Kelly powers her way to a new lifestyle
A HORRID series of failed IVF attempts over two heartbreaking years helped give a Sunshine Coast wife a renewed focus on life and what it means to be yourself.
Kelly Govind, 32, was convinced having a child was an essential part of the life journey following marriage to her sweetheart Aaron and their plans to grow old happily together.
However, that stereotypical image of a "perfect life" was not to be, and her initial feelings of failure as a wife triggered a renewed life purpose.
Her struggle to fall pregnant through countless IVF treatments was highlighted in The Daily in 2009, and proved ultimately to be unsuccessful. The couple turned to IVF due to Aaron's reliance on daily medication that unfortunately kills his sperm.
"At the end of the day, it's science, it's medicine, and I can't control that - other things I can control, including my career, my weight.
"A child should not be what makes you feel complete."
In 2012, weighing 105 kilograms, Mrs Govind set about on a new exercise regime that included gym visits and healthy eating - 18 months later, she is today an athletic 61 kilograms and competing in power lifting.
"I'm more active now. Our marriage is completely different," she said.
Mrs Govind now competes in power lifting and is hard at training for state and nationals titles and, hopefully, the world titles in Las Vegas next year.
"I just want to show others it is never too late. I was in a very dark place and was able to pick myself up with the support of some amazing people and turn my life around."
As for starting a family, that dream as not been discarded altogether either.
"We haven't put IVF out of the question. I'll definitely maybe try again."