A woman has shared her incredible six-month weight loss transformation online, after she took a photo every single day.
Lucy Prev, from Tampa, Florida, started her journey last November, and by April she’d lost 35 pounds.
Prev, a personal trainer, revealed she was in a “dark place” at the end of last year, when she decided to embark her transformation.
The 20-year-old explained to Newsweek: “I was overweight growing up and due to my height and scoliosis, I’ve come across a few trials when it comes to weight loss and keeping weight off.”
Prev, who is 4 feet 11 inches tall, once tipped the scales at 215 pounds.
“About 6 months ago I finally found what works for my body type and I wanted to capture the process in a video to show my clients what I’m capable of and to remind people that it takes time, dedication and consistency to see results. I’m still working towards my goal and I will continue to share my journey with others.
“I love the gym and weightlifting for many reasons, when I first got into it, I found it really helped me mentally and became an outlet for me. Due to my scoliosis, I had to make sure my form was perfect so I wouldn’t further injure myself. That’s when I decided to get certified,” she said.
In total, she went from 168 pounds to 140 during the time frame shown in the footage, and has set herself a goal weight of 125 pounds.
“I am proud of myself so far with my journey, but I do know I’m not done and I know I never will be because there is always room for improvement. But it is important to be proud of yourself along the way,” she added.
For the video Prev wore the same outfit, a maroon bikini, for her daily photoshoot and posed in front of a calendar as she ticked the days off each week.
She said: “First pic was November 1st 2020, and second pic was April 11th, 2021. The most important thing I’ve learned is that time is going to pass no matter what. So are you going to make that time count or are you going to look at yourself in six months and wish you had started today?? I’ve been pretty hard in myself lately, but that’s why it’s SO IMPORTANT to take pictures and videos.”
She shared an example of how much hard work she put in, as Prev shared statistics from January this year. She revealed she worked out 29 times for a total of 55 hours and 44 minutes, burning 16,959 calories.
And in a separate video she shared her “hack” for staying on track, saying: “I view going to the gym as a daily duty and what I mean by that is, I can’t go to sleep until I brush my teeth, take a shower, and go to the gym. I treat going to the gym just like those other things.
“Doing that helps keep me accountable and keeps me dedicated, it’s not about motivation at all, it’s all about dedication. So if you’re able to start viewing the gym like that, your priorities will shift and you will realize you do have a lot more time and energy than you thought.”
Her transformation video has already been watched more than 10 million times, as people praised her for sharing the realities of sustainable weight loss.
Mahala thought: “Weight loss is one accomplishment, but remember to take a progress photo everyday is most impressive.”
Gwen raved: “Proof that results don’t happen overnight but they do happen! You look so stunning.”
“It’s insane to see how far you came when they vid restarts, so proud of you,” Natalie commented.
Unknown pointed out: “Notice how she wasn’t shrinking the entire time and had some small fluctuations. This is normal, look at the progress over a period of time.”
Kylie Larsen responded: “Thank you for showing girls that it takes time and shouldn’t be done quickly.”
Sierra The Panda thought: “I love this cause it really shows how your stomach looks different every day. And not in a bad way.”
While Sileo Fit added: “You can’t rush progress, this is sustainable and healthy weightloss right here, great example for anyone starting their journey great job.”
Update 6/15/21, 3:14 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comment from Lucy Prev.