Over 40 Transformation Of The Week - Cath McGillivray Dropped 65 Pounds And Took To The Stage!

Cath was ashamed of the way she looked, so in 2008 she made herself a resolution to get the body she knew she wanted. Read on to learn how she dropped 65 pounds and began competing!
Before Before:
183 lbs
After After:
118 lbs

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Vital Stats
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Name: Cath McGillivray
Email: w1tchazel@bigpond.com
BodySpace: witchazel

Before:
Age: 47
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 83 kg (183 lbs)
Body Fat: 38%

After:
Age: 49
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 54 kg (118 lbs)
Body Fat: 7%

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Why I Got Started
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I was ashamed and embarrassed of how I looked. I would avoid going out with my husband and family because I never felt comfortable in what I was wearing.

Even though we live only 2 minutes from the beach, I would never go there as I hated having to wear beach clothes.

I Was Ashamed And Embarrassed Of How I Looked.
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I Was Ashamed And Embarrassed
Of How I Looked.

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How I Did It
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I have never been an athlete, I had my Thyroid removed 26 years ago and although I am on medication to mimic what a normal thyroid would do I have struggled with my weight ever since.

So my 2008 News Year's resolution was to change my life. I was extremely lucky to have been introduced to Jo Stewart from NZ (who has won the Arnold Classic Women's Amateur Lightweight class in 2008, is the 5-time NZFBB National's champion and placed 3rd in the Arnold Classic Woman's Amateur Middleweight class in 2009).

My 2008 News Year's Resolution Was To Change My Life.
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My 2008 News Year's Resolution
Was To Change My Life.

I knew she supplied email programs so I emailed Jo and asked her to help me. I sent her the "before" photo and she gave me my first diet and weight training program. I cannot tell you how much my life changed when I received that email back!

I followed Jo's instructions and diets and by November of 2008 I reached a point where I was 61 kgs and fit and healthy but deep down I had another goal, so Jo received an email from me with the title "Oh no, I want to Compete!" Jo encouraged me and sent through a stricter diet and training regimen.

Now at the beginning of 2009 I contacted Jo and we talked about trying to organize my posing and routines by email and video. Together we decided that with Jo competing in the Arnold Classic in March '09 and with the help I would need to get ready for a competition, I should find a local trainer to help me with the final pre-contest preparation.

I Cannot Tell You How Much My Life Changed When I Received That Email Back!
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I Cannot Tell You How Much My Life
Changed When I Received That Email Back!

I asked at local supplement suppliers and they all told me the best person to contact was Kelli Johnson (the 2008 IFBB Miss Figure Australia) and Kelli was happy to help me with my goals. From February 2009 Kelli planned all my pre-contest nutrition and training, and taught me how to pose and organized my routine.

She was fabulous and encouraging and helped me in more ways than I can express. Her knowledge and experience is amazing and without her I would never have made it to the competitions in the condition I did and feeling as confident and beautiful as I felt.

I was also blessed to have my husband Andrew beside me all the way. He was there at 4:30 a.m. to go to the gym. He ate what I ate, trained along side me so that I never felt like I was alone in this struggle to get my life on track. He has also dropped around 10 kgs and his body fat percentage has gone from 23% to 7%.

Kelli Was Happy To Help Me With My Goals.
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Kelli Was Happy To Help Me With My Goals.

I kept my focus by doing the little things that always sound so goofy but they really do work! I put up a countdown chart on my fridge and marked off the days. I read everything I could find about Figure competitions on Bodybuilding.com and in magazines. I put up motivational sayings on my wall and my fridge.

I kept lists and charts of my fat percentage and the fat I lost and the muscle I gained. I made more lists and charts of the weights I lifted and my progress in my training. They do make a difference and they do keep you focused.

I bought my bikinis from Lyn at www.bodyshapingbasics.com. She did a wonderful job, but she doesn't decorate the suits. That's when Andrew became "Mr. Bling." He took the basic bikinis and worked out patterns for crystals, and then glued each stone to the suits! Each suit took him two weeks of sitting at night, there was no way I could have done such a great job. I would have ended up with more crystals on me than the suits.

I Kept My Focus By Doing The Little Things That Always Sound So Goofy But They Really Do Work!
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I Kept My Focus By Doing The Little Things
That Always Sound So Goofy But They Really Do Work!

Next thing I new it was down to the last few weeks of dieting, training and posing! I stopped working on Wednesday before the first show and had one last trip up to Kelli's for final measurements. I came in at a total of 35.6 mm skinfolds, 7.5% body fat and weighed 56.4 kg.

Thursday was spent having nails and toes polished. Friday I registered for the show and spent the rest of the day sitting still so the competition tan wouldn't get on the furniture! Another 3 coats of tan on Saturday, and more sitting around, sleeping and eating granola and steamed chicken.

On the competition morning I weighed 54.1 kg, right on target! I loved doing the competition, being on stage is a fabulous feeling! I placed 4th out of 8 and the winner of my class went on to take the overall figure trophy.

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Diet
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Training
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Suggestions For Others
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What I have discovered is that age is no barrier. In both the competitions I did, the winner of my classes, both over 45, won the overall Figure trophy beating others half their age.

Age Is No Barrier.
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Age Is No Barrier.

I discovered that if you must find passionate people to help you, and ignore the negative people, take a good look at them and decide if that is who you want to be or do you want to be the one others look to for help. If this 49-year-old Nana of four can do it, why can't you?