Weight loss stories are always incredibly inspiring, but this story of a sixteen-year-old bullied teen who decided to change her unhealthy lifestyle is certainly something special.
Josephine Desgrand from Queensland, Australia, has been bullied and made fun of because of her weight ever since she was little. At her heaviest, Josephine weighed just under 280 pounds. When she saw that number on the scale, she realized that she needed to take action before it was too late.
As an extra motivation, Josephine promised herself that she would fit into her perfect prom dress.
Spoiler alert: she did, and the transformation is absolutely remarkable.
Josephine started her weight loss journey at the young age of 16 and started to notice that her weight affected her both physically and mentally. She was unfit to exercise and she had a lot of doubts and uncertainties, especially because of the despicable bullying by her peers at school. She no longer wanted her weight to define her and was determined to get slimmer and lead a healthier life.
She didn’t want any surgery and wanted to lose weight on her own terms and time.
In the past, Josephine had tried a couple of diets and programs, but she could never commit to those plans on a long-term basis and she never saw any real progress. Even though it was still two years away, the prom night was a reason to start turning things around, because she wanted to look absolutely spectacular in her prom dress.
Fast-forward two years and the scale measures a whopping 138 pounds lighter.
Josephine’s transformation is incredible and in some pictures, you can even hardly recognize her. What you can see, is the magnificent smile and proudness in her newer pictures, and rightfully so.
During her two-year-long journey, Josephine has managed to inspire the entire world with her dedication to a healthier lifestyle. In fact, the Australian teen can call herself quite the Instagram celebrity with almost 80,000 followers on her page. She also ensures people that it’s important to truly never give up.
“I stuck to a low carb, no sugar diet for TWO WHOLE years,” she wrote on Instagram. “I began to eat natural sugars about six months into my journey. In the first 12 months I lost 63kgs. I do not see this as a diet to lose weight, I see this as my new lifestyle change.”
As you can imagine, this result didn’t come without its challenges, but she hopes to lead by example.
“In these two years I have faced some very difficult challenges but I have chosen to pick myself up and keep moving. Everybody has bad days, never let a stumble be the end of your journey.”
The many ‘before and after’ photos she shared are nothing short of astonishing.
Aside from these pictures, Josephine also gives advice to others wanting to follow in her footsteps, and she gives her followers an insight in her daily exercise routine and nutrition. In fact, Josephine even designed her own meal plan to share with her followers. She’s also always willing to answer any questions people might have.
“Health isn’t just about what you’re eating and drinking. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying. Make your mental health a priority,” she advises. “Self-care is how you take your power back!”
Josephine looked absolutely stunning for prom night.
Two years of hard work paid off, and how! Josephine chose a beautiful and sparkly red dress for prom night, and it’ll instantly remind you of Jessica Rabbit. But even more beautiful than her dress is her newfound confidence and pride.
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She did it, and she hopes that her weight loss journey will now inspire others to do the same. Sometimes all you need is a little push to start.
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