I feel like I have to be strong for everybody.
Just wonder who’s going to be strong for me
I don’t want to do this anymore, I just
wanna rest and have a sleep.
I just feel like it’s all a bit much.
Oh well I have to go out there and feed the
Meet Elle, an ordinary woman on the brink
of an extraordinary journey.
At eight months pregnant Elle is planning
to do something inspiring, to make a dramatic
example of how each of us has the power to
change our core identity.
Wife of husband Jon and adoring mother of
infant daughter Kiana, Elle is about to undertake
a life changing journey.
I just can be really hard.
A journey that will push her both mentally
and physically as she struggles to overcome
the limitations of circumstance.
It can be difficult because people have their
own opinions on what I’m doing, and what I
think I should be doing.
You did a beautiful job.
Not only will she attempt to shed the post-pregnancy
weight, but Elle is also hoping to develop
her body into the peak physical condition
necessary to compete on an international sports
Next year in May, 2011 I will be competing
in an International Sports Modeling physique
And it would be roughly nine to ten months
after my second baby.
But the journey has little to do with winning.
Because as soon as I step on stage, as far
as I’m concerned I am a winner.
Now genetically unfortunately I’m not blessed,
I don’t have great genetics where I can eat
whatever I like and can stay fabulous and
My genetics are more round, so it just means
for my competing, it can be a bit of a challenge.
With her second pregnancy now in its third
trimester, the enormity of the challenge is
However, to make the odds even tougher Elle will be avoiding traditional weight loss advocates,
such as dietitians and gyms, but she isn’t
completely without resources.
I don’t have a mentor, and I don’t have a
But I do follow a system that my husband has
pioneered over ten years of working one-on-one
It’s confidential, and he doesn’t tell me
He just tells me this is the next phase, he
keeps it close to his chest, but this time
he’s revealing more of his secrets to me,
which is fantastic.
I’m very blessed to have him on board.
Elle met her now husband Jon while both were
working at an inner Sydney hotel.
Over the years their marriage has had its
share of problems, many of which having stem
from the trauma and neglect of Elle’s darker
My childhood was very short, my parents would
fight a lot, but my baby brother and sister
So I had to grow up pretty quickly, my mother was indifferent, and my dad was a drunk.
He was aggressive and a very heavy drinker,
and he would beat me quite a lot.
It was a lonely time, I was very sad, and
I would cry.
I used to think that I wasn’t worthy of their
love, and that if they’re not going to love
me, then who else would?
Even today I still have trouble with relationships.
Because I think sooner or later everyone is
going to leave you, so I distance myself from
other people to avoid ever getting hurt.
Elle’s teenage years were troubled, and emotionally
Falling in with the wrong crowd she was often
without a home.
When I was 14, my dad kicked me out of home
in a pretty profound way.
I had nowhere to go to, I was just a little
kid that nobody loved.
I had so many people tell me that my dreams
are stupid, and that I would never amount
to anything, and after a while, you start
to believe it.
The area was rough, there were a lot of gangs
and it really was a case of predator and prey.
A live or die situation, it was tough community,
with nowhere to live, I needed money, but
honest work was scarce for someone so young.
So I aligned myself with the wrong kind of
people, and for a while it profited quite
I knew what I was doing wasn’t legal, but
being in the gang was like having a family.
People look out for you, took care of you,
something that had been missing for most of
As those teenage years progressed, the harsh
realities of this lifestyle began to catch
up with her.
Nobody gets out, if I had stayed on that path
it was going to end in either prison or death.
I was young, but I was getting to an age where
I could be trialed in court as an adult, and
not a minor.
And I just couldn’t live like that anymore.
I wanted a new life, I wanted to be completely
I wanted to be all those things I always dreamed I could be.
So I started an apprenticeship as hairdresser at a five-star hotel.
On my first day working there I met Jon.
We became friends, and he was really different,
he wasn’t like anyone I had met before.
The early years of Elle and Jon’s relationship
were complicated and uncertain, but after
many difficult years Jon was able to instill
in Elle the principles of certainty and self-worth
that aided in turning her life around.
And that was really only possible because
Jon came into my life, gave me the tools to
be able to do that, and it will basically
be the exact same tools that I’m going to
put into practice now to compete on the world
It was a painful process, I cried, I kicked,
I screamed, sometimes I loved it, other times
absolutely hated it, but my whole life changed
when I met Jon, and I was only able to blossom
and grow into the person I am today because
I have the certainty that not only did Jon
love me, but that he could show me how to
confront and then overcome my limitations.
Everything in life is going to take a little
piece of you.
I just have to roll with the punches and sort
of go with it and go, okay tomorrow is a new
day, and try not to beat myself up about it
Working through issues of abandonment and
dependency, they strove to forge a
new life together.
A life that would be built upon trust and
10 years on, Elle is hoping to share the same
lessons that helped redefine her own life
with others who have been preconditioned to
And I’m hoping to be able to inspire women
out there who think they can’t do it or
If you set something for yourself, you set
a goal, you set a task then you can achieve
it, all you have to do is believe in yourself.
By applying the same principles to her struggle
with post pregnancy weight Elle hopes to demonstrate
that through self-belief anything can be achieved.
Unfortunately, I don’t actually have a nanny
to take care of my children, a chef to prepare
my meals, a chauffeur to drive me to where
I want to go, someone to do my washing, any
of those things.
I don’t have a personal trainer, I don’t have
a nutritionist, I don’t even have gym membership.
It’s very important for me to show my daughter,
I want to show her that she can achieve anything
that she puts her mind to, and the best way
to show her that is to do it myself.
As preparations for the world stage intensify,
Elle’s journey to overcome the odds will test
the limits of her mental and physical fortitude.
Sports modeling is about being fit, healthy,
and having a toned physique.
It’s not about being super skinny like you
may see on catwalks, and things like that.
But, it’s more emphasized on having muscle
Understandably Elle has a long way to go.
I’m at a huge disadvantage because I’m starting
I haven’t got any momentum behind me.
My body hasn’t really been doing much in terms
of preparing for sports modeling competition,
it’s been preparing to have a baby.
So my body has had a completely different
So I am 85.5 kilos, and I’m 41.2 percent body
With the baby now overdue, Elle has been admitted
into hospital where doctors will attempt to
induce the birth, but despite their best efforts,
Elle’s contractions are yet to begin.
I’ve been in the hospital for four days for
high blood pressure, and I’m still no closer
to having my baby, and I am very upset.
I miss my husband and my daughter and I want
to go home,
but I’m feeling very sick, and nauseous, and cramping in my stomach.
And they keep doing all these tests on me.
I feel like a lab rat.
After yet another night of extensive testing
and anxious waiting, Elle is allowed to return
home, but the reprieve is short-lived.
I’ve been in hospital for five days, and I
was able to go home because I had gestational
hypertension which basically means I had high
blood pressure, and signs of preeclampsia,
but now I’ve come back to be induced.
I am hoping that my body starts to do what
it’s supposed to do, and I’m just going to
try to trust that it knows what to do.
So I’ve got my TENS machine on, and I’m getting
contractions, and I’m ready to go downstairs
now, because I am 3cm dilated.
Yay, I walked around hospital up and downstairs,
everywhere I could try to bring on the labor
naturally as I could.
So here it goes.
After five days of prolonged waiting, and
nervous anticipation, the moment has finally
Spread your legs there, ok.
Focus on taking slow big breaths.
But the ordeal is far from over.
The birth of Elle’s second child is agonizing,
lengthy, and at times complicated.
But after nine hours of excruciating labor
she’s greeted by the small face of her infant
You did so well my darling, oh my goodness.
Healthy and happy, baby Kamika’s arrival into
the world brings both joy and relief to the
nervous family waiting by Elle’s side.
But as one journey ends, another is about
10 months away, and this body is going to
be on an international sports modeling stage.
Where is your baby sister?
The long pregnancy now behind her, Elle’s
focus has shifted to regaining the body that
she has lost.
So this is week one, and my plan is just to
let my body recover, and to just get back
to normal after giving birth, and then next
week I am gonna look at
eating a little bit better, and making sure that I am having the right nutrients and vitamins and really focus
on that, and getting rest when I can, so that
would be my first priority
it’s taking care of myself so I will take care of my girls.
But with two infant children to care for…
[I am so tired]
…the task of losing almost half of her body
weight has never seen more difficult.
The baby is not due to feed until 2 but she
woke up screaming for milk, and then my toddler
started screaming for me, and she was waking
up early too so I had to run to get her, change
her nappy, and then I took photos today just….
for our before shots, and I got to see how
horrible I look, which was quiet upsetting,
and I was doubting whether I could do it or not
but I’m just feeling a bit emotional.
Like I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself,
and I don’t know if I’m crazy, what am I thinking?
And you know, I look at myself and I feel
like I look horrible.
With her self-esteem heavily depleted, the
second week of Elle’s journey begins with
a reluctant first attempt at exercise.
So it’s the start of week 2 that can Kamika
has been born, and I’m gonna try and do some
light weights on a bench.
As you can see my gym facilities aren’t
great but they work, and these are the weights
that I have, which is just like a power block
and you can snap them.
So I just want to get back into the swing
of things, not looking at doing any heavy
hard core training, just take it very easy
and light for the next couple of weeks.
Consistency is the key, not intensity.
Elle’s training program has been designed
to stay at a consistently low intensity throughout
the entire journey, but after nine months
of inactivity, what little result she has
summoned is soon hampered by doubt.
I feel horrible.
I look at myself in the mirror, and I wonder
where has my body gone?
It’s been stolen, and been replaced with
this, and I seriously just want to quit now
and just eat a whole block of cheese because
I don’t even know if I’m wasting my time.
What am I thinking, I’m going to compete in
that sports modeling competition, the only
thing I want to complete in is a cheese eating
I don’t even remember how to do this.
Her initial attempts at resistance training
have proved to be premature, for now any further
attempts will be put on hold
I want to give up now.
Instead Elle will concentrate on maintaining
her structured food plan which requires her
to eat eight nutritionally balanced meals
every day, except on Fridays when she’ll be
given a day off.
I am breastfeeding that just means that I
have to be a little bit more careful with
the sorts of food that I eat because I want
to make sure that my newborn baby is getting
the correct nutrients and vitamins, so I’m
not doing anything drastic like cutting out
I want to stick to eating lots of healthy
natural foods as best as I possibly can.
From week to week Elle will be taking measurements
of her stomach
Her weight will also be monitored, but the
overall focus will be on centimeters lost,
and the reduction of body fat.
So I am really concentrating on losing centimeters
because I know then I’m sort of coming in
to the shape that I am most happy with.
I’m so scared to get on these scales, I really
don’t like to weigh myself
because weight can be lots of things.
It can be fluid, it can be muscle, it can be fat.
By recording the results weekly, she hopes
to accurately monitor her progress.
So I was 112 last week, and I am 111 this
week, so I lost 1 cm, which is exciting.
I was hoping for more, but I am happy that
I lost something.
So one centimeter
so no changes there.
So I’m happy that I got a centimeter, but
I wanted more.
But um… considering the week that I had,
I should be grateful that anything has happened.
It’s been a really crap week.
This week I am really gonna try to focus on
getting some more sleep.
So let’s see how we go with that, and just
be a little bit more structured with my times,
so hopefully I can juggle it a bit better.
But each new day brings its own stresses and
I am so tired of being up for 24 hours.
The baby won’t stop crying.
Look at her, WIDE AWAKE.
Oh my gosh.
I just feel like just a disgrace.
I don’t even want to go out.
I don’t even want to see my friends, I don’t
want them to see me like this, I look so ugly.
And as her emotional state suffers, so too
does her physical progress.
So I’ve actually put on kilos,
but it could
be anything, so I am not gonna stress about
it too much, it’s a bit depressing.
What’s more concerning is that I’ve put on
body fat one percent.
So I don’t know where that’s come from.
So I’ve put on one percent body fat and kilos
which I don’t really care so much about the
kilos, it’s the one percent body fat, what
What the hell happened there?
Oh, I don’t know.
Seems pretty depressing.
Despite weeks of structured and carefully
planned eating, Elle’s body is yet to respond.
Feels like I have done all that hard work
for not much result.
So it’s the 19th of September, 2010 and
I have had a pretty stressful week this week,
so I am really scared to measure.
I am very stressful just with appointments,
doctor’s appointments, and different things,
and I just have a lot to do with the girls
Just pretty busy.
They seem to be more demanding this week,
and I started doing a bit of walking this
week, which took a lot out of me, I was absolutely
exhausted and nearly passed out and fell on
the ground, so won’t be doing that again.
With her early attempts at exercise and controlled
nutrition bearing little result, Elle’s spirit
is beginning to wane.
I am so tired.
My breasts are killing me, from breastfeeding, I just wanna give up.
The painful realities of living out her dream
combined with increasingly demanding pressures
of motherhood have not been without consequence.
Pushed to her breaking point, Elle is left
anxious, and in doubt.
I feel like I have to be strong for everybody,
I have to be strong for my husband, I have
to be strong for my daughters,
I have to be strong for myself.
Just wonder who’s going to be strong for me
But her resignation will not come today.
38.5 percent and 42.4 percent,
so I just put on about a kilo, but I didn’t lose any body
fat, and I didn’t lose any muscle, but anyway,
hopefully this week will be better.
It’s times like these when you know I just
feel like it’s all too hard and now it’s
time to give up, just gotta breakthrough the
I’d rather breakthrough a KitKat.
Nine weeks into the journey, Elle’s focus
has now switched to maintaining proper rest,
so that she can keep up both her energy and
I’m feeling a lot better about this week because
my stress levels were down, and I had a lot
more sleep which was good.
It’s been almost three months since I have
had baby, and now I am really starting to
think about walking consistently.
So I’m doing my first cardio session today
and I’m going to be doing it for half an hour
at a low intensity.
Today is a particularly hard day because I’m
really craving junk food badly.
I want cookies and lots of them.
I also have these waiting for me, mmm… yummy
I’m not going to have them because today is
Thursday, and only on Fridays do I allow myself
to have a treat.
So I’m just trying to hold out to tomorrow,
then I can have a cookie.
Isn’t it pretty?
What the hell am I gonna wear?
I don’t fit in to anything, I hate this.
My feet look like baked bread in my shoe.
Kiana is laughing at me; I’d be laughing at
Didn’t get much sleep this week, and
probably was pretty stressed as well.
So I have lost,
no I am exactly the same
What was I?
73 or 74?
This is where, I’m sought of neither lean
I am kind of just somewhere in the middle,
so I have to just kind of breakthrough that,
so here we go cardio session, 30-minute walk,
that’s all I am gonna do.
One centimeter yay, down to 57,
So quite a big loss in centimeters, which
You are cute, you are very chubby, it’s
your four-month birthday today, happy four months,
and mommy is happy because I can fit
into a size 12 jeans again,
I want to inspire women who are just like
me, and flip through glossy magazines and
see these Hollywood A-listers have babies,
and transform back into these beautiful women,
and you think gosh, how am I supposed to do that?
I don’t have a nanny, or a trainer or a dietitian
to prepare all my meals.
Obviously they’re putting a lot of hard work
as well, but having the extra help would definitely
be a bonus.
So how does someone like us… me… achieve
And I want to show you that it is possible,
because if you are like me, and you’ve been
blessed with two arms, and two legs, and you can move,
then anything’s possible
that can achieve your dreams.
And the reality is I’m no one special.
I don’t have magic powers,
I don’t have
this huge determination and will,
but what I do have
is two beautiful daughters that inspire me to better.
With little to no help from her family, and
a complete absence of child-minding assistance,
Elle’s journey is secondary to her role in
stimulating and educating her daughters.
But while this commitment can be a challenge,
it is the children themselves that motivate
her to keep going.
I want to inspire my daughters to show them
that anything they put their mind to, they
What does this one say?
What does this one say?
Yes, You’re so smart.
I don’t just want to tell them that, I wanna
show them that, I wanna show them that Mommy
set an impossible dream, and she achieved
I feel really pissed at my husband, and it’s
not his fault.
Broke his ankle, and as a result of that couldn’t
sort of exercise, and then because of that
everything sort of escalated with his health,
and then he got Meniere’s disease, and lost
his hearing in his right ear, and is being
diagnosed with a brain tumor, so he is really
not well, and he is asleep quite a bit and
it’s just exhausting because I want him to
do more to help me, but I know that he physically
can’t so I feel like I’m looking after three
The symptoms Meniere’s disease plague Jon
with daily attacks of vertigo, nausea, and
and with the resulting sickness
leaving him incapacitated and bedridden for
most of the day, Elle’s dreams of competing
on an international sports modeling stage
seems all the more impossible.
There are some days where it can be a little
My husband just had an operation, and he’s
needing obviously me to care for him a little
bit more than he has previously, so I feel
like the pressure on me is really amped up a little bit
so, yeah it was challenging to say the least.
Sometimes I wonder you know; if Jon is going
to be here for the future.
So I really want to enjoy having him with
me because you know, you just don’t know,
but at the same time I just feel like it’s
all a bit much.
So really really tired today, and just totally
over everything and
want a holiday from my life
and everything sucks.
So I have lost weight, but my body fat is
relatively the same, so I probably just lost
Since the birth of baby Kamika, Elle has lost
over 13 kilograms,
an astonishing result compared
to the slow decline in her percentage of body
Just need to get the body fat down.
I have stayed for a while, so hopefully I
will get a good move next week.
Staying the same for 1, 2, 3 this will be
the fourth week,
that’s really upsetting.
Elle had previously hoped to lose over 25
percent of her body fat throughout the course
of the journey,
but with less than a 6 percent
drop in the last 18 weeks, this result would
Oh gosh, I am so sick of playing this up and
down game with my body fat and weight,
it’s really irritating.
With the loss of body fat becoming a cause
for concern, Elle has expanded her fitness
routine to include a variety of light weight
exercises in the hope that this will help
breakthrough her body’s natural resistance
but the changes have not made the journey
So I am in a really bad mood today.
I woke up with hot spots on my breasts, which means I’m getting my Mastitis.
I’m really hoping I get a good result because
I am in a really bad mood, and you know it’ll
just top it off.
So let’s see how we go, I am really anxious.
Oh, wow I lost a lot of body fat,
and I gained muscle,
very good result.
So I had a really awesome result last week,
and I found that in a result of that this
week I have just been trying to self-sabotage,
you would think that, hey I got a great result,
I’ll be motivated, and want to keep going,
but for some reason you know in the back of
my mind I almost wanted myself to fail.
I was kind of destroying myself.
Okay, so I have lost weight, but I lost a
bit of muscle, and gained a bit of body fat.
Pretty disappointed because it means that
I have lost muscle
and gained more fat.
So today is Boxing Day, and Christmas was
yesterday, and I’m feeling pretty upset really
cause ahh people don’t quite understand what I’m trying to achieve,
and what I’m doing,
and they think I’m a little bit crazy,
and it’s quite a lonely place to be
when your friends, and family don’t understand what you’re doing.
So there is roughly four months to go and
counting, and I’m really getting anxious now
because my body is not where it should be,
I think I could be a lot further along, but
you know I have committed to this, and have
to see it through, so now what I’m going to
do is really focus on tightening up with everything,
and really just trying to take better care
of myself because I just have not been, I
haven’t been getting much sleep.
It’s New Year’s Eve, 2010 and for Elle the
conclusion of another year isn’t the only
reason to celebrate.
Happy New Year.
On New Year’s we have a nice quiet meals at home.
We were able to watch the fireworks on the
balcony, and I was really excited because
it landed on a Friday and Fridays are the
day that I can have whatever I like to eat
so that was pretty fun to be able to have
some pizza and some wine.
I am hoping for a good result this week because
I feel that I put all the effort in the right
So let’s see how we go.
Oh I lost body fat, and gained muscle!
Very happy with that, I lost two percent body
fat, and gained one percent body muscle mass,
so that’s awesome.
So that’s good.
Despite the intake of junk food on New Year’s Eve,
Elle results are the most encouraging
So it’s slowly creeping down.
The massive two percent loss in body fat would
indicate that Elle’s weekly day off has actually
So it’s Friday morning, and I’m going to
have some cookies for breakfast, and it’s
my cheat day, and I eat whatever I want.
It’s lunch time now so I am having some burgers and fries.
Once a week, Elle spends an entire day of
avoiding strenuous activity,
and indulging in fatty foods,
a practice that most would consider detrimental to weight loss.
Some people are not going to believe that
I am able to get amazing results, and still
have a day where I have whatever I like to
But contrary to popular belief,
the respite from diet and exercise
seems to be having a positive effect on her measurements.
It’s the 16th of the 1st. 2011 and I’m really
nervous and anxious.
I’m not sure if my body is gonna make it,
I’ve definitely changed, I can see that but,
I hope it’s good enough.
So one centimeter off the leg
also one centimeter off the hips,
75 and 1cm lost.
I lost a kilo, two percent body fat, and gained
one percent of muscle, that’s awesome result.
Everyone goes through a hard stage where they feel like they are doing all the right things
and nothing’s happening.
They want instant…
results I mean I wanted instant results, but
it does take time.
So I am really happy now that I’m starting
to see a little bit more results with my body,
I am starting to see my décolletage some
tone in my arms, my stomach is getting flatter,
my hips are getting narrower, I am still a
long way off from my goal, but I’m feeling
a little bit more confident that I’m half
the size that I was before.
It was a good one.
I am so happy.
The physical results of Elle’s long months
of low intensity exercise and nutritious eating
are finally starting to appear.
I am in a good mood now.
And as her body starts to develop, so too
does her mind.
Elle’s mental stamina toward her responsibilities
as a mother has vastly improved.
The belief that she can actually succeed had
started to take hold, and as the certainty
of this conviction becomes stronger
her physical progress responds in kind.
So today is the 6th of February, 2011
and there is fourteen weeks until competition
which is pretty daunting, and this week has
been pretty normal sort of week,
not too stressed,
but umm… let’s see what today says.
Cool, so I have lost a little bit of body
fat, not very much but some.
After 30 of weeks training, Elle
has only lost ten percent of her body fat.
So today is the 6th of the 3rd, 2011
and there is ten weeks to go into competition.
I am pretty nervous, scared, all those things.
So now with only 10 more weeks remaining
until competition day, Elle needs to lose
at least another 14 percent if she is to reach her goal.
Found that I have to dig really really
deep to wanna continue on to keep going.
This journey has made me see things in myself
that I probably haven’t seen before.
It helped me to understand you know that I
can be tested pretty severely, and I can come
Oh, yes, yes!
That is awesome, I’ve been working so hard
to be under thirty percent body fat, and I’m
But you know it’s really scary stuff.
I didn’t anticipate how hard it would actually
to go through,
and I find that
the more sort of size that I lose and the
smaller that I get,
the harder it is,
because it’s you know quite scary to think that I will be on that stage in two months’ time.
I’ve just gotta trust that it will work, and
I’ll get there and you know, I’ll bring a
body that I’ll be proud of.
Professional sports models are judged on their
muscle definition and physique.
So with just a few weeks remaining, Elle has
precious little time to refine her newly slimmed
So today is the 3rd of April, 2011 and I am
really anxious about my results in six weeks out
I feel like a stupid fat mother, trying
to pretend to be something I am not.
Oh my Gosh.
With the competition now only one week away, the nerves have started creep in.
So today is the 8th of May, 2011 and there
is one week out from competition, so I am
pretty excited, pretty nervous, pretty anxious,
can’t believe I am going to actually be
stepping on the stage in a weeks’ time,
this time next week I’ll know what the outcome
(Baby crying) It’s ok.
It’s all getting a bit too much now.
Tomorrow I’ll be stepping on the stage, so
I’m really scared and really anxious, I don’t
want to muck it, you know all my months and
months and months of hard work and I can just
totally ruin it all.
So this is the, I guess almost finished package.
So 84cm roughly say eighty-four-and-a-half.
The pressure is on, it’s really testing
determination and courage to go on I suppose
It’s time like this… that I sort of think
that my dreams are pretty stupid.
Legs, forty-three-and-a-half and
waist 60 centimeters,
it’s gonna be really tough comp, really
really tough lineup.
So I have lost half a centimeter off everywhere which is just pretty good, which is only in a day
a day, so my metabolism is obviously very
strong at the moment.
The girls that will be competing, that I am
are very good, sensational great
bodies, haven’t had any children, are significantly younger than I am, some you know almost ten
My results are pretty good I think, from all
this stuff that I had to through, so yeah.
But um I’m just me,
and I’ll just have to go out there be me I can be.
I hope that I’ll be good enough.
Elle’s long and painful journey is nearing
Today she’ll be stepping onto a national sports
to learn just how much she’s achieved over the last nine months.
I would never have thought that I’d be almost
30 and have 2 kids and be the smallest I ever
been in my whole life.
I never thought that was even possible, not
in the realm of possibility.
So I’m feeling pretty good, I am feeling like
you know no matter what happens, I am a winner,
from what I have achieved.
Like I just can’t believe it, I’ve shocked
I never really thought I could get that sort
Now I just want to get up on that stage, and
make my husband and my girls proud because
I’m pretty nervous and anxious about being
in front of all those people, but I just want
to make them proud now.
After carefully packing their costumes, props,
and supplies ,
and Jon’s sister Natalie
load up the family car for the journey.
The competition is a two-hour drive from Jon
and Elle’s Sydney apartment.
So Elle is forced to save her last-minute
preparations until they have safely arrived.
I can’t believe Elle’s come this far,
she is about to get on stage, and it’s just a
real emotional time for us both, but umm… you
know we set a goal and we are here and we
are coming to finish the job no matter what so.
It doesn’t matter about the result today
really, that’s just the cherry on the top.
If she does well, places well, that will be
But the fact that she is here is just unbelievable.
So I can’t believe it, nine months after having
my second baby.
With the competition just minutes away Elle
can feel the anxiety mounting, but she isn’t
the only one that is feeling the pressure.
The combination of nausea and persistent sickness
has taken its toll Jon.
He was so so sick from Meniere’s, and he was
having attacks and vomiting.
And he still stood beside me through the whole
Which is pretty special to have such a loving
So yeah, I am really happy with that.
The moment is finally upon her.
With the chance to realize her dream waiting in the crowded room beyond, Elle makes an
anxious departure for the stage.
I just can’t believe it, I can’t believe
I am here, I am really scared
because I am actually gonna do it now.
It was easy when we know it was all fun and games.
I can’t believe it,
I’m going to do it,
I’m going to be stepping on the stage,
I’m going to do it.
Now I just hope I do it well.
Please welcome Elle Ip.
So I can’t believe it, I fulfilled my dreams
I am so happy with her because she just executed
like just perfectly the way I’ve imagined
it, and even better, just looked awesome out there.
Elle Ip, number 84, comes in 3rd.
I never ever expected a 3rd place, and
I was just so proud to be able to actually
She’s, you know what she has accomplished
is simply just unbelievable.
So I am in total shock at the moment, I just,
I can’t believe what I have achieved, and
I am so blown away, I just can’t believe it.
Elle’s accomplishment on stage represents
the culmination of an ordinary woman’s struggle
to remain courageous in her conviction even when the odds are stacked heavily against
Today she’s showing that it is indeed possible to overcome the limitations of circumstance.
In the months following her stage debut, Elle
went on to competing several other national
Earning both acclaim and success with her
newly developed physique, Elle’s competing
has also brought renewed strength and a fresh
energy to her emotional fortitude.
Peek a boo.
Through the power of certainty and the reaffirmation
of herself worth, Elle’s seemingly unattainable
dream of competing in a national sports modeling
contest has now become a reality,
but for Elle
the journey is far from over.
Nobody thought it could be possible
that nine months after having a baby that
I would be able to do this, especially from
where I come from, but umm… it’s a testament
to dreams you know, have your dreams and stick with them and I guess believe in yourself
even when it gets tough.
But for all of her successes, there’s still
one more goal to be accomplished.
So it’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the world championships, so the world championships
are for fitness modeling
that’s what real
models do and
I’m like imitator, amateur, but my husband
supports me and we’re going.
So pretty scared, pretty anxious, finding
it hard to sleep.
The girls have been unsettled, Kiana is not
feeling so well.
So everything sort of feels like it’s falling
It sort of makes me think that you know I
shouldn’t go, I can’t go and.
but you know I want my girls to believe
that what they hope and dream to become one
day is a reality if they make it and
I want to show them that.
So just gotta keep moving forward,
you know this is my dream, and I’ve gotta go get it
no one is going to hand to me on a silver
platter, it’s always hard to live your dreams,
it’s never easy,
but it can be done.
Despite her misgivings, Elle and Jon are leaving for NewYork.
The city is home to the world championships
of sports modeling,
and so it is on this stage
that Elle hopes to conclude her epic journey.
So the night before I hit the world champion
stage for fitness modeling in New York City,
I can’t believe I’m here.
When I started this journey I seriously doubted
that I’ll be able to look good enough in a
in a bikini, let alone stepping on a regional stage
and only in my wildest wildest wildest dreams
would I have been able to come to New York,
and be on the world stage, so I really just
wanna enjoy it and sit back, and reflect and.
Just be so, yeah excited that I was able to
fulfill my dreams.
I am kind of scared now, don’t really know
what you do after you fulfill your dreams,
I guess you can find another one so…
I’m happy to be here, it’s been a long
road, enjoy the show.
Our next competitor, all the way from Sydney, Australia, please welcome mother of two, Elle Ip
At nearly 30 years of age, and after giving
birth to two children, Elle has brought real
competition to an international stage of the
world’s most defined physiques.
12 months ago many would have believed this
task to be impossible.
[Okay ladies, thank you]
But as she exits the stage, Elle realizes
that not only has she achieved the impossible,
but the inspiration as well.
With her time in New York coming to an end,
Elle reflects on everything she has achieved.
It has been a life changing experience,
and one that has redefined her core identity.
Competing on the world stage in New York City
has been an amazing experience, and one that
I’ll treasure forever.
1 year later Elle has not only kept the weight off,
but has also improved her body to the extent
that she’s now in the best shape of
I feel we’re a lot closer as a family because
now I have the strength, and energy to not
only take care of my girls, but to have fun
with them, and just really enjoy them and
run around and be a big kid, and even though
Jon is still struggling with his health, I
feel more certain that I can support him,
and take care of him, and together as a family
we can face whatever the future holds.
For Elle it has been a journey of hardship
a journey that has altered not just
the body, but the mind and the soul.
A journey to remind us all just what can be
achieved through the power of dreams,