Weight Loss Documentary Fitness Motivation Body Transformation Journey “Beyond Expectations”

[Crying] I feel like I have to be strong for everybody. Just wonder who’s going to be strong for me
sometimes. I don’t want to do this anymore, I just
wanna rest and have a sleep. I just feel like it’s all a bit much. Oh well I have to go out there and feed the
baby now. Meet Elle, an ordinary woman on the brink
of an extraordinary journey. At eight months pregnant Elle is planning
to do something inspiring, to make a dramatic example of how each of us has the power to
change our core identity. Wife of husband Jon and adoring mother of
infant daughter Kiana, Elle is about to undertake a life changing journey. I just can be really hard. A journey that will push her both mentally
and physically as she struggles to overcome the limitations of circumstance. It can be difficult because people have their
own opinions on what I’m doing, and what I think I should be doing. You did a beautiful job. Not only will she attempt to shed the post-pregnancy
weight, but Elle is also hoping to develop her body into the peak physical condition
necessary to compete on an international sports modeling stage. Next year in May, 2011 I will be competing
in an International Sports Modeling physique Competition. And it would be roughly nine to ten months
after my second baby. But the journey has little to do with winning. Because as soon as I step on stage, as far
as I’m concerned I am a winner. Now genetically unfortunately I’m not blessed,
I don’t have great genetics where I can eat whatever I like and can stay fabulous and
thin. My genetics are more round, so it just means
for my competing, it can be a bit of a challenge. With her second pregnancy now in its third
trimester, the enormity of the challenge is clear. However, to make the odds even tougher Elle will be avoiding traditional weight loss advocates, such as dietitians and gyms, but she isn’t
completely without resources. I don’t have a mentor, and I don’t have a
coach. But I do follow a system that my husband has
pioneered over ten years of working one-on-one with people. It’s confidential, and he doesn’t tell me
either. He just tells me this is the next phase, he
keeps it close to his chest, but this time he’s revealing more of his secrets to me,
which is fantastic. I’m very blessed to have him on board. Elle met her now husband Jon while both were
working at an inner Sydney hotel. Over the years their marriage has had its
share of problems, many of which having stem from the trauma and neglect of Elle’s darker
past. My childhood was very short, my parents would
fight a lot, but my baby brother and sister needed me. So I had to grow up pretty quickly, my mother was indifferent, and my dad was a drunk. He was aggressive and a very heavy drinker,
and he would beat me quite a lot. It was a lonely time, I was very sad, and
I would cry. I used to think that I wasn’t worthy of their
love, and that if they’re not going to love me, then who else would? Even today I still have trouble with relationships. Because I think sooner or later everyone is
going to leave you, so I distance myself from other people to avoid ever getting hurt. Elle’s teenage years were troubled, and emotionally
tough. Falling in with the wrong crowd she was often
without a home. When I was 14, my dad kicked me out of home
in a pretty profound way. I had nowhere to go to, I was just a little
kid that nobody loved. I had so many people tell me that my dreams
are stupid, and that I would never amount to anything, and after a while, you start
to believe it. The area was rough, there were a lot of gangs
and it really was a case of predator and prey. A live or die situation, it was tough community,
with nowhere to live, I needed money, but honest work was scarce for someone so young. So I aligned myself with the wrong kind of
people, and for a while it profited quite well. I knew what I was doing wasn’t legal, but
being in the gang was like having a family. People look out for you, took care of you,
something that had been missing for most of my childhood. As those teenage years progressed, the harsh
realities of this lifestyle began to catch up with her. Nobody gets out, if I had stayed on that path
it was going to end in either prison or death. I was young, but I was getting to an age where
I could be trialed in court as an adult, and not a minor. And I just couldn’t live like that anymore. I wanted a new life, I wanted to be completely
different. I wanted to be all those things I always dreamed I could be. So I started an apprenticeship as hairdresser at a five-star hotel. On my first day working there I met Jon. We became friends, and he was really different,
he wasn’t like anyone I had met before. The early years of Elle and Jon’s relationship
were complicated and uncertain, but after many difficult years Jon was able to instill
in Elle the principles of certainty and self-worth that aided in turning her life around. And that was really only possible because
Jon came into my life, gave me the tools to be able to do that, and it will basically
be the exact same tools that I’m going to put into practice now to compete on the world
stage. It was a painful process, I cried, I kicked,
I screamed, sometimes I loved it, other times absolutely hated it, but my whole life changed
when I met Jon, and I was only able to blossom and grow into the person I am today because
I have the certainty that not only did Jon love me, but that he could show me how to
confront and then overcome my limitations. Everything in life is going to take a little
piece of you. I just have to roll with the punches and sort
of go with it and go, okay tomorrow is a new day, and try not to beat myself up about it
emotionally. Working through issues of abandonment and
dependency, they strove to forge a new life together. A life that would be built upon trust and
integrity. 10 years on, Elle is hoping to share the same
lessons that helped redefine her own life with others who have been preconditioned to
fail. And I’m hoping to be able to inspire women
out there who think they can’t do it or it’s impossible. If you set something for yourself, you set
a goal, you set a task then you can achieve it, all you have to do is believe in yourself. By applying the same principles to her struggle
with post pregnancy weight Elle hopes to demonstrate that through self-belief anything can be achieved. Unfortunately, I don’t actually have a nanny
to take care of my children, a chef to prepare my meals, a chauffeur to drive me to where
I want to go, someone to do my washing, any of those things. I don’t have a personal trainer, I don’t have
a nutritionist, I don’t even have gym membership. It’s very important for me to show my daughter,
I want to show her that she can achieve anything that she puts her mind to, and the best way
to show her that is to do it myself. As preparations for the world stage intensify,
Elle’s journey to overcome the odds will test the limits of her mental and physical fortitude. Sports modeling is about being fit, healthy,
and having a toned physique. It’s not about being super skinny like you
may see on catwalks, and things like that. But, it’s more emphasized on having muscle
definition. Understandably Elle has a long way to go. I’m at a huge disadvantage because I’m starting
behind. I haven’t got any momentum behind me. My body hasn’t really been doing much in terms
of preparing for sports modeling competition, it’s been preparing to have a baby. So my body has had a completely different
goal. So I am 85.5 kilos, and I’m 41.2 percent body
fat. With the baby now overdue, Elle has been admitted
into hospital where doctors will attempt to induce the birth, but despite their best efforts,
Elle’s contractions are yet to begin. I’ve been in the hospital for four days for
high blood pressure, and I’m still no closer to having my baby, and I am very upset. I miss my husband and my daughter and I want
to go home, but I’m feeling very sick, and nauseous, and cramping in my stomach. And they keep doing all these tests on me. I feel like a lab rat. After yet another night of extensive testing
and anxious waiting, Elle is allowed to return home, but the reprieve is short-lived. I’ve been in hospital for five days, and I
was able to go home because I had gestational hypertension which basically means I had high
blood pressure, and signs of preeclampsia, but now I’ve come back to be induced. I am hoping that my body starts to do what
it’s supposed to do, and I’m just going to try to trust that it knows what to do. So I’ve got my TENS machine on, and I’m getting
contractions, and I’m ready to go downstairs now, because I am 3cm dilated. Yay, I walked around hospital up and downstairs,
everywhere I could try to bring on the labor naturally as I could. So here it goes. Energy. After five days of prolonged waiting, and
nervous anticipation, the moment has finally arrived. Spread your legs there, ok. Focus on taking slow big breaths. But the ordeal is far from over. The birth of Elle’s second child is agonizing,
lengthy, and at times complicated. But after nine hours of excruciating labor
she’s greeted by the small face of her infant daughter Kamika. You did so well my darling, oh my goodness. Healthy and happy, baby Kamika’s arrival into
the world brings both joy and relief to the nervous family waiting by Elle’s side. But as one journey ends, another is about
to begin. 10 months away, and this body is going to
be on an international sports modeling stage. Where is your baby sister? The long pregnancy now behind her, Elle’s
focus has shifted to regaining the body that she has lost. So this is week one, and my plan is just to
let my body recover, and to just get back to normal after giving birth, and then next
week I am gonna look at eating a little bit better, and making sure that I am having the right nutrients and vitamins and really focus on that, and getting rest when I can, so that
would be my first priority it’s taking care of myself so I will take care of my girls. But with two infant children to care for… [I am so tired] …the task of losing almost half of her body
weight has never seen more difficult. The baby is not due to feed until 2 but she
woke up screaming for milk, and then my toddler started screaming for me, and she was waking
up early too so I had to run to get her, change her nappy, and then I took photos today just….
for our before shots, and I got to see how horrible I look, which was quiet upsetting,
and I was doubting whether I could do it or not but I’m just feeling a bit emotional. Like I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself,
and I don’t know if I’m crazy, what am I thinking? And you know, I look at myself and I feel
like I look horrible. With her self-esteem heavily depleted, the
second week of Elle’s journey begins with a reluctant first attempt at exercise. So it’s the start of week 2 that can Kamika
has been born, and I’m gonna try and do some light weights on a bench. As you can see my gym facilities aren’t
great but they work, and these are the weights that I have, which is just like a power block
and you can snap them. So I just want to get back into the swing
of things, not looking at doing any heavy hard core training, just take it very easy
and light for the next couple of weeks. Consistency is the key, not intensity. Elle’s training program has been designed
to stay at a consistently low intensity throughout the entire journey, but after nine months
of inactivity, what little result she has summoned is soon hampered by doubt. I feel horrible. I look at myself in the mirror, and I wonder
where has my body gone? It’s been stolen, and been replaced with
this, and I seriously just want to quit now and just eat a whole block of cheese because
I don’t even know if I’m wasting my time. What am I thinking, I’m going to compete in
that sports modeling competition, the only thing I want to complete in is a cheese eating
competition. I don’t even remember how to do this. Her initial attempts at resistance training
have proved to be premature, for now any further attempts will be put on hold I want to give up now. Instead Elle will concentrate on maintaining
her structured food plan which requires her to eat eight nutritionally balanced meals
every day, except on Fridays when she’ll be given a day off. I am breastfeeding that just means that I
have to be a little bit more careful with the sorts of food that I eat because I want
to make sure that my newborn baby is getting the correct nutrients and vitamins, so I’m
not doing anything drastic like cutting out carbohydrates. I want to stick to eating lots of healthy
natural foods as best as I possibly can. From week to week Elle will be taking measurements
of her stomach hips legs arms and chest. Her weight will also be monitored, but the
overall focus will be on centimeters lost, and the reduction of body fat. So I am really concentrating on losing centimeters
because I know then I’m sort of coming in to the shape that I am most happy with. I’m so scared to get on these scales, I really
don’t like to weigh myself because weight can be lots of things. It can be fluid, it can be muscle, it can be fat. By recording the results weekly, she hopes
to accurately monitor her progress. So I was 112 last week, and I am 111 this
week, so I lost 1 cm, which is exciting. I was hoping for more, but I am happy that
I lost something. So one centimeter so no changes there. So I’m happy that I got a centimeter, but
I wanted more. But um… considering the week that I had,
I should be grateful that anything has happened. It’s been a really crap week. This week I am really gonna try to focus on
getting some more sleep. So let’s see how we go with that, and just
be a little bit more structured with my times, so hopefully I can juggle it a bit better. But each new day brings its own stresses and
complications. I am so tired of being up for 24 hours. The baby won’t stop crying. Look at her, WIDE AWAKE. Oh my gosh. I just feel like just a disgrace. I don’t even want to go out. I don’t even want to see my friends, I don’t
want them to see me like this, I look so ugly. And as her emotional state suffers, so too
does her physical progress. So I’ve actually put on kilos, but it could
be anything, so I am not gonna stress about it too much, it’s a bit depressing. What’s more concerning is that I’ve put on
body fat one percent. So I don’t know where that’s come from. So I’ve put on one percent body fat and kilos
which I don’t really care so much about the kilos, it’s the one percent body fat, what
happened there? What the hell happened there? Oh, I don’t know. Seems pretty depressing. Despite weeks of structured and carefully
planned eating, Elle’s body is yet to respond. Feels like I have done all that hard work
for not much result. So it’s the 19th of September, 2010 and
I have had a pretty stressful week this week, so I am really scared to measure. I am very stressful just with appointments,
doctor’s appointments, and different things, and I just have a lot to do with the girls
as well. Just pretty busy. They seem to be more demanding this week,
and I started doing a bit of walking this week, which took a lot out of me, I was absolutely
exhausted and nearly passed out and fell on the ground, so won’t be doing that again. With her early attempts at exercise and controlled
nutrition bearing little result, Elle’s spirit is beginning to wane. I am so tired. My breasts are killing me, from breastfeeding, I just wanna give up. [Crying] The painful realities of living out her dream
combined with increasingly demanding pressures of motherhood have not been without consequence. Pushed to her breaking point, Elle is left
anxious, and in doubt. I feel like I have to be strong for everybody, I have to be strong for my husband, I have to be strong for my daughters, I have to be strong for myself. [Crying] Just wonder who’s going to be strong for me
sometimes. But her resignation will not come today. 38.5 percent and 42.4 percent, so I just put on about a kilo, but I didn’t lose any body fat, and I didn’t lose any muscle, but anyway,
hopefully this week will be better. It’s times like these when you know I just
feel like it’s all too hard and now it’s time to give up, just gotta breakthrough the
wall I’d rather breakthrough a KitKat. Finished Nine weeks into the journey, Elle’s focus
has now switched to maintaining proper rest, so that she can keep up both her energy and
her spirit. I’m feeling a lot better about this week because
my stress levels were down, and I had a lot more sleep which was good. It’s been almost three months since I have
had baby, and now I am really starting to think about walking consistently. So I’m doing my first cardio session today
and I’m going to be doing it for half an hour at a low intensity. Today is a particularly hard day because I’m
really craving junk food badly. I want cookies and lots of them. I also have these waiting for me, mmm… yummy
cookie. I’m not going to have them because today is
Thursday, and only on Fridays do I allow myself to have a treat. So I’m just trying to hold out to tomorrow, then I can have a cookie. Isn’t it pretty? What the hell am I gonna wear? I don’t fit in to anything, I hate this. My feet look like baked bread in my shoe. Kiana is laughing at me; I’d be laughing at
me too. Didn’t get much sleep this week, and probably was pretty stressed as well. So I have lost, no I am exactly the same exactly. What was I? 73 or 74? This is where, I’m sought of neither lean
nor overweight. I am kind of just somewhere in the middle,
so I have to just kind of breakthrough that, so here we go cardio session, 30-minute walk, that’s all I am gonna do. One centimeter yay, down to 57, happy days. So quite a big loss in centimeters, which
is exciting. You are cute, you are very chubby, it’s
your four-month birthday today, happy four months, and mommy is happy because I can fit
into a size 12 jeans again, yay! I want to inspire women who are just like
me, and flip through glossy magazines and see these Hollywood A-listers have babies,
and transform back into these beautiful women, and you think gosh, how am I supposed to do that? I don’t have a nanny, or a trainer or a dietitian
to prepare all my meals. Obviously they’re putting a lot of hard work
as well, but having the extra help would definitely be a bonus. So how does someone like us… me… achieve
it? And I want to show you that it is possible,
because if you are like me, and you’ve been blessed with two arms, and two legs, and you can move, then anything’s possible that can achieve your dreams. And the reality is I’m no one special. I don’t have magic powers, I don’t have this huge determination and will, but what I do have is two beautiful daughters that inspire me to better. With little to no help from her family, and
a complete absence of child-minding assistance, Elle’s journey is secondary to her role in
stimulating and educating her daughters. But while this commitment can be a challenge, it is the children themselves that motivate her to keep going. I want to inspire my daughters to show them
that anything they put their mind to, they can achieve. What does this one say? Colors. Colors…. Yeah!!! What does this one say? Eyes. EYES!!! Yes, You’re so smart. I don’t just want to tell them that, I wanna
show them that, I wanna show them that Mommy set an impossible dream, and she achieved
it. Hello darling. I feel really pissed at my husband, and it’s
not his fault. Broke his ankle, and as a result of that couldn’t
sort of exercise, and then because of that everything sort of escalated with his health,
and then he got Meniere’s disease, and lost his hearing in his right ear, and is being
diagnosed with a brain tumor, so he is really not well, and he is asleep quite a bit and
it’s just exhausting because I want him to do more to help me, but I know that he physically
can’t so I feel like I’m looking after three children sometimes. The symptoms Meniere’s disease plague Jon
with daily attacks of vertigo, nausea, and vomiting and with the resulting sickness
leaving him incapacitated and bedridden for most of the day, Elle’s dreams of competing
on an international sports modeling stage seems all the more impossible. There are some days where it can be a little
bit overwhelming. My husband just had an operation, and he’s
needing obviously me to care for him a little bit more than he has previously, so I feel
like the pressure on me is really amped up a little bit so, yeah it was challenging to say the least. [Crying] Sometimes I wonder you know; if Jon is going
to be here for the future. [Crying] So I really want to enjoy having him with
me because you know, you just don’t know, but at the same time I just feel like it’s
all a bit much. So really really tired today, and just totally
over everything and want a holiday from my life and everything sucks. So I have lost weight, but my body fat is
relatively the same, so I probably just lost fluid. Since the birth of baby Kamika, Elle has lost
over 13 kilograms, an astonishing result compared to the slow decline in her percentage of body
fat. Just need to get the body fat down. I have stayed for a while, so hopefully I
will get a good move next week. Staying the same for 1, 2, 3 this will be
the fourth week, that’s really upsetting. Elle had previously hoped to lose over 25
percent of her body fat throughout the course of the journey, but with less than a 6 percent
drop in the last 18 weeks, this result would seem unlikely. Oh gosh, I am so sick of playing this up and
down game with my body fat and weight, it’s really irritating. With the loss of body fat becoming a cause
for concern, Elle has expanded her fitness routine to include a variety of light weight
exercises in the hope that this will help breakthrough her body’s natural resistance
point, but the changes have not made the journey any easier. So I am in a really bad mood today. I woke up with hot spots on my breasts, which means I’m getting my Mastitis. I’m really hoping I get a good result because
I am in a really bad mood, and you know it’ll just top it off. So let’s see how we go, I am really anxious. Oh, wow I lost a lot of body fat, and I gained muscle, very good result. So I had a really awesome result last week,
and I found that in a result of that this week I have just been trying to self-sabotage,
you would think that, hey I got a great result, I’ll be motivated, and want to keep going,
but for some reason you know in the back of my mind I almost wanted myself to fail. I was kind of destroying myself. Okay, so I have lost weight, but I lost a
bit of muscle, and gained a bit of body fat. Pretty disappointed because it means that
I have lost muscle and gained more fat. So today is Boxing Day, and Christmas was
yesterday, and I’m feeling pretty upset really cause ahh people don’t quite understand what I’m trying to achieve, and what I’m doing, and they think I’m a little bit crazy, and it’s quite a lonely place to be umm… when your friends, and family don’t understand what you’re doing. So there is roughly four months to go and
counting, and I’m really getting anxious now because my body is not where it should be,
I think I could be a lot further along, but you know I have committed to this, and have
to see it through, so now what I’m going to do is really focus on tightening up with everything, and really just trying to take better care of myself because I just have not been, I
haven’t been getting much sleep. It’s New Year’s Eve, 2010 and for Elle the
conclusion of another year isn’t the only reason to celebrate. Happy New Year. On New Year’s we have a nice quiet meals at home. We were able to watch the fireworks on the
balcony, and I was really excited because it landed on a Friday and Fridays are the
day that I can have whatever I like to eat so that was pretty fun to be able to have
some pizza and some wine. I am hoping for a good result this week because
I feel that I put all the effort in the right places. So let’s see how we go. Oh I lost body fat, and gained muscle! Yay! Cool! Very happy with that, I lost two percent body
fat, and gained one percent body muscle mass, so that’s awesome. Yay! So that’s good. Despite the intake of junk food on New Year’s Eve, Elle results are the most encouraging in weeks. So it’s slowly creeping down. Family: Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! The massive two percent loss in body fat would
indicate that Elle’s weekly day off has actually been beneficial. So it’s Friday morning, and I’m going to
have some cookies for breakfast, and it’s my cheat day, and I eat whatever I want. It’s lunch time now so I am having some burgers and fries. Once a week, Elle spends an entire day of
avoiding strenuous activity, and indulging in fatty foods, a practice that most would consider detrimental to weight loss. Some people are not going to believe that
I am able to get amazing results, and still have a day where I have whatever I like to
eat. But contrary to popular belief, the respite from diet and exercise seems to be having a positive effect on her measurements. It’s the 16th of the 1st. 2011 and I’m really
nervous and anxious. I’m not sure if my body is gonna make it,
I’ve definitely changed, I can see that but, I hope it’s good enough. So one centimeter off the leg also one centimeter off the hips, 75 and 1cm lost. I lost a kilo, two percent body fat, and gained
one percent of muscle, that’s awesome result. Everyone goes through a hard stage where they feel like they are doing all the right things and nothing’s happening. They want instant… results I mean I wanted instant results, but it does take time. So I am really happy now that I’m starting
to see a little bit more results with my body, I am starting to see my décolletage some
tone in my arms, my stomach is getting flatter, my hips are getting narrower, I am still a
long way off from my goal, but I’m feeling a little bit more confident that I’m half
the size that I was before. Yay! It was a good one. I am so happy. The physical results of Elle’s long months
of low intensity exercise and nutritious eating are finally starting to appear. I am in a good mood now. And as her body starts to develop, so too
does her mind. Elle’s mental stamina toward her responsibilities
as a mother has vastly improved. The belief that she can actually succeed had
started to take hold, and as the certainty of this conviction becomes stronger her physical progress responds in kind. So today is the 6th of February, 2011
and there is fourteen weeks until competition which is pretty daunting, and this week has
been pretty normal sort of week, not too stressed, but umm… let’s see what today says. Cool, so I have lost a little bit of body
fat, not very much but some. After 30 of weeks training, Elle
has only lost ten percent of her body fat. So today is the 6th of the 3rd, 2011
and there is ten weeks to go into competition. I am pretty nervous, scared, all those things. So now with only 10 more weeks remaining
until competition day, Elle needs to lose at least another 14 percent if she is to reach her goal. Found that I have to dig really really
deep to wanna continue on to keep going. This journey has made me see things in myself
that I probably haven’t seen before. It helped me to understand you know that I
can be tested pretty severely, and I can come through. Oh, yes, yes! That is awesome, I’ve been working so hard
to be under thirty percent body fat, and I’m 28.4. But you know it’s really scary stuff. I didn’t anticipate how hard it would actually
be emotionally to go through, and I find that the more sort of size that I lose and the
smaller that I get, the harder it is, because it’s you know quite scary to think that I will be on that stage in two months’ time. I’ve just gotta trust that it will work, and
I’ll get there and you know, I’ll bring a body that I’ll be proud of. Professional sports models are judged on their
muscle definition and physique. So with just a few weeks remaining, Elle has
precious little time to refine her newly slimmed figure. So today is the 3rd of April, 2011 and I am
really anxious about my results in six weeks out I feel like a stupid fat mother, trying
to pretend to be something I am not. [Crying] Oh my Gosh. With the competition now only one week away, the nerves have started creep in. So today is the 8th of May, 2011 and there
is one week out from competition, so I am pretty excited, pretty nervous, pretty anxious,
can’t believe I am going to actually be stepping on the stage in a weeks’ time,
this time next week I’ll know what the outcome is. (Baby crying) It’s ok. It’s all getting a bit too much now. Tomorrow I’ll be stepping on the stage, so
I’m really scared and really anxious, I don’t want to muck it, you know all my months and
months and months of hard work and I can just totally ruin it all. So this is the, I guess almost finished package. So 84cm roughly say eighty-four-and-a-half. The pressure is on, it’s really testing
. my determination and courage to go on I suppose It’s time like this… that I sort of think
that my dreams are pretty stupid. Legs, forty-three-and-a-half and waist 60 centimeters, it’s gonna be really tough comp, really really tough lineup. So I have lost half a centimeter off everywhere which is just pretty good, which is only in a day a day, so my metabolism is obviously very
strong at the moment. The girls that will be competing, that I am
aware of are very good, sensational great bodies, haven’t had any children, are significantly younger than I am, some you know almost ten years. My results are pretty good I think, from all
this stuff that I had to through, so yeah. But um I’m just me, and I’ll just have to go out there be me I can be. I hope that I’ll be good enough. Elle’s long and painful journey is nearing
its conclusion. Today she’ll be stepping onto a national sports
modeling stage, to learn just how much she’s achieved over the last nine months. I would never have thought that I’d be almost
30 and have 2 kids and be the smallest I ever been in my whole life. I never thought that was even possible, not
in the realm of possibility. So I’m feeling pretty good, I am feeling like
you know no matter what happens, I am a winner, from what I have achieved. Like I just can’t believe it, I’ve shocked
myself. I never really thought I could get that sort
of result. Now I just want to get up on that stage, and
make my husband and my girls proud because I’m pretty nervous and anxious about being
in front of all those people, but I just want to make them proud now. After carefully packing their costumes, props,
and supplies , Jon Elle and Jon’s sister Natalie load up the family car for the journey. The competition is a two-hour drive from Jon
and Elle’s Sydney apartment. So Elle is forced to save her last-minute
preparations until they have safely arrived. I can’t believe Elle’s come this far,
she is about to get on stage, and it’s just a real emotional time for us both, but umm… you
know we set a goal and we are here and we are coming to finish the job no matter what so. It doesn’t matter about the result today
really, that’s just the cherry on the top. If she does well, places well, that will be
awesome. But the fact that she is here is just unbelievable. So I can’t believe it, nine months after having
my second baby. With the competition just minutes away Elle
can feel the anxiety mounting, but she isn’t the only one that is feeling the pressure. The combination of nausea and persistent sickness
has taken its toll Jon. He was so so sick from Meniere’s, and he was
having attacks and vomiting. And he still stood beside me through the whole
thing. Which is pretty special to have such a loving
family. So yeah, I am really happy with that. The moment is finally upon her. With the chance to realize her dream waiting in the crowded room beyond, Elle makes an anxious departure for the stage. I just can’t believe it, I can’t believe
I am here, I am really scared because I am actually gonna do it now. It was easy when we know it was all fun and games. I can’t believe it, I’m going to do it, I’m going to be stepping on the stage, I’m going to do it. Now I just hope I do it well. Please welcome Elle Ip. So I can’t believe it, I fulfilled my dreams
today. I am so happy with her because she just executed
like just perfectly the way I’ve imagined it, and even better, just looked awesome out there. Elle Ip, number 84, comes in 3rd. I never ever expected a 3rd place, and
I was just so proud to be able to actually do it. She’s, you know what she has accomplished
is simply just unbelievable. So I am in total shock at the moment, I just,
I can’t believe what I have achieved, and I am so blown away, I just can’t believe it. Elle’s accomplishment on stage represents
the culmination of an ordinary woman’s struggle to remain courageous in her conviction even when the odds are stacked heavily against her. Today she’s showing that it is indeed possible to overcome the limitations of circumstance. In the months following her stage debut, Elle
went on to competing several other national tournaments. Earning both acclaim and success with her
newly developed physique, Elle’s competing has also brought renewed strength and a fresh
energy to her emotional fortitude. Where’s Mika… Peek a boo. Through the power of certainty and the reaffirmation
of herself worth, Elle’s seemingly unattainable dream of competing in a national sports modeling
contest has now become a reality, but for Elle the journey is far from over. Nobody thought it could be possible
that nine months after having a baby that I would be able to do this, especially from
where I come from, but umm… it’s a testament to dreams you know, have your dreams and stick with them and I guess believe in yourself even when it gets tough. But for all of her successes, there’s still
one more goal to be accomplished. So it’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the world championships, so the world championships are for fitness modeling that’s what real
models do and not me I’m like imitator, amateur, but my husband
supports me and we’re going. So pretty scared, pretty anxious, finding
it hard to sleep. The girls have been unsettled, Kiana is not
feeling so well. So everything sort of feels like it’s falling
to pieces. It sort of makes me think that you know I
shouldn’t go, I can’t go and. Yeah, but you know I want my girls to believe
that what they hope and dream to become one day is a reality if they make it and I want to show them that. So just gotta keep moving forward, you know this is my dream, and I’ve gotta go get it no one is going to hand to me on a silver
platter, it’s always hard to live your dreams, it’s never easy, but it can be done. Despite her misgivings, Elle and Jon are leaving for NewYork. The city is home to the world championships
of sports modeling, and so it is on this stage that Elle hopes to conclude her epic journey. So the night before I hit the world champion
stage for fitness modeling in New York City, I can’t believe I’m here. When I started this journey I seriously doubted
that I’ll be able to look good enough in a in a bikini, let alone stepping on a regional stage and only in my wildest wildest wildest dreams would I have been able to come to New York,
and be on the world stage, so I really just wanna enjoy it and sit back, and reflect and. Just be so, yeah excited that I was able to
fulfill my dreams. I am kind of scared now, don’t really know
what you do after you fulfill your dreams, I guess you can find another one so… I’m happy to be here, it’s been a long
road, enjoy the show. Our next competitor, all the way from Sydney, Australia, please welcome mother of two, Elle Ip At nearly 30 years of age, and after giving
birth to two children, Elle has brought real competition to an international stage of the
world’s most defined physiques. 12 months ago many would have believed this
task to be impossible. [Okay ladies, thank you] But as she exits the stage, Elle realizes
that not only has she achieved the impossible, but the inspiration as well. With her time in New York coming to an end,
Elle reflects on everything she has achieved. It has been a life changing experience, and one that has redefined her core identity. Competing on the world stage in New York City
has been an amazing experience, and one that I’ll treasure forever. 1 year later Elle has not only kept the weight off, but has also improved her body to the extent that she’s now in the best shape of
her life. I feel we’re a lot closer as a family because
now I have the strength, and energy to not only take care of my girls, but to have fun
with them, and just really enjoy them and run around and be a big kid, and even though
Jon is still struggling with his health, I feel more certain that I can support him,
and take care of him, and together as a family we can face whatever the future holds. For Elle it has been a journey of hardship
and pain, a journey that has altered not just the body, but the mind and the soul. A journey to remind us all just what can be
achieved through the power of dreams, a journey Beyond Expectations.

100 thoughts on “Weight Loss Documentary Fitness Motivation Body Transformation Journey “Beyond Expectations””

  1. As a big THANK YOU for your support Jon and I have decided for a limited time to give you a FREE E-book here https://elleip.com/ Hope this helps 🙂
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  2. your hard work and achievement is definitely worthy. I get inspiration watching your video to set a goal and work hard for it. But what kind of particular exercise did you do to loss so much within 9 months ? do you have followed any particular exercise that helped to burn fast or so ? Did walking helped you a lot or is there any other style of working out? I watch my diet .. kind of work out such as walking and dancing but couldn't see that significant change in my weight..due to which i don't feel like doing after some months.. 🙁 also i don't have any kids..

  3. ONG soooo motivating!!!! I will be definí be watching this over and over again!!! Way to go! You look amazing!!!

  4. Every time I feel myself about to fall off the wagon. I always come back to this video!!! You give me hope.. You inspire me all the way in North Carolina…. God bless you!!!!!

  5. you and your husband are amazing … its 4am in the morning and i just couldn't stop watching till the end…BRAVO!

  6. I don't get it how she reduce that Wight within nine months amusing women. God bless your children and your family

  7. I'm crying because I see myself in you…everything you went through initially. You really inspired so many of us..

  8. This is my second time watching this and its just so inspiring.
    When your body becomes out of shape and over weight.all i think is, this is just how big im 'suppose' to be, this just shows that is not the case you can transform your body and create the body you want. You just have to want it enough to figure out how.
    Id really like to know the structured meal plan she used. I jnow diet has a lot to do with fat loss.

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your process of your body recovery. I can relate a bit to what u feel as when I was little I used to be really skinny but on my teenage years I gained quite a lot of weight I would always feel bad and I still feel bad and disappointed when I look at the mirror and I always tell myself “where did that little girl go”. I may be exaggerating because even though I have a healthy weigh and I’m not overweight I can’t help feeling fat. I’ve been trying to lose weight for about a year but I only lost 4 kilos (I sometimes got motivated and started exercising for a month then I would stop for a long time then started again…. basically a total fail) I’m proud I lost some weight but I still look the same. Your story is so inspiring and has inspired me to accomplish my goal which is to finally lose the extra weight I gained in my teenage years and be able to wear a bikini without feeling disappointed and fat. Again thank u so much you opened my eyes to change.

  10. 💙 its inspirational video. To those who are losing hope, just watch this and you will regain your hope and believe in yourself 💙

  11. This is about my 4th time watching this lol, you've done wonderfully. Such an inspiration to myself and others. Will be back here a few times more I'm sure, as I'm prepping my body for baby number 3. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. 💖😄

  12. This video us really inspiring and tells me I can do anything my mind puts to.I started my weight loss journey 3 months ago and I can bearly see change ,I'm gonna start to include a cheat meal..i want by next year this time I look like you ,I wanna be the first 14 year old to loss a drastic amount of weight

  13. Without all the expensive treatments or personal trainings, this is the real thing that Elle made all by herself!!

    All the respect for you, you are beautiful!!

  14. Thats a total inspiration ,i loved u. Have started nutrition diet while u were preganant ? I wish all happiness to you and ur family ❤

  15. Thank you, for your courage, you did inspire me, I want to be as a good mother as you, and I'll start exercising ❤️

  16. Congrats on all your success, OMG you make me want to run out and join a competition, lol… How was it for you mindset, you got so tiny. I hear competitions like this are a breading ground for EDs so I am so nervous since I come from an ED background.

  17. "I feel like I have to be strong for everybody. I just want someone to be strong FOR ME sometimes". Oh my god, you just said what I have been feeling for years.

  18. This couldn’t have been more perfect for me to see tonight. I’m exactly where you were in the beginning of this. Time to start now! Thank you Elle for sharing this with us!!!

  19. I just had a baby and i am trying to loose weight but everyone discouraging me saying i can never look like i used to before. After watching you, i guess I am going to prove them WRONG!!

  20. woow ur story brought tears to my eyes. at first i was laughing thinking its impossible. ure my inspiration. God bless you

  21. Alright, try #1000000, here we go 🥴

    In all seriousness, this is so amazing. I wish I was that strong, I’m only a college student I can’t imagine what being a mom of two and trying to complete this in less than a year is like. Thanks for the inspiration, I hope this time I get some results.

  22. How long did she breastfeed for, just curious… I feel like that'd make things so much harder after a certain point while doing all this.

  23. You're brave for not giving a fuck and being vulnerable on the internet about how you feel and your body and sharing your problems and crying on camera. Great person wife and mother. Your husband is lucky to have you. I'm trying to lose 15 pounds right now and hopefully get to around 21% body fat. I'm at 116 pounds right now. I will continue lifting weights to gain muscle. How much were you lifting in the vid?

  24. You are amazing! I exercised a lot while I was pregnant which meant I was in good physical shape after I gave birth but I struggled with other stuff. Like continuing college, feeling lonely while living in a foreign country, following my own dreams while taking care of my family,…You are my inspiration! Even though our struggles are different, you showed what it means to be determined. You had such a difficult childhood. I cried when I saw that part. I am so happy for you. Many people who grow up like you did end up on drugs, in prison or dead. You have a beautiful family and managed to turn it all around. It’s heartwarming to see how you take care of your daughters and husband. I wish you all the best for your future!

  25. wow this is amazing she changed so much this is inspirational this just shows you can do anything so if you "can't" do it then your lazy -_-

  26. You are so amazing and I am so happy for you . You have inspired me and my cousin. I'm so glad that you have not given up and your such a good example to your daughters. I know it might sound weird …but I'm proud . 😁 Congratulations also I know I'm late 😂

  27. This is and always will be my go-to motivational video…I too had just had a baby and this video got me to get motivated enough to get my fit body back. Please never remove this video.

  28. Thank You soo much for making this World a better place to be a woman👏👏👏, I have lost 16kg since january-have 13more to lose until May,than I Will finally get my hip surgery done, that is my Medal💚🐸💚 Greetings from faraway Norway 🤗♥💜💙💛💚

  29. Just wanted to say that I find this video inspiring! I watch it about once a week to help keep me motivated. And to remind myself that slow and steady fat loss, wins the race. Thanks for making it 😊

  30. I love everything about this video because im going threw the same thing and have two children 3 and under thank u for making this video

  31. In my third trimester with my second and determined to get my body back after this baby, and I ran across this video. So inspiring. Like it was made for me haha, I will definitely be rewatching when it get hard and I start losing motivation.

  32. Babygirl…u have been thru the ringer and came out a Super Star!!! I am VERY impressed with yr perserverance and determination and yr ability to hold yr own despite having a hubby and two babies! IMPRESSIVE!!! U look great, u did great and u are an inspiration to those of us beginning our journey or nearing completion. U kicked butt out there on stage girl!!! You've come a long way from yr beginnings(childhood)
    to the beautiful young woman u r today!!! U probably didn't expect to make so many ppl so proud of u, did u? 😊. HATS OFF TO U HONEY!!😘

  33. Jon, I congratulate u!!! U r someone to be admired!! Yr loving support and willingness to see everything through in support of yr wife, despite yr illness, is quite impressive!. U have lived up to yr marriage vows and have shown thousands what it means to be a Man, Husband, and Father!!! U are a true blessing to yr family!!! HATS OFF TO U!!!

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