. But through his encouragement, I went for it. I thought ‘Why not?’.”

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This mindset helped her change her life forever, and that is when she started bodybuilding.

Tanya Skelton challenged herself to compete in bodybuilding and won

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After Skelton decided to start exercising, she said, “Today, I am feeling the best I have ever felt. I am so happy with my body and my confidence is through the roof. Before, I would have hidden in baggy clothes and would have been very low. When I went on holiday I wore baggy shorts and tops. Never would I have a bikini. Until now.”

Skelton had never thought in a million years that she would one day be on stage and flaunting her abs in front of thousands of people. But after a lot of encouragement from coach Vinny, she decided to compete in the NIFMA Ireland Fitness Model Championships. Finally, after years of hard work, Tanya won her first bodybuilding competition and was awarded ‘Body Transformations and Biggest Weight Loss’.

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Just like Tanya Skelton, another couple, Gary and Kristina, lost weight to be in better health, and also look after their children. There are several examples of people who change their lives forever just by taking the right step. What do you think of these inspiring stories? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Tanushree Bhowmick

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Tanushree Bhowmick is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from an eminent university. Gymnastics, Football, and Fitness have always intrigued Tanushree and inspired her in her professional writing career and lifestyle.
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