Lifestyle

How 'Shrinking Violet' Elora Harre lost 55kg

AFTER a dramatic 55 kilo gram weight-loss, Elora Harre is sharing her advice and tips in a bid to help and motivate others struggling with their own healthy lifestyle journey.

In 2013, the food and wellness blogger was just 19-years-old when she turned to Google to find a medical conclusion that matched the symptoms she was suffering from.

"I was morbidly obese, I was getting bad headaches all the time, I was getting sore eyes.

"I thought I might have Type 2 Diabetes, so that really was the thing that spurred me on. You hear those people that talk about a switch that kind of goes off and that was it for me. "

Now 23, Harre says she is happier, more confident but most importantly, healthy.

In her first year of making a lifestyle change for the better Harre lost 40 kilo grams, losing another 15 kilos in 2014.

She credits a paleo diet, exercise and determination.

"I started with clean-eating and I really enjoyed that but I was still really searching for the thing that fit. You've got to choose what suits you and I had been doing cross-fit for a wee while and heard "paleo" being thrown around.

"Basically it went from there. Six months went by and I was fully paleo. I had made a goal back in January when I started losing weight - that I wanted to lose 20kgs by my 20th birthday in October... I text a friend a week before and told them "'It's my birthday next week and I've lost 32 kilos.' It's been an incredible journey."

In 2015 Harre travelled to the United States for a tummy tuck to remove excess skin.

"Dr Begovic saw a story about me that went semi viral after I showed my excess skin here on Facebook and donated her services."

Although technically the surgery itself was cost-free, the entirety of the trip wasn't.

"I paid for OR and anaesthetic costs as well as flights and accommodation.

"I think the whole trip cost me around $18,000 NZD from memory. My followers donated $14,000 and I paid for my boyfriend at the time to come out of my own money too."

It was worth it though, "It changed my life" she said.

Her Facebook page 'The Shrinking Violet' has over 40,000 likes and Harre has just released a book.

Her tips include making permanent changes and avoid procrastinating.

"It has to be a lifestyle change, people talk about it all the time but it has to be permanent, you can't sort of do something for a little while and then go back to old habits, because you'll end up sick again or unhappy so definitely have to make a lifestyle change, the best place to start is food, food is 80% of body composition.

"Start now. Start as soon as you are motivated, don't wait til Monday, don't wait til the next month, "start now, the next meal" is always my motto - you've got to strike while the iron's hot and when you've got that motivation."

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