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What It's Like to Share Your 200-Pound Weight Loss on Instagram

Two years ago, Australian makeup artist Simone Anderson decided to change her life. She weighed 375 pounds and underwent gastric sleeve surgery to help kick-start her weight-loss journey. Post-op, after following a vigorous workout routine and regimented diet, the Instagram star managed to lose 202 pounds in just 12 months.

Late last year, she traveled to the United States to remove the excess skin resulting from her weight loss—a surgery that took nine hours to complete. Then, she shared an 88-week update with her thousands of Facebook and Instagram followers to reveal her incredible transformation. 

 

Week 88 Update From 169kg (372 pounds) to 77kg (169 pounds) - a total loss of 92kg (202 pounds) - I'm 181cm tall (5"11). For the who are seeing my journey for the first time this is over the course of just over one year and eight months, I began my journey on August 29th 2014 then had Gastric Sleeve Surgery on October 29th 2014 - I have completely changed my lifestyle, diet and exercise. I am thirty three weeks post opp abdominoplasty, bra line backlift, breast lift & augmentation by @drrepta_plasticsurgery (so basically most of my lose skin has been removed apart from that on my upper thighs and bottom). For those that will ask sports bra is from @hardyfitnessandfashion pants & shoes are @nikewomen To find out more indepth infornation on my journey and tips head to www.journeytohealth.co.nz

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"I have completely changed my lifestyle, diet and exercise. I am thirty three weeks post opp abdominoplasty, bra line back lift, breast lift & augmentation," she posted.

Now, two years after starting her weight-loss journey, Anderson has become a huge inspiration for men and women around the world who've struggled to become healthy again. This weekend, she sat down with the New Zealand Herald and opened up about setting goals, staying active, and falling in love.

Anderson's boyfriend, Trent Forsyth, has become a pillar in her life—and they share similar health and fitness goals. "I'm really proud of the way she's maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise," Forsyth says. "She keeps it up and she's always active. She's really making the most of the opportunities that are given to her."

That said, the road to success for Anderson hasn't been easy. She's dealt with a fair share of haters along the way—especially last year, when she was accused of faking her weight-loss journey by several Facebook and Instagram users. In response, Anderson wowed her fans by sharing a picture, showing off all of her loose skin that was a result of the rapid weight loss.

I don't no why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should. I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done. Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the "non believers" - my face uncovered, yes my hair and eyebrows are a different colour as I'm going back to blonde, yes I have changed my phone from Samsung to apple and have moved house so the background has changed (it has been 11 months people, things change!), my skin colour varies in every single post as I get a spray tan once a week on a Thursday and often change the depth of the colour I get depending on what event I have that weekend, yes I have lose skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online, I have shared my excess skin picture before so if you had bothered to click on my page you would have seen it and as for my ears changing in appearance?! Well I can't see that haha so who the hell knows!!! Maybe weight changes ears lol. Hope this helps :D now lost 85.7 GO ME!

 

I don't no why but every single comment that called me out for being fake and a liar really bothered me far more than it should. I think it's because it took hours of crying and debating whether to share my story online and for others to see, posting the first picture online along with my weight for the world to see what the hardest thing I have ever done. Throughout my whole journey I have tried to be so honest about the whole experience and tell people it exactly as it's happened so to be called a fake hurt a lot. And then when it came to posting about my lose skin well that was equally as tough. So here we go I hope this helps all the "non believers" - my face uncovered, yes my hair and eyebrows are a different colour as I'm going back to blonde, yes I have changed my phone from Samsung to apple and have moved house so the background has changed (it has been 11 months people, things change!), my skin colour varies in every single post as I get a spray tan once a week on a Thursday and often change the depth of the colour I get depending on what event I have that weekend, yes I have lose skin and stretch marks but I don't feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online, I have shared my excess skin picture before so if you had bothered to click on my page you would have seen it and as for my ears changing in appearance?! Well I can't see that haha so who the hell knows!!! Maybe weight changes ears lol. Hope this helps :D now lost 85.7 GO ME!

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When asked about her mind-set and outlook today, after overcoming a lot of scrutiny and hatred, Anderson told the Herald: "I found because my weight loss wasn't from a place of self-hatred, it was coming from a place of purely wanting to get healthy for my future benefit, I feel like that sets you up for a really good journey. You need to be prepared for the side effects and all the hard work, but also know that it's 100 percent possible, and if you set your mind to it there's nothing you can't achieve."

 

Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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