She Lost Half Her Body Weight To Fit Into Her Formal Dress

Back when she was younger, Josie was bullied a lot. To fit into her formal dress, she lost half her body weight - that's 63 kilos

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This is Josie Desgrand. Rather, let's put it this way: This was Josie Desgrand. Before 2018, the Australian Instagram influencer looked very different than she does today. When she was still going to school, aged 16, she was regularly bullied by other students. At one point, she didn't feel comfortable stepping outside anymore. That's when she knew she had to change something. She no longer wanted to be exposed to the harsh bullying. She wanted to transform her life. And so she did. By striving for change, she lost half her body weight and managed to fit into her formal dress.

Today, she's an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and positivity on her Instagram account @nolongerfatjosie. This is her story:

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Josie Lost the Weight in Only one Year

When looking at those two pictures, it almost seems like looking at two completely different persons. However, nearly the only difference between those two images are 63 kilos. In the first picture, Josie weighed 127 kilos. It took her 12 months to transform her life, change her habits and find a healthy lifestyle that fit into her life.

What is her secret?

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She's an Inspiration for Her Followers

Josie's path to a healthier lifestyle is based on a sugarless low-carb diet and a lot of exercise. For some, this might sound easy. However, if you are used to a certain way of life, it can take a massive amount of willpower and discipline to introduce new habits. You also need to have the right mindset and go for a diet you'll be able to maintain in the long run. She told Daily Mail Australia that when she'd lost the weight and got her prom dress, she felt fantastic. "I just put it on and felt like a million bucks, it was like I was on the red carpet."

We couldn't agree more:

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The Big Reveal

The dress of her choice was a figure-hugging dress, sparkling in red. She confidently showed herself in her formal dress, silencing all her former bullies. For her, it wasn't just about the weight she lost, but also about her newly-gained confidence. On her Instagram account, she regularly posts motivational content, related to a healthy lifestyle. By now, more than 138,000 people follow her journey on the social media platform.

Today, her life has changed significantly...

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She is Going to be a Mother-of-Two

Josie's life has not just changed due to her weight loss journey, but also because she has become a mom! Her son Charlie will soon be a big brother - Josie's pregnant with her second child. While some parents change a lot when they have their first kid, Josie doesn't seem to have changed at all.

On her Instagram account, she continues to spread positivity and healthy lifestyle choices - she's even created a 6-week-program people can try in order to jumpstart their own journey of achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Whether or not losing weight is the right path for you is deeply personal. While it's great if you decide to introduce new habits that make you feel good about yourself into your lifestyle, it's also great to decide to love yourself just the way you are, right now. Self-acceptance can be the first step to a happier life.