Piedmont woman loses nearly 300 pounds, sets 3 world records

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Elizabeth Borkland has come a long way from weighing 578 pounds.

FOX8 first profiled the High Point native’s success in April after losing 280 pounds.

"Since then I have lost 115 pounds of fat. I gained 92 pounds of muscle,” Borkland said.

As proud of those achievements as she is, those aren’t the only things lifting her spirits these days.

“My deadlift is 380 pounds, my back squat is 300 pounds and my bench is 165. I'm very proud of that because benching is very hard for me,” she said.

As the pounds started to come off through hard work in the gym, Borkland began learning more about her fitness capabilities.

"I don't think she realized how strong she really was until she started seeing other people struggle with the weight that she was doing so easily,” Jonathan Cedolia, Borkland’s trainer and co-founder of Black Dog Athletics, said.

Borkland recently began competing in powerlifting. She has set four state records and three world records.

She never thought she would be considered an athlete when she weighed more than 500 pounds.

"No, I did not think I was ever going to be that strong. I was huffing and puffing up and down the street. I was happy if I could walk home,” she said.

She hopes others will be encouraged to reach their goals one step at a time.

"People lose hope and that’s why they need to see somebody who’s doing it."

She continued, "Find the people who are rooting for you and root for yourself."

Borkland plans to compete in a powerlift meet in Denver this spring.

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