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Believe it or not, the above split screen shows the same woman before and after a 150 pound weight loss. Christina Carter, 28, spent much of her existence feeling miserable only two years ago. Her binge eating cost about $2,000 per month, and she weighed 275 pounds. She kick-started her transformation with gastric sleeve surgery, which saw a dramatic 50-pound loss and then a stalling. So, Carter turned to a good, old-fashioned exercise plan to shed another 100 pounds. After a tummy tuck to dispense with excess skin, you’d think that would conclude the success story, but not quite.

This self-improvement adventure has a common element to that of Lauren Goodger, who recently delivered comeuppance to the boyfriend who called her fat by losing weight. The difference, however, is that Carter’s boyfriend preferred her being overweight. And this wasn’t simply a preference. Carter reveals that he grew increasingly jealous as she shed the pounds, so she dumped him and lost even more dead weight.

Carter certainly made the right choice. She’s happier, healthier, and dropped a man who wanted her to have neither of these things. Meanwhile, these photos only get more incredible with each one. Carter’s healthy habits have set her on the path to never stretch out the blue-and-white bikini again.

 

On her instagram she wrote,

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth, or to step back into safety. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” -Abraham Maslow Getting healthy and staying there is a constant battle. A constant fight. It’s a daily choice. You have to learn to embrace and love the struggle. When you do this, your new lifestyle changes become your habits. Your habits help you form the new version of yourself. What is one thing you can change today? What is one small habit you can begin to form to work towards your goals?

BE FEARLESS. If you make only one resolution this year, let it be to live boldly. You control THIS movement. Rather than cautiously test the water, dive straight into life with freeing abandon. Imagine the person you want to become and the life you want to live, then commit to it with everything you have. Believe in yourself. Embrace your beauty. Whatever you do-do it with undaunted passion. <3

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