After a dramatic 55 kilo gram weight-loss, Christchurch-born 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. "

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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.

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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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