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BAR BELLE; Couch potato mum Marion lifts her way to flab-ulous new look.

Byline: ROD MILLS

AN OVERWEIGHT mum has transformed herself into Scotland's top female powerlifter.

Former couch potato Marion Aitken, 36, decided to trim down after nights gorging on junk food in front of the TV made her balloon to 14 stones.

Within weeks, the mum-of-one caught the weightlifting bug and asked her former champion body builder partner to train her.

Just eight months later, the first-time contender stunned rivals by winning the Scottish Powerlifting Championships and breaking two national records.

Yesterday the banking rep from Larkhall, Lanarkshire, who lives with partner Ray Nobile, 50, and daughter Claire, 7, described how her life had been transformed.

She said: "I used to be a complete coach potato.

"At first all I wanted to do was get rid of my extra weight but I became hooked on improving my body so I asked Ray to draw me up a proper training regime."

Under the expert eye of Ray, a former European powerlifting and bodybuilding champion, she embarked on an intensive training regime and special high protein diet.

Her waist has shrunk from a size 14 to a size 10 and, despite weighing in at 13 stones, her flabby bulges have been transformed into sculpted, muscle-rippling curves.

The muscle-bound mum will now bid to win the British Championships in July.

Marion said: "I feel great. It's fantastic going from being overweight to being superfit. I have muscle where I used to have flab.

"I hope to make the British Team after the UK Championships later this year."

Ray said: "I am extremely proud of Marion. She has worked extremely hard."

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MUSCLE WOMAN: Medal winner Marion; OLD DAYS: Couch potato Marion with Claire; LIFTED: Marion feels great
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Date:Jun 14, 2001
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