“Yes I have lose [sic] skin and stretch marks, but I don’t feel the need to show them in every single photo I post online.”
This is what Simone Anderson of New Zealand posted on social media in response to those who accused her of being a fake. Simon is among many who have struggled with weight for most of their life, repeatedly losing and regaining unwanted weight.
Sometimes I struggle to comprehend what I have achieved and the only way to prove to my self I have actually made a difference is by comparing two photos side by side. 2012 and 2015 – 62kg gone! “Document the moments you feel most in love with yourself – what you’re wearing, who you’re around, what you’re doing. Recreate and repeat.”
Last August, she decided her kind of lifestyle should have to change. Her photo on the left above was her in 2014. In just 11 months, she lost 189 pounds through a combination of diet, exercise, and weight loss surgery.
Week 33 Update: From 169kg to 101kg. When I put the two back photos side by side tears started flowing instantly, I can't believe what I have achieved. In these 33 weeks, I have gone from struggling to walk up stairs to completing the Harbour Crossing and the Tongariro Crossing. I am the fittest I have been in years and constantly look forward to my next work out, I thrive of muscle pain and get a bit sad if Im not in agony the day after a work out. Food is now my friend not my enemy and I use it to fuel my body for the tasks I have to take on. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive, I can't thank you all enough! Hope the easter bunny has been kind to all of you 😀
Now she is about half her previous weight when she started her weight loss journey.
The freelance hair and makeup artist chronicled her journey on Instagram and Facebook, gaining her thousands of fans. She even has her own Facebook page where she gives her followers a weekly update on her progress.
Last week I only lost 200g since I have been feeling pretty down on my self and like I'm not working hard enough. I just have to keep reminding myself of how far I have come and remember it's going to get harder and harder put to keep on pushing! Now off to see my PT @nicolealyceh to smash out a workout.
In her latest check-in, she posted, “I am officially half the person I was 11 months ago! From 169 kg to 83.85kg, I can’t even begin to explain in words what this accomplishment feels like.”
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!!!!
Anderson was such an inspiration to her followers on her social media accounts.
However, there were some people who didn’t believe Anderson was the same person in both photos, accusing her of faking her achievement. One netizen said that if she had truly lost that much weight, she would have some excess skin.
Although there were more positive comments than negative ones, Anderson was deeply bothered by her haters.
In return for their hurtful comments, Anderson had a great response to throw back at them.
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 😀 now lost 85.7 GO ME!
Many people wrote that they appreciated Anderson being so candid about what it really means to lose so much weight. Her story, which had gone viral, has inspired millions who share the same struggle as she used to have.
“For me seeing the story go viral is something I honestly never expected, so it has completely taken me by surprise and blown me away,” she said. “But I am proud that by having the guts to show and prove the nonbelievers wrong, it has actually affected people in a way I never imagined.”
She said she hopes her story inspires people to embrace their flaws. “We would be a much better world if we all started to truly love ourselves from the inside out,” she said.