A woman who once tipped the scales at 300 pounds has proudly tried on a bikini for the first time after losing nearly half of her body weight to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend.
Josie, 29, from Los Angeles, California, started her weight loss journey in January 2018 after getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend. In three years, she has lost a whopping 140 pounds and completely transformed her body.
‘I was the girl that my ex didn’t want, so I became the girl he couldn’t have,’ she told Truly during a video interview that ended with her modeling her first-ever two-piece swimsuit.
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Then and wow! Josie, 29, from Los Angeles, California, went from 300 pounds to 140 pounds over the course of three years
Picture of confidence: Josie celebrated her weight loss by wearing a bikini for the first time in her life
Motivation: Josie started her weight loss journey in January 2018 after getting dumped by her boyfriend of three years
Josie said she had struggled with her weight for her entire life and often felt invisible when she was growing up.
‘I’ve always been overweight. I was always the fat kid in school. I was always the fat friend. I was never asked out to a school dance,’ she recalled. ‘I didn’t exist.’
She admitted that when she weighed 300 pounds, she would eat whatever she wanted whenever she wanted.
‘Everything changed after my breakup,’ she said. ‘I was in a three-year relationship. He left me two days after New Year’s, and something in me said, “Let it go.” That was definitely my turning point.’
Looking back: Josie struggled with her weight her entire life and was ‘always the fat kid in school’ when she was growing up
Honest: She admitted that when she weighed 300 pounds, she would eat whatever she wanted whenever she wanted
Changes: Josie said her boyfriend breaking up with her was the ‘turning point’ in her life
New woman: Josie lost nearly half of her body weight by working out and watching her diet
Determined to show her ex what he was missing, Josie started working out. She remembered feeling ‘lost’ and ‘scared’ when she walked into the gym for the first time.
‘I got a personal trainer who taught me how to eat, how to work out, and it was history from there,’ she said. ‘I’ve lost over 140 pounds within the last three years.’
She now weighs 160 pounds, but she noted that her lowest weight was 155 pounds.
In the video, Josie’s cousin Lupe visited her at home to see her try on a bikini for the first time in her life. She explained that her relative was a ‘major part’ of her journey.
Pumped: Josie was determined to show her ex what he was missing when she started working out three years ago
Intimidated: She remembered feeling ‘lost’ and ‘scared’ when she walked into the gym for the first time
Success: ‘I got a personal trainer who taught me how to eat, how to work out, and it was history from there,’ she said
Transformation: ‘Two of me could fit in here,’ she said while trying on a pair of her old pants
‘I was very happy to see how determined she was,’ Lupe recalled. ‘As the weight started falling off, I could see her attitude changing. The old her wasn’t a happy person, and she needed to change.’
While going through her closet, Josie explained that before her weight loss, she would only wear clothes that covered her ‘completely.’
‘Two of me could fit in here,’ she said while trying on a pair of her old pants. ‘That’s crazy.’
Josie admitted that she has considered getting surgery to remove the excess skin that hangs from her arms, stomach, and inner thighs.
‘I have a lot of loose skin. I am very nervous for Lupe to see me,’ she said before trying on her new swimsuit. ‘I’m almost 30 years old, and I’ve never worn a bikini ever.’
Before and after: Josie now happier and more confident than ever before
Self-love: ‘My weight loss journey started as a revenge body to get back at my ex, but along the way, I realized it was not about him. It was about me,’ she said
Insecurities: Josie admitted that she has considered getting surgery to remove the excess skin that hangs from her arms, stomach, and inner thighs
Happy: Josie was all smiles when she modeled a bikini for her cousin Lupe for the first time
Lupe was looking forward to seeing her cousin rock a two-piece for the first time, but she was more excited to see how Josie feels in it.
Josie was all smiles as she removed her robe and showed off her figure in her high-waisted swimsuit.
‘She looks great, and you can tell that she feels great because she’s confident,’ Lupe said. ‘She carries herself with such an ease. She’s not worried about others judging her.’
Josie stressed that ‘we need to normalize normal bodes, saying: ‘It’s OK if you have loose skin on your arms. It’s OK if your inner thighs are loose. It’s OK because you’re beautiful. That’s what makes you different.
‘If I had the old me in front of me, I would just tell her it will all be OK. That’s all,’ she added, getting emotional. ‘My weight loss journey started as a revenge body to get back at my ex, but along the way, I realized it was not about him. It was about me.’
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