Woman’s Brave Before-and-After Photos Show a New Side of Weight Loss

posted: 07/29/15
by: Olivia Frymark

Simone Pretscherer Anderson is our bod-spiration lady of the week! Starting at 372 pounds, Anderson pledged to lead a healthier lifestyle and documented her journey on her Facebook account, "Simone's Journey to Health." After publicly chronicling her weight loss journey for almost a year now, Anderson's story has recently gone viral after having shed over half her original body weight. Yet some speculated that the New Zealand makeup artist was faking her transformation because she didn't publicize any excess skin.

I am officially half the person I was 11 months ago! From 169kg to 83.85kg, I can't even begin to explain in words what this accomplishment feels like. I set my self a goal that seamed so far out of reach at the time but I have stuck to it and with a lot of determination, will power, drive, motivation & compromise I have achieved my goal. Proud doesn't even begin to describe this feeling! Every 5am start, every single workout, tear, crying fit has all been worth it! From a BMI of 51.6 to 25.6. Now by no means does this mean my journey is over, from here I am setting my self many more goals, from maintenance, to toning, to increasing weights at the gym, half marathon to full marathon, more ocean swims and more sporting teams. This is just the beginning of a brand new and improved me, one who won't let anything or anyone get in the way of achieving what ever I decide to put my mind to. COME AT ME WORLD!!!!

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Since being attacked in the comment section of her Instagram posts, Anderson is now striking back and calling out all her haters! She posted another photo back-to-back shot with her original post next to a new image of her body showing excess skin and all. Among her message read, "I hope this helps all the 'non believers.'"

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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Anderson's courage and bravery has us bowing down to her and the #NoBodyShame movement! Keep workin' it girl!

Tonight I am throwing a party to celebrate reaching my goal weight, I can not wait to celebrate with all my close friends and family! Of course I made it an excuse to get really dressed up and can't wait to see everyone looking glam. I got this amazing dress made from aliexpress.com (Store: Hayley Wedding & Event, Seller: Janet Wong) I can't get over how amazing they were, I requested a different colour than what they had on the site, gave them less than 2.5 weeks to get it to me from China as well as having to custom make it and was just generally quite demanding haha and they were amazing! Made every step of the process so easy plus I don't think I have ever loved a dress more in my life. My earrings are from @lovisajewellery and shoes are @numberoneshoes. My talented bestie @briaaaaar did my makeup for me, only other person I trust to do my face! Now let the good times roll ???

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