Anyone looking to lose weight knows they have a long, challenging journey ahead of them.
That’s why some people, such as this woman named Elle, want to document that journey, to remember all the struggles they went through, and possibly inspire others who might want to try a similar challenge.
At one point, Elle weighed more than 400 pounds, and she was not happy with how her life was going.
So Elle decided to have gastric sleeve surgery, in order to start her journey to lose weight.
In her video, she starts with showing herself back in October 2015, before the surgery.
Elle was nervous before the surgery, but she knew it would be necessary if she wanted to get to where she wanted to be.
“I knew I had to change,” she said in the video.
After the surgery was a success, it was go time!
Elle changed almost every aspect of her life—she switched her diet to healthy foods, and she started exercising with workouts such as boxing, running, and weight-lifting.
Frequent mirror selfies would pop up in her video, showing her slow but sure progress.
“It wasn’t easy in any way,” she said.
One can imagine that making such huge changes in your lifestyle could take a toll on you, both physically and mentally.
But Elle never gave up.
And at one point, she even participated in a triathlon, and the video shows her successfully completing it.
Throughout the video, she begins to look like a completely different person—and it’s not just because she cut her hair and dyed it blonde.
The video ends in October 2016, after she had gone all the way down to about 167 pounds.
When Elle posted the video, she was planning on doing another triathlon. She had no plans of slowing down her healthy lifestyle, even after all the weight she lost.
Elle knew that she had to take the initiative to change her life for the better and stick with it, and it looks like her hard work paid off.
In March 2018, she posted another update video, looking just as fit as she had been two years prior.
If anything’s for sure, it’s that Elle is a perfect example of how it’s always possible to change your lifestyle into a healthy one—and the rewards can be huge!