Josie Desgrand of Queensland, Australia was constantly bullied for her weight. At age 16, she weighed almost 300 pounds and struggled with all the criticism.
She hated the way she looked and even considered getting weight-loss surgery. Josie finally got enough of people making fun of her that she vowed to silence her bullies for good – by losing enough pounds to fit into her prom dress.
The teen started her weight loss journey slowly but surely. She changed her diet and did a little bit of exercise at home since she was too self-conscious to join a gym.
Just 12 months later, Josie had transformed entirely, losing 138 pounds. She would dedicate 15 minutes of her time training using YouTube channel The Body Coach as inspiration.
“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.”
Despite eating relatively healthy while at her heaviest, Josie said it all came down to portion control and only snacking on healthy foods which helped her shed the pounds.
Now the 18-year-old has a popular Instagram account where she shares her journey. Not only did she overhaul her diet, but she completely changed her lifestyle. Nowadays, she works out three or four days a week with a personal trainer.
“I never thought I’d be able to do this, I want to show everyone what I look like. I’m now doing things and making plans I would never have dreamed of doing before losing the weight.”
After her incredible transformation, it’s quite clear that Josie has gained a lot of self-esteem. As for her bullies, well, they were left with their jaws dropped to the floor.
Honest Sixth Grader Helped Solve A Hit And Run
Not all heroes have completed 6th grade yet.
Accidents happen every day. Be it a major one or just a minor thing. Whether it's a big or a small accident, one sixth grader is reminding all of us that we should always take accountability for our actions.
A note written by an honest sixth grader in Western New York quickly went viral after Andrew Sipowicz said it saved him a lot of money. The 21-year-old from Buffalo shared two photos of his damaged car on Twitter and a handwritten note by a Houghton Academy student.
Single Mom Wins Powerball Jackpot And Shares Money With Wounded Veterans
“It’s very important to me that we never forget the sacrifices soldiers and their family members make for our country.”
Lerynne West of Redfield, Iowa has made a national splash as the recent winner of a huge Powerball jackpot. The single mother-of-three won $343.9 million, and she had a fantastic idea on how to share her new-found wealth.
The lucky woman announced on the Ellen DeGeneres Show that she would be donating to the Travis Mills Foundation. The organization based in Central Maine supports wounded veterans, an amazing gesture to show gratitude to those who served the country.
Man With Cystic Fibrosis Transforms Body And Places Fourth In Bodybuilding Competition
Jared’s story is inspiring on many levels.
A man is battling his way out of his illness and turning himself into a fitness idol in the process. Jared Wells from Utica, New York was born with cystic fibrosis (CF), a progressive and genetic disease that causes complications to the lungs and limits ability of a person to breathe properly.
Jared’s health began to fail at age 16. Jared has always appeared thin, where one could already see his bones through his skin. However, the young man didn’t want to be a victim of his illness anymore and started to live the life that he always wanted.