Josephine Desgrand, a girl who weighted 278 pounds at her heaviest is now the face of change, courage, and determination. She was constantly bullied because of her physical appearance and staggering weight and she could barely cope with the emotional pain she was going through. Instead of spending her time planning what parties and places to visit with her friends, she was only planning her next course of meal.
This girl did great at school and performed very well in every subject, but no one really cared, because everyone around her was busy making fun of her looks. She had been ridiculed on a daily basis until her life became a living hell she couldn’t stand any longer.
The harsh words from her peers and all those names she was called made her take action and change her lifestyle for good. She was determined to show everyone that there was a real beauty hiding under the weight, and looking good seemed like a best revenge.
She started a healthy diet which didn’t include any carbs or sweets she once ate all day non stop. She also started exercising and wasn’t willing to risk her physical and mental well-being for the sake of some tasty treats.
It took Josephine around two years to change dramatically. She was now good-looking, and what’s more, she was way healthier than before.
She dropped an astonishing 138 pounds and surprised everyone around, and to be honest, she surprised herself the most.
On her Instagram account she shared with her followers some tips and tricks on how she did it.
“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 63 kgs [138 pounds]. 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.”
The senior prom was just around the corner and it was the perfect time for Josephine to rock her new body. Her life-long dream of fitting into a shimmery gown came true, and she was over the moon.
Although it’s quite sad that her motivation was a result of the harsh words and the bullying from her friends, she is lucky she managed to find the strength to move on and change her life for the better. She also says how the way she looks right how does make her happy, but what’s more important is to set your mental health a priority.
We hope Josephine’s story will encourage others to take control of their life and won’t let any food be more important than their health. As for this brave and determined girl that now resembles a model from a fashion magazine, we wish you all the best, you are a true inspiration.