Burleigh Heads woman Melinda Troughton has gone from a size 14-16 to a size 10 in a gruelling 12-week challenge.
Burleigh Heads woman Melinda Troughton has gone from a size 14-16 to a size 10 in a gruelling 12-week challenge.

From flab to fab, it?s a girl thing



A BURLEIGH Heads woman has gone from flab to fab and now she's set to show off her new buff bod in a figure competition.

Melinda Troughton, 26, will compete in the International Natural Body Building Association "It's a Girl Thing" titles in Brisbane tomorrow, in the sports model division.

"It's nowhere near as full-on as for the body builders. The judges are looking for someone who projects beauty and shape, a balanced physique," Melinda said.

Melinda will model in a bikini, an evening gown and casual wear, a daunting prospect for someone who has never competed before.

"I'm very nervous," Melinda admitted.

Helping to soothe those butterflies will be her Burleigh-based personal trainer Donna Anderson, of Body Crazy Personal Training, who is also competing and is a veteran of physique, aerobics and dance competitions.

Melinda credits Donna with her transformation from a size 14-16 to a size 10 and her new mental toughness.

"Definitely - she's so motivating and keeps me on track," Melinda said.

Spurred on by her weight loss and fitness boost after tackling Donna's 12-week challenge, Melinda entered a 12-week challenge in Women's Fitness magazine and ended up as the overall winner.

Two years ago, Melinda's sedentary job as a lighting designer, a lack of exercise and a fondness for takeaways had all contributed to her weight gain.

Switching to nutritious, home-cooked meals and a regular exercise program were key to weight loss and confidence gain.

"My boyfriend's over the moon, I'm back to the size I was when I was 21 or 22," Melinda said.



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