How did she do it? | 22 Words

You know what they say: slow and steady wins the race. That's why for two years, Queensland teenager Josephine has been dedicated to her quest for a healthier lifestyle. Josie was bullied constantly in school; her lifestyle and the torment she endured made her feel unhealthy. So she turned everything around.

Josie's amazing transformation is proof that anything is possible when your mind is put to the task!

Josephine Desgrand knew she needed a change.

Two years ago, Josie weighed 278 pounds. After constant bullying, and feeling unhealthy in her lifestyle, she decided to turn everything around! She lost a staggering 138 pounds in a year, in enough time to fit into a gorgeous formal dress—but according to Josie, that’s not the true reason she did it.

See Josie’s incredible transformation:

She has some words of wisdom for her fans. “I do not see this as a diet to lose weight, I see this as my new lifestyle change," she wrote in a recent post. “This is my journey to a healthier & fitter me."

How did she do it?

Josephine decided to make healthier choices. “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," she wrote. Her exercise routines were minimal during the early days of her transformation, though Josie now works out at a gym 3 to 4 times a week.

The road was long, but the effort paid off.

Asa beacon of positivity, Josephine explained how she persevered through bumps in the road throughout her 2-year journey. “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. Stay positive," she shared on her Instagram account. 

Wise words from this dedicated 18-year-old!

“The biggest advice I can give is, just keep going. Don’t give up. The time will pass anyway, so spend it creating the life you want. It’s your choice," Josephine shared on another post. So it’s no wonder that, now Instagram-famous, Josie has had many teenage girls reach out to her as a source of inspiration! Share this amazing journey with your friends.