LOOKING at Lettie Barnett today, people see a strong, determined, healthy young woman.
But that wasn't always the case.
Five years ago the Toowoomba woman weighed 98kg and had no intention of going to the gym or changing her diet - she was happy.
Even when stepping onto the Wii Fit scales and seeing her BMI put her in the obese category, she wasn't too worried and decided not to use the fitness device again.
It wasn't until she was having a chat to a boy in a pub that her thinking changed.
As he went to the bar to get her a drink, she glanced at his friend's phone and saw a text message that read: "Are you going to pump fattie tonight?"
Ms Barnett said she was devastated and mortified by the cruel and unnecessary text message.
The next day, she signed up to the gym.
Ms Barnett said the text was a horrible thing to see and she wished it hadn't taken something like that to motivate her.
"It was awful but at the same time it was obviously what I needed to hear," she said.
"It is not okay to be horrible to someone but sometimes tough love is the motivation needed."
She started out just walking on a treadmill and using the exercise bike and then progressed into weights. Now, she works out six days a week and eats healthy, wholesome foods.
Since the first day she joined the gym she shed an amazing 35kg.
Ms Barnett said her weight gain started in primary school and when she was at university her diet consisted of a lot of McDonald's.
"When I started out at the gym I went from doing absolutely no exercise and eating junk food to being determined to spend even a small amount of time on the treadmill," she said.
Ms Barnett now works out at Complete Body Health and Fitness and gets her meals prepared and sent to her from FivePointFour.
The classes and ready-prepared meals help her stay on track.
But she said it was her nutrition and mindset coach Anthony Noud from Pure and Lean that had been the most integral part of her weight loss journey.
"I had lost the weight but I still thought I was fat, even when wearing a size six dress," she said.
"My mind just hadn't caught up but he taught me to love myself."
Ms Barnett shares her journey on Instagram and has become an inspiration to so many young women.
"I still feel so humbled when I get a message from people saying I inspired them. I find it very surreal," she said.
"I am amazed at how far I have come. I am happy with where I am and I feel strong and healthy. There is no denying it is hard but it is worth it."
Follow Ms Barnett journey on Instagram: lettie_b.
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