It’s no secret that High school can be a difficult time for teens, especially if they are the victims of bullying.
And for sure, you probably enjoy a good story about somebody who turns their life around from being bullied, loses weight, and makes all of the changes necessary for a happier life.
That is what happened with this 16-year-old girl. She was bullied because of her weight and decided that she would swap out her unhealthy lifestyle for something that was a lot healthier.
Josephine Desgrand had it especially bad. At 279 pounds, she easily became the punchline for many of her classmates jokes. However, rather than shutting herself in, Josie decided to lose weight.
Over a two-year period, she dropped a whopping 132 pounds – enough weight so that by prom she could confidently wear a form-fitting dress, and the transformation immediately silenced her bullies.
Desgrand posted side-by-side before and after images on her Instagram account, explaining:
“This is my journey to a healthier & fitter me. I’m 18 years old and currently weigh in at 60kgs with a height of 174cm. 2 years ago I weighed 127kgs and decided to change my life. I stuck to a low carb, no sugar diet for TWO WHOLE years. 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. 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. Stay positive.”
Her inspirational Instagram account includes more photos of her transformation and words of encouragement and positivity, as she captioned one photo:
“Make time for it. Just get it done. Nobody ever got in shape by thinking about it, just do it! You’ve got this.”
The caption of another transformation side-by-side photo post shares:
“You really can lose the weight. It’s certainly not easy, but definitely not impossible. The only thing really holding you back is you!”
In another photo caption, Josie talked about how her shift in thinking made such a huge impact, explaining:
“It’s crazy how much my body and mind have changed. I would previously dread going on these so-called ‘diets.’ I really wanted to be slim but eating only healthy food and starving myself was it really worth it? I didn’t think so back in the day and that’s why all my diets failed in the past because I’d just give in.”
“I wasn’t mentally strong enough to say NO to bad decisions!! BUT my mind has changed completely. I don’t want to touch a single piece of chocolate again in my life! That’s my choice. Living a healthy lifestyle is the best decision I have ever made.”
There’s no denying that Josie was beautiful before she began her weight-loss journey, but it’s obvious that she’s so much more confident now.
Josie’s always been stunning, but now she’s absolutely radiant. Congratulations, Josie!
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