A student from Leeds was inspired to turn her life round, losing a third of her body weight after seeing pictures of herself at her 18th birthday party.
At her heaviest Jess Emmett weighed 21 stone (133kg) and her size had such an impact on her everyday life – and self-esteem – that she would often cancel plans to socialise.
At school she would even hide in the toilets in order to get out of doing PE.
120KG ➡️ 75KG | 7 STONE⬇️ – 2.5st left to hit my goal??✨? •Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. •I've had to completely retrain my mind, rewinding 18 years of bad habits was the hardest thing I've ever done- but fundamentally it laid the foundations to where I am now, and was the most rewarding thing I've ever done for myself. • my weight gain started with a toxic and destructive relationship, gaining 5-6 stone within 18 months. I was always overweight, from the age of 5 I would purposely ask for clothing which covered me to try and hide my weight. • Wherever you are in your journey, no matter how dark it may seem.. happiness will be found. Don't give up your dreams or your goals for anyone else, and don't change yourself for anyone but you.✨ – – – – – – #transformationtuesday#transformation#beforeandafter#beforeandduring#weightlosspicture#weightloss#fitfam#fitfamily#fitspo#healthy#healthylifestyle#progress#progresspic#happy#weightlosstransformation#bbg#bbgprogress#inspiration#motivation#fitspiration#depressedtohappy#lifestyle#extremeweightloss
Jess told UNILAD she used to hide from the camera and and would refuse to have her picture taken with her friends.
To see my 18th birthday pictures was me facing the damage I’d caused to my body, although it took me six months to even look at those photos anyway.
Instead of showing a before and after with one of my heaviest photos… •‼️This is a 3 month difference since I've added in weights‼️ • this is the difference from what I've gained from making my own fitness and nutrition routine?? • day to day I don't see these changes, I took this photo yesterday and i didn't even think twice, until I was scrolling through my Snapchat photos and found the other one ??♀️ • change is possible, even when you don't feel like it's happening it really is ? – – – – – #weightloss#throwbackthursday#fatloss#happiness#fitfam#fitspo#tummyprogress#stomach#weightlossjourney#transformation#beforeandafterweightloss#fitfamily#fitspo#fitspiration#fitsporation#motivation#inspiration#progress#beforeandduring
She told us she felt depressed while she was overweight and was isolated from others, including her family.
She said her night life still isn’t fully recovered because of how much she used to weigh.
Jess’s own self-consciousness made her feel as though she was drawing attention to herself just by going out with her friends.
If you get sick of my posts please direct yourself to the unfollow button, I don't post these for attention comments or likes, I only want to help motivate people to better their own lives, and document my own progress. ?? • I've been taking time off this whole process recently, not like a relapse but allowing myself to relax. I haven't approached this transition in the best way.. I calorie count absolutely everything, I add up my calorie deficit daily and if I don't hit my projected weight loss I make myself work harder.. I've also been weighing myself twice a day, so I've been taking a break to recharge and rethink my entire approach to this new lifestyle.. ? • Now I don't have a clue what I weigh, I advise people to not use the scale, when I was using it twice a day, so for now I've managed to stop, but I know I've gone down 6 sizes. SIX DRESS SIZES IN UNDER A YEAR‼️‼️‼️ • Take time off, take time for yourself, this journey doesn't have to be consistent and you don't have to be in a constant challenge with yourself.. I've learnt this the hard way, but mentally I'm a completely different person, and I wouldn't change that for the world.? • also my goddaughter was born on the 18th June, this put all my issues with myself into perspective.. I'm going to try be the best role model I can for her. ? – – – – – – #fitfam#fitspo#fitness#healthy#healthylifestyle#weightloss#beforeandduring#beforeandafter#stomachprogress#timeoff#recharge#motivation#fitspiration#inspiration#bbg#fatloss#tanned#keepgoing#beforeandafterweightloss#mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#transformationtuesday#happiness
I felt like my weight was ironically weighing me down stopping every little thing I did.
I’d get back ache and things like that and honestly just thought it was normal to feel that way, stuck in the same negative cycle.
Since the photos prompted Jess to turn her life around, she’s altered her diet and now regularly hits the gym at Xercise4Less.
She’s lost an impressive seven stone (45kg), and now has hopes to work as a personal trainer.
#facetofacefriday ☺️☺️ – same girl, same dreams, same abilities.. obesity didn't hold me back from certain things, my confidence did. Loosing the weight was for health reasons, I could've quite happily stayed weighing nearly 300lbs.. because that would've been easy, it would be accepting my future as a morbidly obese teenager and adult.. instead, I decided to fight for my health, I'm battling every single day with my mind to make the right decision, but when I see these two photos together? I've done it, I stuck with it, I actually reached my goal of being happy.. and that's the ultimate reward.? – – – – – #facetofacefriday#weightloss#weightlossjourney#beforeandafter#friyay#happy#beforeandafterweightloss#fatloss#happiness#positive#confidence#fitfam#fitspo#fitness#inspiration#motivation#exercise#fitspiration
She has set up an Instagram account to mark her progress and says she feels like a completely different person.
I feel more confident, and my confidence has come without me even noticing.
I feel so happy and ready to go out and do things, explore and make memories, trying to make up for the time I’ve lost.
Little before and after as I'm wearing a swim suit for the first time since i did year 4 swimming lessons ? achievement in itself.. ??♀️ weight loss is the only thing you can achieve all by yourself, you can't buy it, take a magic pill, or do any kind of diet.. it's all self discipline and it's incredibly difficult, but it's incredibly rewarding and the best thing I've ever done for myself. So If anyone is contemplating giving up, keep going ?? – – – – – – – #fitfam#fitspo#littlechanges#fitness#motivation#inspiration#weightloss#beforeandafter#transformation#fatloss#sundayfunday#keepgoing#beforeandafterweightloss#fitbit#healthy#healthylifestyle#lifestyle#positive#happiness
She recalled how her shopping habits have changed, from ‘huge long t-shirts’ to more fitted clothing, from leggings to jeans.
But most importantly, she says she is so much happier since she started on her journey.
If anyone is struggling with loosing weight, be this a reminder to not stop, don't quit and don't think you'll never get there.. 8 months difference ❤️⠀⠀ ⠀ This journey isn't perfect, it isn't wake up every day full of energy and excitement, it's waking up everyday battling with your mind to do the right thing, constantly trying to remind yourself why you're doing this. ⠀ ⠀ I know how important before and afters are to people who are wanting to loose weight, I understand that physically seeing someone actually loose a significant amount of weight, is an extreme motivation to pursue your own journey. ⠀ ⠀ In addition to that, don't let the scale take over your happiness, I weighed myself every single day, up until the last few weeks I've let the scale determine how I spent the rest of my day. Although I still weigh myself every 2-3 days, it's an improvement from 1-2 times a day. ⠀ The scale is unhealthy, and an unreliable source (daily) on your weight loss, so I've been trying to use clothes sizes to be my indicator- the photo on the right is a size 10 top, size 12 jeans, my first size 12 jeans in my life. And nothing makes me more happier than seeing physical changes, rather than the numerical value of your gravitational pull. ⠀ Don't wait for Monday, don't wait to have one more "treat meal", for a special occasion, or for a holiday, do it for your health, wellbeing, future and happiness. ⠀ ⠀ This isn't a quick fix, it's not going to happen overnight, I'm still not where I want to be, but I'm extremely glad I started making the little changes that I did, when I did. Because before you know it… your happiness, confidence and health has improved permanently without you even noticing. ❤️ – – – – – – – #fitfam#fitspo#weightloss#weightlossjourney#weightlosstransformation#weightlossbeforeandafter#transformation#beforeandafter#beforeandduring#fitspiration#inspiration#motivation#healthy#changes#happiness#white#fatloss#sw#transformations#friday#healthylife#beforeandafterweightloss
I thought I was the happiest I could be but once I saw myself physically change, I started to change for the better from the inside out.
But her journey isn’t over just yet. Jess has plans to lose three more stone, and wants to use her experience to help work on tackling childhood obesity.
Congratulations to Jess, and we wish her the best of luck with everything she wants to achieve.