Brodie MacPherson, sister of Aussie actor Daniel MacPherson, has a lot to be proud of after revealing her impressive 66kg weight loss.
The 25 year old posted photos highlighting her weight loss on Instagram which happened slowly over two years. All up McPherson dropped 5 dress sizes!
McPherson, who once weighed 146kg spoke to New Idea about her life changing weight loss which in part was aided by undergoing gastric sleeve surgery in November 2014 as well as following a strict exercise and diet regime.
“Gastric surgery is a bit of a taboo. There’s this idea that it is the easy way out for lazy people, but I couldn’t disagree more,’ she explained. “It’s a really positive tool that can assist you can reach your goal.”
On speaking out about her surgery McPherson said she wants to make it easier of other women to speak openly about their bodies too. “As a woman at times it can be challenging talking about your body so publicly but this is something I really wanted out there because life’s too short not to wake up every day & celebrate being you!”
After hiring a personal trainer and a nutritionist, McPherson managed to lose 20kg. But after getting down to 126kg, she struggled to shed more weight and decided that gastric sleeve surgery was the only way she could reach her goal.
“I’d put in an enormous effort, but when you weigh 146kg, it doesn’t make that much difference when you lose 20kg. People just ask if you have had a haircut, or say you look fresher. Surgery was never the first option, it was the last option,” she said.
McPherson’s brother Dan has been credited with helping her reach her goals and being there along side her for the gruelling workouts.
McPherson loves sharing her journey with her followers on Instagram and often posts photos with inspiring captions. Other days she’s just like the rest of us who find it hard to motivate ourselves to get out of bed!
“Just when I started to tell myself that I didn’t want to get up for F45 at 5:30am today, partly because it’s raining, partly because I’m not the fittest one there, partly because I have irrational fear about group exercise.”
I started my weightloss journey over 4 years ago & in this time I’ve never spoken to any media about it – despite it at times looking like I have! About two weeks ago I put up a before/after photo and 4500 new followers popped up, so after a lot of thought & consideration, I gave my first interview. For any of you who may find it helpful with your journey it is in @newideamagazine & I couldn’t be more proud ✌?Heartfelt thanks to @jennybrownidea for writing an honest, positive article – as a woman at times it can be challenging talking about your body so publicly but this is something I really wanted out there because life’s too short not to wake up every day & celebrate being you! Thanks everyone along the way for your encouragement & Happy reading! ???
“Life is about so much more than the number on the scales. For me, it’s about challenging yourself and fighting to become the person you want to be, not just in fitness and health — in all areas,” she says.
My journey has been anything but linear. In the last 3 years, I have never wanted to share a before/after photo publicly, because for me – that girl on the left who always worked hard in the gym, despite her weight, is the same girl on the right. I never wanted to give strangers the opportunity to look at a photo and say “oh my god, look at how big she was”. I am not my weight. That girl on the right is healthy and happy in her curvy little body but has decided it’s time for the next phase of fitness/weightloss to begin. Part of that phase is not being ashamed of where I’ve come from, but rather proudly declaring ‘this is how far I’ve come’, now let’s keep going ??
“I’m no Tony Robbins and I’ve still got a journey ahead. After all I’m just a former chubby girl who awkwardly loved leopard — but what I’ve learnt so far is that life’s too short not to keep growing, keep pushing, keep fighting your fears, keep loving yourself & having fun. 2017, we’re here to fight the good fight.”
Daniel MacPherson also changed his life when he transformed himself from a chubby child to a toned adult over the years thanks to his dedication to fitness and health. The actor is now a triathlete who has competed in many iron man championships.
Great chat with @reidy__ @deandegan and the @runwithsole podcast… Talking sport, acting and the simple balance between fitness and happiness ??✌?️✔️ #repost with @repostapp. ・・・ “Being an overweight teenager was a lesson in not allowing myself to be affected by what other people thought and said of me.” . Need a little inspiring? Check out our latest episode of @runwithsole where we get to know one of the nicest and fittest guys on Australian TV @danmacpherson