After losing her husband, one woman used the power of selfies to turn everything around

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31-year-old Justine McCabe has had a difficult past few years, to say the least.

In two years time, she lost her mother, combated a disabling back injury, and then, in February of 2015, her husband took his own life after battling severe depression.

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It was in her darkest hour that Justine decided that a change needed to be made. "A lot of people have asked me how I have managed to lose -88 pounds during such a dark, grieving time," Justine said. "The answer is almost simple. I chose to live. I had to change. I had to fight back."

So how did she turn everything around?

She decided to focus on her health, using Instagram to document her weight loss journey over the course of the next year. By taking selfies consistently for 365 days, Justine showed off just how powerful social media can be.

Many have asked what my weight loss secret is...and the answer is pretty simple. βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨πŸ’« I do whatever it takesπŸ’«βœ¨βœ¨βœ¨ Consistency; my greatest ally...Discipline to do what is hard...Drive to grind when I want to rest...Determination to put in the work when no one is watching...Commitment to never stop no matter what. πŸ’ͺ🏻 There was no surgeries, diet pills, wraps or replacement shakes. Aside from eating clean and working out.... One of the best decisions I made during my weight loss journey: enlisting in the help of my online trainer, the transformation specialist; @jonnystraws. Having training/meal/supplement plans laid out for me and adjusted to my personal body type and goals, has not only led to unbelievable changes in my physique and overall health...but the fitness and well being knowledge I have gained...will ensure that this will become a true and lasting lifestyle change. The best is yet to come, so do whatever it takes. Because YOU are worth it! πŸ’– #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #teamwork #goalgetter #limitless #ichoosetolive #keepgoing #transformation #beforeandafter

A photo posted by Justine -124lbs #ichoosetolive (@hairstargetsfit) on

Her dramatic results are posted on the account, @hairstargetsfit, where she posts gym selfies, snaps of her protein-packed meals and side-by-side transformations showing just how far she's come.

Her weight-loss secret, she revealed in and Instagram post, is 100 percent pure consistency.

"Discipline to do what is hard...Drive to grind when I want to rest...Determination to put in the work when no one is watching...Commitment to never stop no matter what," she claimed. "There was no surgeries, diet pills, wraps or replacement shakes."

Check out more images of her incredible mental and physical journey below:

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No T Bar? No problem! Time to get handy dandy while training back in the gym. 😜 #nerdalert #saycheese #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #teamwork #goalgetter #limitless #ichoosetolive #keepgoing
I could play 80s Swim/Workout Barbie for hours!! Lol. Feels like a childhood dream come true! πŸ˜‚βœ¨πŸ’πŸΌπŸ’–πŸ¦„ #thunderquadsquad #flexfriday #legday #80s #childhooddreams #gains #teamjonnystraws #IAMMOTIV8 #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #limitless #barbie #goals #quads
#throwbackthursday #tbt to the greatest lesson I have learned in this past year... ✨you have the power to shape your life into whatever you want it to be.✨ The hardest part was taking that step forward into the unknown; the unplanned. Standing up after getting beat down by life and making a conscious decision to shine through the darkness. It has been a wild ride. So many epic adventures, fears faced, new friendships and bonds formed, goals met and most importantly...a completely new perspective on life. πŸ’– "To live is the rarest thing in the world" #ichoosetolive #keepgoing #limitless #goalgetter #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #change #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #motiv8her #ocr
I'm thinking about making us matching jean skorts!!! One Size Fits ALL!! πŸ˜œπŸ’πŸ»πŸ‘–#midweekmotivation #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #teamjonnystraws #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #teamwork #goalgetter #momswholift #momsofinstagram #wednesdaymotivation
#transformationtuesday this week is a big one! It's my 1 year #fitversary πŸ’ͺ🏻 May 1, 2015 I made the #commitment to change my life. All the hard work, dedication, struggle...has been completely worth it. Everything has changed. πŸ’– #keepgoing #ichoosetolive #healthy #limitless #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #goalgetter #motiv8her
#facetofacefriday just because. Or maybe because I did my hair and makeup today! πŸ˜‚ What has changed? Everything! πŸ¦„βœ¨πŸ¦„ #teamjonnystraws #neverfail #IAMMOTIV8 #motiv8performance #jonnystraws #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #fitfam #selflove #instafit #fitnessaddict #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #fitmom #fattofit #bodybuilding #beastmode #facetoface #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #selfie #aintnoshameinmygame
Feeling so jazzed over this bargain of a swimsuit I found today...but really though...can it be summer already?!?! πŸ πŸŒŠπŸ™πŸ»β˜€οΈπŸ¬πŸ˜Ž In the meantime...a little #transformationtuesday inspiration! The first real/fat pic I ever took...as they say, "Vulnerability is the birthplace of change" πŸ’ͺ🏻 #keepgoing #ichoosetolive #teamjonnystraws #bodybuilding #beastmode #fitmom #fattofit #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightlosstransformation #beforeandafter #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #eatclean #fitfam #fitspo #fitspiration #dedication #determination #goalgetter #bodybuildinggoals #IAMMOTIV8 #neverfail
This. #transformationtuesday 😳 It is by far my most favorite fat picture. Here is 300+ lbs in all its glory. Everytime I look at this picture from my wedding rehearsal, I can't help but feel a wide range of emotions. First, I laugh. It is possibly the worst picture of me ever taken. Secondly, I feel sad. It's difficult to think of that girl as me. It's hard to succumb to the realization that at one of the "happiest" times in my life, I was completely and utterly miserable. Someone once asked me, what were the parallels between what I went through with my late husband...and my own transformation. I was quick to answer that I wanted to build myself up. I wanted to be unbreakable. I wanted my inner strength and outer strength to be in alignment. But, as I looked through these pictures yesterday, I realized that in the far corners of my hidden emotions...a huge part of my drive to transform myself, is because I want to put as much distance as I can from that girl on the left. She was depressed and she was extremely unhealthy. She thrived on excuses and lived for taking care of everyone else but herself. That girl....is no longer me. My transformation isn't always about weight loss. My mindset keeps evolving. My personal growth is ever changing. I snapped my after pic at the gym this morning. I was feeling pretty fly. @jonnystraws told me that...if I walked outta the gym feeling good....then I wasn't doing my job right. 😳 So with that in mind...I pushed harder and longer and now can barely move my arms/shoulders as I write this. Sure, the the #motiv8 muscle and strength combo gave me some serious power, but it was my mindset and all these thoughts that pushed me harder during my workout. πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻 Adding fuel to my fire! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ We are truly capable of more than we know! πŸ’– #teamjonnystraws #IAMMOTIV8 #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #inspiration #fitspiration #girlswholift #fitspo #wlstories #fitfam #selflove #instafit #whstrong #trainandtransform #girlswithmuscle #neverfail #keepgoing #ichoosetolive #fitmom #igfitmoms
I have thought for quite a long time about posting my "personal story" on here. I could never seem to come up with a way to sum up this incredible journey in 2000 characters! Today as I participated in @EricaFitLove's #EFLBootCamp I realized how important it is that I share this story! We may not all have the same past or motivators...but we are all on life's journey together! I want to help #raise others up as we push ourselves forward to a better life. I often tag #IChooseToLive with my photos because it is a constant choice I make every day to truly live. I have spent the last 12 years of my life simply existing. 2 short years ago my world began to crumble when my mother died unexpectedly. Around that same time I was fighting an extremely debilitating back injury. I was losing myself. I fell deep into emotional eating and depression as I had become the rock solid foundation for my children and my husband, who was struggling with a very serious battle of lifelong depression. In Feb 2015 he lost that battle and took his own life. To say I was devastated could not even touch on how I felt. I too wanted to die. I already felt dead. A lot of people have asked me how I have managed to lose -88 pounds during such a dark, grieving time. The answer is almost simple. I chose to live. I had to change. I had to fight back. This picture is a true depiction of a "lifestyle change". July 2014 vs July 2015. To me it means so much more than just a -75 pound weight loss. My journey hasn't been easy but as each new day comes, I get #stronger! A month or so ago I posted my story to Facebook for my friends! I would love to now share it with you all and hope that it can help inspire others! Let's all choose to live and raise one another up! You can read it here. http://hairstargetsfit.tumblr.com or LINK IN BIO!! #widow #survivorofsuicideloss #ripmom #keepgoing #nevergiveup #wontquittillimfit #motivation #inspiration #fitlife #fitspiration #fitmom #eflgirls #eflrealchicks #girlswithmuscle #girlswholift #iammotiv8 #transformation #weightloss #emotionaleater #weightlossjourney
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