The race to fitness begins for Justine who at her max weighed 311lbs
A diferent time, a different look for Justine who had battled weight issues most of her adult life. Justine took a selfie every day for a year
Three months after the devastating loss, she was coaxed into going to the gym by family and friends to improve her mood and encourage her to lose some of her hefty 22st 3lb frame.
After feeling uplifted from exercising the mum-of-two realised she needed to change her life, and started by taking a selfie every day for a year to document her weight loss journey.
Justine started by taking a selfie every day for a year to document her weight loss journey
She swapped her high calorie snacks for clean eating and gluttonous portions for a gym membership – hitting the gym an incredible six times every week.
Justine’s Diet Before
Breakfast: Three waffles with maple syrup
Lunch: BBQ chicken takeaway pizza
Snacks: Chocolate, donuts, cookies, crisps
Dinner: Three portions of pasta meals with lots of bread
Dessert: Bowls of ice cream and a chocolate snack
At the same time, Justine decided to set herself challenges based on things she was scared of including skydiving, travelling abroad alone, strenuous exercise, climbing the Eiffel Tower and more.
Now a year on from her challenges she’s unrecognisable after losing a whopping nine stone and dropping from a dress size 24 to 10.
Justine, from Burbank in Los Angeles, US, said: “My husband’s death was a really heavy and horrible time, it was worsened because my mum had died not long before too.
She found exercising improved her mood
“Having a loved one commit suicide and being in the aftermath of that is one of the most fearful, awful things you can go through.
“The death of my husband shook me awake and made me realize I needed to make a lot of changes.
“After having time to re-evaluate my life while working out, I came to the conclusion that I needed to pursue my dreams and tackle my fears – I needed to truly live.
“I knew that if I could survive living without my husband and mom then I should push my boundaries and limits to face all fears I had, to live a life they would be proud of.”
She added: “The 365 days of selfies was one of the first things I did, it started during my mourning period, the first one was horrible I looked so lost, broken and left for dead.
She swapped her high calorie snacks for clean eating and gluttonous portions for a gym membership, attending the gym six times a week
Justine also set herself challenges to overcome her fears
“As I began to shed weight I was more adventurous, I’m terrified of heights and flying, so going parasailing, cliff jumping and then flying on my own to Paris was incredible.
“Before, you couldn’t pay me to go skydiving or any of those things, but after my husband died I wanted to face these fears.
“Every challenge I tackled made me feel more alive and brought me back it life, it kept me fuelled to keep going on and living.
“Losing weight was part of that lifestyle change for me, I’d been overweight since I was 18 and was always trying the latest fad diets to get the weight off but it never worked.
“Whenever I’d go on a plane I used to need a seatbelt extender which was embarrassing and I was always ‘the big girl’ to everyone.
Justine’s Diet After
Meal one – Egg whites with avocado
Meal two – quinoa, chicken and asparagus
Meal three – Banana
Meal four – Lean fish and spinach
Meal five – Chicken with brown rice and broccoli
Meal six – Protein Shake
“Whenever I’d go on a plane I used to need a seatbelt extender which was embarrassing and I was always ‘the big girl to everyone’.”
Now, Justine credits her selfies with giving her the drive to continue her unbelievable transformation.
She said: “The selfies were a massive encouragement for me, whenever I didn’t want to go to the gym I’d skim through them and realise why I was doing it all.
“Looking back over the selfies gives me goose bumps, I can’t believe I’ve come so far and accomplished goals that once seemed unreachable.
The milestone was losing 100lbs, all recorded via selfies
She says losing her husband made her realise she had to change
“I now feel like I am a different person. I chase my dreams and am truly living.”
Justine started to balloon at the age of 18, when she put on more than six stone during pregnancy.
From there her weight spiralled out of control as she would eat large portions and countless convenience store snacks, eventually hitting 22st 3lb.
She explained: “Before, I used to eat very big portions, then lots of fried food and sometimes at dinner I’d go back for three servings.
she was to realize her goals, Justine realized she could not do it alone, so she hired a personal trainer.
“I was always snacking between meals, I used to eat a lot of processed food like candy, donuts, cookies, anything quick and convenient.
“It really affected my confidence, I was known as ‘the big giant girl’ because of my height and weight, and to deal with that embarrassment I comfort ate more, it was a vicious cycle.”
Seven months into her healthy life she had lost 100lbs, which was a big milestone for Justine as she was finally able to fit in a pair of jeans she kept since the age of 18.
Before the weight loss Justine would gorge on fast food and barely left the house. Now she has unveiled the svelte, glamorous, outgoing Justine
Now weighing a small 13stone 5lbs she says she’s determined to keep up the challenges as they’re enriching her life.
Justine said: “Weighing less than 200lbs was amazing, it was like saying goodbye to the ‘big girl’ that I was before.
“Now people who have known me for years don’t recognise me and their minds are blown by how much weight I’ve lost.“The challenges won’t stop here now, this year I’ve got four more obstacle races, hiking up mountains, more skydiving, bungee jumping and travelling, now I’m just trying to live a limitless life.”
Justine attributes her weight loss success to her personal determination and also to her online coach.
Now Justine says she is just trying to lead a ‘limitless life’
Jonny Straws, a personal trainer, said: “From the very beginning Justine had a goal in mind and would seek the most challenging route to increase her success.
“We shifted a cardio based mentality to implementing weights and a variety HIIT training, also our meal plans adjust monthly with a focus on finding the enjoyment in healthy foods.
“I can’t wait to help her as she continues to elevate her fitness and health to new
hit rock bottom following the death of her husband John Paul last February – gorging on fast food and barely leaving the house.