Elena “Elle” Goodall is an Australian woman who used to have a serious obsession with food. She would eat three large meals in a sitting to kick back her hunger, and at her heaviest she tipped the scales at over 400 lbs.
But now, after a vigorous exercise and diet regime, she has made quite the transformation.
I would like to share with you another #beforeandafter I really want people to know that my story is much more than just #weightloss it is a story of courage determination and drive my story really changed once I found triathlon in the beginning it was all about weight loss and how much I had lost how many cms I had dropped ect then I found triathlon and I started to forget about all that non important stuff it became more about what foods I was eating to properly fuel my body to be able to do an endurance sport it became about being strong enough to swim kms ride for hrs and run and not die it became about breaking physical boundaries I once never thought were possible and pushing myself to new limits triathlon has changed my life in ways I never even imagined once I push through one barrier I set sights on the next I am truly so very proud as I sit here with tears rolling down my face (tears of pride) and I will be loud about it I don’t share my story to brag or big note I do it in hope I can help others I’m not saying stop worrying about weight I just saying stop making it your focus find your triathlon and with kicking goals there and everything els will eventually fall into place I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of my amazing and supportive family and friends and also you guys my beautiful followers each and every one of you have been amazing the amount of messages I get some have put tears in my eyes I’m just so happy I can make a difference so much love for you all #beforeandafterweightloss #weightloss #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #vsg #vsgcommunity #triathlon #triathlete #ironman #ironmanaustralia #cairnsim #cairnsim703 #cairnsim2017 #cairnsironman
Back when she was still obese, Elle was told by doctors that she wouldn’t make it past the age of 40 if she continued eating how she did. Thanks to a rigorous diet and exercise plan (she started competing in the triathlon), she went from 405 lbs to 152 lbs. That’s a drop of over 250 lbs!
“I was going through a really big change in my life and I wanted something that was going to be a huge challenge. The triathlon has always been the ultimate for me – it’s three sports in one… I’m incredibly proud of myself for doing that,” the 29-year-old Queensland-based triathlete told Channel Nine’s Today.
“I couldn’t even tie my own shoes up – things that most people take for granted, I couldn’t do. I couldn’t sit down on the ground and get back up. Now, I just want to prove to people that if you reach that point, there is something you can do, and you can save your own life.” she also added.
She conquered her first triathlon competition and Creek’s Dirt n’ Dust Festival, and then she moved on to the Noosa triathlon and also is proud of finishing the Cairns Ironman event in 6 hours and 45 minutes.
She is now an ambassador of Catfish Athlete.
In an Instagram post which she shared on July 14, she reflected on her incredible journey.
PRIDE!!! To say I’m proud of my journey so far is an understatement it is to the point I cry when I watch the replay of my sunrise interview over and over and over again lol I cry because of how proud I am in less than 2 years I have turned my life around from nearly loosing my battles with weight and fast food to becoming an ironman and I have been so lucky to have some amazing people along on the ride my mum n dad and my sister the biggest cheer squad I know running all over the country to watch there daughter do triathlons and ironman events @diversworldspearfishing (diversworld is my mum n dads shop check them out) the person who made me realise just how strong I am Vicki she was my first ever coach and guided me to Noosa triathlon and my first dirt n dust @vitalizefitnessandlifecoaching @emma_quinn_88 my AMAZING coach who prepared and coached me to my first ever podium at Julia creek dirt n fits this year then cairns ironman 70.3 and now working me nice n hard in the lead up to busso full ironman in December where I will turn 30 and become an ironman!! And Aaron who has had to put up with all the complaints of sore muscles and the $$$$ of it all this is not a cheap sport I have chosen you are all the glue and the ones who together have made this journey possible I can not wait to see what is next after busso maby Kona that sure is where my goals lay aim for the top I know I am going to be doing the big dance in Kona some time soon @ironmanoceania watch this space ♀️ I promise you I’m going to do some #epicshit #doepicshit #ironman #ironmanoceania #ironmantraining #ironmanaustralia #swimriderun #swimriderunlove #livcycling_aus @livcycling_aus @giantbikesaus @zippspeed @catfishdesigns @garminau #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #weightlossjourney @lornajaneactive #watchthisspace #brissy #BRINGITON #brisbane #brissybound @brisbane @giantnoosa @giantsunshinecoast
It reads: “To say I’m proud of my journey so far is an understatement – to the point I cry when I watch the replay of my sunrise interview, over and over and over again. I cry because of how proud I am. In less than two years, I have turned my life around from nearly losing my battles with weight and fast food to becoming an ‘Ironman’, and I have been so lucky to have some amazing people along on the ride.”
The major advice that miss Goodall has for people that are trying to lose weight is to not make up excuses.