Woman reveals how she got her dream figure in just 12 months

A 24-year-old Australian woman has revealed how she transformed her figure and lost 25 kilograms over the course of 20 months after moving from Victoria to New South Wales with her partner.

Paige Thulborn originally weighed close to 80 kilograms in January 2019 and said the change in climate between her freezing hometown and humid Wollongong made her feel uncomfortable to be in her own body. 

‘I was walking along the beach and I was out of breath so much from the humidity that I knew something had to change,’ Paige told FEMAIL.

She decided to take a ‘leap of faith’ and try to lose weight after finding personal fitness coach Abs by Alana on Instagram.

After the first 12 months, Paige managed to tone her glutes, legs and hamstrings and lost 15 kilograms but wanted to push herself further and lose more weight and so she shed another ten kilograms in 2020. 

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Paige Thulborn (pictured) has revealed how she transformed her figure and lost 25 kilograms over the course of 20 months after moving from Victoria to New South Wales with her partner

Paige Thulborn (pictured) has revealed how she transformed her figure and lost 25 kilograms over the course of 20 months after moving from Victoria to New South Wales with her partner

After the first 12 months, Paige managed to tone her glutes, legs and hamstrings and lost 15 kilograms but wanted to push herself further and lose more weight

After the first 12 months, Paige managed to tone her glutes, legs and hamstrings and lost 15 kilograms but wanted to push herself further and lose more weight

While she had some fitness knowledge, Paige lacked an understanding of nutrition and dieting, which ultimately lead to her unhealthy lifestyle.

‘I used to treat myself on “fat Fridays'”and overate a lot of junk food,’ she said.

‘During the week was more of a quantity issue, because I would eat three serves of pasta with a lot of cheese, garlic bread, too much fruit and five or six coffees a day.’

Paige said while she was working at her office job, she would find herself snacking throughout the day, which increased her calorie intake further.

The Abs by Alana program helped Paige establish a regular workout routine consisting mostly of weight lifting and a set meal plan.

Paige said the first six months were very challenging, as she had to stay in a deficit of 1600 calories per day in order to lose the weight

Paige said the first six months were very challenging, as she had to stay in a deficit of 1600 calories per day in order to lose the weight

PAIGE’S ‘DAY ON A PLATE’

Breakfast: Oats or Weetbix with an almond milk coffee

Lunch: Shepherd’s pie, salad or chicken and vegetables

Dinner: Naked parmigiana with air fried spud lite potatoes and a garden salad

Dessert: Paddle Pop ice cream 

Snacks: Freddo Frog, corn thins and some fruit

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To achieve her swift glute transformation, Paige worked her lower body three times a week, which consisted of squats, deadlifts and hip thrusts, as well as two upper body days.

Paige said the first six months were very challenging, as she had to stay in a deficit of 1600 calories per day in order to lose the weight.

But despite the difficulty, she was determined to continue.

‘After I started noticing the changes, it motivated me to keep pushing; once you see a little bit of progress, you get addicted to wanting more,’ she said.

On top of working out she was also completing 12,000 steps a day to increase her cardio.

To achieve her swift glute transformation, Paige worked her lower body three times a week, which consisted of squats, deadlifts and hip thrusts, as well as two upper body days

To achieve her swift glute transformation, Paige worked her lower body three times a week, which consisted of squats, deadlifts and hip thrusts, as well as two upper body days

THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING

Helps build muscle 

Improves balance

Enhances posture and eases pain

Increases coordination

Prevents injury and protects bone health 

Reduces fat and prevents weight gain

Slows age-related muscle loss 

Source: Healthline 

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By the end of 2019, Paige managed to lose 15 kilograms and continued to lose another ten in 2020, dropping her overall weight to only 53 kilograms.

While she had a breast reduction surgery in November 2019 and couldn’t train for two months, she persisted to remain within her calorie deficit in order to continue shedding the weight.

‘I kept counting my calories and tracking what I was eating because I was unable to train at the time,’ she said.

Now, after 20 months, Paige is preparing for her first bikini competition which she ‘never thought’ she would do.

‘If you told me 12 months ago that I would be participating in a bikini competition, I wouldn’t have believed you!’ she said.

‘I was never a sporty person and never did any competitive sports or dancing, so this is all really new to me.’

While she’s very nervous for the event on October 18, she’s also incredibly excited and proud of what she’s achieved.

By the end of 2019, Paige managed to lose 15 kilograms and continued to lose another ten in 2020, dropping her overall weight to only 53 kilograms

By the end of 2019, Paige managed to lose 15 kilograms and continued to lose another ten in 2020, dropping her overall weight to only 53 kilograms

When asked what advice she would give to others aiming to lose weight in a short period of time, Paige said to 'invest in a good trainer who cares for you' and to also do your own research on nutrition

When asked what advice she would give to others aiming to lose weight in a short period of time, Paige said to ‘invest in a good trainer who cares for you’ and to also do your own research on nutrition 

When asked what advice she would give to others aiming to lose weight in a short period of time, Paige said to ‘invest in a good trainer who cares for you’ and to also do your own research on nutrition.

‘Stop looking at influencers on Instagram and invest in yourself and what works best for you,’ she said.

‘Make sure you’re doing it for you and your way of living, not just to look good in photos.’