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Gran-of-8 in constant agony shed 18st and ditched walking frame to become bodybuilder – The Mirror

Sep 4th, 2022

Dee Hodgson, 53, weighed 28st 11lbs and lived in constant pain because of her weight, she wasn't mobile and was on 20 different types of medication before she began shedding weight and discovered her love for bodybuilding

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A gran-of-eight lost 18st and ditched her walking frame to become a bodybuilder.

Dee Hodgson struggled with several health conditions due to her size, including type two diabetes, and she lived in constant agony.

The 53-year-old was on 20 different types of medication for her physical and mental health as she struggled.

But she decided to change her habits and ditch her life of processed food and sugary snacks, relying on a walking frame to move, for something healthier.

At her heaviest Dee weighed 28st 11lbs and lacked mobility.

But after a year of dieting she took up exercise and eventually fell in love with bodybuilding.

She said it made her feel like a completely different person, BirminghamLive reported.



She added she then: "tried my hand at bodybuilding - and absolutely loved it. Now I've lost 18st.

"I have so much more energy, I'm so much happier - it's completely changed my life.

"I did a lot of classes to start with, but when I started working with a personal trainer, I developed a passion for weights.

"He introduced me to weightlifting and that was the start of my bodybuilding journey."

Dee said her personal trainer, Josh Bothwell, has "helped me more than I could ever say" adding that her friends at Warriors World gym in Coventry "have been integral to my journey".

Her new found love for the gym quickly yielded results and she can now leg press 335kg, deadlift 80kg and bench press 46kg.

She is now being coached by Lisa Morrison, a UKUP/WUP pro athlete and also trains at Simply Gym, Earl Place, Coventry.



"Ive done a couple of dance competitions to raise money for charity," she said.

"Im competing in a body building competition in November in High Wycombe. Im in the transformation class, so its all about the journey.

"They will show a before picture before I come out on stage. Its about showcasing the way youve built your body.

"Im petrified but really excited! Ive always had body image issues but this is all part of my recovery.

"Its so far out of my comfort zone, Ill be out in a tiny bikini with all my scars and loose skin on show, but I hope that it will inspire others.

Recalling the start of her journey, she said she lacked mobility which was so limiting and found herself in pain all the time.



She said: I thought I was happy but I look back now and I realise I was depressed and in pain.

"My life was very limited and I was very dependent on people, which was hard as Im very independent. It was embarrassing for me."

Dee, a gran-of-eight, opted to follow a "caveman diet" only eating natural foods, including eggs and vegetables.

"My new diet was very basic and that made it easier to stick to," she said.

"I didnt notice the weight loss at first, but when I hit six stone down, I realised that it was working and I might as well keep going.

"People were noticing the difference and I was feeling more mobile and healthier, and I realised that a different life really was achievable."

In her first year Dee lost 12 stone and then joined her local fitness centre where she found a passion for fitness.

It was from there she discovered bodybuilding.

As well as losing so much weight she had two stone of saggy skin cut off following her transformation.



Dee, who now weighs 11st 11lbs, said she now feels like a new woman.

She added: "My weight got out of control. At first, I wasn't dieting to lose weight, I just wanted to feel better and to help ease the symptoms of my health conditions.

"But the pounds quickly fell off me and it gave me the motivation to keep going. I started going to the gym and fell in love with working out.

Dee also revealed her weight had impacted her family too as her son Will, 33, said his mother would die.

She said: My body was collapsing because I was obese, and once I lost the weight, I wasnt in pain anymore.

"I remember about a year into my journey, I was playing tag with my eldest granddaughter, and she turned around and said: Nanny, I didnt know that you can run.

"And its moments like that, that make it all worthwhile. Bodybuilding has changed my life and I dont use that phrase lightly.

"I now look at myself with pride. Im taking back the years that were stolen from me and owning my future.

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