Whilst scrolling through Instagram, you can come across a lot of amazing things and today, the handy Explore page showed me a before and after shot of Queensland teenager Josie Desgrand.
Last year, Josie made headlines around the world, including here at home, because, at 17-years-old, she lost half of her body weight in just 11 months.
Josie was interviewed by News Corp, who found her story inspirational and when I came across her Instagram page, I was surprised to learn that people all over the world have now turned to her for inspiration and motivation to get healthy.
Josie used to weigh 120kgs and had to ask for seatbelt extenders at her heaviest.
She explained to news.com.au that she has always been a foodie and used to eat large portions very quickly and avoided all sports.
“I’m a huge foodie. My portions were huge, and I used to eat so fast. Mum always used to tell me to slow down with my eating as I’d always be the first finished. I was also never interested in sport and would avoid it at all costs.
“I would avoid clothes shopping as I would have to go into the older stores like Millers, which made me so depressed.
“I remember finding skinny jeans that actually fit me. I tried them on and felt fantastic until I saw a photo of me in them. I wanted so badly to lose weight, I just didn’t do anything about it.”
But one day, Josie woke up and decided that she was going to lose the weight, but found it hard to motivate herself.
"It sounds so easy. I googled so many transformations; I researched how I was going to do it.
"I was prepared, I wanted it so badly, and now I was waiting for the ‘light bulb’ moment when I wake up and want to go for a run, or I wake up and don’t have any sugar cravings."
After realising that her hated of sports would never go away, she made the decision to cut out all sugar.
"I cut sugar completely and reduced my carb intake. Sugar was the main thing. I tried many diets beforehand, but I never stuck to them.
"I did some research into sugar and was shocked at the amount of sugar I used to consume; it seemed to be in everything.
"Making the decision to cut it out of my diet was the best decision of my life. It was very difficult at first; the first two weeks were so hard, but pure determination saw me through. Then it became a habit."
Josie now weighs 60kgs and has started working out but for only 20 minutes two to three times a week.
She also eats smaller portions at every meal and enjoys eggs, quiche, chicken salad and a hearty steak.
Now, people are coming to her for advice, which she said she never expected.
"The support has been incredible. I’m still blown away by the encouragement I receive. I’ve had people from all over the world share their journeys with me.
"A lady sent through her transformation photos last week; she has lost 30kg since reading my story and talking to me, which is incredible.
"My advice is to just do it. Start. Stop putting it off. Imagine yourself months from now. It’s certainly not an easy journey, but it’s well worth it. If I can do it, anyone can."
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