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Grandma Nia Ceidiog, 63, is first-time bodybuilder

From BBC - January 3, 2018

A grandmother has overcome "horrible health problems" in her quest to become one of the world's oldest first-time bodybuilders.

Nia Ceidiog, from Cardiff, took up the sport in autumn 2016 "just to see how far a 63 year-old body could go".

An intense training regime saw her drop from a size 12 to a size 6 to compete at the Physical Culture Association's Xplosive Ape Grand Prix competition.

But health problems along the way almost made her give up on her dream.

The TV producer, who wrote the original 1980s Fireman Sam children's TV series, first embarked on a change in lifestyle when she went from a size 16 to a size 12 for her son's wedding eight years ago.

She swapped a diet of wine and ready meals for a meat-free and dairy-free one and took up yoga.

Last year, she decided to take it a step further by trying something different, and embarked on a 3,000-a-day calorie intake to help her achieve her bodybuilding goal.

But it came at a price as the high protein levels saw her develop a form of psoriasis, which led to the build-up of a painful fungus under her nails caused by her skin cells over-producing abnormally.

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