This woman suffered a debilitating double loss, with her mother passing away from cancer in 2013, and her husband of six months committing suicide in 2015. The devastating blow catapulted her into compulsive eating, and she very soon became obese. It was a wish to feel better … and selfies showing her improvement every day that got her through the mire.
When Justine McCabe, 31, from Los Angeles, experienced the loss of her husband, John Paul, who committed suicide, her life turned into a nightmare of tears and torment. Justine reeled from her wounds and hid away from the world. Since she was 18, she had always been overweight, but the loss of her loved ones triggered further addiction to fast foods, and she was rapidly becoming obese.
“My husband’s death was a really heavy and horrible time, it was worsened because my mom had died not long before too,” Justine said.
Justine’s family and friends were alarmed by Justine’s rapid weight gain and pleaded with her to go to the gym. Even though she was only three months into mourning, her weight tipped the scales at a frightening 313 pounds (approx. 142 kg).
Justine believed that although she had lost two of her closest family members, she still had a chance at a good life and wanted to feel better. She took her family’s advice to heart, and got her weight and diet under control by eating healthier meals and going to the gym.
After her first day working out on the elliptical, she felt more energetic—and it felt good! She took a selfie of herself, and has been taking one each day since then. Her transformation, both physical and emotional, is all there, frame by frame.
After a year, Justine had shed 124 pounds (approx. 56 kg). Her dress size dropped from a 24 to a perfect 10.
Justine credits her success to her online coach, who praised Justine for her courage and determination.
“From the very beginning Justine had a goal in mind and would seek the most challenging route to increase her success,” said personal trainer Jonny Straws.
Justine once carried around a lot of fears in life—fears of exercising, skydiving, and especially of being alone. Justine learned to create her own happiness, and succeeded in turning her life around.
Now, she has a to-do list and is overcoming her fears one by one. She is putting her past heartache behind her and looks forward to living life to the fullest.
“The death of my husband shook me awake and made me realize I needed to make a lot of changes,” she said.
“After having time to re-evaluate my life while working out, I came to the conclusion I needed to pursue my dreams and tackle my fears—I needed to truly live.”